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Open a program (VLC) and move it to the foreground

On a Mac, specifically, when I use the VLC command line to open a video file, it opens in the background by default. How can I instead move it to the foreground whenever I run the command to open a ...
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How can I list the info for an array of /dev/disks using bash expansion or substitution?

I want the output of: diskutil list; diskutil info [multiple devices] Without having to do: diskutil info disk0; diskutil info disk0s1; diskutil info disk1 ...etc For example, with many builtin ...
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Is it possible to obtain OS X versions of Unix tools on modern Linux distributions (like Ubuntu or RedHat)?

I have observed that there are often subtle and often annoying differences between the default versions of certain command line tools like paste and sed on modern distributions of Linux versus OSX. ...
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env command shows 3 times same path

When i run env it shows 3 times /usr/bin under PATH . Same for every path under PATH title. For example - my scala bin directory shows 3 times . However, in my .bash_profile, it is written just one ...
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Is there any command to list all related files and folders to specified file in macosx?

I have many ctags in my macosx. When doing which ctags, it gave me /usr/bin/ctags. But I also want to know where is all related folders and files to this /usr/bin/ctags Any useful command?
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Why when I enter the command “hostname” it returns something other than my computers name?

I am using a macBook Pro I enter: new-host-2:~ Justin$ hostname And it returns: new-host-2.home Why is this when it says in setting/sharing my computers name is "Justin's macbook pro" and computers ...
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How to use ifconfig to show active interface only

By default ifconfig will show me all available interfaces , but what if I just want to display active ones? Like, en0 only in below. en0: ...
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Get the current volume level in OS X Terminal CLI?

I would like to check the current volume level from the CLI on my Mac. I know I can set it like this: osascript -e 'set volume <N>' But that doesn't seem to work when trying to get the ...
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Make terminal print name of parent process OSX [closed]

Slightly above n00b, but not by much. I made an alias to search for and display all of the processes associated with a specific user account that seem to auto initiate every time I log in, which are ...
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Hide a file extension using Terminal

I have about 40 files in my folder. I selected all the files and pressed command+I. Instead of opening one Get Info window, my Mac shows up 40 windows! Is there a terminal command to hide the file ...
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Mac OS X command-line tools - differences from FreeBSD

As I understand it many Mac OS X command-line tools (like ls, cp, chmod, chown etc.) are imported from FreeBSD. Which version of FreeBSD contains the command-line tools most compatible with the OS X ...
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How can I display the contents of a text file on the command line?

I would like to display the contents of a text file on the command line. The file only contains 5-6 characters. Is there an easy way to do this?
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Can't unlock a file for path change

I'm trying to order the path entries on my mac, but it seems that my /etc/paths file is Locked. I tried the instructions on this link, but I can't save the file as it is locked. I even tried chflags ...
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How can I create a shortcut to resize panes in a tmux window?

I am having lots of issues with tmux in mac. Another problem I have is that I can not bind a key in my tmux.conf to be able to resize my panes. What I need is the CTRL-b: resize-pane -U 10 I currently ...
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Convert ASCII-8BIT to UTF-8 using OSX' .bash_profile

When running certain rails scripts in OSX' Terminal, I get warnings such as the following: unable to convert "\xA9" from ASCII-8BIT to UTF-8 for ...
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Rsync seems to back up files that haven't been opened or changed

I have started using rsync to back some data on my mac to an external HD. It works really well, but I have noticed something odd. Every time I run the command, I get a list of files that haven't been ...
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Cannot execute binary file on Mac OS X Lion 10.7.5

I want to execute phylocon on a mac OS X lion but after changing the path and making the file executable, I get the error 'cannot execute binary file'. But the steps that I took to running the command ...
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Make copies of a single directory to multiple directories with different names

I'm trying to replicate a single directory (with sub-directories) to a bunch of new directories based on a list. For example I can: mkdir Fred Barney Thelma Louise Foo Bar How would I copy a premade ...
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ps aux |grep 'asdf' grep: asdf: No such file or directory

For some reason a while back, the behavior of my command line changed, and I don't know why. Using OSX, now Mountain Lion(although this behavior was present before the switch). Using standard ...
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access external hard drive to delete folder on terminal Mac

I want to delete a folder of portable hard drive on terminal in Mac. Are there any command line ?
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How can I print good looking code

Similar to using markdown on Stack Overflow to create monospace output, how can I do that for my programs. I tried lp filename.txt and was pleasantly please to find that it was able to use the local ...
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OSX : rmdir “permission denied” but directory removed

This is a question from a newbie trying to learn UNIX commands. I was trying to test the rmdir command by removing a test directory located in my Downloads directory. I have read and write rights on ...
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Move position of an application window from the command line on OSX

An application — iA Writer — somehow got stuck off screen with only the corner showing. I can't grab it or use other means to move it from that position. All new windows open in that position, ...
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What does @ sign mean in 'ls' output on Mac OSX Lion terminal? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: what does the @ mean in ls -l? What does the @ sign mean in the following "ls" output? -rw-r--r--@ 1 root wheel 489 Jan 4 13:14 boot.plist
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Can you perform system calls from OSX Terminal?

So I get system calls in the context of a C program, but my textbook doesn't really address making system calls in Terminal (on Mac OSX). Can you do these on the command line like with "commands", or ...
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Restricting access to files on an external drive

I was wondering how to restrict access to a specific drive in Unix on the Mac. I was thinking to do this in Terminal where I create a file like this mkfile 6k secure_access. And where secure_access ...
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How to resume multiple instances of Screen from command line with minimal steps?

I have about 15 instances of screen running on my linux server. They are each running processes I need to monitor. I had to close terminal (hence the reason I launched screen). Is there a way to ...
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How do I make a droplet/.app in platypus for my unix command?

This is my sample code from the platypus tutorial. I am trying to make it work with a command named pymol, and I want it to open .pdb files or open just pymol. I know nothing about perl, but I have ...
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How to cd to a Windows file share?

At work, I spend a lot of time manipulating files on a networked computer that's running SME Server (but that's set up for Windows filesharing, if that somehow makes a difference). I have been ...
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Why $JAVA_HOME does not persist on a mac?

On my mac os 10.6.6 I'm trying to persist env variable $JAVA_HOME but it doesn't stick! $ export JAVA_HOME=/System/Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/1.6.0.jdk/Contents/Home Once I restart it won't ...
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Multiple “-bash command not found” messages in Mac OS X Snow Leopard Unix

When I open terminal I get an automatic error message -bash: PATH command not found. then I am stumped in getting multiple -bash "x" command not found. messages, even to simple commands such as ls cd ...
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Any tips for surviving Terminal.app?

I've recently switched to using a Mac full-time, and am having trouble getting used to Terminal.app after years of loving gnome-terminal. I miss having URLs show up underlined, using alt+arrow to ...
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Using text from previous commands' output

I know this is not how terminals work, but I find myself often wishing there was an easy way of using text (copying it, modifying it, etc) that is already on my terminal window history from some ...