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Symlink all files in a directory with the entire directory tree

Right now I use this ln -s /dir/* /dir2/ Which will symlink everything, but I have to go inside the dir and make a new directory because the folders are also symlinked (this is expected). So here ...
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How to execute Mach-O 32-bit C++ program on Linux?

I want to execute a program (which I know was written in C++), but I get this error: zsh: exec format error: ./myProgram Output of file myProgram: myProgram: Mach-O i386 executable My system is ...
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How to troubleshoot: “X11 connection uses different authentication protocol.”

I start an ssh session with localbox % ssh -vvv -Y remotebox 2>debug_ssh_log ...which succeeds. Then I try to run xlogo on remotebox, but the command fails immediately, and the following lines ...
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.bash_history keeps truncating

My .bash_history keeps truncating even though I set: export HISTSIZE= export HISTFILESIZE= On my .bash_profile. Im not sure when it happens but it might happen when I logout or shut down my ...
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Software installation trouble with Homebrew

I have previously custom installed Python and Homebrew on my OS X 10.9.5 system. I am now trying to install CMake and I am running into various errors such as: cd: /usr/local/src: No such file or ...
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Private VPN compression for faster internet

Background: I'm a student, and currently the WiFi connection at my school is very slow (dead slow). I have an 8Gb 4G data-plan, but even with that, I'm running short at the end of the month. I have ...
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find and sed (find and replace) causes illegal byte sequence on Mac OS X

I am attempting to perform a find and replace of underscores to dots in a directory for certain filetypes only (.mkv, .mp4, .avi). This is the code that I am using (I'm on Mac OS X 10.9): find . \( ...
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Booting Ubuntu from usb on a Mac

I have a Macbook pro (late 2009) running OSX 10.6.8. I want to partition a flash drive and install my Ubuntu iso image onto it. Then I want to boot up from it by (restarting my computer and) holding ...
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Fix or alternative for mktemp in OS X

I'm looking at a bash script someone else wrote that uses mktemp: TEMP=`mktemp --directory` However, this line does not work on my machine (OS X 10.6). How would I fix this line so that it is ...
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Updating a bunch of Macs via SSH. Could use some help

all. I'm working on a script that'll be running from our Mac server, and it will (hopefully) update all of our Macs via Munki (repo is on the same server) and the built-in softwareupdate command. ...
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log rotation fails for dnsmasq on osx using newsyslog

I am running dnsmasq on OSX. I am also using newsyslog to rotate log files. Here is the /etc/newsyslog.d/dnsmasq.conf # logfilename [owner:group] mode count size when flags ...
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Why don't shell builtins have proper man pages?

All shell builtins share the same manual page: BUILTIN(1) BSD General Commands Manual BUILTIN(1) NAME builtin, ! etc. Then there is a little text describing ...
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Is Mac OS X UNIX?

I have this argument recently saying Mac OS X was not UNIX, but Unix-like. I know there is a Single Unix Specification and those spec complaint could use the UNIX trade mark. Is Mac OS X an UNIX ...
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Negative arguments to head / tail

Variants of this question have certainly been asked several times in different places, but I am trying to remove the last M lines from a file without luck. The second most voted answer in this ...
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Unable to view Applications Directory Content in Terminal

Not sure what I'm missing here, but when I try to list the contents of the Applications directory from the Terminal it produces a directory with a couple .dmg files and none of the actual application ...
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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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OSX/Darwin ACL Format

In OS X, if you want to view the ACL information on a file, you can do so with the -e option of `ls. $ ls -lde app/cache drwxrwxr-x+ 7 alanstorm staff 238 Apr 1 10:02 app/cache 0: user:alanstorm ...
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OS X SSH keeps asking for password [closed]

I connect from a Linux machine to several Macs over ssh using public/private keys. The setup is the identical on every ac, different OSs from 10.5 to 10.9 and publickey working. Only one of them, ...
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Fork bomb on a Mac?

I just learned about a fork bomb, an interesting type of a denial of service attack. Wikipedia (and a few other places) suggest using :(){ :|:& };: on UNIX machines to fork the process an infine ...
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How can I know which organisation a special command line tool is belong to?

Frequently we use command line tools to do fancy things in UNIX like system; many of them have a manpage and typically we can know which orgnization/person owns the copyright. For example, on Mac OS X ...
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sftp command to get/download .tar.gz file

I thought I was familiar with sftp commands in unix and upto my knowledge the command to used to download a compressed file from the server is sftp get filename.tar.gz But when I tried this ...
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Different results OS X/Linux with “find PATH -mount \( -type f -o -type d \) -print0 | LC_ALL=C sort --zero-terminated > OUTPUT.txt”

this command is part of a script I use for comparing files: find test/ -mount \( -type f -o -type d \) -print0 \ | LC_ALL=C sort --zero-terminated > OUTPUT.txt // test/ is the PATH ...
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Emulating /etc/cron.d/ on OSX

On most modern unixes, cron supports individual crontab files in /etc/cron.d, in which each task executes as a specified user. These files automatically update the crontab once edited. They allow ...
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libfreenect2 - libusb -99 error

I need some help, when I am running protonect, the IR blaster go on but no frame is captured. It's some sort of libusb error. Running on Mavericks, with an express card adapter with "Nec µPD720202" ...
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Macbook System Profiler formatted

I want to format the output generated from macbook terminal command system_profiler and transpose the row values to columns under the same Application. Here's a snippet of the file: Firefox: ...
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How do I search for every file with executable permission (+x) in my system? [duplicate]

I need to find every single file that has executable permissions in my system, i think they end with x@. I tried to ls every file and then grepping the output to match files with x@. Like this: ls ...
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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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MP3s Slow - audio settings in VirtualBox VM

Collection of mp3 files imported to VirtualBox (via binary ftp) from host sound very slow, so assume are playing at wrong bitrate. Checksums match as per /usr/bin/openssl md5 *.mp3 (on OS X) and ...
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default llvm toolchain issue on Mac

Recently I have been using Mac 10.10; but I find that the compilation toolchain is a bit odd to me. It's known to us that on recent Mac OS versions the default gcc is a faked one that is based on ...
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Bandwidth stats on wifi for each network?

Is it posible to have the bandwidth usage of the wifi connection for each network I use? Currently I have vnstat instaled on my MacBook Pro retina runing Yosemite. It works well but I have the usage ...
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SSH SOCKS5 proxy, is my traffic being kept safe?

So I've been running everything on my system through my SSH SOCKS5 proxy. All the network commands I type in the terminal, I use proxy chains, and I have my system set to use my SOCKS5 proxy globally ...
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How to get proper format from date for the touch -A argument?

I would like to change all of the attribute times of some files to the immediate date. It appears that I would need to use touch -A * (more or less; realizing that I am going to use a more complex ...
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Why won't OS X let me rename a file?

I accidentally named a file testIn2Post.py rather than testIn2post.py (notice the different case for the letter "p") and have been unable to rename it, even after rm-ing the file in question. Notice ...
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Changing the spacing between files in ls

This is more of a cosmetic question but this is really bugging me. On OS X, when I run ls -G (or use CLICOLOR=1) instead of regular ls it changes the spacing of the columns, as you can see in this ...
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Why can Shell builtins not be run with capital letters but other commands can?

Why is this? When I do this CD ~/Desktop It doesn't take me to the Desktop. But this: echo "foo bar" | GREP bar gives me: bar
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find -delete does not delete non-empty directories

$ find ~ -name .DS_Store -ls -delete works on Mac OS X, but $ find ~ -name __pycache__ -type d -ls -delete does not - the directories are found but not deleted. Why? PS. I know I can do $ find ...
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How do I choose a file names with consecutive numeric suffixes?

I like to preserve things, so I want to preserve .bash_history. I would like to copy it into a directory using a script. Like here #!/bin/bash #Something here? number=~/Desktop/Coding/Bash\ ...
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How to fix weird vim polluting the terminal behaviour on arrow keys and on delete in insert mode?

My terminal gets polluted by B, C,A,D when I try to navigate within vim using arrow keys and on delete using backspace it only scrolls back without deleting the characters on screen while the ...
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sudo service command not found when installing mongodb

I am currently on OS/X using macbook. I want to stop the instance of mongodb service running. Hence I tried: > sudo service mongodb stop sudo: service: command not found After looking up on ...
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Changed terminal permissions

For no known reason I suddenly have to execute most terminal commands using sudo. For example, I have always been able to run "git pull/push" etc. without any trouble. Now, I get "permission denied". ...
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How can I get my Apache server to point to the correct location?

I am trying to point my apache server to use various packages I have in my Eclipse workspace which is not located in the default Apache server directory. So far, no luck, all I get is Not Found error. ...
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Move thousands of jpg files into daily directories based on the files EXIF creation date

I have thousands of jpg's and mp4's that need sorting into a directory structure which name is based on the date the picture was created. Preferably from the EXIF date as the files modified date might ...
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VirtualHost configuration not working

I followed this article, mixed with some other research, in an effort to get VirtualHost configuration up and running on my Mac. However, for some reason when I navigate to my local.site.rocks URL it ...
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Mount FileVault encrypted drive in OS X 10.9 in Recovery Mode without unlocking it; Passware brute-force

I encrypted my internal hard drive with FileVault a while ago on Lion such that it prompts for the disk password when I restart the computer and recently upgraded to Mavericks on my MBPro Retina. It ...
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Remove patterns from string using bash

I'm trying to remove some patterns from a file input string (parsing file line by line). Here is a sample string: 1: (10/17 12:49:31.175) - CONSTANT ID1 - CONSTANT ID2: RAW DATA OUT > ...
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Is there any way to set Mac OS X to use xinetd instead of launchd?

Can Mac OS X run xinetd instead of launchd and if so, how do you do it?
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How do folder name localizations work?

In Mac OS X, there are directories like Desktop, Users and Library. On localized systems, these would be named Skrivbord, Användare and Bibliotek (Swedish) But when I am in the terminal I can't ...
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newsyslog for paths with empty spaces

How can I configure newsyslog to trim logs with paths containing empty spaces? I define my paths at /etc/newsyslog.d/frank.conf like this: "/Users/frank/Library/Application ...
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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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What features does Darwin have that other Unixes don't, or vice versa?

Does Darwin have any features that are specific to it? Do other Unixe(s) have features that Darwin lacks?