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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 ...
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Is it possible to make a chroot -bind with debian under mac os x lion?

Within Linux (e.g. Ubuntu), it is possible to mount partitions like /home, /etc, /lib from another Linux machine and bind them to /proc /sys /tmp to the host's to actually take control of the mounted ...
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How do I configure Emacs to use 'ispell' on Mac OS X?

I'm using brew as my package manager for both Emacs and ispell. I have both installed. Doing a quick google, I was unable to figure out how to tell Emacs where ispell is and to load the appropriate ...
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Unable to delete directory

On my OS X host, I am having trouble deleting the directory "foo". mymac:.Trashes joe$ ls foo mymac:.Trashes joe$ ls foo/ Ảnh011.jpg Ảnh012.jpg Ảnh013.jpg mymac:.Trashes joe$ ls -l foo/ ls: ...
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Verbose DNS query to see DNS query order?

I typically determine the IP of a host by doing: $ host -t A example.com. Is there a more verbose version of this that tells me whats happening in the background, specifically the order of what is ...
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Can the Linux kernel be compiled on Mac OS X 10.6.8?

I have a Macbook Pro and I want to build the Linux Kernel. Can I build 3.3.6 on my Mac? How?
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How to remove the (1) from filenames using the find command

I recently converted all of my FLAC files to a lower sampling rate of 44.1 kHz and bit depth of 24 bits (because iPhone/iPod don't support anything above that) using XLD on my Mac OS 10.7 (Lion). ...
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Error with fetchmail and SSL certificates

I have a problem configuring my mail client on my Mac OS 10.6.8. These were the steps I did: # touch ~/.fetchmailrc I edited the file and created the contents: poll pop.gmail.com with proto POP3 ...
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I accidentally deleted the sudoers file on Mac OS X; is there any way to recover it?

I accidentalley deleted the sudoers file on Mac OS X; is there any way to recover it? And once you've recovered it, how do you set it to mode 0440? I presume not but I am desperate to get it back!
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dd copies more data than exists in .img?

I'm trying to dd an .img file over to my micro sd (8 GB). The rom (.img) is 2.66 GB, but in my output of DD (live) it says its transfered 9 GB. I don't get how it's turning a 2 GB image into 9 GB. I'm ...
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Alt-Left on OSX to behave like Alt-Left on Ubuntu [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to change previous/next word shortcut in bash? When connected to a ubuntu server bash shell, I can hold alt key and press the left or right keys to move forward or ...
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What does @ sign mean in 'ls' output on Mac OSX Lion terminal? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: what does the @ mean in ls -l? What does the @ sign mean in the following "ls" output? -rw-r--r--@ 1 root wheel 489 Jan 4 13:14 boot.plist
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Fork bomb on a Mac?

I just learned about a fork bomb, an interesting type of a denial of service attack. Wikipedia (and a few other places) suggest using :(){ :|:& };: on UNIX machines to fork the process an infine ...
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Dual booting on a Macbook Pro 7,1.

I'm looking to install Linux on my Macbook Pro in a Dual Boot config. I've previously asked this question in a different fashion here: Dual Boot Fedora 16 with OS X rEFIt. However, it didn't really ...
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Is there any way to set Mac OS X to use xinetd instead of launchd?

Can Mac OS X run xinetd instead of launchd and if so, how do you do it?
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How do you install mutt on Mac OS X?

Is there any way of installing Mutt on Mac OS X without using a compiler, homebrew or MacPorts?
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find & sed (search and replace)

I'm using the following command on my mac: $find . -name “*.java” -exec sed -i ’s/foo/bar/g’ {} \; and it seems to have no effect. I have two files in the directory that end in .java, which both ...
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Where does GCC look for its internal executables?

I have installed GCC to a custom prefix. When it is invoked, it complains that it cannot find some of its internal binaries. My computer's "official" GCC keeps them here: ...
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Dual boot Fedora 16 with OS X refit

Having trouble with installing Fedora 16 on my Macbook Pro. While the installation itself completes without and issues, the bootloader doesn't install correctly. I have rEFIt, which I already have ...
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Is there a way to undo the 'cpp' command in terminal?

I accidentally typed cpp Scriptname.py DestinationDirectory, intending to copy the Python script into the folder. I realized afterward that I should have used cp, but now my Python script is ...
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Vim visual mode to system clipboard?

Using the vim text editor, I am looking for a method to copy content highlighted in visual mode to the system clipboard (i.e. I would then be able to Ctr-v that content say in a browser window). Is ...
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How to meet required dependencies in order to install expect pecl extension on Mac OS X?

I am attempting to install the expect pecl extension. OS version = 10.7.3 PHP version 5.3.10 installed via macports expect version 5.45 installed via macports The command I am executing: ...
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Opening files from Ubuntu server over ssh from Mac Terminal

So I SSH into a Ubuntu server and try to open the file in a Mac program (Coda) and get an error: Couldn't get a file descriptor referring to the console Using the command open myfile.html This ...
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Installing afpfs-ng from source

I want to install afpfs-ng to get access to an AFP share from my Mac. I am running Debian and am following instructions from http://unix.stackexchange.com/a/175/17242, and I get checking for a ...
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Grep_color on mac

I am trying to get my regex highlighted on mac using terminal. I have put this is my .profile: export GREP_COLOR='1;30;40' Nothing changes, so I added the same to my bash.profile still nothing, ...
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If Mac OS X is UNIX, why is it that it is not open sourced and the license is proprietary?

If Mac OS X is a Unix, as answered in this question, why is it that it is not open sourced and the license is proprietary, as stated in this Wikipedia article? According the the genealogy from this ...
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How do I make all current and future files in a directory readable by a certain group/user?

I have a "Drop Box" directory for students to submit assignments. Its permissions are set to "drwx-wx---" where all of the students belong to the group. This lets them write to but not read from the ...
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why does grep -A n give more lines than n?

I am verifying UID/GID for certain users using the dscacheutil command. Using grep with -A flag gives me what I need but the number of lines doesn't make sense. Output below: Edit8:~ edit08$ ...