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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 ...
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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 U+...
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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 32-...
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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: kaanklky-air:foo-...
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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 xt....
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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 ...