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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 ...
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Different results OS X/Linux with “find PATH -mount \( -type f -o -type d \) -print0 | LC_ALL=C sort --zero-terminated > OUTPUT.txt”

this command is part of a script I use for comparing files: find test/ -mount \( -type f -o -type d \) -print0 \ | LC_ALL=C sort --zero-terminated > OUTPUT.txt // test/ is the PATH OUTPUT....
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Macbook System Profiler formatted

I want to format the output generated from macbook terminal command system_profiler and transpose the row values to columns under the same Application. Here's a snippet of the file: Firefox: ...
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How do I search for every file with executable permission (+x) in my system? [duplicate]

I need to find every single file that has executable permissions in my system, i think they end with x@. I tried to ls every file and then grepping the output to match files with x@. Like this: ls -...
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Bandwidth stats on wifi for each network?

Is it posible to have the bandwidth usage of the wifi connection for each network I use? Currently I have vnstat instaled on my MacBook Pro retina runing Yosemite. It works well but I have the usage ...
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log rotation fails for dnsmasq on osx using newsyslog

I am running dnsmasq on OSX. I am also using newsyslog to rotate log files. Here is the /etc/newsyslog.d/dnsmasq.conf # logfilename [owner:group] mode count size when flags [/pid_file]...
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Why won't OS X let me rename a file?

I accidentally named a file testIn2Post.py rather than testIn2post.py (notice the different case for the letter "p") and have been unable to rename it, even after rm-ing the file in question. Notice ...
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Why is my Mac, upgraded from Mavericks to Yosemite, no longer giving VMware Fusion needed resources?

I have a Mac upgraded from Mavericks to Yosemite. When I tried to run VMware Fusion, I got an error stating: Could not open /dev/vmmon: No such file or directory. Please make sure that the kernel ...
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SSH SOCKS5 proxy, is my traffic being kept safe?

So I've been running everything on my system through my SSH SOCKS5 proxy. All the network commands I type in the terminal, I use proxy chains, and I have my system set to use my SOCKS5 proxy globally ...
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Changing the spacing between files in ls

This is more of a cosmetic question but this is really bugging me. On OS X, when I run ls -G (or use CLICOLOR=1) instead of regular ls it changes the spacing of the columns, as you can see in this ...
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find -delete does not delete non-empty directories

$ find ~ -name .DS_Store -ls -delete works on Mac OS X, but $ find ~ -name __pycache__ -type d -ls -delete does not - the directories are found but not deleted. Why? PS. I know I can do $ find ...
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How do I choose a file names with consecutive numeric suffixes?

I like to preserve things, so I want to preserve .bash_history. I would like to copy it into a directory using a script. Like here #!/bin/bash #Something here? number=~/Desktop/Coding/Bash\ ...
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Why can Shell builtins not be run with capital letters but other commands can?

Why is this? When I do this CD ~/Desktop It doesn't take me to the Desktop. But this: echo "foo bar" | GREP bar gives me: bar
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How to get proper format from date for the touch -A argument?

I would like to change all of the attribute times of some files to the immediate date. It appears that I would need to use touch -A * (more or less; realizing that I am going to use a more complex ...
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Changed terminal permissions

For no known reason I suddenly have to execute most terminal commands using sudo. For example, I have always been able to run "git pull/push" etc. without any trouble. Now, I get "permission denied". ...
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Confused about how to convert XML to CSV using xmlstarlet on OS X?

I asked a question earlier and it was closed as being a duplicate: How to parse XML to CSV with a shell script?. The answer in the duplicate that was linked suggested using a tool called XMLStarlet, ...
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How can I get my Apache server to point to the correct location?

I am trying to point my apache server to use various packages I have in my Eclipse workspace which is not located in the default Apache server directory. So far, no luck, all I get is Not Found error. ...
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VirtualHost configuration not working

I followed this article, mixed with some other research, in an effort to get VirtualHost configuration up and running on my Mac. However, for some reason when I navigate to my local.site.rocks URL it ...
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Move thousands of jpg files into daily directories based on the files EXIF creation date

I have thousands of jpg's and mp4's that need sorting into a directory structure which name is based on the date the picture was created. Preferably from the EXIF date as the files modified date might ...
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Mount FileVault encrypted drive in OS X 10.9 in Recovery Mode without unlocking it; Passware brute-force

I encrypted my internal hard drive with FileVault a while ago on Lion such that it prompts for the disk password when I restart the computer and recently upgraded to Mavericks on my MBPro Retina. It ...
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Remove patterns from string using bash

I'm trying to remove some patterns from a file input string (parsing file line by line). Here is a sample string: 1: (10/17 12:49:31.175) - CONSTANT ID1 - CONSTANT ID2: RAW DATA OUT > [0x00,...
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libfreenect2 - libusb -99 error

I need some help, when I am running protonect, the IR blaster go on but no frame is captured. It's some sort of libusb error. Running on Mavericks, with an express card adapter with "Nec µPD720202" ...
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Shebang starting with `//`?

I'm confused about following script (hello.go). //usr/bin/env go run $0 $@ ; exit package main import "fmt" func main() { fmt.Printf("hello, world\n") } It can execute. (on MacOS X 10.9.5) $ ...
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How do folder name localizations work?

In Mac OS X, there are directories like Desktop, Users and Library. On localized systems, these would be named Skrivbord, Användare and Bibliotek (Swedish) But when I am in the terminal I can't type,...
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Kill unresponsive process by name but preserve responsive processes

For some reason, I end up with a fair few Google Chrome Helper processes which stop responding, hogging CPU resources. Usually I just run killall Google\ Chrome\ Helper, however this kills all, ...
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How to fix invalid map node linkage?

My drive is formated to hfs+ and it is not clean. In example when I'm trying to mount the drive by mount -f -o rw, dmesg displays the error: hfs: Filesystem was not cleanly unmounted, running fsck....
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Get path of currently marked file

Im running OS X and I'm wondering if there is a way to get the path of the currently marked file in Finder. Like, can UNIX determine what file i have clicked on? Reasons for this would be for ...
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Command line tool for making icon files?

Is there any command line tool for making icns files to use for OS X apps? I am aware of icontool but it doesn't do what i want. It converts iconset files into and icns file. What i want it to do is: ...
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'last' does not include logs for few last days

When I execute 'last', I do not see logs from past 6 days. What could be the case? Is it possible to clear these logs? I'm on OS X Mavericks.
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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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grep for files and open the resultant matches

I'm trying to open all files based on some return values from grep in the command line. I know that I can use the -l option to only return filenames, but I would like to combine this somehow with ...
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OS X: destroyfvkeyonstandby question

This is a very OS X specific question. I don't know if it applies to the rest of the Unix family. Sorry if this isn't the best forum for it, but the users here appear to be more knowledgeable in ...
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Automatic extraction of zip files like in osx

In Mac OSX if you have downloaded a zip/gz/bz2 file, and you double click it in Finder, then the archive is automatically extracted for you in a subfolder, which I find very nice. I am wondering if ...
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Differences between dd in Mac OS X and Linux

When using Linux (Debian), I often use dd to copy a disk image to an SD card. I have written a script that throws an error if the device file specified in the "of" option is too large. This keeps me ...
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Terminal access permission denied, but GUI access okay. Why?

In OS X, as a limited user I used Terminal to su - [admin's name] and tried to move some files that were in the administrator's public drop box directory into /usr/bin. Couldn't do it. Permission ...
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pf blocks all in/out traffic instead of just the one port I wanted to block

I need to block one incoming port with pf. I'm new to pf, and I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong here. Here is my entire rule file, made to block incoming port 22: set block-policy drop pass in ...
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I Modified my PATH when installing git. What is the default path on Mac?

When I was troubleshooting a git install, I did a few things. I think that I modified my default path. Echo $path returns /usr/bin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/sbin:/usr/local/bin:bin:/usr/local/git/bin:/...
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User permission issues in OS X

[OS X 10.9.4] Three questions, but they're really all part of the same thing. Machine has one administrative user and one limited user (in addition to built-in root and a guest user). I'm really the ...
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How can I prefer another bin file?

I have installed both Wine via Homebrew and via WineBottler. I have multiple bin files named wine. When I run for example wine morrowind It starts it with the one in /applications/wine.app/...
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External Hard Drive Issue on mac

After the cd /Volumes command when I type ls it shows me my hard drive name twice, with different permissions. After that when I try to use mkdir to create a directory in the external hard drive I'm ...
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Cant use hombrew because of “bad cpu type one executable”

Here is my exact error message Error: Bad CPU type in executable - otool I can't run stuff like brew install wine Any help please? I'm running OS X.
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How do I change emacs application name from “Emacs” to something else in OSX?

I run multiple emacs instances with open -n -a Emacs.app command. The problem is that it's hard to distinguish between them when you switch with Cmd+Tab, because they're all named "Emacs" there. How ...
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shell script to run on boot on Mac OS X does not run all commands

On OS X, I am trying to use lingon to run a shell script upon booting. I have a file ~/desktop/_admin/boot/bootdocker.sh: #!/bin/bash boot2docker up export DOCKER_HOST=tcp://192.177.59.103:2475 My ...
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sudo service command not found when installing mongodb

I am currently on OS/X using macbook. I want to stop the instance of mongodb service running. Hence I tried: > sudo service mongodb stop sudo: service: command not found After looking up on ...
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How to “bless” a disc without access to OSX?

I have a MacBook Pro. The original harddrive died and has been replaced. I've installed Fedora20 on the new drive. The new drive was never "blessed" and thus boot takes 30 seconds longer than it ...
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In Mac Os, what is .DS_store?

In each folder I find a hidden file called .DS_store? What is this exactly?
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Private VPN compression for faster internet

Background: I'm a student, and currently the WiFi connection at my school is very slow (dead slow). I have an 8Gb 4G data-plan, but even with that, I'm running short at the end of the month. I have ...
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Mounting Linux root fs NFS share on OS X?

I am attempting to share the root filesystem (/) of a CentOS 6.5 virtual machine to my OS X host system. While this should be relatively simple process, I'm hitting some kind of wall. Presently my ...