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unable to open X server with ImageMagick Mac osx

I am trying to display an image using the following: Display someimage.jpeg It returns this: display: unable to open X server `' @ error/display.c/DisplayImageCommand/426. I have been looking at ...
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How do I force move something when sudo mv -f doesn't work?

I need to move a 16 GB folder to my external drive, but moving it manually gives me an in use error. I have tried to start in safe mode and moved it but it was still in use. I have run these commands ...
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“screen” process closes out of the blue [closed]

I spawned 4 screen processes with the following command (one after the other): screen ./"executeable" Logging back into the server I run the program on at a later time only showed 3 processes ...
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Is this a so-called “Hybrid” Mac Partition table, and how can I mount this in Linux?

I would like to better understand what is on this hard disk, and how I can mount it into Linux (specifically Debian GNU/Linux, Stable): It was created on a Powerbook g4 "alu book" with the default ...
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Why should I get linux? [closed]

Ok so I am student, about to get my degree in computer science. I have been programming for couple of years now on my Macbook pro on OS X and I havent had any problems. On the other hand, everyone ...
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How can I unveal files on my external hard drive?

I copied a big folder (around 110 GB) from my (Mac 10.7.5) computer onto a hard drive (exFAT). It took quite some time and afterwards I even checked that the files were actually there. After more ...
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Where should xt.vim be put on osX?

Cracking xDebug open, finally and looking to add the vim formatting file from xDebug.org. It says to "copy" the file to ~/.vim/syntax. But such a directory doesn't exist on osx 10.6. I don't see ...
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Is there a way to get “top” to run exactly once and exit?

I find the output of the shell command top to be a simple and familiar way to get a rough idea of the health of a machine. I'd like to serve top's output (or something very similar to it) from a tiny ...
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Writing a Bash script to run and end at specific times

I'd like to create a script that will do the following. Start at a given time during the day and end at another given time. So for example, I have a program I'd like to test, so my script would be ...
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Resizing terminal splits

I'm trying to find a way to manipulate my terminal splits In my .vimrc I have set width=78 When I have vertical splits and change back and forth the active split is at least 78 chars. It squishes any ...
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Creating a Bash script that will execute a program and if it exits without crashing, will run it again

I'd like to know the easiest way of creating a bash script that will run an app in MacOSX (it's a UNIX based system so I assumed this was the right place). wait for the program to exit. If the exit ...
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Bash inside Vim not working properly

In MacVim I'm using Conque to run bash commands inside Vim. I have a problem with the text navigation while using Conque. If I'm at the end of a line of text and press down Alt← I skip a word to the ...
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Get driver location for particular printer via command line

This is on OS X 10.8. I want to be able to arbitrarily pull the configuration for a particular printer, so I can use it in a package-creation script. The script (not mine) uses /usr/sbin/lpadmin -p ...
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How to transfer data “offline” between osx and ubuntu?

I need to transfer around 50gb of data from my Ubuntu to my OSX. scp and samba are both too slow it seems - even with the Ethernet cable connected (14-15 hours!). I have physical access to both ...
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Convert linux symlink to osx symlink

I have transferred a folder from a linux machine to a macbook pro with osx 10.9, now I am having trouble with the symlinks in this folder (lots of them). In linux if I do vi link2file.txt, it has the ...
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Simple sed replacement of tabs mysteriously failing

This ought to be really simple, but for some reason it is not working: sed -i.bak -E 's/\t/ /' file.txt Instead of replacing tab characters, it's replacing t characters. I've tried every ...
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sudo chown -R $USER:admin /usr/local - revert back to ROOT?

On OS X, but may also apply to *NIX. This question was asked/answered previously, and I know it's safe to chown on /usr/local for my admin user account, which I've done to install git with homebrew ...
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Can't figure out why ssh_exchange_identification: Connection closed by remote host appear

At home, I have setup a Raspberry Pi with the latest version of Raspbian and with ssh enabled. I also use a Mac Book Pro with OS X 10.9.3. I use ssh pi@192.168.0.22 to do some work on the Raspberry ...
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Control + L not clearing screen

When I try to clear my terminal screen on OSX: computer@ ~ () $ ^L And when I hit Enter after that it just shows: -bash: : command not found Any ideas on how this happens? My .bash_profile, ...
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bash does not autocomplete my command when using sudo?

I'm using SaltStack. I would like to auto-complete the minion name when calling the salt command. The following line has been added into ~/.bashrc: complete -o default -o nospace -W "$(sudo ls -1 ...
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Why do some applications stop working when permissions are changed in /usr/bin?

On OS X, a friend of mine changed the permissions on /usr/bin recursively using Finder, in order to grand write access to everyone. Here is how it's done: Go to /usr/bin in Finder, then mess with ...
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How can I tell why a process is waiting?

I'm trying to run a command on OSX Mavericks and it seems to be hanging. I found out that Control + T is a Unix command to show the status of a foreground job. Pressing it several times over the ...
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How to permanently change both STDOUT and STDERR color to grey?

This question is similar to Can I configure my shell to print STDERR and STDOUT in different colors? But I am looking for a solution that will allow me to change both STDOUT and STDERR to ONE color. ...
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Piping content with multiple spaces

I was attempting to copy files listed in a text file into a directory such as: cat files.txt | xargs -I{} cp "{}" ~/Desktop/temp However I noticed that some files would not copy over. The files ...
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ssh-add is not persistent between reboots

I add a ssh key to the agent by $ ssh-add ~/.ssh/id_rsa_mac Identity added: /Users/alex/.ssh/id_rsa_mac (/Users/alex/.ssh/id_rsa_mac) After reboot I don't have this key added anymore: $ ssh-add -l ...
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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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What is equivalent to Mac's purge in Linux?

In Mac I use purge to free up some memory. What is equivalent to it in Linux(Ubuntu Server)? apt-get install purge gave me nothing. If you are no familiar with Mac's purge here is it's man page: ...
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Set file creation date to its modification date on OSX

I need to batch edit file creation date (some stupid audio recorder set the file creation date to UNIX epoch and the correct recording date in the modification date) to set it to the files ...
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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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How to change the output color of the ls command in terminal in OS X and iTerm2?

I know that a similar question has been asked in: How to colorize output of ls ? although I didn't really understand the answer and couldn't really make it work. However, I have tried something ...
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scan and connect to wifi from linux terminal on virtual machine

I am trying to scan wifi networks via Linux terminal running on a virtual machine. I am running virtual machine on Mac OS. On MAC terminal, I can see all Wi-Fi networks using (airport) command and can ...
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How to get the same ls with colors working on both OSX and Ubuntu?

When I want color in Ubuntu I do alias ls='ls --color=always' but on OSX this gives an error ls: illegal option -- - and I need to do alias ls ='ls -G' How can I create an alias with the same ...
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OSX/Darwin ACL Format

In OS X, if you want to view the ACL information on a file, you can do so with the -e option of `ls. $ ls -lde app/cache drwxrwxr-x+ 7 alanstorm staff 238 Apr 1 10:02 app/cache 0: user:alanstorm ...
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Limiting access to a website based on IP address when .htaccess is not allowed

I am trying to limit access to a website to a small set of IP addresses. I am a regular user on the Mac OSX web server. My first attempt at limited access was to create an .htaccess order deny,allow ...
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Running a command without ./

I am trying to understand something that might be very simple for a lot of you but is quite puzzling from me as a daily Windows user. I am following the docker installation on Mac OS X. One of the ...
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Add a user for Postgres on Mac

I've had a very difficult time trying to set up a postgres database. I am using Mac OS X 10.9.2. I am using this tutorial: http://tutorials.jumpstartlab.com/topics/environment/environment.html The ...
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Obtain .cer file from .pem file

I have generated RSA private key using below command: openssl genrsa -out privkey.pem 2048 And created a self signed certificate using below command: openssl req -new -x509 -key privkey.pem -out ...
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Using a zsh function in find?

I'm on OS X and have defined a function called finderpackage that tries to determine if a folder is in fact a "package" (also, somewhat erroneously, known as a "bundle") according to the Finder. My ...
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zsh completion doesn't correct ? (question mark) in paths

So, I've been pretty happy with my zsh completion and correction configuration for a while now, with this being a major exception. Configured as I have it, the shell routinely catches and corrects ...
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-bash: pkcs12: command not found

I am trying to export the private key and certificate to p12 file using below command in my mac os X - Mountain Lion: pkcs12 -export -out privkey.pem -inkey privkey.pem -in rsaCert.crt but I am ...
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Mac OSX vs Linux Unix-ness [closed]

So I know that Linux is considered "Unix-like" while OSX is Unix. Why is this? I feel like Linux is much more "Unix-like" than OSX is. What makes OSX more "Unix" than Linux?
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newsyslog for paths with empty spaces

How can I configure newsyslog to trim logs with paths containing empty spaces? I define my paths at /etc/newsyslog.d/frank.conf like this: "/Users/frank/Library/Application ...
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Is it OK to use “.” to run files instead of source - in .bashrc in Ubuntu and OS X?

OK, so source runs the script in the current shell and . separately, as detailed in running script with ". " and with "source " for example, but, specifically, in my .bashrc file, ...
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Using eval and sed to perform counting and script control

Following the original issue described here:- Rip chapters of a DVD to separate files ..would someone help us understand what the following code is doing:- # count Titles, and count Cells per title. ...
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Move Data from Partition to Partition on Same Drive

Moving data from one drive to another is slow. Copying data on a drive to it's self is slow. Moving data from one drive to it's self is fast. If I'm moving data on the SAME drive but a different ...
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How do I start a virtual machine in background upon OSX system start?

I have a virtualbox machine on a OSX 10.9.2 host. I do not want to open VirtualBox everytime and start the machine there. Also, I do not need the the screen output as I will just ssh from OSX terminal ...
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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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Why sudo ./bin/mysqld_safe & on Mac OS X 10.6.8 doesn't ask for password?

I get the following permissions from terminal: $ cd /usr/local/mysql $ ls -l drwxr-xr-x 41 root wheel 1394 29 Apr 00:55 bin drwxr-xr-x 4 root wheel 136 29 Apr 00:55 docs ...
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How to fix SSH on OSX?

I have been able to connect to OSX machine using ssh client successfully for hours, but then it stops working and I get connection refused. ps -ax | grep ssh 841 ttys004 0:00.00 grep ssh Using ...
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grep print relative file path when doing a recursive search

I'm trying to find out which version of hibernate the project depends on (this is orthogonal to my question). We have a parent project with several sub projects, and I know this is defined in one or ...