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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 ...
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/etc/shadow on Mac

I've been trying to run this Linux passwd-generator file on my Mac. I modified enough the script to make it to work well with directories under OSX: #!/bin/sh # build-passwd.sh - creates a password ...
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Permissions corrupted?

A few weeks ago, I installed Linux Mint on a USB flash drive. I used it to copy the contents of my HFS+ external hard drive to my Windows drive on my desktop. Then, I formatted the external drive to ...
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Weird behaviour case insensitivity with bash on MacOS

~/testing $ echo Hello > hello.txt ~/testing $ echo Goodbye > goodbye.txt ~/testing $ cat goodbye.txt hello.txt > HELLO.txt ^C ~/testing $ ls -l total 9056 -rw-r--r-- 1 user user 8 ...
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How should I check to see if the remote smb serv is mounted?

I'm pretty new to mount. Basically, I have a remote SMB serv on the local network that I want copy images from a directory on, then repeat every 5 min. I think what I need to do is make a script that ...
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How do I fix my FastCGI Pinax / Django deployment?

I'm running OSX Lion (posted here because this is a Unix-specific question), and am trying to deploy a Pinax project via FCGI. I have the FastCGI daemon running: $ ps wwaux | grep fcgi jonathan ...
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How to prevent fs unmounting?

(Apologies in advance for giving so few details below, but trust me that the set-up and the problem I'm dealing with are truly baroque, and even a superficial description would result in a far ...
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How can I print well formatted code

Similar to using markdown on Stack Overflow to create monospace output, how can I do that for my programs. I tried lp filename.txt and was pleasantly please to find that it was able to use the local ...
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How can I force LXDE to have a transparent background when connecting with X/X11?

Just got my Raspberry Pi in the mail and I've started playing around with it. After getting LXDE up and working working in desktop mode (i.e. monitor and keyboard plugged in) I decided I wanted to ...
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Linux Mint freezes while downloading eclipse

I installed linux mint on parallels on my mac computer. It seemed to work fine and then, while downloading eclipse from Software Manager the entire system froze when it got to 40%. I've tried ...
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On OS X, how do I log in interactively as root starting from my normal user account?

I have been doing this for a while: sudo su - but it uses 'sh' rather than 'bash', which is what I'd like to do. Which command will log me in as root and get me a bash shell even if that's not the ...
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Bash Process Substitution does not work as 'root' on OS X

OS X 10.6.8, if I use Bash Process Substitution as 'root', it just doesn't work. Is it supposed to be so? Why? Note: here's what I mean... "<(list)" mysql -D robottinosino < <(echo ...
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How to fix link error under CMake for class QX11Info on Mac OS X

I'm trying to build kxstitch, which is designed for Linux, on OS X. I've gotten most of the way there by installing MacPorts, XCode, KDE, etc. and making minor changes to the build file, but am ...
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Best rolling release distribution for MacBook Pro

I got a macbook pro 7.1 wich is running OSX, i'm looking for the most compatible distribution to dual boot. Here's my criteria : I don't want to reinstall my system every 6 month, so I'll prefer a ...
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Automatically dim the backlight of a secondary monitor on MAC [closed]

I have a 2010 iMac 27" as well as a 27" Apple Cinema Display. The iMac will auto-dim on inactivity, I'd say around 5 minutes. When the iMac dim's the Cinema Display is still bright. There is no ...
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FTP timeout FIRST time [closed]

I'm using PureFTPd on MacOSX (Snow Leopard, not server version). When trying to access the FTP account from the outside via dyndns (e.g. using https://www.wormly.com/test_ftp_server) the connection ...
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How to bypass youtube's local cache?

Youtube performance here in Brazil has been terrible lately. Checking my browser's activity I can see that my ISP has a local Youtube cache and serves videos in 1.7 MB chunks. Talking to some friends ...
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Remove directory in ftp

This is probably very simple, but I really can't get it to work. I have an old directory with a symlink in it. I need to delete the directory, but it says it is not empty when I try: rm -f dirname ...
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How to fix this mysql permission problem?

I'm trying like mad to get rails dbconsole to work (Rails 3.2.6, if that helps). The problem is that when I run the command, I get: gems/railties-3.2.6/lib/rails/commands/dbconsole.rb:81:in `exec': ...
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SSH LocalCommand on exit

In ~/.ssh/config you can use the LocalCommand directive to execute a local command whenever you connect to a remote machine via SSH. But how do I execute a command when I exit an SSH connection? It ...
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OSX : rmdir “permission denied” but directory removed

This is a question from a newbie trying to learn UNIX commands. I was trying to test the rmdir command by removing a test directory located in my Downloads directory. I have read and write rights on ...
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Issues with .bash_profile and terminal commands

I added some data to my .bash_profile to run two aliases ruby version 19 and the proper gems. As soon as I added the data I could not longer run any commands such as the MacPorts command port nor the ...
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Re-install ssh-keygen on unix/mac

Something is wrong with the way my Mac generates ssh keys. This has been the second time where I've created a key with ssh-keygen -t rsa. When I paste the created id_rsa.pub to use in a connecting ...
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Append timestamp to top command output

All, I'm using top -l 0 -s 1 -pid XXX -stats rsize | awk 'NR%13==0; fflush(stdout)' > output.txt to store the rsize value of a process in a file. Currently the contents of output.txt look ...
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Vim script check running platform

" Get running OS let os = "" if has("win32") let os="win" else if has("unix") let s:uname = system("uname") if s:uname == "Darwin" let os="mac" else let os="unix" endif ...
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Move position of an application window from the command line on OSX

An application — iA Writer — somehow got stuck off screen with only the corner showing. I can't grab it or use other means to move it from that position. All new windows open in that position, ...
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Should 'LC_ALL=fr_FR.UTF-8 date +%x' give consistent results across machines?

The %x format specifier to the date utility should, according to the man page, use the locale specific date format. However, when I specify the same installed locale and try this on two different ...
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OSX top command shows 5 running on a quad core

When trying to run the top command on my quad core mac, I see periodically that there are 5 running processes. How could it be possible to have 5 running processes on a quad core machine?
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Bypass ssh password prompt from a shell script

I've got a shell script that ssh'es into a server using public key authentication and runs a command on that machine. This works fine on machines where the users have installed the public key on the ...
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On Mac OS X, how to encrypt a small folder and copy that to Google Drive or DropBox?

On Mac OS X, right now I use the following to back up a small project folder to a USB Flash drive: alias a='alias' a dateseq='date "+%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S"' a backup_proj='cp -a ~/code/MyProj ...
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Restrict search of locate to specific directories

Is there a way to restrict locate output to specific directories on Mac OS X Snow Leopard? I read about using regex on a Ubuntu forum. However, on my mac locate does not accept -r option. I also ...
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chmod: What does the `+a` parameter mean?

I was following a tutorial and it told me to run sudo chmod +a "SOME_PARAMS" some/dir I was surprised to see that fail telling me chmod: invalid mode: `+a' So I wonder: What does the +a mode ...
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How can I check if mysql is installed using a bash script?

I need to check if mysql is installed from within a bash script. What would be an efficient way of doing that? I thought I could do this: if [ ! -f `which mysql` ] ; then echo "foo" fi But I ...