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Including Directories in Locate on Mac OS X

Can anybody shed light on which directories OS X decides to put in the locate database and which it decides to omit? It's pretty clear that ~/Library is out - which others? And how do I modify this ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Problems booting Kali Linux 1.0.9a 64 bit on Macbook Pro

I have a mid 2009 Macbook Pro that I am trying to dual boot OS X and Kali Linux on. I replaced my optic drive with my old HDD and replaced my HDD with an SSD. OS X and my apps are running off of the ...
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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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How to install Broadcom BCM4360 on debian on Macbook pro

I'm trying to install the wireless drivers because my macbook pro does not have a ethernet port, then I mount the 3 debian isos like local repositories to install the almost all of dependeces. So, ...
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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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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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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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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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“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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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? ...
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How to make PATH variable exports on MacOSX persistent?

I do export http_proxy=http://proxy:8080 export ALL_PROXY=$http_proxy on my Mac. Brew for instance relies on these settings. How can I make these settings stick between power cycles? Is this the ...
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Installing PHP on OS X. Syntax errors?

When installing OS X on Yosemite with curl -s http://php-osx.liip.ch/install.sh | bash -s 5.6, I get the following: **** [WARNING] Detected OS X Yosemite 10.10. As this is quite new, there may be ...
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How to convert dashed string to spaces and caps?

Given the string foo-bar, what is a good way to convert it to Foo Bar? Using Bash, OSX.
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Why do I get a “preauth required” error when I set “require-preauth = false” in krb5.conf?

On an OS X machine, I'm trying to get a kerb ticket on my organization's kerberos realm. I grabbed a copy of krb5.conf from a Linux machine to make sure my kerberos configuration was correct. I tried ...
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MacOS X Mavericks running VirtualBox cannot communicate with Linux VM

I have a MacOS X Mavericks host running Vagrant using VirtualBox as a provider. I have experienced several times that with different VMs (particularly Ubuntu Linux VMs) after the first time the VM is ...
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Why are some processes “killable” by pkill but not killall?

I had over 20 instances of httpd (apache) processes running, so I decided to shutdown these. Normally I use killall, But when I typed killall httpd it just said: No matching processes belonging to ...
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SSH Tunneling Through a Firewall to a Cluster

I work at a university but I often work remotely. There is a cluster computer at the university that I need to be able to interact with, but its behind a firewall. Let's call the firewall F and the ...
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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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Is hardware helping reducing crashes of OS X? [closed]

I am taking an OS course this semester, and we mentioned that device drivers can cause about 85% of crashes(for Windows). My understanding is that: since many personal computers are configured with a ...
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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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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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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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Yosemite + Fusion 7.0.1 now gets “Could not open /dev/vmmon: No such file or directory.” and will not start any VM

I've been on Yosemite on this machine since it hit released, and on Fusion 7 since it released. Now on 10.10.1 and 7.0.1 respectively. On one machine ...
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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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Accidentally deleted /var folder

I accidentally moved my /var folder to trash and now unable to login to Mac. The only solution I found until now is to recover OS X. I have tried to move /var back to /private folder in single user ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...