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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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Safe to change owner of OS X system folders?

I'm trying to get Homebrew to work. That program's diagnosis tool gives me these suggestions: You should probably chown /usr/local/etc ... You should probably chown them: ...
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Trying to open a GUI from a remote server using Mac but not succesfully

I'm brand new user in MacOSX. I'm using ssh to connect to some Linux servers. I'm trying to open a GUI locally for a process running in the remote Linux server. So I read that I should install ...
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OS X, bash: less works on open file descriptors, cat doesn't

In a bash script I'm working on (which has to run on Ubuntu and OS X), I need to redirect the output of hundreds of commands to a file. Rather than appending &>... to all of them, I simply do ...
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Why the value of VSIZE in top is different from the value of VSZ (Virtual set size) in ps?

I know VSZ in ps is for the total address space allocated for the app and is sometimes aliased as vsize (mentioned in man page of ps on linux), but what's the definition of VSIZE in top? This top ...
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How to persist ulimit settings in OSX Yosemite?

Previous question about doing this on Mavericks is here and the answers there don't seem to work on Yosemite. I want to enable core dump generation by default upon reboot. Executing ulimit -c ...
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sed: inserting text before end of <HEAD> section

I need to insert some text into an HTML file before the end of the HEAD section. I'm trying: sed -i "s#</head>#<style> @page { prince-shrink-to-fit: auto } ...
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How can I create a shortcut to resize panes in a tmux window?

I am having lots of issues with tmux in mac. Another problem I have is that I can not bind a key in my tmux.conf to be able to resize my panes. What I need is the CTRL-b: resize-pane -U 10 I currently ...
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Routing Tables: What is the effect of the RTF_IFSCOPE flag?

(Related to this question I posted a while ago on apple.stackexchange.) What is the difference between the following two routing table entries: default E.F.G.H UGSc 0 ...
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Motd doesn't show up

I'd like to set a custom motd ("message of the day") on my machine (currently Mac OS X 10.6.5 using Bash with Terminal.app). In /etc/ there was no motd file so I created one with some sample text. ...
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How to delete, without rm/unlink

Related to another question I asked here [http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/253932/rename-folder-with-odd-characters] I'm wondering if it's possible to bypass the normal rm/rmdir/unlink ...
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Why does my ls --help not work?

Marias-MacBook-Air:~ marias$ ls --help ls: illegal option -- - usage: ls [-ABCFGHLOPRSTUWabcdefghiklmnopqrstuwx1] [file ...]
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Is swapping enabled by default on common operating systems?

As a result of this question, I was a bit confused. After some research I found that swapping is enabled by default on Mac OS X. Swapping was furthermore introduced in Windows 3.0, so I believe it is ...
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Ruby update not working using two methods

I tried to install ruby version 1.9.3 with this on my mac 10.6.8: $ \curl -L https://get.rvm.io | bash -s stable --ruby Oskar-Niburskis-MacBook-Pro:~ oskarniburski$ rvm install ruby-1.9.3-p362 ...
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Show human readable file size in du [duplicate]

I'm using this command to determine which directory is eating my disk. du -sk * | sort -n How can I get human readable result form du for file sizes? I've checked man and all it have is -k flag ...
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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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How to bind “ß” to Meta-s?

I am using Carbon-Emacs on MacOS X 10.6 with the US-International keyboard layout. Usually, I can use Alt+s to print the letter "ß". However, Emacs interprets this as Meta+s and complains that there ...
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How can I *automatically* backup my contacts in Google Contacts/Gmail?

On a similar theme to this question, how can I automatically (on a schedule) back up my contacts from Google Contacts/Gmail from the command line (Linux or OS X)? Ideally, this mechanism would be a ...
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Is it possible to obtain OS X versions of Unix tools on modern Linux distributions (like Ubuntu or RedHat)?

I have observed that there are often subtle and often annoying differences between the default versions of certain command line tools like paste and sed on modern distributions of Linux versus OSX. ...
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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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Stop tab completion suggesting 'messagebus'

I've got a directory called build, which I cd into quite a bit. If there isn't any directory bu* in the current directory, zsh tab completion: cd buTAB suggests messagebus/, which isn't in .. If I ...
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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 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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Sed entire word with when replacing single letters, with BSD sed?

I think I found some GNU solutions but I need BSD sed solutions. What I want to do is replace the entire word at once. If the word is "clayii", and my code is sed ...
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Linux System calls in C on OSX

So I did a quick test and #include <sys/types.h> #include <unistd.h> #include <stdio.h> int main (int argc, char *argv[]) { printf("Hello World\n"); ...
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Cannot share folders betwen Mac OS X based VMWare 7.1.1 and Guest Fedora 21 system

I would like to share my Mac OSX 'Downloads' folder. I set this up as a shared folder in vmware settings. Currently, although I made a folder at mnt/hgfs/Downloads, it does not have the contents of ...
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How to install Broadcom BCM4360 on debian on Macbook pro

I'm trying to install the wireless drivers because my macbook pro does not have a ethernet port, then I mount the 3 debian isos like local repositories to install the almost all of dependeces. So, ...
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Confused about how to convert XML to CSV using xmlstarlet on OS X?

I asked a question earlier and it was closed as being a duplicate: How to parse XML to CSV with a shell script?. The answer in the duplicate that was linked suggested using a tool called XMLStarlet, ...
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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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Automatically disable Linux extensions for Samba mounts

Samba enables Linux Extensions by default, which can be checked via /proc/fs/cifs/LinuxExtensionsEnabled On Mac OS X (10.8.5 or older) as well as older CIFS shares, mount.cifs will fail with a ...
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How do I create a local copy of a complete website section from OSX using curl?

I'm trying to download Mathematics of the Discrete Fourier Transform so that I can read through it off-line on my iPad (which doesn't have an Internet connection) I have used wget in Linux. It seems ...
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“dyld: Library not loaded: /usr/local/lib/libcurl.4.dylib” while executing curl with a unprivileged user

My MAC OS is Yosemite 10.10, which has an old version of curl. I have installed Xcode and Xcode command line tools. I run cURL with the "sudo" command as “sudo curl”: sudo curl Password: ...
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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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Trying to cp a path with spaces, fails when scripted but echoing and pasting succeeds? [closed]

I have a script that is trying to copy a directory from a path that includes backslash-escaped spaces and is stored in a string variable to a subdirectory of the working directory. When I run the ...