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'ls' showing two identical files in a directory

So somehow the command ls seems to be showing me two identical files in a directory. I am certainly not doing something right here. Behold $ ls -Blah /System/Library/LaunchDaemons total 32 ...
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awk memory leak?

Base on this I'm running the command < /dev/urandom hexdump -v -e '/1 "%u\n"' | awk '{ split("0,2,4,5,7,9,11,12",a,","); for (i = 0; i < 1; i+= 0.0001) printf("%08X\n", 100*sin(...
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Setting vim filetype with modeline not working as expected

As per the accepted answer to this question, I'm attempting to use modelines in vim to force filetype detection in some files. For example, at the top of a file named gitconfig (note there is no ...
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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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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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Global bash_profile

I realize there are /etc/profile and /etc/bashrc files for setting global environment variables and maybe I'm just misunderstanding their purposes, but... Is there a global bash_profile file? I'm ...
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Disable Keyboard & Mouse Temporarily

I would like to know how one can disable the keyboard & mouse temporarily in OS X.
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Is it OK to use “.” to run files instead of source - in .bashrc in Ubuntu and OS X?

OK, so source runs the script in the current shell and . separately, as detailed in running script with ". " and with "source " for example, but, specifically, in my .bashrc file, ...
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pv for directory copy

I need to copy a very large directory (talking in terabytes here) and want to monitor the progress. I found that pv is a nice utility, but how can I use it for copying directories recursively? (pv ...
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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 0....
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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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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 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: flags=8863<UP,BROADCAST,SMART,RUNNING,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST&...
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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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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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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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chmod: What does the `+a` parameter mean?

I was following a tutorial and it told me to run sudo chmod +a "SOME_PARAMS" some/dir I was surprised to see that fail telling me chmod: invalid mode: `+a' So I wonder: What does the +a mode ...
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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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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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Installation Step Failed (installing the system) - Kali Linux [closed]

I am trying to install Kali Linux on a Virtual Machine using Virtual Box on an OS X host. The only issue is I get this error: Here are logs of my errors: hardware-summary partman syslog Also if ...
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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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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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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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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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wc command counts extra characters

cat > file Amy looked at her watch. He was late. The sun was setting but Jake didn’t care. wc file 1 16 82 file Can somebody explain why wc command returns 3 extra characters in this ...
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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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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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How to grep-inverse-match and exclude “before” and “after” lines

Consider a text file with the following entries: aaa bbb ccc ddd eee fff ggg hhh iii Given a pattern (e.g. fff), I would like to grep the file above to get in the output: all_lines except (...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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emacs - paste text from clipboard without formatting

I am using Emacs 24 for MacOSX and having some problem with pasting code from clipboard to Emacs. The code that I selected usually already nicely formatted (with tab, ident, ...). However, when I ...
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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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Why does OS X `install` errors on redirected input when the same version of `install` on linux works fine?

I would like to use install command in order to create a new executable file with pre-populated content (e.g. with single pwd command in it). So I've extended this example which creates a new empty ...
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How do I increase the maximum swap space on Mac OS X? [closed]

On Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.5, when I try to run a calculation that needs to allocate and use 128 GB of memory (it is a command line program written in C), the kernel kills my process with extreme ...
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A lot of “._” files inside a tar

I have a tar that was generated on a linux machine. I need to upload part of that tar to another linux machine. The full tar is huge and will take hours to upload. I am now on a Mac OSX machine and ...
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access external hard drive to delete folder on terminal Mac

I want to delete a folder of portable hard drive on terminal in Mac. Are there any command line ?
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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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Tell if a folder/file is hidden in Mac OS X

I know you can set or unset the hidden flag of a folder/file by doing chflags hidden foo.txt and chflags nohidden foo.txt. But is there anyway of telling whether the folder/file is currently hidden ...
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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> <path&...