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A real non-“better touch tools” solution for select-to-copy on Mac OS X

I recently moved to Mac. I am missing my X11 copy-paste style. I can't find a way to exactly emulate X11 behavior "select-to-copy", "middle-click-to-paste" globally on Mac OS X. I am aware that this ...
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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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Why can't tr read from /dev/urandom on OSX?

A colleague suggested creating a random key via the following command: tr -dc A-Za-z0-9_\!\@\#\$\%\^\&\*\(\)-+= < /dev/urandom | head -c 32 | xargs It gave me the error: tr: Illegal byte ...
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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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/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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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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Vim visual mode to system clipboard?

Using the vim text editor, I am looking for a method to copy content highlighted in visual mode to the system clipboard (i.e. I would then be able to Ctr-v that content say in a browser window). Is ...
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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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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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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 to remove quarantine from file permissions in os x

I downloaded a .pem file and my Mac OS X (10.8.2) added an @ sign at the end of the file permissions. This is causing file permission issues. I can't seem to remove the quarantine flag. I even tried ...
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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 ...
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Unable to delete directory

On my OS X host, I am having trouble deleting the directory "foo". mymac:.Trashes joe$ ls foo mymac:.Trashes joe$ ls foo/ Ảnh011.jpg Ảnh012.jpg Ảnh013.jpg mymac:.Trashes joe$ ls -l foo/ ls: ...
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Creating Directories: with Permissions

I need to create a directory that is RW to all users using chown. what arguments should I pass chown to get a file with those permissions? Or maybe there is an even better way to do it......
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Simple terminal emulator that supports cut/paste with other programs?

Coming from Mac OS X, I've enjoyed being able to cut/copy/paste text to and from its built in Terminal application. Now, I am planning to migrate to a tiling window manager like scrotwm, xmonad, ...
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ZSH to auto-complete directories in command-line arguments?

Transferred from regular StackOverflow... I'm a new ZSH convert on OSX (git status in the prompt was my main driver to make the leap). Everything seems to be working swimmingly but I'm missing ...
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Should my /usr/local/bin be 700 permissions?

I just installed npm and node.js, and I couldn't access npm. And I'm like "why?" and my OS is like "because /usr/local/bin is at 700 permissions" and I'm like "should it really be that way?" ...
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How to edit/delete a .dot_file on mac without using Terminal

When I start Terminal I can not control it. It starts executing an endless loop repeating that some alias does not exist. Because of this I am not able to edit this file using a program such as vim. ...
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Best options for mounting Mac OS X hard drive on my Linux box?

I have a new 3 terabyte external USB hard drive (Seagate ST3000DM001 in an enclosure). I hope to use it on both my iMac (OS X 10.6.8) and my Linux machines (Kubuntu). Right now this drive will ...
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Why does “User Contributed Perl Documentation” show up when I look for 'man' pages

When I man -f <some string> in addition to the expected Unix man pages, I get a bunch of odd looking entries that all have the header "User Contributed Perl Documentation". For example man ...
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Can (CUPS) ppd files for Mac OS X be used for linux?

I am looking at buying a printer (actually an all-in-one I prefer for the features it provides, but I want to focus on the printer part here) which does not provide linux drivers, but does provide Mac ...
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Mac OS X partition type problem

As a 2 decades of MS-Windows user I have switched to Mac OS X a month ago. And my knowledge is not enough to fix my big problem which I encountered yesterday and my brand new MBPro is dead now. I ...
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What happened to ~ when updating oh-my-zsh?

Not sure what changed the meaning of the home path ~ in my zsh. So when I do cd ~ , I dont cd into my home but it gives me an error that /Users/carlos does not exist. How can I reset ~ to refer to ...
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How to get wireless access point information from MacOS terminal

I'm trying to gather information about surrounding access points but can't find the right tools to do that. For Linux there are tools like iwconfig and iwlist, but it looks like they are not ...
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Vim script check running platform

" Get running OS let os = "" if has("win32") let os="win" else if has("unix") let s:uname = system("uname") if s:uname == "Darwin" let os="mac" else let os="unix" endif ...
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Copying emacs content through terminal app's clipboard copies unexpected tabs for some spaces

I'm using terminal.app on OS X, and when typing in emacs I often want to copy the text and paste it into some other program. When I do, I find that copied text has some spaces unexpectedly replaced by ...
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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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Why when I enter the command “hostname” it returns something other than my computers name?

I am using a macBook Pro I enter: new-host-2:~ Justin$ hostname And it returns: new-host-2.home Why is this when it says in setting/sharing my computers name is "Justin's macbook pro" and computers ...
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How do I make the Xterm window title switch between the current running command and the current path?

I want to set the Xterm window title to switch between two states: When a command is running, show the command name (e.g. "less") When no command is running, show the current path (e.g. "src") I ...
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How can I create a shortcut to resize panes in a tmux window?

I am having lots of issues with tmux in mac. Another problem I have is that I can not bind a key in my tmux.conf to be able to resize my panes. What I need is the CTRL-b: resize-pane -U 10 I currently ...
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Find files given an exact filename with mdfind

Is there a way to ask mdfind to search for filenames with an exact filename ? At some point in a pipe I have this: (filenames are produced here) | while read f; do mdfind -name "$f" | grep -E "/$f"; ...
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Closing socket connection on running console application

I am testing a chat bot and want to gracefully handle for times when the chat server isn't running so it can come back up when the service is available again. I have the programming handled. My ...
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Permissions corrupted?

A few weeks ago, I installed Linux Mint on a USB flash drive. I used it to copy the contents of my HFS+ external hard drive to my Windows drive on my desktop. Then, I formatted the external drive to ...
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Should 'LC_ALL=fr_FR.UTF-8 date +%x' give consistent results across machines?

The %x format specifier to the date utility should, according to the man page, use the locale specific date format. However, when I specify the same installed locale and try this on two different ...