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Resource usage (% CPU) for given command on OS X

The time -v command outputs % CPU utilization for a given command on Linux. How do I do this on OS X? The Linux/OS X difference is illustrated here. I would like to measure multi-core utilization ...
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Delete SharePoints Mac

I have a Fileshare on a macMini with this Name $ dscl . -list /SharePoints 01_Produktion_Repro_%0 But if I want to delete this Share, I get an error: $ dscl . -delete ...
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command-click git commit ID in Terminal, and be taken to that commit in github?

I'm running a Mac and use iTerm with ZSH as my shell. Currently I can command-click (⌘+click) on links or directories in my iTerm window, and that directory or web link will open. Is there a way ...
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Find out user logged in at specific time on Mac OS X 10.11.x

I'll like to find out which user was logged in at a particular time that a file was created. I'm having trouble with the "Last" command when attempting to use the "-t" switch. Open to any ...
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Find all files modified around a known one

An installer which isn't really clean (Adobe Acrobat Reader DC) installed on my Unix (Mac OS X) a lot of files in different places. I have a reference file Application which I am pretty sure was ...
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Search drive and copy source to flat target

I have backups and backups of backups (there are copies of copies) of images spread out over various drives. I want to scan the drives and copy all images from a source to one flat target directory. I ...
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Deleting / renaming a network hardware port in OS X / Darwin

This is a problem that so far no one at Apple.SE could help me with, so I'm just gonna give it a shot to ask it in a different form over here. (I hope I'm using the right SE site... or is this better ...
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How to read the man page for a bash builtin? [duplicate]

So, I needed to figure out how "exec" works. However, doing man exec brings me to a 99% useless man page describing what bash builtins are. It of course also does this with many other man pages such ...
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Can you fake a SOCKS5 proxy?

What I'm wondering if there's a possibility to do something like curl --socks5-hostname 127.0.0.1:8080 url.com Without actually going through any proxy, just your normal internet connection, ...
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How to make versions consistent

I'm using OS X 10.10, and IIRC I've installed bash and other GNU utilities using brew. The output of which bash is /usr/local/bin/bash, and it's version is 4.3, however the env variable SHELL points ...
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Don't run this sed when a string is matched?

I have this sed command for deleting numbers inside of tags: sed 's/\(<[^0-9>]*\)[0-9]*\([^0-9]*>\)/\1\2/g' But does anyone know how I can exclude certain strings from this? Now it would ...
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Replace only on the first matching line with sed

Using BSD sed (no GNU extensions), how can I perform an operation similar to the example provided below, but where instead of the line number, the replacement is performed on the first line in which a ...
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Why GNU find -execdir command behave differently than BSD find?

On my OSX, I've installed GNU find next to default BSD find via: brew install findutils. As far as I understand, BSD find is following POSIX standards and GNU makes it optional (as per this post), ...
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Appending Echo [Password Generator]

I am creating a password generator however I am not get the passwords to append properly. Here is my script i="0" while [ $i -lt 5 ] do echo -n '#' >> passwords.txt && openssl rand ...
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Virtualizing OSX partition on MacBook running Linux

I have a Macbook Pro with a partitioned drive that hosts Arch linux and OSX. Linux is my main development environment but occasionally a need arises to test some code on OSX. This doesn't happen ...
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How to I convert month name to number in BSD date?

I have found solutions for GNU date, but not for BSD date. I would rather not make an if, etc. before I know if there's a built in way.
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Is there a GNU/Linux equivalent to the Mac OS X open command? [duplicate]

In Mac OS X there is a handy open command that opens the target file or directory in the default GUI application meant for it: open /usr/local/share will bring up a Finder window with the ...
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Certain squid functions don't work, sometimes nothing at all work

I set my proxy to 127.0.0.1:3128, and then I added this to the configuration file: acl blocked_sites url_regex -i "/usr/local/etc/squid/blocked_sites" http_access deny blocked_sites http_access allow ...
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Can't connect from OSX to FreeBSD with mosh [closed]

I've installed mosh on my laptop using Macports and on my FreeBSD server using ports. Whenever I try to connect to my server I get the following error: Password for xxxxxx@xxx.xxx.xx.xx: zsh:1: ...
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dnsmasq does not listen to conf file

I have installed and started dnsmasq, using brew install dnsqmasq and sudo launchctl load /Library/LaunchDaemons/homebrew.mxcl.dnsmasq.plist respectively. I tried to use the "adress" function inside ...
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Metasploit Directory Doesn't Run Executables Without ./

I have Metasploit installed on OSX in /usr/local/share/msf Metasploit's executables can't be run outside it's directory thus would give a command not found error. msfbinscan msfconsole msfd ...
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Why can Macs mount certain hardware that my Linux Mint can't?

I am running Linux Mint Rafaela 17.2 on my PC. I had to manually edit a file on my microSD card which contained the Raspbian OS for my Raspberry Pi. When I plugged it into my PC, using a MicroSD to ...
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OS/X: can't execute shell scripts - spawns a new window which exits immediately

Issue: When I try to open any shell scripts a new window is spawned, which exits immediately. Files .bash_profile, .bashrc and a helloworld.sh are tested examples. Interestingly, running open ...
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How can I tell if a directory is mounted with noatime or nodirtime?

I work with an NFS partition on a mac. Commands like du take a very long time, and I was considering unmounting the NFS and remounting it with noatime and nodirtime. The partitions have been mounted ...
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Make new line above last line and add something there

Like a reverse of awk 'NR==2 {print ""} 1 which adds a new line under the first and prints whatever there. I can't replace the number after NR== with a fixed value because I want to be able to do this ...
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Use both a variable and newline in BSD sed?

I can do this for example sed 's/\>\</\>\ </g' To replace >< with > < However, say I want a variable, like this: sed 's/\>\</\>\ <$1/g' It will interpret ...
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What is causing `diff` to run `git diff`?

I'd like to use diff as described here and in the documentation I see when I type man diff. However, when I type diff, what I get is this: ~ ❯❯❯ diff usage: git diff --no-index <path> ...
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Why doesn't this work when I add it to the current sed being run?

I have a text file that looks like this: (empty) str int int If I add this s/^/\</g to my current sed (making it 's/\&/\</g;s/\</\ /g;s/^/\</g') this is the output. < ##only ...
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Why do I have 9 bash processes, why does one of them take up so much CPU and how do I stop them?

I have 9 different bash processes running at all times (I sometimes get more, for example, I have 37 bash processes now.). I found this question, where OP had a similar issue. But I don't see this as ...
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Unix equivalent of `du -sb` to get summarized size in bytes

On Linux using GNU du to calculate the size of directory recursively in bytes I can run: du -sb /etc What is equivalent syntax for BSD du based on the fact that -b parameter is not available?
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Fedora OSX Partition

I am wanting to dual boot fedora workstation with OSX. 2015 Macbook. However, when I get to the partition scheme screen on the fedora installer it shows my OSX SSD 250GB but with only 6KB free. But if ...
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How to start multiple graphic sessions?

I need to test my application on a friend's mac. Not to disturb him, I thought I could connect me to his PC through SSH (with -X option), but to avoid opening the app in his session, a new session has ...
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Fedora/OSX Dual boot

I have been getting my mac ready to dual boot with Fedora. But when I get to the fedora set up, it only lists my Mac hard drive, not the partition I have created. My Partition: ...
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How can I get at to work on OSX?

My at on Mac OS X 10.11 seems to be incapable of launching jobs. I tried: echo "date > foo" | at now Running atq afterwards shows the job queued and no file foo was created. To make sure the ...
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Invalid command code with sed

This is the command I am using: system_profiler | sed -n -e '/SATA/SATA Express:/,/Software:/ p' It gives me this error sed: 1: "/SATA/SATA Express:/,/S ...": invalid command code S I don't see ...
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How to remove certain characters (but not all) before one or more character(s)?

If I wanted to remove everything before a character (say "("), I would just do something like this 's/.*(//g'. Now I want to remove only certain things before a character/some characters, in my case - ...
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Managing packages, directories and PATH in Unix (OSX)

I'm a PhD in bioinformatics, mostly self-taught, and I'm coming to a point where I want to clean up my various directory structures (i.e. my data), but I'm also thinking about how I'm storing the ...
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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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Loop through file and make every word a variable?

I have a text file that looks like this: 1923.12.312. Nikl 12391.123.123 Jo 12398123.123912 Ad I am trying to loop through this file, and make 1923.12.312. variable1, and Nikl variable2 then use ...
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Crontab on Mac OSX

I have created an /etc/crontab file on a Mac OS X that runs a few simple commands. I would like to use the crontab to echo a statement in my terminal, logout from the OS (as if I was to point my mouse ...
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readline - use of modifiers other than control and meta

I'm trying to use Apple's ⌘ command and ⌥ option keys to map some functions in readline to no avail. As per the man page I used octal values but that doesn't seem to work \xHH the eight-bit ...
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What does UniqueID do on Mac OS X?

Scripts to create a new user on OSX typically use the command dscl to set a user attribute UniqueID. What does UniqueID do and how should I determine what to set it to?
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Error when exporting the result of a valid command as a bash variable

I'm trying to export the result of a command line as en environment variable. Here is how I'm doing it: group_id=$(aws ec2 describe-security-groups --filters Name=group-name,Values=${group_name} \ ...
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Checking Macbook Pro Retina SSD life

I am trying to assess the health of my SSD drive (of a MBPr 15" mid-2014). I tried to do smartctl -a disk0, which gave the following output: SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 40 Vendor ...
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Can I specify partition in “reboot” or any similar commands?

I like to make scripts for everything that takes a bit of time, and when I have to reboot to another partition, I press the reboot button and then hold alt (⌥) and then I have to choose partition. I'd ...
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Linux Mint partition doesn't appear in Disk Util (El Capitan).

i have two problems here! I'm pretty new to dual booting on OS X, I'm trying to dual boot with Linux Mint. I've gone through all the recommended route of dual booting. I started with mounting the ...
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Can't boot Mac OSX 10.9 Virtual Machine (Virtual Box)

Whenever I try to run the virtual machine this error comes up: Failed to open a session for the virtual machine Mavericks. UUID {d2b7e883-8f73-41fc-9fde-11bc09a1a548} of the medium ...
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Bash previous command refresh is messed up [duplicate]

I'm running on a mac with el Capitan. I'm at the command prompt, running bash. When I hit the up-arrow, sometimes it's as if it thinks that my prompt is much longer than it is? The first part of the ...
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Brew Cleanup keeps appearing in my Terminal history

When ever I open Terminal and/or open a new windows in OSX then press the up key, brew cleanup keeps appearing. I tried adding history -c to my bash profile but that did not work. I ran brew update, ...
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set up pfctl to forbid local applications accessing a specific hostname

I am an OSX user, and I want to ban some hostnames, with which some local applications may do nasty things. pfctl is the default firewall on OSX 10.11 El captain. So, how to block the specific ...