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How do I mount an SD card?

My SD card will suddenly not automount. It works on another Mac. Can someone provide a solution to mount with Terminal? $ diskutil list /dev/disk2 #: TYPE NAME ...
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How can I change “Mount Point” that has been changed to normal?

previously I has been trying to install Kali Linux on my usb. Now here is the problem, I have used the command sudo dd if=kali.dmg of=/dev/rdisk1 bs=512k which I think it changed or replaced my ...
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Locked out of my own mac terminal?

So recently, some of my friends had been tampering with my files and data through terminal, so I decided to secure it by doing two things: First, I added the following to my ~/.bash_profile for ALL ...
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How to upgrade File::Path on my Mac OS X as a non-root user

My mac machine is quite old (Mac OS X 10.6.8) and I have a question on how to upgrade a perl module File::Path. I mostly compile my LaTeX document using latexmk which is basically a perl script. It ...
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on osx vim 7.3 set number set relative number not working

I'm using OSX Mavericks. Using VIM 7.3, I can't seem to get the "hybrid" line numbers to work. I was reading a tutorial stating that if both set number and set relativenumber were included in the ....
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Can't concat file paths, permission denied

I can't realize why if I just try to concat some file paths (without opening the files), I get "permission denied": #!/bin/bash if [ "$#" -eq 1 ]; then path1= "./src/$1" path2= "./...
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For some IPs, ping -c 4 -W 1 ip | cat does not output anything until ping has finished, whereas it does for others

Why do $ ping -c 4 -W 1 127.0.0.1 | cat and $ ping -c 4 -W 1 1.1.1.1 print their output immediately, whereas $ ping -c 4 -W 1 1.1.1.1 | cat prints nothing for four seconds, then prints all ...
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Including Directories in Locate on Mac OS X

Can anybody shed light on which directories OS X decides to put in the locate database and which it decides to omit? It's pretty clear that ~/Library is out - which others? And how do I modify this ...
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Unable to create a configuration directory for [FishShell] Please set the $XDG_CONFIG_HOME variable

I'm getting this error when starting fishshell: melanie:~ melanie$ fish fish: Unable to create a configuration directory for fish. Your personal settings will not be saved. Please set the $...
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Recover partitions Mac OS internal hd

I booted to a live ubuntu USB, wanting to delete partitions on an SD card, and ended up deleting all my partitions on my mac book pro's internal hd. I have already tried gpart (which gets stuck at "...
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grep invading my ps [duplicate]

When I'm checking for some process, I usually write ps aux | grep myprocess And sometimes I get the output of eimantas 11998 0.0 0.0 8816 740 pts/0 S+ 07:45 0:00 grep myprocess if ...
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Mount USB on Read-Only filesystem

I've got a damaged Mac filesystem, and in single-user mode the command mount -uw / fails (error is something like SATA warning: Enable auto-activate failed). However, I don't need the whole filesystem ...
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How to persist ulimit settings in OSX Yosemite?

Previous question about doing this on Mavericks is here and the answers there don't seem to work on Yosemite. I want to enable core dump generation by default upon reboot. Executing ulimit -c ...
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What are the benefits of using Tmux at all times? [closed]

I have been using the terminal for all of my local work, and have only been using tmux when I am ssh'd onto another machine and want to make sure I don't lose work if the connection closes. A software ...
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Problems booting Kali Linux 1.0.9a 64 bit on Macbook Pro

I have a mid 2009 Macbook Pro that I am trying to dual boot OS X and Kali Linux on. I replaced my optic drive with my old HDD and replaced my HDD with an SSD. OS X and my apps are running off of the ...
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Accessing xfig from x11 fails

I am trying to get access to xfig from x11 on my mac to draw some diagrams and including them in latex, but it shows the following error bash-3.2$ xfig dyld: Library not loaded: /opt/local/lib/...
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How to use terminal to access iCloud Drive when Finder is not running

I would like to access iCloud drive from Terminal in order to create an emergency backup. Unfortunately, my installation of Mac OS Yosemite is not operational, so I am using recovery mode to create my ...
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How to install Broadcom BCM4360 on debian on Macbook pro

I'm trying to install the wireless drivers because my macbook pro does not have a ethernet port, then I mount the 3 debian isos like local repositories to install the almost all of dependeces. So, ...
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Accounting for “missing memory” from sysctl

I'm on OS X Yosemite, ran this code: unsigned long num_; sysctl((int[]){CTL_HW, HW_PHYSMEM}, 2, &num_, &len, NULL, 0); printf("AMT MEM: , %lu\n", num_); and getting back 140735340871680 ...
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OSX bash. grep for string “--version=”

How can I search for string --version= using grep in OSX bash? When I try something like this: grep -rI --exclude-dir=out "--version=" . I get grep: option `--version' doesn't allow an argument
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Output of stat on OSX

I want to use the stat command to get information on a file. I did this: Josephs-MacBook-Pro:Desktop Joseph$ echo 'hello' > info.txt Josephs-MacBook-Pro:Desktop Joseph$ stat info.txt 16777220 ...
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X forwarding from a mac to Linux fails

I have been having problems recently while trying to ssh into linux servers (Ubuntu 14.04) from my mac (OSX Yosemite 10.10). This used to work fine until my latest update, where I systematically get a ...
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Is there a /dev/pts alternative on Mac OSX?

I'm attempting to determine how many terminal windows are open, as described in this Q&A answer. However there doesn't seem to be a /dev/pts on Mac OSX. Is there an alternative to this?
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Tmux hangs on first start

I am running Tmux on a OSX (brewed tmux), and everytime I boot my computer, the first time I start tmux, it hangs. Doing a CTRL + T to check it's SIGINFO, gives me "waiting..". To fix this, I need to ...
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Untar a specifc folder within tar.gz

How do I untar/uncompress a specific folder within a tar.gz using the terminal/commandline (Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr))? Precise: -file.tar.gz -- folder1 -- folder2 How to extract... ... ...
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“login -qf” as root results in “Login incorrect” error

I'm trying to install pow on an OS X machine.* Some of pow's components have to run as root, so part of the setup process involves running an installation script with sudo. The problem is, this setup ...
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Can't use `od` command with directories

I'm trying to use the od command in a directory in OSX but it doesn't proceed and it results in the error message: od: .: Is a directory Could you please help me with it or any equivalent command?
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How to make PATH variable exports on MacOSX persistent?

I do export http_proxy=http://proxy:8080 export ALL_PROXY=$http_proxy on my Mac. Brew for instance relies on these settings. How can I make these settings stick between power cycles? Is this the ...
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Installing PHP on OS X. Syntax errors?

When installing OS X on Yosemite with curl -s http://php-osx.liip.ch/install.sh | bash -s 5.6, I get the following: **** [WARNING] Detected OS X Yosemite 10.10. As this is quite new, there may be ...
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How to convert dashed string to spaces and caps?

Given the string foo-bar, what is a good way to convert it to Foo Bar? Using Bash, OSX.
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MacOS X Mavericks running VirtualBox cannot communicate with Linux VM

I have a MacOS X Mavericks host running Vagrant using VirtualBox as a provider. I have experienced several times that with different VMs (particularly Ubuntu Linux VMs) after the first time the VM is ...
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Why are some processes “killable” by pkill but not killall?

I had over 20 instances of httpd (apache) processes running, so I decided to shutdown these. Normally I use killall, But when I typed killall httpd it just said: No matching processes belonging to ...
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SSH Tunneling Through a Firewall to a Cluster

I work at a university but I often work remotely. There is a cluster computer at the university that I need to be able to interact with, but its behind a firewall. Let's call the firewall F and the ...
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Symlink all files in a directory with the entire directory tree

Right now I use this ln -s /dir/* /dir2/ Which will symlink everything, but I have to go inside the dir and make a new directory because the folders are also symlinked (this is expected). So here ...
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Is hardware helping reducing crashes of OS X? [closed]

I am taking an OS course this semester, and we mentioned that device drivers can cause about 85% of crashes(for Windows). My understanding is that: since many personal computers are configured with a ...
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Compare directory trees regarding file name (and size and date)

I want to check the results of a restore from backup. This is, because TimeMachine on MacOS gives me some weird errors and warnings and I want to make sure, everything is in its place again after ...
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How to execute Mach-O 32-bit C++ program on Linux?

I want to execute a program (which I know was written in C++), but I get this error: zsh: exec format error: ./myProgram Output of file myProgram: myProgram: Mach-O i386 executable My system is ...
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.bash_history keeps truncating

My .bash_history keeps truncating even though I set: export HISTSIZE= export HISTFILESIZE= On my .bash_profile. Im not sure when it happens but it might happen when I logout or shut down my ...
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Software installation trouble with Homebrew

I have previously custom installed Python and Homebrew on my OS X 10.9.5 system. I am now trying to install CMake and I am running into various errors such as: cd: /usr/local/src: No such file or ...
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find and sed (find and replace) causes illegal byte sequence on Mac OS X

I am attempting to perform a find and replace of underscores to dots in a directory for certain filetypes only (.mkv, .mp4, .avi). This is the code that I am using (I'm on Mac OS X 10.9): find . \( -...
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Yosemite + Fusion 7.0.1 now gets “Could not open /dev/vmmon: No such file or directory.” and will not start any VM

I've been on Yosemite on this machine since it hit released, and on Fusion 7 since it released. Now on 10.10.1 and 7.0.1 respectively. On one machine http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/imac/specs/...
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Updating a bunch of Macs via SSH. Could use some help

all. I'm working on a script that'll be running from our Mac server, and it will (hopefully) update all of our Macs via Munki (repo is on the same server) and the built-in softwareupdate command. ...
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Accidentally deleted /var folder

I accidentally moved my /var folder to trash and now unable to login to Mac. The only solution I found until now is to recover OS X. I have tried to move /var back to /private folder in single user ...
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Negative arguments to head / tail

Variants of this question have certainly been asked several times in different places, but I am trying to remove the last M lines from a file without luck. The second most voted answer in this ...
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Unable to view Applications Directory Content in Terminal

Not sure what I'm missing here, but when I try to list the contents of the Applications directory from the Terminal it produces a directory with a couple .dmg files and none of the actual application ...
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OS X SSH keeps asking for password [closed]

I connect from a Linux machine to several Macs over ssh using public/private keys. The setup is the identical on every ac, different OSs from 10.5 to 10.9 and publickey working. Only one of them, ...
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How can I know which organisation a special command line tool is belong to?

Frequently we use command line tools to do fancy things in UNIX like system; many of them have a manpage and typically we can know which orgnization/person owns the copyright. For example, on Mac OS X ...
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sftp command to get/download .tar.gz file

I thought I was familiar with sftp commands in unix and upto my knowledge the command to used to download a compressed file from the server is sftp get filename.tar.gz But when I tried this ...
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Emulating /etc/cron.d/ on OSX

On most modern unixes, cron supports individual crontab files in /etc/cron.d, in which each task executes as a specified user. These files automatically update the crontab once edited. They allow ...
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Why don't shell builtins have proper man pages?

All shell builtins share the same manual page: BUILTIN(1) BSD General Commands Manual BUILTIN(1) NAME builtin, ! etc. Then there is a little text describing ...