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ddrescue extremely slow on USB hard drive

I'm recovering the HDD from my laptop that died (wouldn't boot up at all, Disk Utility reported that there were no problems, but wouldn't mount the disk). I've hooked up the HDD through the USB ...
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Why mkdir -p /Local/Foo/Bar/Wah not work but cd /Local and mkdir -p Foo/Bar/Wah works? [closed]

I am trying to create a local folder in my local development machine, on Mac OS X Mountain Lion, so I did: sudo mkdir /Local sudo chmod 777 /Local mkdir -p /Local/Foo/Bar/Wah (note that last line ...
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OS X-like deadkeys behavior on Linux

I'm on Debian (actually Crunchbang), and my notebook has a default US layout keyboard. My native language is Brazilian Portuguese (pt-BR), so I've changed my layout with setxkbmap -layout us -variant ...
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“Cannot determine operating system” error

I have a OSX 10.6.8 and installed a LINUX version of Mathematica in my mac. When I try to open it with X11 or Terminal, it claims that "mathematica cannot determine operating system". I cannot ...
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How do I find out the keycodes for Ctrl+up and down arrow for TERM=screen?

I am using tmux a lot, and I have already managed to tune my OS X terminal to send the correct key codes for Ctrl+left and right arrow (\033b and \033f). I found those information on the web. However, ...
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How to repair a corrupted HFS+ partition from a damaged hard-disk?

I have a friend's Mac OS X disk that comes with an HFS+ partition. I am supposed to recover the personal data from this disk, and I'm not yet sure if the filesystem is corrupted or the disk is dying). ...
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SSH public key authentication works on LAN and not from WAN

I've setup my SSH server to use public key authentication. When I connect to my server on local network, it authenticates. But it doesn't when I connect over the internet. I don't think the problem ...
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Why when I enter the command “hostname” it returns something other than my computers name?

I am using a macBook Pro I enter: new-host-2:~ Justin$ hostname And it returns: new-host-2.home Why is this when it says in setting/sharing my computers name is "Justin's macbook pro" and computers ...
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rsyncing from ext3 on mac: file has vanished

I am on Os X and I am rsyncing from a ext3 volume (that I read with osxfuse 2.6.2) to a HFS+ volume. The data I am backupping are ~ 500GB. Sometimes rsync gives the following message: file has ...
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Why might an external Hard Disk Run super slow?

I have an external Western Digital HDD (1gig) which is running very slow, 0.5 - 1mb per second. This is on a Mac Pro running the latest OS with all the patches. The HDD is connected via USB directly ...
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Internetless/Remote Arch Install

Don't have a WiFi card compatible with any modules for Linux or Ethernet, but I do have working OS X install with WiFi. Do have brew on OS X, and it being OSX, most Linux programs will run. How can I ...
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Mac OS X find/grep generating “unknown --devices option”

I am entering a command I have done often with Linux, Unix perfectly fine but with Apple Mac OS X 10.8 (and probably before) I get a grep: unknown --devices option when I attempt to run the following ...
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where is the user content on a Mac OS X disk?

I have a friend's Mac OS X disk that comes with an HFS+ partition. I am supposed to recover the personal data from this disk (it's not yet clear if the FS is corrupted or the disk dying), but for the ...
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**/ not working with a mounted volume

I'm trying to recursively extract a set of .jpgs from a mounted volume using SMB1, to a folder on my computer. Here's what I've got: cp -a **/97*.jpg /Users/.../All_Covers This works as long as my ...
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Should my /usr/local/bin be 700 permissions?

I just installed npm and node.js, and I couldn't access npm. And I'm like "why?" and my OS is like "because /usr/local/bin is at 700 permissions" and I'm like "should it really be that way?" ...
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How to persist ulimit settings in OSX Mavericks?

Before Mavericks, one could use /etc/launchd.conf to persist ulimit settings, for example: limit maxfiles 16384 unlimited limit maxproc 16384 unlimited It no longer works in Mavericks. What is the ...
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What distribution do you suggest for daily use? [closed]

I use my computer everyday for various reasons: programming in c++, android(java), java(in general) listening to music(spotify), watching movies browsing internet, watching youtube clips writing ...
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How to change the default editor for a file type in Mac OSx?

The default editor for java files on my Mac seems to have been set to Xcode, but I want to change it to be the basic TextEditor. I've looked in preferences for the association, but it's not there. ...
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When connecting with GNU Screen (patched version) RPi reprompts for password in kind of loop

I'm sorry this is a repost of my question on raspberrypi.stackexchange.com, but I didn't get an answer there, so I thought I could post it here. If not, please suggest some other way to get help. I ...
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How to write a script that will open up multiple tabs in the terminal?

I am on OSX and using iTerm I have this so far #!/bin/sh open /Applications/iTerm.app & exit 0 So after opening, I need two windows and one of those windows will need to open 6 tabs. two of ...
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Shell script not working to open LimeChat through the terminal

I created a shell script that I will execute in the morning to open up all the apps that I want startup.sh #!/bin/sh open /Applications/Firefox.app & open /Applications/Messages.app & open ...
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Command for finding open ports

On my linux servers I have this alias set: alias ns="sudo lsof -Pi|grep -v ESTABL|grep -v CLOSED|grep -v -e '->' | tr -s ' ' '\t' | awk '{print $3 "\t" $8 "\t" $5 "\t" $9 "\t" $1}'| column ...
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Does changing ulimit get logged Mac/FreeBSD

For some reason our open files ulimit (-n) is getting changes to 256 when it should be 1024. I tried searching for limit in /var/log/{system.log,secure.log} but didn't see anything useful. Any idea ...
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How to edit/delete a .dot_file on mac without using Terminal

When I start Terminal I can not control it. It starts executing an endless loop repeating that some alias does not exist. Because of this I am not able to edit this file using a program such as vim. ...
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How to create an alias for opening a directory on Mac

Trying to create an alias hello. After typing hello in Terminal, then vi opens hello_folder. Now, this code returns: $ hello -bash: hello: command not found 1 #!/bin/bash 2 cd ~/Documents/ ...
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Mac OS X LDAP query via dscl yields different results for same user with same datasource

Where is the NFSHomeDirectory attribute stored for a Mac user who authenticates via LDAP? It doesn't seem to be in the LDAP database on the backend so I assume Open Directory is involved. I have 2 ...
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What does the “@” (at) symbol mean on OSX ls? [duplicate]

When I check permission of less files from the command line on my Snow Leopard OSX system using Bash I see -rw-r--r--@ for certain files and for others I just see -rw-r--r-- What does the @ mean here? ...
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Can I cancel SSH (after using it to browse) without logging out?

I've used the command ssh -D 8080 -f -C -q -N user@IP to SSH into a VPS and set it to browse in the SOCKS proxy settings in System Preferences (on my Mac). How do I cancel the SSH session (and browse ...
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Use remote ViM clipboard from iterm2 on Mac OS X

I have been using VNC for a long time for development and now I decided to move to iterm2 and screen. But there is a small problem. I have to ssh into a remote machine and use vim there. And I want ...
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Customize Top Panel / Global Menu / Super-Wingpanel in Elementary OS Luna

How on ElementaryOS change Wingpanel on Top Panel / Global Menu / Super-Wingpanel like OS X ?
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How can I continue past this point in installing Solaris 11 under VMware Fusion 5.0.4 on Mavericks?

I have a Mac running VMware Fusion 5.0.4 on OSX Mavericks, and I do not seem to be able to get past a certain point on installation on either of two installers I tried. A (text) window comes up, ...
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VirtualBox abnormal behavior when mouse focus from iMac Maverick to vm running Debian wheezy

I am experimenting this really annoying behavior. I never had this problem with other platform combination. In this combination: Hardware OS Host: iMac Maverick Oracle VirtualBox 4.3.2 r90405 Vm ...
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Keyboard mapping VNC

I recently installed realvnc server on my pc running windows 7, however when connecting from my macbook using the "screen sharing.app" a number of keys are unavailable. For example I need to use the ...
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Translate GNU ps flags to standard flags

I'm using oh-my-zsh and its ssh-agent plugin on OSX, but lately somebody upstream decided to use ps x. I'm not entirely sure what that even does, since I haven't used a GNU userland in something close ...
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Best options for mounting Mac OS X hard drive on my Linux box?

I have a new 3 terabyte external USB hard drive (Seagate ST3000DM001 in an enclosure). I hope to use it on both my iMac (OS X 10.6.8) and my Linux machines (Kubuntu). Right now this drive will ...
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Octave - warning: unable to open X11 DISPLAY

My setup is as follows: Octave 3.6.4 Mac OS X Mavericks 2009 Macbook Pro I'm trying to run Octave in Terminal, with gnuplot. I'm trying to plot matrices in a graph, as part of an online Coursera ...
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Problem with file permissions in shared directory under /srv between OS X and Ubuntu

I'm setting up some folders where any user in the users group can collaborate on files, on a Ubuntu 12.04 LTS server. It seems that users on my machine have no problems editing each other's files (I ...
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Spawn a new terminal window from the terminal

Is there any terminal command I can execute that will pop open a new terminal window? I need something that will work in OSX' Terminal.app, but it would be nice if there were a way to do this that ...
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sshfs and Emacs: file changed on the disk

I am using Mac 10.6.8 SSHFS version 2.4 fuse4x library version: FUSE 2.8.7 / fuse4x 0.9.2 I connect via sshfs to a remote cluster (via a bridge). I modify the remote files with emacs. The problem ...
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sshfs: experiencing data loss

I am connecting to a filesystem on a remote server via sshfs. What I do is just to modify these files with emacs. From time to time I am experiencing data loss. While I work on a file and try to ...
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How to use ifconfig to show active interface only

By default ifconfig will show me all available interfaces , but what if I just want to display active ones? Like, en0 only in below. en0: ...
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Rename file in Mac OS Terminal using Regex

Hundreds of images need to be renamed with a terminal command using regex on MacOS 10.9 Mavericks. The files are named this way: 0045AW489R3T(IPCAM)_0_20131124101245_931.jpg ...
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OS X: how to keep the computer from sleeping during a http connection

An application I use downloads data from a specific server, and I need it to sleep after the download has finished and the socket is closed. However downloads take place at random days, the app that ...
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Get the current volume level in OS X Terminal CLI?

I would like to check the current volume level from the CLI on my Mac. I know I can set it like this: osascript -e 'set volume <N>' But that doesn't seem to work when trying to get the ...
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Weird logging behavior in Berkeley mail on a Mac

I use Berkeley mail (/usr/bin/mail) on an iMac. It has just started behaving in strange ways. If I type "~v", to open an editor, I get "[LogLevel VERBOSE]" or sometimes "[LogLevel DEBUG]" and the ...
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Preserving owner/group on OS X-provided CIFS shares

I read the attached StackExchange link: Automatically disable Linux extensions for Samba mounts about disabling CIFS Unix Extensions in order to mount OS X CIFS shares. However, my understanding is ...
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Getting g++ to work on Mac with Xcode

In trying to get g++ to work in terminal I ran a command which I have now learned is outdated. I think this is why running g++ in terminal returns an error but I am unsure. If I try to run any .cpp ...
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Make terminal print name of parent process OSX [closed]

Slightly above n00b, but not by much. I made an alias to search for and display all of the processes associated with a specific user account that seem to auto initiate every time I log in, which are ...
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startx from mac osx to RHEL6

I am trying to get a GUI over ssh -X. My RHEL6 server did not have X Window System and a graphical desktop environment. So I installed using yum groupinstall "X Window System" Desktop. It installed ...
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How can I change my bash prompt to show my working directory?

I can print my current working dir like this myPrompt$ pwd /Users/me/myDir I want my shell to look like this /Users/me/myDir$ pwd /Users/me/myDir Is that possible? How can I do it?