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Mac OS X partition type problem

As a 2 decades of MS-Windows user I have switched to Mac OS X a month ago. And my knowledge is not enough to fix my big problem which I encountered yesterday and my brand new MBPro is dead now. I ...
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os-prober not detecting Arch install

I'm triple booting osx, win 7 and arch on an apple macbook pro 8,2 I've followed the guide specific for my macbook pro here: Macbook Pro 8,2 Arch Installation As well as the beginners install guide ...
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Booting Ubuntu from usb on a Mac

I have a Macbook pro (late 2009) running OSX 10.6.8. I want to partition a flash drive and install my Ubuntu iso image onto it. Then I want to boot up from it by (restarting my computer and) holding ...
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How to Kill Difficult Task in Mac Terminal

I ran this grep: grep -r "\-\-\-foo\-\-\-" * | grep -vi bar For the past 5 minutes my Mac has been running hot (I can hear the fan) and I can't hit Ctrlz or x or c to kill the current task. Even ...
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How to change the current directory graphically using the keyboard only?

There was a program named NCD (Norton Change Directory) a few years ago that did a good job at helping me change directory back in the DOS days. This programs displayed a tree, and you could navigate ...
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Why is zsh (oh-my-zsh) completing directories that don't exist?

UPDATE 3 I've worked out that these annoying autocomplete options are actually usernames. I.e. they exist in /etc/passwd I have users such as _kadmin_admin and _kadmin_changepw and many others ...
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How do I detect a copy event in Finder?

I am trying to strip formatting from text copied from my Illustrator docs. Someone accurately pointed out to me that running pbpaste | pbcopy via command-line will perform this action on text in the ...
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Display 'PRI' and 'NI' via 'top -stats'

I'm trying to create a script that prints top stat for some specific fields (e.g. pid, command, priority, nice value). I can print most of them by using -stats option, but there is no arg for ni and ...
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How do I parse namespaces from an XML file using XMLLINT and BASH

Below I have an example of an Adobe XML swidtag used to track inventory. I need to parse out relevant information using xmllint in bash and output that to a new text file. For example I would like ...
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Linux guest VM on mac host - Keyboard

I use a Mac as a development box, but am slowly transitioning to Linux. So I am spending the majority of my time in the Linux guest VM while working. But I still spend a fair amount of time in Mac ...
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What happened to ~ when updating oh-my-zsh?

Not sure what changed the meaning of the home path ~ in my zsh. So when I do cd ~ , I dont cd into my home but it gives me an error that /Users/carlos does not exist. How can I reset ~ to refer to ...
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Stuck process: is it a bad sign?

Sometimes a few process are in a stuck state. For example: PID COMMAND %CPU TIME #TH #WQ #POR #MREGS RPRVT RSHRD RSIZE VPRVT VSIZE PGRP PPID STATE 99357 plugin-container ...
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Triple Boot - Mac, Windows, Backtrack

This was the closest stackexchange site I could find to something of this nature. Currently, I own a Macbook Pro with a Bootcamp Partition (Win7), a Mac Partition (OS X Lion), and the Recovery ...
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pv for directory copy

I need to copy a very large directory (talking in terabytes here) and want to monitor the progress. I found that pv is a nice utility, but how can I use it for copying directories recursively? (pv ...
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Compile IMAP with certain PHP API version for MAMP

I've installed MAMP on Mac OS X (where PHP 5.3.15 with API version 20090626 is installed), but IMAP there is without SSL support. As long as MAMP using PHP v5.4.4 (API version 20100525) I've ...
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Rename directory based on date of file in directory

I am looking for a smart way to bulk rename directories in my photo library based on the date the pictures were taken. My specific use case: Export the image library from iPhoto or Aperture on OS X ...
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Can't delete symbolic links, permission denied

I try to delete all symbolic links pointing to Python3.2 with sudo ls -l . | grep '../Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.2' | awk '{print $9}' | xargs rm This just gives rm: 2to3: ...
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Recover files on unmounted partition

I have 2 partitions on my macbook, but I can't mount one of them. When I run the disk utility, the console (show details area) returns the message: Updating boot support partitions for the volume as ...
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Fetch values from plist file on Linux

I have bash script which was written for OS X and now ported to Linux. I don't have access to the Linux box. The bash script would read values from plist files using the defaults read and PlistBuddy ...
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Boot linux bootloader from Mac OSX

Recently I was running Fedora 17 on my computer which was an HP windows based machine. Unfortunately my computer has a malfunctioning motherboard and will no longer turn on. I removed the hard drive ...
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sed on OSX insert at a certain line

So I've been using 'sed' on linux for a while, but have had a bit of difficulty trying to use it on OSX since 'POSIX sed' and 'GNU sed' have so many little differences. Currently I'm struggling with ...
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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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Can I get WCHAN from ps on Mac OS X 10.7.4?

From the manual it seems that ps -AO wchan should tell me what everything is sleeping on, but everything comes up as -. (And nwchan as 0). Did they do away with the old sleep()/tsleep() interface in ...
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Stop tab completion suggesting 'messagebus'

I've got a directory called build, which I cd into quite a bit. If there isn't any directory bu* in the current directory, zsh tab completion: cd buTAB suggests messagebus/, which isn't in .. If I ...
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Unique lines based on the first field

How can you find unique lines or duplicate lines in a file based on the content of the first field, or the first n characters ? The uniq command on OS X lacks the -w switch that is available under ...
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Bash history with timestamps

I would like to keep timestamps on the commands logged in my Bash $HISTFILE, is it possible? I did not manage to set it up using man bash as an information source. My other options are as follows: ...
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Finding corrupted files

I have a directory that have zillions of files. As soon as I try to copy this directory, I receive a message that a file could not be copied (corrupt ?) and the copy stops. Is there any command I ...
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Quickly check whether many network hosts are up-and-running

Objective: check if a host is up-and-running on the network, with a method that can be efficiently parallelized over many hosts. Emphasis on a QUICK turnaround of the check. Reason to emphasise ...
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My computer won't shut off normally

Every time I try to shut down my iMac it just stays on that loading circle forever. The only way I can get it to shut down is by holding down the power button. I checked the system logs (below) and I ...
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Global bash_profile

I realize there are /etc/profile and /etc/bashrc files for setting global environment variables and maybe I'm just misunderstanding their purposes, but... Is there a global bash_profile file? I'm ...
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How to put Mac OS X wireless adapter in monitor mode

I'm searching for a equivalent of "iwconfig eth0 mode Monitor" in Mac OS. From man iwconfig mode Monitor does the following: "the node is not associated with any cell and passively monitor all ...
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Closing socket connection on running console application

I am testing a chat bot and want to gracefully handle for times when the chat server isn't running so it can come back up when the service is available again. I have the programming handled. My ...
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Am I using bash after this ordeal?

On Mountain Lion, host Coguaro, I login as user coconutpowder using bash: Coguaro:~ coconutpowder$ echo $0 -bash I need to run a command with elevated privileges so I try to su switch to root but ...
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How to get wireless access point information from MacOS terminal

I'm trying to gather information about surrounding access points but can't find the right tools to do that. For Linux there are tools like iwconfig and iwlist, but it looks like they are not ...
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How to prevent ELinks from staying in scrollback buffer?

After quitting elinks, the browser page history is lingering in my scrollback buffer, and therefore not returning to whatever was buffered on screen when I launched elinks. Inside a GNU screen with ...
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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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Connect to Webdav (https) with domain\user

I have a problem trying to connect with our network webdav share on mac osx. I can connect from windows, so it's working. On Mac OSX I have set the routes, and I can connect when using "Transmit" but ...
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Where to install applications

I'm a long-time Windows user in the middle of a multi-year personal migration to Linux-based development. On Windows when I installed an application it got put in the Program Files folder and I'd ...
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Zsh: Automatically modify executed command

I've recently installed grc (generic colorizer) to my system via MacPorts, giving me the ability to get colorized output for plenty of commands which by default don't support it (see screenshot ...
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Why the differences in color between SSH terminal sessions in OSX?

I'm trying to get the colors in an SSH terminal session with a CentOS machine to look the same as it does when I'm SSH'd into my Ubuntu server. If I run echo $TERM in both I get xterm-color as ...
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rsync “skipping non-regular file” when cloning my Aperture library

I am trying to use rsync to maintain a backup copy of my Aperture library. When I run the sync command to see what would happen this is the outcome: rsync --dry-run -r "/Volumes/Data/Aperture ...
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Why can't tr read from /dev/urandom on OSX?

A colleague suggested creating a random key via the following command: tr -dc A-Za-z0-9_\!\@\#\$\%\^\&\*\(\)-+= < /dev/urandom | head -c 32 | xargs It gave me the error: tr: Illegal byte ...
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IPSec VPN Debian Squeeze Server for Mac OS X

I'm trying to get an IPSec VPN set up on my Debian home server, so that I can access my home network and browse without having my internet filtered by my college network, and so that I can perform ...
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Finding/Mounting USB Device in Mac OS X 10.8

I've looked all over and found similar questions and answers and none seem to work for me or match what I see. I should add I'm new to UNIX and the OS X command line but have got a basic overview to ...
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List all chflags file flags?

Is there a way to see a file's flags, such as hidden, schg, etc? I've got an rwxrwxrwx file that I can't edit, and I think a flag might be responsible.
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Does HylaFax server run in OS X?

From their FAQ: HylaFAX is intended to run on any UNIX system that supports a particular set of features: FIFO special files, BSD-style sockets and the TCP/IP communication protocols, BSD-style ...
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Rsync keeps writing

I just recently updated my macbook pro to Mountain Lion. I use rsync to make backups of certain directories on my macbook pro my timecapsule wireless router with build-in harddisk. rsync -avzm ...
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Install of Gentoo: Can't find root device (boot of LiveCD from HardDrive)

I am attempting to install Gentoo on my PowerPC Mac. I have reached the point where I can boot the LiveCD (I have no CD Drive, so it is from my Hard Drive), but after the kernel is loaded, I get a ...
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Finding command execution time in hindsight

I've just executed a long-running process from the bash prompt. In hindsight, I wish I'd run time on it, or noted down the time at which I kicked it off. Is there any way of getting this information ...
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emacs - paste text from clipboard without formatting

I am using Emacs 24 for MacOSX and having some problem with pasting code from clipboard to Emacs. The code that I selected usually already nicely formatted (with tab, ident, ...). However, when I ...