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How can I install the `ll` command on Mac OS X?

I'm using Mac OS X. When I SSH into servers I find the ll command useful, but it's not available on my local machine. How can I install it?
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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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How to “bless” a disc without access to OSX?

I have a MacBook Pro. The original harddrive died and has been replaced. I've installed Fedora20 on the new drive. The new drive was never "blessed" and thus boot takes 30 seconds longer than it ...
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In Mac Os, what is .DS_store?

In each folder I find a hidden file called .DS_store? What is this exactly?
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Cannot ping from Solaris 11.2 to OS X 10.9.4 [on hold]

Scenario is: ping works in one direction, from OS X to Solaris 11 on a wired LAN, but not the other way. I.e.: Solaris cannot ping the OS X m/c? Connectivity is through a basic setup on a comcast ...
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Private VPN compression for faster internet

I've posted this same question on StackOverflow as well, but figured out I may get more Debian-specific answers here Background: I'm a student, and currently the WiFi connection at my school is very ...
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Sending raw video stream over network to an encoder

I'm trying to build a setup using OS X machines for streaming live video. Currently I use Flash Media Live Encoder on the same machine that is handling the video input unfortunately because FMLE uses ...
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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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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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How to use ifconfig to show active interface only

By default ifconfig will show me all available interfaces , but what if I just want to display active ones? Like, en0 only in below. en0: ...
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Mounting Linux root fs NFS share on OS X?

I am attempting to share the root filesystem (/) of a CentOS 6.5 virtual machine to my OS X host system. While this should be relatively simple process, I'm hitting some kind of wall. Presently my ...
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Installing Xmgrace on Mac problem

Hi I'm totally new to UNIX, I use my console for 2 months only and only know the very basic commands... I have worked on a machine previously and have been using the xmgrace command to make some ...
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Mac Terminal: Scroll up and down in screen mode

I am in screen mode and I am outputing results that are too long to read through even using Ctrl+a + [ + Up / Down Arrow Key. Is there a way that I can scroll up and down using the mouse in screen ...
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Configuring Vim with clientserver and clipboard

On OS X I have vim working just fine from homebrew. The default homebrew install compiles vim with these flags. ./configure --prefix=/usr/local --mandir=/usr/local/Cellar/vim/7.4.161/share/man ...
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How to identify process accesing usb port (scale)?

I'd like to identify through terminal which processes are using the scale connected to my mac, I need to kill those processes or clean the port to be used only by my app. Thanks a lot in advance.
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How are files or chunks delimited on disk?

I'm trying to recover some lost files by grep-scanning a hard disk. (The OS is Darwin 11.4.2. The file system is HFS.) How can I determine where a file (or contiguous chunk thereof) begins and ends ...
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How do I only undo pasted text in vim?

TL;DR; version - How do I undo text that was pasted in from my OS copy buffer without undoing other text that was typed in since I went into insert mode? Longer description: Put something in your ...
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Global variable for every script

I want to declare a variable in such way that every script can access and alter its value. I have written a script that set the value of a variable called flag on exit and I am using a crontab entry ...
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tmux blocks certain things on my Mac

I really like tmux and use it often so I set the following in my .zprofile: [[ $TERM != "screen" ]] && exec tmux so when I open a new window, tmux will be there for me. However, there are ...
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I cannot enter the vertical line character in OSX terminal

I'm using a Mac and I'm piping some data from curl to tar and when I went to hit the | in the terminal I got the o with an umlaut. It totally works fine, as the unicode character still comes up as ...
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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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Installing rvm and a specific version of ruby using rvm on linux based systems

UI testing is done using ruby and selenium. Installation of rvm Installation of specific version of ruby and setting a default version of ruby Note: Using a linux based operating system.
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Re-access NFS volume from OS X Mavericks client after server reboot?

My home server, running FreeBSD 10-RELEASE p7, exports NFS volumes to my MacBook Pro, running current OS X Mavericks. The MacBook mounts these via automount as /net/servername/volume without any ...
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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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How do you move files into the in-memory file system mounted at /dev/shm

Someone recently told me about /dev/shm. You all helped refine my understanding of what /dev/shm is What dev folder allows you tell the OS to cache something? The person who told me about /dev/shm ...
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How to make bash put prompt on a new line after cat command?

What I get: host:~ user$ cat example.txt some texthost:~ stas$ What I want to get: host:~ user$ cat example.txt some text host:~ stas$ Is there a way I can make cat behave like this? I'm using ...
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Unable to boot into Mac OS after installing Fedora[Dual Boot]

I installed Fedora on my Mac and now when I boot, it says "booting in insecure mode" an then see a typical Linux "choose what to boot" screen. The List goes like: Fedora Fedora Recovery Mac OSX ...
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Install rEFInd on OS X 10.10 Yosemite

I want to dual boot my macbook with Arch Linux and thus tried to install rEFInd using the install script, however, after install rEFInd doesn't seem to start at all? Anyone experienced the same issue ...
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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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Quickly check whether many network hosts are up-and-running

Objective: check if a host is up-and-running on the network, with a method that can be efficiently parallelized over many hosts. Emphasis on a QUICK turnaround of the check. Reason to emphasise ...
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Why Mac applications never get “closed”?

I'm a Linux/Windows/Mac user. I like all systems, *nixes more than Windows, but I like all nonethless. I started using a Mac this year, and a difference between Linux and Windows that I can't ...
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man causes a broken pipe when using a pager other than less

I'm trying to write a simple script to format my man pages, but I've run into a broken pipe error. These lines both cause the error: env MANPAGER=cat man $foo man -P cat $foo and this is the ...
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Linux guest VM on mac host - Keyboard

I use a Mac as a development box, but am slowly transitioning to Linux. So I am spending the majority of my time in the Linux guest VM while working. But I still spend a fair amount of time in Mac ...
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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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Add text to end of every line

I have tried a lot of commands, like this: sed -i '' "s/$/<@string>/" txt.txt > txt2.txt This makes txt2.txt empty, why?!? sed 's/$/<@string>/' txt.txt > txt2.txt This does ...
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Can't get rEFIt to boot after install (Ubuntu + OSX on macbook pro)

I'm trying to dual boot Ubuntu and OSX on my macbook (MacBookPro8,2). As per the usual guide, I downloaded rEFIt (the .dmg) and installed it. Then I rebooted about 12 times and still always just get ...
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Fix X11 forwarding on OSX

I am looking for a way to fix/debug a X11 forwarding session on OSX. Here is my situation: From my mac I connect to a Ubuntu workstation with ssh -X (tried ssh -Y as well). X11 forwarding works ...
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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 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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What is PATH on a Mac OS?

What is the PATH in a Mac OS? I have used it to install global command-line tools, but the only documentation I have found are tutorials for doing just that, with no real explanation of what is ...
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Can't figure out why ssh_exchange_identification: Connection closed by remote host appear

At home, I have setup a Raspberry Pi with the latest version of Raspbian and with ssh enabled. I also use a Mac Book Pro with OS X 10.9.3. I use ssh pi@192.168.0.22 to do some work on the Raspberry ...
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Transferring Files SSH SCP Error Message: 'Stdin: is not a tty'

I am using a Macbook SSH terminal and generated RSA key pairs and uploaded remote id_rsa.pub with approved permissions. I can connect with remote Apache web server. I can create, open, move, modify ...
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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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nc not waiting for server disconnect on OS X

How to make nc client on OS X Mavericks keep socket open and read data until server disconnects the socket? I want to send data to a server through nc and then use the response. Problem is that nc ...
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Edit a command? [duplicate]

I'm using many basic commands of unix/linux. In Mac OS X Mavericks, I type cat for a file, but output was faulty. In example, content of the file named bar: foo bar Then: ...
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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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Create bootable hfs+ partition for macbook

I've installed Debian testing on a Macbook Pro (mid 2014) without keeping OS X on the internal SSD. I've used the following GPT partition layout: HFS+ EFI on /boot/efi BTRFS on / SWAP on swap I've ...
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unable to open X server with ImageMagick Mac osx

I am trying to display an image using the following: Display someimage.jpeg It returns this: display: unable to open X server `' @ error/display.c/DisplayImageCommand/426. I have been looking at ...
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Activate iSight in Linux Mint Qiana on a Virtual Machine

I'm trying to get the built-in iSight cam of my MacBook Pro 5,1 (running OS X 10.5.8 ) to run under the just-downloaded Linux Mint Qiana edition, which I have installed in Virtual Box (v.4.1.18, for ...
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How do I force move something when sudo mv -f doesn't work?

I need to move a 16 GB folder to my external drive, but moving it manually gives me an in use error. I have tried to start in safe mode and moved it but it was still in use. I have run these commands ...