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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 ...
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Remove multiline text with special chars from all files in a folder

I have multi-line text with special characters (i.e. //*(): etc) looking like following in multiple files in a folder that I'm trying to remove. Tried all different solutions using sed and awk but ...
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How to format textutil -excludedelements

I use Geektool on the Mac to display various information on my desktop. One feature of Geektoool is the ability to use shell mode to launch custom scripts or commands. I am not versed in any type of ...
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Installing Arch Linux alongside OS X - Bootloader issues

I have installed Arch Linux alongside my OS X install on my MBP 11,1 using the guide found here, however on the last three commands of the boot loader section I get the error /usr/sbin/grub2-probe: ...
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osx server, windows client, running emacs opens it on server not client

I've installed emacsformacosx on my OSX box. I'd like to shove my macmini in a data center and run it headless. I've gotten x-windows working. If I run xeyes, it displays on my Windows 7 client. ...
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Apropos always returns several duplicate matches from whatis

When I run apropos or man -k in bash, it always returns the same item (at least one) twice: Question Why is it doing this; and would it indicate that there's a possible configuration issue with my ...
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Send a specific signal to an external USB keyboard? Or, how do I fix fdopen()?

Some background: I'm trying to make the caps lock light on an external keyboard light up on-command when I run a command from the command line. Ideally it would be scriptable, so that I can use it for ...
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Using setuid Properly

I've been scared too much by the warning about setuid. However I cannot find a way around using it. I want to be able to run: arp -s 198.51.100.1 00:53:00:12:34:56 as the user steven but arp -s ...
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simplest way to get an ubuntu virtual machine w/ ssh server on my network

I have an OSX box and I'd like to just get a fresh install of Ubuntu to use remotely over SSH. That's all. But I'd like to get that on the same box without in anyway altering my existing OSX ...
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how to debug/fix screen crashes on startup

(this is a question in reference to the OS X version of Gnu screen. I don't know if this makes any difference - and I guessed that Unix & Linux would have better screen-fu than Ask Different.) ...
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Failed to download the JMeter CA certificate for HTTPS recording

I am unable to run HTTPS recording in Jmeter. I have used "jmeter_proxy_step_by_step.pdf" for the setup. The Jmeter version is 2.11 and Java jdk7. But I am unable to generate the certificate. The ...
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No xauth data; using fake authentication. Unable to display remote windows

Whenever I try to ssh -X or -Y into a remote Linux server from my Mac (OSX Mavericks) machine, I get the same message: "Warning: No xauth data; using fake authentication data for X11 ...
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How to find the currently running app from terminal on OS X?

I'm writing a shell script runs in the background and monitors user activity. I'd like to be able to capture current application/document if possible. Can I do that? (Cross-posting this from ...
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rsync from Mac ext hd to VPS works but not VPS to Mac

There are no errors with either rsync -a /Volumes/hd/dir_foo foo@foo.com:~/ or rsync -a foo@foo.com:~/dir_foo /Volumes/hd/dir_foo in the first instance the synced folder on remote system CentOs ...
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Mass mv on files and changing filenames [duplicate]

I want to change these filenames download (19).download ... download (27).download to download (19).html ... download (27).html I run unsuccessfully mv *.download *.html usage: mv [-f | -i | ...
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ssh-copy-id hangs with 8192-bit key

Having a bit of an issue with ssh-copy-id it seems to hang when i try to copy 8192-bit rsa keys accross to an OpenIndiana server. I running OS X as my client OS. Is anyone aware of issues with keys of ...
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emacs wont let me use a different background color

I've tried different themes in emacs (on mac with xterm set to 256) and everything works great except it's ignoring the theme's background color. Even if I add (set-background-color "red") for example ...
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Is there any command to list all related files and folders to specified file in macosx?

I have many ctags in my macosx. When doing which ctags, it gave me /usr/bin/ctags. But I also want to know where is all related folders and files to this /usr/bin/ctags Any useful command?
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Undocumented pppd exit code

If my machine (OSX 10.9.2) is not connected to the Internet and I want to establish pptp connection by using pppd: $ sudo /usr/sbin/pppd serviceid 5BE14D3A-7B94-4704-ADE0-9883B189199E debug logfile ...
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To grep 20 characters after and before match

I have the problem that I get too much information after the match for grep -RnisI --color=auto "pseudomonas" * I want to get only like 20 characters or 10 words after and before the match. What ...
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I am the owner of a file and I have write access: why can't I save?

I am on OSX 10.9.2 I am locked out of postgres and trying to modify pg_hba.conf to get back in. http://stackoverflow.com/questions/11919275/can-not-enter-and-change-postgresql-pg-hba-conf-file I run ...
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OSX plist editing causes app crash

Does anyone have any idea why Finder (or iBooks or Mail, or Preview BUT NOT Terminal) crashes after adding the following key:value to its plist: LSUIPresentationMode -int 4 (puts the Finder's ...
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Why are interactive shells on OSX login shells by default?

In Linux and, to my knowledge, all Unix systems, terminal emulators run interactive, non-login shells by default. This means that, for bash, the started shell will: When an interactive shell that ...
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How can I configure NoMachine 4.0.369 for OS X to connect to freenx-server on Fedora 20?

On an otherwise untouched installation of Fedora 20 Security Lab, I'm trying to enable NX access so I don't have to use Windows and the vSphere console. I have to use SSH to reach the host, no other ...
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In OS X Darwin, why can I interfere with text input across user sessions using cat?

OS X Darwin: Disrupting Terminal Sessions Across User Identities How, in Brief: with cat < /dev/ttys_, in Terminal. My Question This OS X 10.9.2 Darwin behaviour seems odd to me, and I would ...
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htop: Using Ctrl + n & Ctrl + p to move between processes

I'm running the latest version of htop through Homebrew on the latest OSX. htop seems to work well on my terminal (either Terminal or iTerm), but: I'm unable to use Ctrl+n and Ctrl+p to move up and ...
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Use basename to parse a list of paths held in a file

I'm running Mac OSX and trying to use the command line to find the number of files I have with the same name. I tried to use the following command: find ~ -type f -name "*" -print | basename | sort ...
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Copying emacs content through terminal app's clipboard copies unexpected tabs for some spaces

I'm using terminal.app on OS X, and when typing in emacs I often want to copy the text and paste it into some other program. When I do, I find that copied text has some spaces unexpectedly replaced by ...
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mv a file to /dev/null breaks dev/null

If I do: touch file; mv file /dev/null as root, /dev/null disappears. ls -lad /dev/null results in no such file or directory. This breaks applications which depend on /dev/null like SSH and can be ...
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Using a minimal linux host for OSX and W7 VMs

I am a 3d artist (animation/modeling/sculpting) and I have a dream. I have licenses of zBrush the Autodesk and Adobe suites. My zBrush is a mac only licence; maya is both (I think), Adobe is for ...
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How do I only undo pasted text in vim?

TL;DR; version - How do I undo text that was pasted in from my OS copy buffer without undoing other text that was typed in since I went into insert mode? Longer description: Put something in your ...
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Configuring Vim with clientserver and clipboard

On OS X I have vim working just fine from homebrew. The default homebrew install compiles vim with these flags. ./configure --prefix=/usr/local --mandir=/usr/local/Cellar/vim/7.4.161/share/man ...
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What version of bash am I running

I tried to change default bash on OS X Mavericks, Installed new bash trough brew, run chsh -s /usr/local/bin/bash, went to "Users and group" made sure that Login shell for my login points to the ...
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Unrecognized Type: for length of date string [closed]

I am getting current date and checking for length of date if non-zero then perform some action. now=$(date) echo "$now" if [[ -n "$now" ]]; then echo "not empty" fi Prints this to console- Mon ...
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unable to open openmpi ? Terminal / OSX 10.9.1

Hi I am trying to simulate an example of a software using terminal on OSx 10.9.1. When I execute examples the terminal said Bus error:10 and some errors abput openmpi. I downloaded Openmpi versions ...
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What is the difference between OSX, Linux and Windows System Authorisation? [closed]

Last week my lab instructor started giving us introduction about linux and how to use CLI commands. Anyway, he started insulting and joking about Mac OSX systems and how they are a joke systems. He ...
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Automatically copy PDF.plugin to Chromium.app

I'm using Chromatic.app to update my Chromium.app recently. I'd like to use Chrome.app's PDF.plugin in Chromium.app. Therefore I need to copy PDF.plugin to the following directory: ...
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How can I get the tac command on OS X?

I like to use tac to reverse the output of cat. However, it's not available in the Mavericks terminal. I tried to find it on MacPorts and again it's not available. Can anyone please show me how to get ...
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run perl script with unknown perl location

I'm developing a perl script which expected to be downloaded by Mac users with a very small knowledge of shell, linux etc, let's say office managers and accountants. After the downloading the script ...
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OSX 10.9.1 unable to open .pkg file

I downloaded gfortran-4.8.2.pkg from http://coudert.name/software/gfortran-4.8.2-Mavericks.dmg but somehow I could not open it . I unpacked it, right clicked so, the menu was appeared, it said ...
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UDP commands for Linux and Mac?

I'm trying to test UDP between 2 terminals in the same machine. For instance: Terminal 1 UDP listener@port:3000 UDP sender to port:3001 Terminal 2 UDP listener@port:3001 UDP sender to ...
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what is the command to display .eps files?

I'm have a file called t-0.8.eps. How can I open this file in the shell? I am using Mac and when I click .eps files the preview (the name of the software to read PDFs) says failed.
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zsh completion installations (autojump) - How to use them?

I just installed autojump and have oh-my-zsh installed in my system. I have included the log of the installation at the bottom of this post. Note that at the end it says: zsh completion has been ...
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What is PATH on a Mac OS?

What is the PATH in a Mac OS? I have used it to install global command-line tools, but the only documentation I have found are tutorials for doing just that, with no real explanation of what is ...
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/etc/paths in OS X and other Unices

Is /etc/paths read by every shell that I run in OS X? For example, if I use zsh, will it parse /etc/path to populate $PATH? What exactly is the sequence that OS X follows to populate $PATH? Does it ...
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Difference between .tar.gz.asc, git.tar.bz2 and .tar.bz2

I have a Mac running OSX 10.9.1 and I want to install Gerris and its dependencies. In the last lines of the page I have to install ffmpeg. But there are lots of releases of ffmpeg. Which one I should ...
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Which software to use? [closed]

I am familiar with Unix and am trying to move my home away from Microsoft completely. I wannna build a NAS/website(local and webwide) server. My primary OS is OS X Mavericks and secondly Ubuntu. ...
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Missing source ~/.bashrc Mac terminal : ~/.profile?

I need to install Gerris on mac 10.9.1. The website http://gfs.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Mac_OSX_Installation says: Note: make sure that the file ~/.profile contains the line source ~/.bashrc ...