Questions tagged [command-line]

Using programs and commands that do not have a graphical user interface (GUI) but are rather controlled by typing text commands into a terminal program, or shell.

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How can I run a shell command at login time without showing a Dock entry? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to run something automatically when the system boots or a use logs on? I need to automatically run a command when I log in but I don't want to add an item to the Dock. How ...
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How do I use a keyboard shortcut to execute a shell script I wrote, passing the file selected in Finder as an arg?

I suppose you could have it pass in whatever was selected in general in any app (such as text highlighted in a web browser).
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Bash or Zsh, what's the difference, why use one or the other? [duplicate]

So, the question pretty much says it all. I'm on Snow Leopard, and I do a lot of web development, particularly in Rails 3 which makes heavy use of the console. I've seen some notable bloggers etc. ...
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How can I change a file or folder icon using the Terminal

How can I change or set the icon for a file or folder, in the terminal, do I need to use a scripting language?
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How to disable coalescing of log messages in OS X?

I've been using Console to debug some things on my Mac, and I keep seeing --- last message repeated one time --- in the log. Apparently it's not really essential, and you can turn it off on the ...
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What command combo at terminal will output a list of directories with human-readable sizes?

I'd like to open Terminal.app and enter a command like: my-macbook-pro:~ my-username$ ls -lh Instead of seeing the size of the folders in bytes that are in my current working directory, I'd like to ...
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How to make preview jump to a specific line on startup

I am using TexLipse for working with latex, producing pdfs as output. I have configured it to use preview as viewer using this command line: open -a "/Applications/Preview.app" %fullfile Where %...
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Setting a custom log

I have to get all the chromium and firefox info logs out of /var/log/system.log and into a nice quiet /var/log/{chromium,firefox}.log. However I can neither recall or find how to set that in syslog....
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Editing iPhoto-specific metadata

Perpetua:2011-01-16 ashley$ mdls IMAG0107.jpg ... kMDItemComment = "Cat with is tongue out." So, here's my question. xattr can be used to modify some attributes. ...
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How can I set Spotlight metadata to files?

I am looking for a command line utility (I need to use it in a script) that can set Spotlight metadata to files.
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How to run Wireshark in the background without the GUI?

I am trying to run Wireshark on Mac OS X in the background. I installed the command line utilities, and so I am able to start Wireshark and capture packets using the command line. The only thing I ...
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Is it possible to run Nautilus on OS X?

Is it possible to run Nautilus instead of Finder on Mac OS X Snow Leopard? How?
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Group running apps in OS X?

Since I'm working on several projects that require different resources (shells, files, Chrome windows, etc.), I'd like to organize them better. Is there a Mac utility or something that will allow me ...
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Running .NET binary with mono

When I have abc.exe generated from C#/Mono source, I use 'mono abc.exe'. Is there a way to run abc.exe with 'abc.exe' not 'mono abc.exe'? I mean, when I run 'abc.exe', can I make 'mono abc.exe' ...
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Drag & Drop vs mv - Any difference?

Is there a difference between bulk-moving files with Drag & Drop vs mv? Use case: Volume External_Drive_A has about 8000 files totalling 9GB. External_Drive_B has 74GB of free space. The desired ...
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Can user accounts be managed via the command line?

Is there any way to add, remove, or modify user accounts via the command line? I'm not talking about an account for a system process or daemon, I mean is there any way to add a user account, change, ...
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Is there a Mac OS X Terminal version of the “free” command in Linux systems?

On Linux, I often use the free command to see the current amount of free and used memory in the system. For example: $ free total used free shared buffers cached ...
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Is there console mode in Mac OS X?

Is there something like Linux console in Mac OS X? Like "terminal", but without running graphics environment.
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Remember desktop state after reboot

Does anyone know if desktop switching can be done programatically? Exposé activation and deactivation? I know of the screencapture command for the last part of my proposed solution. I would like to ...