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How to transfer data “offline” between osx and ubuntu?

I need to transfer around 50gb of data from my Ubuntu to my OSX. scp and samba are both too slow it seems - even with the Ethernet cable connected (14-15 hours!). I have physical access to both ...
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How can I tell why a process is waiting?

I'm trying to run a command on OSX Mavericks and it seems to be hanging. I found out that Control + T is a Unix command to show the status of a foreground job. Pressing it several times over the ...
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Limiting access to a website based on IP address when .htaccess is not allowed

I am trying to limit access to a website to a small set of IP addresses. I am a regular user on the Mac OSX web server. My first attempt at limited access was to create an .htaccess order deny,allow ...
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newsyslog for paths with empty spaces

How can I configure newsyslog to trim logs with paths containing empty spaces? I define my paths at /etc/newsyslog.d/frank.conf like this: "/Users/frank/Library/Application ...
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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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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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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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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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OS X virtualization for software development

I am a OS X user and I work on multiple platforms for which I need multiple dependencies. I want to separate my different development dependency packages in virtual environments so they are all ...
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Hide a file extension using Terminal

I have about 40 files in my folder. I selected all the files and pressed command+I. Instead of opening one Get Info window, my Mac shows up 40 windows! Is there a terminal command to hide the file ...
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Mac OS X: Terminal Prompt Username

I'm using Mac OS Snow Leopard (v10.6.8). I've changed the account name under System Preferences > System > Accounts > Full Name. However, that does not change the username on the terminal ...
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OfflineIMAP tells me SQLite isn't installed, even though it is

Whenever I run OfflineIMAP v6.5.3.1 I get an error for every folder (i.e. tag and folder in Gmail) which tells me there was a problem and then right after it tells me: SQLite backend chosen, but no ...
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VPN Setup Errors

I'm trying to install a VPN on one of our servers for use within my campus so that we can play some games, but I appear to be getting errors when I try to connect, as shown below. Not quite sure about ...
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why the “open” command runs under the home directory?

Under Mac OSX (Mountain Lion), I have a shell script "a": #!/bin/bash open -a Terminal b which run another shell script "b" using Terminal: echo `pwd` Something interesting is that, no matter ...
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How can I get a regular gcc etc. under HomeBrew under Mac OSX Mountain Lion?

I have a Mac with command-line developer tools installed, including Apple's LLVM C compiler, present as /bin/gcc. How can I get a real gcc installed so that e.g. make will see the standard gcc ...
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How to install wine via brew?

I am trying to install wine via homebrew on Mac OS Mountain Lion 10.8.4. $ brew install wine Error: wine dependency jpeg not installed with: --universal How do I resolve this?
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Where would I find where an .htaccess file is located and being used on a Mac OS X Lion server that sets Basic Auth on an Apache server?

I've installed some software, namely, a continuous integration (CI) server (Jenkins) on a Mac Mini running Lion Server. The server, by default, runs from port 8080 on local host via the url: ...
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ipfw on Mac OS X 10.8

I'm trying to setup local transparent proxy with ipfw and squid and ran into some problems. I have a single rule 00100 fwd 127.0.0.1,3128 log tcp from any to any dst-port 80 but it either gets into ...
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Keep the ssh session

I am using Macbook developing a client application. I want to access server logs, so I opened a shell terminal and established a ssh connection to the server and access the log file there by ...
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How to revert to the original config files in OS X?

How can I revert config files in OS X 10.8.2 to their original state? I want to discard any changes made to /etc/hosts, /etc/sshd_config, etc.
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Unix: find directory filenames listed in a text file and move to new directory

I'm a command line novice trying to figure out the appropriate command to execute the following within the Terminal in Mac OS X. Assuming I've placed all files in the same directory, I want to ...
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What permissions should I set if I'm the only user?

I'm the only user on a OS X machine and am wondering what the best practice is for setting permissions on my sensitive files. Specifically, are there reasons to prefer one of the following -rw------- ...
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Block Internet Connection through Terminal on OSX

Even though I don't have administrative privileges, can I block Internet connection on my Mac OS 10.8 machine, through the terminal? I want to do this because I am too lazy to disconnect ethernet ...
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How can I get my Mountain Lion Mac to have Apache serve up content on port 80?

There might be more than one problem here, but I got my Mac back from the shop after the hard drive was failing, and the new hard drive reproduced my home directory but not httpd.conf. Since I have ...
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How to Kill Difficult Task in Mac Terminal

I ran this grep: grep -r "\-\-\-foo\-\-\-" * | grep -vi bar For the past 5 minutes my Mac has been running hot (I can hear the fan) and I can't hit Ctrlz or x or c to kill the current task. Even ...
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Rename directory based on date of file in directory

I am looking for a smart way to bulk rename directories in my photo library based on the date the pictures were taken. My specific use case: Export the image library from iPhoto or Aperture on OS X ...
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My computer won't shut off normally

Every time I try to shut down my iMac it just stays on that loading circle forever. The only way I can get it to shut down is by holding down the power button. I checked the system logs (below) and I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to build GTK2 on the Mac OS X EI Captain?

I tried to build GTK2 to Mac OS X EI Captain from source code. But by the environment variable (INCLUDE?), an error occurred and I failed to build. Please help me by advices? Doesn't someone have the ...
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Why kernel may be throttled?

My MBR start freezing up for over hour and I've found that my kernel reported being throttled, e.g. (this is just a sample for 2 seconds) $ sudo fs_usage | | grep -i throttled 12:26:45 THROTTLED ...
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Why does `hostname.local` resolution fail

I have a number of Linux machines, all with avahi running and a few Macs, all on the same local network. I often use ssh between pairs of machines, using hostname.local as the address. Most times ...
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Zip files served by nginx do not open on Mac OS X [closed]

I have a Windows machine where I zip my files using a gulp script, and upload them to my Linux machine in some directory under nginx. The files download and open properly on Windows, but when I ...
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Is compatibility technically easier to achieve for Darling than for Wine?

I hope this question isn't too theoretical. I find it very interesting. A project called Darling is attempting to create an OS X compatibility layer for Linux. If successful, this will allow users to ...
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Linphone (3.9.1) compiling error with ./prepare.py --package in OS X El Capitan (10.11.4)

I'm a noob with the linphone project. I had clone the linphone-desktop project and follow all the steps provided both on the README and in the README.macos from the linphone repository to install all ...
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ncurses over ssh (osx -> linux) freezing and unresponsive

I'm using linux perf_events and sometimes am having trouble with the perf report (which is an ncurses terminal application) view freezing up. I'm interacting with a remote linux server which is ...
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Can I repair a HFS+ volume if the files were unreadable after “Easus Recovery Wizard” recovery? Testdisk & Diskutil info below

I have someone else's 1.5TB hard drive (WD Elements) that I would like to repair or recover files from. It has possibly been dropped and was constantly around a lot of loud Techno music. It is the ...
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I'm trying to install ncmpcpp, but when installing boost it hangs here

The following shows what happens when I try to install ncmpcpp (on OS X): brew install ncmpcpp !181 ==> Installing dependencies for ...
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'Resuming' Ubuntu after battery died

I'm running Ubuntu 15.10 alongside OSX, usually booting into Ubuntu using rEFInd. Last night my laptop died while in Ubuntu due to lack of battery power, when trying to boot back into Ubuntu this ...
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ftp: Illegal PORT command with ls on Linux, but not OS X?

I'm getting strange errors with ftp on Linux (Arch, to be more specific, as part of the inetutils package). To be truthful, the reason I'm using the shell command is because all of my other clients ...
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How can I install Arch Linux on Mac? On an external hard drive?

How can I install Arch onto a Macbook Air 2014? I'd also like this to be on an External Hard drive. I know how to boot into the BIOS and everything, I just feel like none of the guides have helped me. ...
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What is the equivalent of pstop on OSX?

Is there an equivalent of pstop in OSX? How is pstop different to kill?
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Using terminal to reset icon cache - which method?

I've been trying to find out how to reset the icon cache on my MacBook, and two methods seem to always be suggested. However, the two approaches differ slightly in the third line. Method 1 sudo find ...
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OS X El Capitan , systemstats:com.apple.telemetry.shutdown

Last night I reinstall OS X El Capitan on may macbook air 11 inch and after I did updates , I shutdown the macbook and went to sleep.İn the morning , I opened it and I saw it was just on sleep. I'm ...
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Why is my rsync slow?

I run a rsync job transferring about 45 million files/approximately 1.8 TB data (a Mac OS X Time Machine backup) over a 100 MBit connection. I use rsync 3.1.1 from MacPorts (I first tried the built ...