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How can I print well formatted code

Similar to using markdown on Stack Overflow to create monospace output, how can I do that for my programs. I tried lp filename.txt and was pleasantly please to find that it was able to use the local ...
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Mac OS X: dircolors not found?

I just switched to a Macbook Air. I installed zsh using homebrew, but when I use some of the code that I (originally had) in my .zshrc, I get an error saying that .dircolors was not found. Below is ...
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Directory size calculation difference

I need to get the size of directory in terminal for signing purposes. I'm using following command: du -s /path/to/dir I'm multiplying the result by traditional UNIX block size (512 bytes) and get ...
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Bash history with timestamps

I would like to keep timestamps on the commands logged in my Bash $HISTFILE, is it possible? I did not manage to set it up using man bash as an information source. My other options are as follows: ...
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Creating a Bash script that will execute a program and if it exits without crashing, will run it again

I'd like to know the easiest way of creating a bash script that will run an app in MacOSX (it's a UNIX based system so I assumed this was the right place). wait for the program to exit. If the exit ...
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lsof and listening ports

I am trying to get all the processes listening for a network connection on Mac OS X. netstat does not have the -p option and I am trying with lsof lsof -i -sTCP:LISTEN gives me a fair list of ...
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Prevent disk renumbering on reboot in OSX

I have 3 physical drives in my Mac Pro with OSX 10.6.4. Occasionally after rebooting the machine, the disk numbering changes such that the /dev/disk# does not reference the same drive as it did before ...
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sed on OSX insert at a certain line

So I've been using 'sed' on linux for a while, but have had a bit of difficulty trying to use it on OSX since 'POSIX sed' and 'GNU sed' have so many little differences. Currently I'm struggling with ...
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How to make bash put prompt on a new line after cat command?

What I get: host:~ user$ cat example.txt some texthost:~ stas$ What I want to get: host:~ user$ cat example.txt some text host:~ stas$ Is there a way I can make cat behave like this? I'm using ...
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Does OS X have its own line format?

Obviously there are at least two newline types: DOS and Unix. But does OS X have its own plaintext 'format'? I opened a text file in nano and was surprised to see: [ Read 26793 lines (Converted from ...
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How to permanently change both STDOUT and STDERR color to grey?

This question is similar to Can I configure my shell to print STDERR and STDOUT in different colors? But I am looking for a solution that will allow me to change both STDOUT and STDERR to ONE color. ...
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+ or @ mark after running 'ls -al'

In Mac OS X, run 'ls -al' gives me something like this. drwxrwxrwx+ 4 smcho staff 136 May 5 09:18 Public drwxr-xr-x+ 6 smcho staff 204 Feb 1 2010 Sites drwxrwxrwx 9 smcho staff ...
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Grep_color on mac

I am trying to get my regex highlighted on mac using terminal. I have put this is my .profile: export GREP_COLOR='1;30;40' Nothing changes, so I added the same to my bash.profile still nothing, ...
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How to use the SVN CLI effectively

How can I make myself more productive with the SVN CLI? I need to complete repetitive tasks like these: find modified files in directory commit only SOME of them selecting them somehow other then ...
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Is there something like wine to run OSX apps on linux?

This question answers why Linux can't run OSX apps, but is there some application similar to Wine that allows one to do so?
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Hibernate and security considerations

How do Linux and OSX handle sensitive memory pages (e.g. cryptographic keys) when running OS is suspended to disk? If the memory image written is encrypted, how are its keys handled?
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How do I only undo pasted text in vim?

TL;DR; version - How do I undo text that was pasted in from my OS copy buffer without undoing other text that was typed in since I went into insert mode? Longer description: Put something in your ...
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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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Bash inside Vim not working properly

In MacVim I'm using Conque to run bash commands inside Vim. I have a problem with the text navigation while using Conque. If I'm at the end of a line of text and press down Alt← I skip a word to the ...
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Screen cuts off beginning of long command when accessed through bash history

I'm using the default versions of bash and screen in OS X Lion. When I'm in a screen session and I scroll back through the bash history and I come to a command that is long enough to wrap. I might ...
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in zsh, how do I hide the backslashes in the completion menu

On Mac OS X 10.6, zsh. I have set in .zshrc: setopt automenu …to get a completion menu below the prompt. When I type: cd <TAB> I see a completion menu with all directories that have spaces ...
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How to copy all html files from a directory tree to a single directory?

I want to copy all the .html files in myDir and its subdirectories to ~/otherDir. Here's what I tried (it doesn't work): $ find myDir -name *.html -print | xargs -0 cp ~/otherDir usage: cp [-R [-H | ...
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What is equivalent to Mac's purge in Linux?

In Mac I use purge to free up some memory. What is equivalent to it in Linux(Ubuntu Server)? apt-get install purge gave me nothing. If you are no familiar with Mac's purge here is it's man page: ...
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Install rEFInd on OS X 10.10 Yosemite

I want to dual boot my macbook with Arch Linux and thus tried to install rEFInd using the install script, however, after install rEFInd doesn't seem to start at all? Anyone experienced the same issue ...
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Which is the best practice when replacing a system binary?

I'm working on Mac OS X which is shipped with several binaries mostly located in /usr/bin/ and /usr/sbin/. Since it doesn't have a native package manager like some Linux distros, I got used to ...
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How do I start a virtual machine in background upon OSX system start?

I have a virtualbox machine on a OSX 10.9.2 host. I do not want to open VirtualBox everytime and start the machine there. Also, I do not need the the screen output as I will just ssh from OSX terminal ...
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What should I be aware of when installing Linux on a Mac?

I have a Macbook Pro and I am loving it, though I still miss my Linux box, there are many things I need which are not completely compatible with Mac OS X. I heard many stories about installing Linux ...
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Stuck process: is it a bad sign?

Sometimes a few process are in a stuck state. For example: PID COMMAND %CPU TIME #TH #WQ #POR #MREGS RPRVT RSHRD RSIZE VPRVT VSIZE PGRP PPID STATE 99357 plugin-container ...
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Does Windows recognize Linux's symbolic links?

I was just wondering how a Windows system handles symbolic links. My best guess is that it will not recognize them, but I'm not entirely sure. Also, what do Macs do when confronted by one?
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SSH LocalCommand on exit

In ~/.ssh/config you can use the LocalCommand directive to execute a local command whenever you connect to a remote machine via SSH. But how do I execute a command when I exit an SSH connection? It ...
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How to know when and which user logged into the system under Mac OS X? Last is not enough!

In Mac OS X, if I don't touch it for a while, it will lock the screen and one must use password to unlock it, but this kind of log in is not recorded by last command. I want to know if anybody tried ...
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Calculate the date from 1125 days ago on non-GNU systems?

On the Unix Bash commandline, I want to calculate the date from 1125 days ago using the base operating system (e.g. No Perl or Python). On systems running GNU Date, I can do something like this: ...
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How do I share applications windows between OS X and Linux?

I originally asked this question over on Super User, but I didn't get any answers. I'm trying to set up Xdmx on my Macbook Pro and my Ubuntu 10.04 workstation so that I can share my MBP's keyboard ...
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Why do some applications stop working when permissions are changed in /usr/bin?

On OS X, a friend of mine changed the permissions on /usr/bin recursively using Finder, in order to grand write access to everyone. Here is how it's done: Go to /usr/bin in Finder, then mess with ...
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FHS differences between OS X, Linux and FreeBSD

I've read that there is a different behavior between FreeBSD and Linux with the /usr/local, in FBSD ports are installed there, in Linux not, can someone explain more on this? I'd like to know where ...
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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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Explain to a Linux user how do BSD/OSX drivers work

Linux drivers come in a form of kernel modules (*.ko files), which can be given parameters when loaded into the kernel and usually live in /lib/modules/<kernel version>. What's the similar ...
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Why wouldn't a symlink to a symlink work?

I've run into a weird issue when installing SWI-Prolog using homebrew on my OSX 10.9 box. I'm trying to debug it to figure out whose bug it is (SWI-Prolog's, homebrew's, or OSX's), so I can report it ...
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How to create yaboot partition using a ppc Mac

My computer g4 1.5 ghz PowerBook ppc I need to use this computer to make a yaboot partition on a USB stick. Here is documentation for making a yaboot partition with a Linux machine: ...
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How similar is Apple's terminal.app to a bash terminal on Linux?

I know that Apple's Terminal.app provides a bash shell. Are there any differences between this and a bash on Linux?
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How to cd to a Windows file share?

At work, I spend a lot of time manipulating files on a networked computer that's running SME Server (but that's set up for Windows filesharing, if that somehow makes a difference). I have been ...
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Any tips for surviving Terminal.app?

I've recently switched to using a Mac full-time, and am having trouble getting used to Terminal.app after years of loving gnome-terminal. I miss having URLs show up underlined, using alt+arrow to ...
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run perl script with unknown perl location

I'm developing a perl script which expected to be downloaded by Mac users with a very small knowledge of shell, linux etc, let's say office managers and accountants. After the downloading the script ...
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Prevent a file from being deleted even after rm -f

I usually stay on StackOverflow but I think on this topic you guys are much more experts here. So today's exercise is weird, I have to write a script.sh and in it do whatever I can to prevent ...
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Where to install applications

I'm a long-time Windows user in the middle of a multi-year personal migration to Linux-based development. On Windows when I installed an application it got put in the Program Files folder and I'd ...
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/etc/shadow on Mac

I've been trying to run this Linux passwd-generator file on my Mac. I modified enough the script to make it to work well with directories under OSX: #!/bin/sh # build-passwd.sh - creates a password ...
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remove duplicate files

On my Mac OS X 10.6.7, iTunes duplicated every single file in my music library. Now I have 3,840 files instead of 1,920. The problem is that iTunes didn't simply duplicate the whole folder, but each ...
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Zsh: Automatically modify executed command

I've recently installed grc (generic colorizer) to my system via MacPorts, giving me the ability to get colorized output for plenty of commands which by default don't support it (see screenshot ...
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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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Why does du report a size of 0 for some non-empty files on a HFS+ partition?

What is the explanation for the difference: $ ls -l /Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Info.plist -rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel 15730 11 jui 15:02 /Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Info.plist $ du -sh ...