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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 ...
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How to identify process accesing usb port (scale)?

I'd like to identify through terminal which processes are using the scale connected to my mac, I need to kill those processes or clean the port to be used only by my app. Thanks a lot in advance.
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How are files or chunks delimited on disk?

I'm trying to recover some lost files by grep-scanning a hard disk. (The OS is Darwin 11.4.2. The file system is HFS.) How can I determine where a file (or contiguous chunk thereof) begins and ends ...
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Global variable for every script

I want to declare a variable in such way that every script can access and alter its value. I have written a script that set the value of a variable called flag on exit and I am using a crontab entry ...
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I cannot enter the vertical line character in OSX terminal

I'm using a Mac and I'm piping some data from curl to tar and when I went to hit the | in the terminal I got the o with an umlaut. It totally works fine, as the unicode character still comes up as ...
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tmux blocks certain things on my Mac

I really like tmux and use it often so I set the following in my .zprofile: [[ $TERM != "screen" ]] && exec tmux so when I open a new window, tmux will be there for me. However, there are ...
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Re-access NFS volume from OS X Mavericks client after server reboot?

My home server, running FreeBSD 10-RELEASE p7, exports NFS volumes to my MacBook Pro, running current OS X Mavericks. The MacBook mounts these via automount as /net/servername/volume without any ...
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equivalent of `grep -a /dev/sda1` on Darwin?

I want to run something like % sudo grep -i -a 'some-string' <drive device> On Linux, <drive device> would be something like /dev/sda1. How can I find the equivalent on Darwin? (In ...
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Unable to boot into Mac OS after installing Fedora[Dual Boot]

I installed Fedora on my Mac and now when I boot, it says "booting in insecure mode" an then see a typical Linux "choose what to boot" screen. The List goes like: Fedora Fedora Recovery Mac OSX ...
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How do you move files into the in-memory file system mounted at /dev/shm

Someone recently told me about /dev/shm. You all helped refine my understanding of what /dev/shm is What dev folder allows you tell the OS to cache something? The person who told me about /dev/shm ...
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Reading FreeBSD UFS formatted external drive in Mac OS X

I have an external USB drive with backup files formatted in FreeBSD's UFS file system. When I plug it into a computer running Mac OS X 10.9.4, I cannot read the drive's contents, and I don't have ...
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man causes a broken pipe when using a pager other than less

I'm trying to write a simple script to format my man pages, but I've run into a broken pipe error. These lines both cause the error: env MANPAGER=cat man $foo man -P cat $foo and this is the ...
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Installing rvm and a specific version of ruby using rvm on linux based systems

UI testing is done using ruby and selenium. Installation of rvm Installation of specific version of ruby and setting a default version of ruby Note: Using a linux based operating system.
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Add text to end of every line

I have tried a lot of commands, like this: sed -i '' "s/$/<@string>/" txt.txt > txt2.txt This makes txt2.txt empty, why?!? sed 's/$/<@string>/' txt.txt > txt2.txt This does ...
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How do I fill my password automatically from .bash_profile when running command as sudo?

I know I could just put something like sudo mypassword in my .bash_profile, but I don't want to run every command as root. I want password to autofill under following circumstances: only the ...
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Can't get rEFIt to boot after install (Ubuntu + OSX on macbook pro)

I'm trying to dual boot Ubuntu and OSX on my macbook (MacBookPro8,2). As per the usual guide, I downloaded rEFIt (the .dmg) and installed it. Then I rebooted about 12 times and still always just get ...
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Fix X11 forwarding on OSX

I am looking for a way to fix/debug a X11 forwarding session on OSX. Here is my situation: From my mac I connect to a Ubuntu workstation with ssh -X (tried ssh -Y as well). X11 forwarding works ...
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Install rEFInd on OS X 10.10 Yosemite

I want to dual boot my macbook with Arch Linux and thus tried to install rEFInd using the install script, however, after install rEFInd doesn't seem to start at all? Anyone experienced the same issue ...
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Edit a command? [duplicate]

I'm using many basic commands of unix/linux. In Mac OS X Mavericks, I type cat for a file, but output was faulty. In example, content of the file named bar: foo bar Then: ...
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nc not waiting for server disconnect on OS X

How to make nc client on OS X Mavericks keep socket open and read data until server disconnects the socket? I want to send data to a server through nc and then use the response. Problem is that nc ...
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Create bootable hfs+ partition for macbook

I've installed Debian testing on a Macbook Pro (mid 2014) without keeping OS X on the internal SSD. I've used the following GPT partition layout: HFS+ EFI on /boot/efi BTRFS on / SWAP on swap I've ...
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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 ...