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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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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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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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/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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...