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Verbose DNS query to see DNS query order?

I typically determine the IP of a host by doing: $ host -t A example.com. Is there a more verbose version of this that tells me whats happening in the background, specifically the order of what is ...
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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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**/ not working with a mounted volume

I'm trying to recursively extract a set of .jpgs from a mounted volume using SMB1, to a folder on my computer. Here's what I've got: cp -a **/97*.jpg /Users/.../All_Covers This works as long as my ...
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Customize Top Panel / Global Menu / Super-Wingpanel in Elementary OS Luna

How on ElementaryOS change Wingpanel on Top Panel / Global Menu / Super-Wingpanel like OS X ?
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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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Unix mail command not sending email

I'm having trouble trying to send email with the unix mail command. Currently I'm trying this: echo "something" | mail -s "test mail" email@address.com But when I check my email, I haven't received ...
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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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Move position of an application window from the command line on OSX

An application — iA Writer — somehow got stuck off screen with only the corner showing. I can't grab it or use other means to move it from that position. All new windows open in that position, ...
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Is there a way to integrate the unix “man pages” into OSX's Dictionary app?

I was thinking it would be cool to be able to look things up in the man pages the same way one looks up words with the "Dictionary" app. Is there a way to add the man pages that OSX supplies into ...
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In Mac OS X Snow Leopard, how can one file's permissions be matched to another?

I need to make the permissions of a file exactly match the permissions of another file in OS X 10.6. I don't see 'getfacl' or 'setfacl' as suggested in some other posts for Linux. And, it doesn't ...
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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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Dual-boot OS X and Fedora

I'm trying to install Fedora (dual-boot) on a brand-new MacBook Pro. The live/installer CD runs flawlessly on the machine, which was a nice surprise. But after the install is completed, I cannot ...
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Spawn a new terminal window from the terminal

Is there any terminal command I can execute that will pop open a new terminal window? I need something that will work in OSX' Terminal.app, but it would be nice if there were a way to do this that ...
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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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Why a sleep 300 (5 minutes) can last several hours some time? [closed]

I have a MiniMac with the OSX system. My script is: while true do echo "Sleep 300 seconds = 5 minutes" date sleep 300 echo "end of sleep" date done I want it to repeat every 5 minutes; ...
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sudo: unable to initialize PAM: No such file or directory

While trying to build the NumPy Python math module with Intel's Math Kernel Library (MKL) on OSX 10.8.3, I was running into some problems with the Accelerate and vecLib frameworks overriding the MKL. ...
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Tmux status bar question

I'm fairly new to tmux and to truly master and learn it, I decided to make myself a fresh .tmux.conf I was wondering, though, if it's possible to hide a path in the status bar. For example, I have ...
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Connect to Webdav (https) with domain\user

I have a problem trying to connect with our network webdav share on mac osx. I can connect from windows, so it's working. On Mac OSX I have set the routes, and I can connect when using "Transmit" but ...
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On OS X, how do I log in interactively as root starting from my normal user account?

I have been doing this for a while: sudo su - but it uses 'sh' rather than 'bash', which is what I'd like to do. Which command will log me in as root and get me a bash shell even if that's not the ...
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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 do I make all current and future files in a directory readable by a certain group/user?

I have a "Drop Box" directory for students to submit assignments. Its permissions are set to "drwx-wx---" where all of the students belong to the group. This lets them write to but not read from the ...
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Running vim on a remote Linux machine “freezes” OS X SSH connection

(cross-posted this from SuperUser as the question seems more relevant to this audience) I am attempting to SSH to a Linux (Fedora 14) machine and then open up vim to edit a file, however on my new ...
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In OSX ssh-keygen creates a key but then the session won't connect

I made a key, but it logs me back out as i try to setup passphraseless logins to localhost: $ rsa-keygen -t rsa $ cat id_rsa.pub > authorized_keys $ ssh localhost The authenticity of host ...
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OS X-like deadkeys behavior on Linux

I'm on Debian (actually Crunchbang), and my notebook has a default US layout keyboard. My native language is Brazilian Portuguese (pt-BR), so I've changed my layout with setxkbmap -layout us -variant ...
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IPFW Port Forwarding

This is my situation: I want to connect to an OpenVPN server from my office (we're using a proxy, only ports 80 and 443 are allowed). Server IP address is: 176.31.250.232:843 My static IP address ...
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Can I get WCHAN from ps on Mac OS X 10.7.4?

From the manual it seems that ps -AO wchan should tell me what everything is sleeping on, but everything comes up as -. (And nwchan as 0). Did they do away with the old sleep()/tsleep() interface in ...
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Sound volume control does not work in Ubuntu

My sound volume control does not work when I'm logged in with my regular user, though the sound works correctly. What's weirder is that the sound control works when I'm logged in as guest. With my ...
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Restricting access to files on an external drive

I was wondering how to restrict access to a specific drive in Unix on the Mac. I was thinking to do this in Terminal where I create a file like this mkfile 6k secure_access. And where secure_access ...
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WPA pre-shared key format in linux and macintosh

I'm temporarily in a situation where the wifi network I need to use is implemented using Macintosh equipment. They have encoded their network using WPA and TKIP. I can't seem to get onto their network ...
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How can I get the tac command on OS X?

I like to use tac to reverse the output of cat. However, it's not available in the Mavericks terminal. I tried to find it on MacPorts and again it's not available. Can anyone please show me how to get ...
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Running a command without ./

I am trying to understand something that might be very simple for a lot of you but is quite puzzling from me as a daily Windows user. I am following the docker installation on Mac OS X. One of the ...
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Different sleep binaries on Mac (Darwin) and in Linux. How to properly handle the differences?

In my Linux box, sleep accepts seconds, minutes and hours. So: sleep 10m Sleeps for 10 minutes (or 600s). sleep on Mac only accepts seconds as argument. sleep 10m doesn't work, only sleep 600s. ...
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How to install tar file (jhead) on Mac or Linux machine

I'm new to Linux and tar balls and was wondering how to properly install them on a Mac or Linux machine. I would prefer to know how to install on a mac but I just need some help understanding them. I ...
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Read umask for a user

Plenty of examples on how to set umask for a user... but how do you read (or uncover) the default umask for a given user (say the logged in user)
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Fetch values from plist file on Linux

I have bash script which was written for OS X and now ported to Linux. I don't have access to the Linux box. The bash script would read values from plist files using the defaults read and PlistBuddy ...
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Bash Process Substitution does not work as 'root' on OS X

OS X 10.6.8, if I use Bash Process Substitution as 'root', it just doesn't work. Is it supposed to be so? Why? Note: here's what I mean... "<(list)" mysql -D robottinosino < <(echo ...
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Is there a way to get “top” to run exactly once and exit?

I find the output of the shell command top to be a simple and familiar way to get a rough idea of the health of a machine. I'd like to serve top's output (or something very similar to it) from a tiny ...
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“or” in shell glob

I want to ls the files containing the substring "s1r", "s2r", "s3r" or "s19r" in their filenames. I'm almost there! Botched attempts: ls *s[123][9?]r* The above gives me only files including the ...
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Finding corrupted files

I have a directory that have zillions of files. As soon as I try to copy this directory, I receive a message that a file could not be copied (corrupt ?) and the copy stops. Is there any command I ...
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Am I using bash after this ordeal?

On Mountain Lion, host Coguaro, I login as user coconutpowder using bash: Coguaro:~ coconutpowder$ echo $0 -bash I need to run a command with elevated privileges so I try to su switch to root but ...
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Command line friendly virtual machine

I've been using Virtualbox for a while now, but the only way I've learned to interact with it is through the graphical interface. Is there a way for me to send bash commands to the vm through the ...
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Multiple “-bash command not found” messages in Mac OS X Snow Leopard Unix

When I open terminal I get an automatic error message -bash: PATH command not found. then I am stumped in getting multiple -bash "x" command not found. messages, even to simple commands such as ls cd ...
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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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What is PATH on a Mac OS?

What is the PATH in a Mac OS? I have used it to install global command-line tools, but the only documentation I have found are tutorials for doing just that, with no real explanation of what is ...
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How can I find out where the firefox bin is?

I am trying to add Firefox to my PATH like in this tutorial. I have Firefox in the Applications folder of my GUI on my mac book air. I am familiar with adding locations to my path. But I don't know ...
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Compiling programs to OSX

I have to decide between a MacBook Pro or an iMac. I have a desktop with Ubuntu and I love it. I have experience with terminal and I install texlive, TeXstudio, Bluefish, Geogebra, wxMaxima, gnuplot ...
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Key mappings in Linux

What do people mean when they point out that the "keys are not properly mapped" in a Linux installation when working on the command line? Isn't the default installation OK? What extra/specific ...
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Is it alright to have two PATH variables in .bash_profile

I am trying to setup Metasploit on osx 10.7, but I need to edit my .bash_profile and I noticed something unusual to me. I have been reading about setting the environment variable on ...
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Find out where $PATH got corrupted

I'm using OSX Mountain Lion 10.8.2 $echo $PATH prints this: /usr/bin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/opt/X11/bin:/Users/myusername/.rvm/bin I've commented out everything in ~/.bash_profile ...
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How do I parse namespaces from an XML file using XMLLINT and BASH

Below I have an example of an Adobe XML swidtag used to track inventory. I need to parse out relevant information using xmllint in bash and output that to a new text file. For example I would like ...