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Can't use Homebrew on OS X Mavericks because of otool error

When I try to use Homebrew, it will give me an error like this: JimBob:~ fast$ brew install wine sh: /usr/bin/otool: Bad CPU type in executable Error: Failure while executing: /usr/bin/otool -L ...
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How to merge duplicated history of command on terminal?

Do you have an experience like this? When you try to find a previos used command on terminal by up arrow and you find $ls # 1st time push `up arrow` $ls # 2nd time push `up arrow` ...
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How do I know if dd is still working?

I've not used dd all that much, but so far it's not failed me yet. Right now, I've had a dd going for over 12 hours - I'm writing an image back to the disk it came from - and I'm getting a little ...
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Reliable method to determine system language in OS X

I was hoping to do something like defaults read -g AppleLanguages | awk -F, '/[^(]/{print $1;exit}' but if only one language is listed in "Preferred Languages", then defaults read -g ...
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read first element in array

defaults read -g AppleLanguages produces something like this: ( en, de ) I'd like to extract just the first element, in this case "en", defaults read -g AppleLanguages | awk '/\(/ ...
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vim - “Press ENTER or type command to continue” right after loading only?

Recently my vim has developed the habit of displaying Press ENTER or type command to continue the first time I do certain things right after I open it. For example, if I'm at my shell prompt and type ...
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Strange characters in GIT completion

I'm running bash GNU bash, version 4.3.25(1)-release (x86_64-apple-darwin13.4.0) on OS X 10.10.1. A week or so ago I've noticed that autocompletion has stopped working, but only for git. I'm ...
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Exporting the Safari (OSX) window to a remote Linux box

I have network access to a headless Mac mini running "OS X Server" (10.6.8 Snow Leopard). Sitting on my Linux desktop (Fedora) I can execute something like: ssh myuser@imachost xeyes and get the ...
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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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how to change git path?

So I just installed the latest git, with the official mac installer. I'm on Mavericks. Sadly, git --version is still git version 1.9.3 (Apple Git-50) and which git gives me: /usr/bin/git ...
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bash find: get directory of found file

I have a parent folder named "parent_folder" with a lot of subfolders, in these subfolders is a file named "foo.mp4". I can find these files easily by doing this: mymacbook:parent_folder username$ ...
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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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Why does terminal say I have mail every time I open it?

I am using OSX 10.9.5 Whenever I open a terminal, it says something like: Last login: Wed Jan 21 10:29:13 on ttys002 You have mail. What mail is it talking about ? If I open the mail app, I have ...
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xrdp - Cannot connect from OSX

I just installed Centos 6.5 and put xrdp on it. I set up my iptables to allow it, and I can connect fine (both over local network and over the internet) from Windows 7, iOS, Android (using the ...
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Can't boot into slackware installer

Can't boot into Slackware installer, I get stuck in this: The last line I see is: mousedev: PS/2 mouse device common for all mice I tried a external Keyboard with Mouse (Cordless but at least ...
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Mac OS X package installer generation/building on Ubuntu 14.04

I'm implementing a building server for an application that will run on Android, Linux and Mac OS X. I already have in place the scripts for apks and debs generation and I need to do the same for Mac ...
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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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httpd -k stop/ start not working OS X

GE-Erics:~ eric$ httpd -k stop AH00548: NameVirtualHost has no effect and will be removed in the next release /private/etc/apache2/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf:19 AH00112: Warning: DocumentRoot ...
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How do I mount an SD card?

My SD card will suddenly not automount. It works on another Mac. Can someone provide a solution to mount with Terminal? $ diskutil list /dev/disk2 #: TYPE NAME ...
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Using the cURL command, how does one fetch stock data which comes back *without* commas and spaces?

What can I add to the below script so that it fetches the stock data and brings it back WITHOUT any commas and spaces? For example GOOG Outstanding shares is 675,000,000. I desire the output of ...
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Increase SSH ConnectTimeout greater than 60 seconds

I don't seem to be able to increase the SSH connection timeout much beyond a minute: $ date; ssh home-qnap -o ConnectTimeout=7200; date Wed 14 Jan 2015 15:23:32 AEDT ssh: connect to host home-qnap ...
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How can I change “Mount Point” that has been changed to normal?

previously I has been trying to install Kali Linux on my usb. Now here is the problem, I have used the command sudo dd if=kali.dmg of=/dev/rdisk1 bs=512k which I think it changed or replaced my ...
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Locked out of my own mac terminal?

So recently, some of my friends had been tampering with my files and data through terminal, so I decided to secure it by doing two things: First, I added the following to my ~/.bash_profile for ALL ...
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How to upgrade File::Path on my Mac OS X as a non-root user

My mac machine is quite old (Mac OS X 10.6.8) and I have a question on how to upgrade a perl module File::Path. I mostly compile my LaTeX document using latexmk which is basically a perl script. It ...
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env command shows 3 times same path

When I run env it shows 3 times /usr/bin under PATH. Same for every path under PATH title. For example - my scala bin directory shows 3 times. However, in my .bash_profile, it is written just one ...
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on osx vim 7.3 set number set relative number not working

I'm using OSX Mavericks. Using VIM 7.3, I can't seem to get the "hybrid" line numbers to work. I was reading a tutorial stating that if both set number and set relativenumber were included in the ...
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Can't concat file paths, permission denied

I can't realize why if I just try to concat some file paths (without opening the files), I get "permission denied": #!/bin/bash if [ "$#" -eq 1 ]; then path1= "./src/$1" path2= ...
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Why might an external Hard Disk Run super slow?

I have an external Western Digital HDD (1gig) which is running very slow, 0.5 - 1mb per second. This is on a Mac Pro running the latest OS with all the patches. The HDD is connected via USB directly ...
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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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Unable to create a configuration directory for [FishShell] Please set the $XDG_CONFIG_HOME variable

I'm getting this error when starting fishshell: melanie:~ melanie$ fish fish: Unable to create a configuration directory for fish. Your personal settings will not be saved. Please set the ...
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grep invading my ps [duplicate]

When I'm checking for some process, I usually write ps aux | grep myprocess And sometimes I get the output of eimantas 11998 0.0 0.0 8816 740 pts/0 S+ 07:45 0:00 grep myprocess if ...
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Recover partitions Mac OS internal hd

I booted to a live ubuntu USB, wanting to delete partitions on an SD card, and ended up deleting all my partitions on my mac book pro's internal hd. I have already tried gpart (which gets stuck at ...
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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 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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How to persist ulimit settings in OSX Mavericks?

Before Mavericks, one could use /etc/launchd.conf to persist ulimit settings, for example: limit maxfiles 16384 unlimited limit maxproc 16384 unlimited It no longer works in Mavericks. What is the ...
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What are the benefits of using Tmux at all times? [closed]

I have been using the terminal for all of my local work, and have only been using tmux when I am ssh'd onto another machine and want to make sure I don't lose work if the connection closes. A software ...
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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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Accessing xfig from x11 fails

I am trying to get access to xfig from x11 on my mac to draw some diagrams and including them in latex, but it shows the following error bash-3.2$ xfig dyld: Library not loaded: ...
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Compare directory trees regarding file name (and size and date)

I want to check the results of a restore from backup. This is, because TimeMachine on MacOS gives me some weird errors and warnings and I want to make sure, everything is in its place again after ...
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Accounting for “missing memory” from sysctl

I'm on OS X Yosemite, ran this code: unsigned long num_; sysctl((int[]){CTL_HW, HW_PHYSMEM}, 2, &num_, &len, NULL, 0); printf("AMT MEM: , %lu\n", num_); and getting back 140735340871680 ...
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OSX bash. grep for string “--version=”

How can I search for string --version= using grep in OSX bash? When I try something like this: grep -rI --exclude-dir=out "--version=" . I get grep: option `--version' doesn't allow an argument ...
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Output of stat on OSX

I want to use the stat command to get information on a file. I did this: Josephs-MacBook-Pro:Desktop Joseph$ echo 'hello' > info.txt Josephs-MacBook-Pro:Desktop Joseph$ stat info.txt 16777220 ...
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Is there a /dev/pts alternative on Mac OSX?

I'm attempting to determine how many terminal windows are open, as described in this Q&A answer. However there doesn't seem to be a /dev/pts on Mac OSX. Is there an alternative to this?
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X forwarding from a mac to Linux fails

I have been having problems recently while trying to ssh into linux servers (Ubuntu 14.04) from my mac (OSX Yosemite 10.10). This used to work fine until my latest update, where I systematically get a ...
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Tmux hangs on first start

I am running Tmux on a OSX (brewed tmux), and everytime I boot my computer, the first time I start tmux, it hangs. Doing a CTRL + T to check it's SIGINFO, gives me "waiting..". To fix this, I need to ...
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Untar a specifc folder within tar.gz

How do I untar/uncompress a specific folder within a tar.gz using the terminal/commandline (Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr))? Precise: -file.tar.gz -- folder1 -- folder2 How to extract... ... ...
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find & sed (search and replace)

I'm using the following command on my mac: $find . -name “*.java” -exec sed -i ’s/foo/bar/g’ {} \; and it seems to have no effect. I have two files in the directory that end in .java, which both ...
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“login -qf” as root results in “Login incorrect” error

I'm trying to install pow on an OS X machine.* Some of pow's components have to run as root, so part of the setup process involves running an installation script with sudo. The problem is, this setup ...
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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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Can't use `od` command with directories

I'm trying to use the od command in a directory in OSX but it doesn't proceed and it results in the error message: od: .: Is a directory Could you please help me with it or any equivalent command? ...