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Diacritics do not work in GTK+ applications running on Mac OS X Snow Leopard

I am using some GTK+ applications in Mac OS X Snow Leopard. My MacBook is configured for using the Brazilian layout, which allows it to enter diacritics as dead keys (so I can write á typing ' and ...
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How to put Mac OS X wireless adapter in monitor mode

I'm searching for a equivalent of "iwconfig eth0 mode Monitor" in Mac OS. From man iwconfig mode Monitor does the following: "the node is not associated with any cell and passively monitor all ...
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Bypass ssh password prompt from a shell script

I've got a shell script that ssh'es into a server using public key authentication and runs a command on that machine. This works fine on machines where the users have installed the public key on the ...
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Accessing a remote OSX system from OSX, Linux, Windows

Is it possible to connect to a remote OSX machine using OSX, Linux or Windows in a way similar to Windows' remote desktop?
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Total in `ls -l`

When I run ls -l, the following is displayed: >: ls -l total 320 -rw-r--r-- 1 foo staff 633 5 Apr 13:23 A.class -rw-r--r-- 1 foo staff 296 5 Apr 13:24 A.java ... What does the ...
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Run fgrep multicore mac os x

I'm running this command on my Mac OS X on 8 cores: for i in $(cat file1);do grep "$i" file2; done > output.txt My file2 is 9 million lines so it takes a lot of time. Is it possible to use all ...
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How do I fill my password automatically from .bash_profile when running command as sudo?

I know I could just put something like sudo mypassword in my .bash_profile, but I don't want to run every command as root. I want password to autofill under following circumstances: only the ...
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Mac OS X command-line tools - differences from FreeBSD

As I understand it many Mac OS X command-line tools (like ls, cp, chmod, chown etc.) are imported from FreeBSD. Which version of FreeBSD contains the command-line tools most compatible with the OS X ...
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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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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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Show video files with its size

I need all the .mp4 files' dimensions to be printed with the file name. For example: 1_VIDEO.mp4 1204x680
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Get modification date that can be used with touch -m

I need to get the modification date of a file so that I can set it on other files using touch -m. stat or perl -le 'print((stat shift)[9])' Didn't return what I wanted. I think that you are supposed ...
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equivalent of `grep -a /dev/sda1` on Darwin?

I want to run something like % sudo grep -i -a 'some-string' <drive device> On Linux, <drive device> would be something like /dev/sda1. How can I find the equivalent on Darwin? (In ...
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Make copies of a single directory to multiple directories with different names

I'm trying to replicate a single directory (with sub-directories) to a bunch of new directories based on a list. For example I can: mkdir Fred Barney Thelma Louise Foo Bar How would I copy a premade ...
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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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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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Discovering the number of running and blocked processes in Mac OS X

In Linux, I could discover the number of running and blocked processes running grep "procs_running" /proc/stat and grep "procs_blocked" /proc/stat Is there a way to do it in Mac OS X? ...
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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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Edit a file via a script yet maintain the osx tags

On OSX you can have tags which allows you to identify different categories of files. Here are two text files with different tags when viewed in Finder: I have a large number of these files and have ...
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Rename multiple files, sub directories, and insert characters at specific location on OSX

I have files and directories starting with "cateory-icon-" in many sub directories. I am trying to rename them recursively to "category-icons-". Please note that I added missing "g" to the category ...
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How to set the path OSX applications use

I'm running Mountain Lion 10.8.4, and have my environment all customized through ~/.profile so that when I run GUI apps like Sublime Text or Eclipse from the command line open /Applications/Sublime\ ...
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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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List all chflags file flags?

Is there a way to see a file's flags, such as hidden, schg, etc? I've got an rwxrwxrwx file that I can't edit, and I think a flag might be responsible.
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Why isn't my environment variable visible from the command line?

I'm trying to run the James SMTP server on Lion (Mac OS X 10.7.2). When I do this: sudo JAVA_HOME=/Library/Java/Home ./james-2.3.2/bin/run.sh it works fine. However, I'd like to make JAVA_HOME an ...
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How to bind “ß” to Meta-s?

I am using Carbon-Emacs on MacOS X 10.6 with the US-International keyboard layout. Usually, I can use Alt+s to print the letter "ß". However, Emacs interprets this as Meta+s and complains that there ...
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Is swapping enabled by default on common operating systems?

As a result of this question, I was a bit confused. After some research I found that swapping is enabled by default on Mac OS X. Swapping was furthermore introduced in Windows 3.0, so I believe it is ...
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Mount USB on Read-Only filesystem

I've got a damaged Mac filesystem, and in single-user mode the command mount -uw / fails (error is something like SATA warning: Enable auto-activate failed). However, I don't need the whole filesystem ...
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How can I list the info for an array of /dev/disks using bash expansion or substitution?

I want the output of: diskutil list; diskutil info [multiple devices] Without having to do: diskutil info disk0; diskutil info disk0s1; diskutil info disk1 ...etc For example, with many builtin ...
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Apropos always returns several duplicate matches from whatis

When I run apropos or man -k in bash, it always returns the same item (at least one) twice: Question Why is it doing this; and would it indicate that there's a possible configuration issue with my ...
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How to change the default editor for a file type in Mac OSx?

The default editor for java files on my Mac seems to have been set to Xcode, but I want to change it to be the basic TextEditor. I've looked in preferences for the association, but it's not there. ...
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stat on an encrypted volume in osx takes a long time

My workstation is a MacBook Pro with an SSD. For security reasons, my main volume is encrypted. I ran this command on a folder: time find . -exec stat {} + >/dev/null real 0m5.205s user ...
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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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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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For some IPs, ping -c 4 -W 1 ip | cat does not output anything until ping has finished, whereas it does for others

Why do $ ping -c 4 -W 1 127.0.0.1 | cat and $ ping -c 4 -W 1 1.1.1.1 print their output immediately, whereas $ ping -c 4 -W 1 1.1.1.1 | cat prints nothing for four seconds, then prints all ...
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Reading FreeBSD UFS formatted external drive in Mac OS X

I have an external USB drive with backup files formatted in FreeBSD's UFS file system. When I plug it into a computer running Mac OS X 10.9.4, I cannot read the drive's contents, and I don't have ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mac OS X combine cp and cat to sequentially copy and rename files in list

I am using a MacBook Pro OS X 2013 model. I have a list of filenames in a text file named list.txt separated by line breaks list.txt exactly like this, but this list is going to be long e.jpeg ...
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Differences between dd in Mac OS X and Linux

When using Linux (Debian), I often use dd to copy a disk image to an SD card. I have written a script that throws an error if the device file specified in the "of" option is too large. This keeps me ...
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Is this a so-called “Hybrid” Mac Partition table, and how can I mount this in Linux?

I would like to better understand what is on this hard disk, and how I can mount it into Linux (specifically Debian GNU/Linux, Stable): It was created on a Powerbook g4 "alu book" with the default ...