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OS X: how to keep the computer from sleeping during a http connection

An application I use downloads data from a specific server, and I need it to sleep after the download has finished and the socket is closed. However downloads take place at random days, the app that ...
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Get the current volume level in OS X Terminal CLI?

I would like to check the current volume level from the CLI on my Mac. I know I can set it like this: osascript -e 'set volume <N>' But that doesn't seem to work when trying to get the ...
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Weird logging behavior in Berkeley mail on a Mac

I use Berkeley mail (/usr/bin/mail) on an iMac. It has just started behaving in strange ways. If I type "~v", to open an editor, I get "[LogLevel VERBOSE]" or sometimes "[LogLevel DEBUG]" and the ...
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Preserving owner/group on OS X-provided CIFS shares

I read the attached StackExchange link: Automatically disable Linux extensions for Samba mounts about disabling CIFS Unix Extensions in order to mount OS X CIFS shares. However, my understanding is ...
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Getting g++ to work on Mac with Xcode

In trying to get g++ to work in terminal I ran a command which I have now learned is outdated. I think this is why running g++ in terminal returns an error but I am unsure. If I try to run any .cpp ...
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Make terminal print name of parent process OSX [closed]

Slightly above n00b, but not by much. I made an alias to search for and display all of the processes associated with a specific user account that seem to auto initiate every time I log in, which are ...
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startx from mac osx to RHEL6

I am trying to get a GUI over ssh -X. My RHEL6 server did not have X Window System and a graphical desktop environment. So I installed using yum groupinstall "X Window System" Desktop. It installed ...
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How can I change my bash prompt to show my working directory?

I can print my current working dir like this myPrompt$ pwd /Users/me/myDir I want my shell to look like this /Users/me/myDir$ pwd /Users/me/myDir Is that possible? How can I do it?
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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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Why a sleep 300 (5 minutes) can last several hours some time? [closed]

I have a MiniMac with the OSX system. My script is: while true do echo "Sleep 300 seconds = 5 minutes" date sleep 300 echo "end of sleep" date done I want it to repeat every 5 minutes; ...
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Login retrieval in osx [duplicate]

I got an old Mac G4 (powerPC) from the company who wanted to put it in a bin. The company agreed that I can take it home for private use. It is running an early version of OSX but because it is old ...
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Unexpected output after switch to root

Does somebody know, why I get -ne (probably param from echo from section of setting PROMPT_COMMAND line 23) after I switch to root? Here is my /etc/bashrc. Bash 3.2.51, OS X 10.9 ...
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Merge source files with destination, replacing older ones

I'm looking for the linux equivalent of the DOS command: xcopy from/* to/* /s/e/d/y Which copies over all new files and only replaces old ones. I'll be running this from the terminal of a Mac OSX ...
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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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Trying to cp a path with spaces, fails when scripted but echoing and pasting succeeds? [closed]

I have a script that is trying to copy a directory from a path that includes backslash-escaped spaces and is stored in a string variable to a subdirectory of the working directory. When I run the ...
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Why wouldn't a symlink to a symlink work?

I've run into a weird issue when installing SWI-Prolog using homebrew on my OSX 10.9 box. I'm trying to debug it to figure out whose bug it is (SWI-Prolog's, homebrew's, or OSX's), so I can report it ...
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Exporting Logical Volume to Mac for use as Time Machine drive

I have an Ubuntu server, and I have put a hard drive into this server. The logical volume on this hard drive looks like Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sdb1 ...
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can't access account with empty password

I used the passwd command to remove the password for my account. Now, when I try to use su to log in to my account, it won't let me enter an empty password. So now, I can't access my account. Any ...
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OS X virtualization for software development

I am a OS X user and I work on multiple platforms for which I need multiple dependencies. I want to separate my different development dependency packages in virtual environments so they are all ...
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Mac OS X Darwin: how to reset admin password?

Today I bought an ibook G4 from a garage sale. The people who sold it to me didn't know the password for the 2 accounts on it. Apparently it was the guys late father's laptop. Any suggestions on how ...
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gdb debugging in Terminal OS X (10.8.5) with zsh - zsh doesn't know gdb

For my studies I have to run a binary unix-program called bomb with gdb. Some time ago I followed the steps on ...
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Why does du report a size of 0 for some non-empty files on a HFS+ partition?

What is the explanation for the difference: $ ls -l /Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Info.plist -rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel 15730 11 jui 15:02 /Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Info.plist $ du -sh ...
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Automatically disable Linux extensions for Samba mounts

Samba enables Linux Extensions by default, which can be checked via /proc/fs/cifs/LinuxExtensionsEnabled On Mac OS X (10.8.5 or older) as well as older CIFS shares, mount.cifs will fail with a ...
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zsh alias being overridden somehow

I'm on a system running OS X 10.8.5. I recently tried to alias ls to ls -G -la command. I opened up ~/.zshrc, put in the alias, relaunched the terminal, but the change didn't take effect. Upon ...
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How to configure a fixed user ID on an NFS server?

I'd like my NFS server to always use the same user ID to own the files, whatever user ID is used on the client. Is this possible and how?
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How do I store long hostnames list for SSH quick usage?

I have an SSH access to a lot of servers. And all that hostnames (and sometimes usernames) are long and hard to remember. Also even if I tweak my Terminal to keep eternal bash history, the using of ...
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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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Hide a file extension using Terminal

I have about 40 files in my folder. I selected all the files and pressed command+I. Instead of opening one Get Info window, my Mac shows up 40 windows! Is there a terminal command to hide the file ...
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Numpy module not found despite being in path

I am having trouble with the module on python. Here is my path variable, /opt/local/bin /opt/local/sbin /Developer/usr/bin /usr/local/git/bin /usr/X11/bin /Users/oskarniburski/.rvm/bin /usr/X11R6/bin ...
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Change 4 mirrored HDDs to RAID 10

My boss has a large computer (12-core, 4 HDD computer that we use for scientific computing) and he has all of the HDDs mirrored. Is it possible to change this to RAID 10 without data loss and without ...
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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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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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How do I recover from “chown -R myuser /usr” on OSX? [closed]

I installed git and ruby 2.0 using homebrew then terminal immediately stopped working. On opening, it gives me the following error: login(89809,0x7fff7bac5960) malloc: *** error for object ...
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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 to find a file with specific permission of a specific user?

How do I get a list of all the files which permission is "read and write" for a specific user. For example, when I go on the desktop of my mac, then right click on file "A", then "get info", then on ...
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Mac OS X: Terminal Prompt Username

I'm using Mac OS Snow Leopard (v10.6.8). I've changed the account name under System Preferences > System > Accounts > Full Name. However, that does not change the username on the terminal ...
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OfflineIMAP tells me SQLite isn't installed, even though it is

Whenever I run OfflineIMAP v6.5.3.1 I get an error for every folder (i.e. tag and folder in Gmail) which tells me there was a problem and then right after it tells me: SQLite backend chosen, but no ...
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OSX: dd quits after a few minutes

I'm trying to diagnose a possible disk problem on my OSX machine: I heard some funny noises, so I decided to do a read test of the entire disk using dd. A few months ago this worked: dd would run ...
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VPN Setup Errors

I'm trying to install a VPN on one of our servers for use within my campus so that we can play some games, but I appear to be getting errors when I try to connect, as shown below. Not quite sure about ...
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Managing multiple Vims (vim and MacVim)

My machine came with Vim 7.3 and I just installed MacVim 7.4, so now I'm juggling both and I'm not sure how to manage the two. I'm plagued by questions like: Should I remove the older version? Where ...
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Return username of the user who just logged in within a login script

I'm writing a login script for OSX 10.8. I need to know the name of the user who logged in via the Login Window within a login script. I've tried "whoami", "$USER", and "ls -l /dev/console | awk ...
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What should I be aware of when installing Linux on a Mac?

I have a Macbook Pro and I am loving it, though I still miss my Linux box, there are many things I need which are not completely compatible with Mac OS X. I heard many stories about installing Linux ...
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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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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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why the “open” command runs under the home directory?

Under Mac OSX (Mountain Lion), I have a shell script "a": #!/bin/bash open -a Terminal b which run another shell script "b" using Terminal: echo `pwd` Something interesting is that, no matter ...
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How can I get a regular gcc etc. under HomeBrew under Mac OSX Mountain Lion?

I have a Mac with command-line developer tools installed, including Apple's LLVM C compiler, present as /bin/gcc. How can I get a real gcc installed so that e.g. make will see the standard gcc ...
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convert timestamp to formatted time OSX

I had this working on Ubuntu but I'm now trying to run the script on OSX but it seems that the formatting of date is different. Originally I had: date -d "$MODDATE" +%F" "%H":"%M where $MODDATE is ...
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See extended attributes with coreutils ls on Mac

I have coreutils installed via MacPorts on my Mac running OS X 10.8.4. I have ls set to use the coreutils version of ls [(GNU coreutils) 8.21] when available: if [ -e /opt/local/libexec/gnubin ]; ...
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Remove 2 and 3 newlines in a text file but not 1

I'm developing on a max osx 10.8 and have no preferences to which tool to use probably sed but it doesn't matter. Update after comment: The input file uses windows new lines if that's complicates ...
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How can I display the contents of a text file on the command line?

I would like to display the contents of a text file on the command line. The file only contains 5-6 characters. Is there an easy way to do this?