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X11 Path Issues and Confusion for Installed Packages

I am using GMT (generic mapping tools) and SAC (Seismic Analysis Code), and each use X11 (or XQuartz on 10.9.4 Mavericks) to display graphics. When I want to display postscript using ghostview, I get ...
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Writing a Bash script to run and end at specific times

I'd like to create a script that will do the following. Start at a given time during the day and end at another given time. So for example, I have a program I'd like to test, so my script would be ...
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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?
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Resizing terminal splits

I'm trying to find a way to manipulate my terminal splits In my .vimrc I have set width=78 When I have vertical splits and change back and forth the active split is at least 78 chars. It squishes any ...
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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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Get driver location for particular printer via command line

This is on OS X 10.8. I want to be able to arbitrarily pull the configuration for a particular printer, so I can use it in a package-creation script. The script (not mine) uses /usr/sbin/lpadmin -p ...
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Creating a Bash script that will execute a program and if it exits without crashing, will run it again

I'd like to know the easiest way of creating a bash script that will run an app in MacOSX (it's a UNIX based system so I assumed this was the right place). wait for the program to exit. If the exit ...
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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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Command not found using tmux on osh [closed]

I have installed gem pry-remote. The problem I'm having is that the command pry-remote can't be detected when I ran tmux on iterm2 but it's detecting it if I exit tmux. This happened after I updated ...
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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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How to transfer data “offline” between osx and ubuntu?

I need to transfer around 50gb of data from my Ubuntu to my OSX. scp and samba are both too slow it seems - even with the Ethernet cable connected (14-15 hours!). I have physical access to both ...
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Convert linux symlink to osx symlink

I have transferred a folder from a linux machine to a macbook pro with osx 10.9, now I am having trouble with the symlinks in this folder (lots of them). In linux if I do vi link2file.txt, it has the ...
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How can I print good looking 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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Best options for mounting Mac OS X hard drive on my Linux box?

I have a new 3 terabyte external USB hard drive (Seagate ST3000DM001 in an enclosure). I hope to use it on both my iMac (OS X 10.6.8) and my Linux machines (Kubuntu). Right now this drive will ...
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Diacritics do not work in GTK+ applications running on Mac OS X Snow Leopard

I am using some GTK+ applications in Mac OS X Snow Leopard. My MacBook is configured for using the Brazilian layout, which allows it to enter diacritics as dead keys (so I can write á typing ' and ...
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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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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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sudo chown -R $USER:admin /usr/local - revert back to ROOT?

On OS X, but may also apply to *NIX. This question was asked/answered previously, and I know it's safe to chown on /usr/local for my admin user account, which I've done to install git with homebrew ...
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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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Mac Firebreath plugin port to Linux (dependencies)

I have Firebreath plugin for Mac that I need to port to Linux. I am trying to find the replacement dependencies for the Linux version. Here is the dependencies I have in my cmake for Mac: ...
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Control + L not clearing screen

When I try to clear my terminal screen on OSX: computer@ ~ () $ ^L And when I hit Enter after that it just shows: -bash: : command not found Any ideas on how this happens? My .bash_profile, ...
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How to permanently change both STDOUT and STDERR color to grey?

This question is similar to Can I configure my shell to print STDERR and STDOUT in different colors? But I am looking for a solution that will allow me to change both STDOUT and STDERR to ONE color. ...
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Why do some applications stop working when permissions are changed in /usr/bin?

On OS X, a friend of mine changed the permissions on /usr/bin recursively using Finder, in order to grand write access to everyone. Here is how it's done: Go to /usr/bin in Finder, then mess with ...
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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 can I tell why a process is waiting?

I'm trying to run a command on OSX Mavericks and it seems to be hanging. I found out that Control + T is a Unix command to show the status of a foreground job. Pressing it several times over the ...
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To grep 20 characters after and before match

I have the problem that I get too much information after the match for grep -RnisI --color=auto "pseudomonas" * I want to get only like 20 characters or 10 words after and before the match. What ...
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Piping content with multiple spaces

I was attempting to copy files listed in a text file into a directory such as: cat files.txt | xargs -I{} cp "{}" ~/Desktop/temp However I noticed that some files would not copy over. The files ...
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How to repair a corrupted HFS+ partition from a damaged hard-disk?

I have a friend's Mac OS X disk that comes with an HFS+ partition. I am supposed to recover the personal data from this disk, and I'm not yet sure if the filesystem is corrupted or the disk is dying). ...
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Sound volume control does not work in Ubuntu

My sound volume control does not work when I'm logged in with my regular user, though the sound works correctly. What's weirder is that the sound control works when I'm logged in as guest. With my ...
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ssh-add in not persistent between reboots

I add a ssh key to the agent by $ ssh-add ~/.ssh/id_rsa_mac Identity added: /Users/alex/.ssh/id_rsa_mac (/Users/alex/.ssh/id_rsa_mac) After reboot I don't have this key added anymore: $ ssh-add -l ...
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How can I list the info for an array of /dev/disks using bash expansion or substitution?

I want the output of: diskutil list; diskutil info [multiple devices] Without having to do: diskutil info disk0; diskutil info disk0s1; diskutil info disk1 ...etc For example, with many builtin ...
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Key mappings in Linux

What do people mean when they point out that the "keys are not properly mapped" in a Linux installation when working on the command line? Isn't the default installation OK? What extra/specific ...
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Keyboard mapping VNC

I recently installed realvnc server on my pc running windows 7, however when connecting from my macbook using the "screen sharing.app" a number of keys are unavailable. For example I need to use 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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Where does Mac OS X come from?

Discussing with Mac owners, I got several versions of where Mac OS X comes from. It is known to have some root in BSD, but how much, and where? Some say that Mac OS X has a FreeBSD kernel, with all ...
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How do you create a user with no password?

In os X it's possible to have users without passwords. If you inspect them with dscl their password show up as *. This is used for system users such as users for databases like mysql, pgsql etc. ...
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What is equivalent to Mac's purge in Linux?

In Mac I use purge to free up some memory. What is equivalent to it in Linux(Ubuntu Server)? apt-get install purge gave me nothing. If you are no familiar with Mac's purge here is it's man page: ...
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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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Set file creation date to its modification date on OSX

I need to batch edit file creation date (some stupid audio recorder set the file creation date to UNIX epoch and the correct recording date in the modification date) to set it to the files ...
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Why does directory vanish when I do SSHFS? How to setup SSHFS share on Max OSX 10.9?

I'm running Max OSX 10.9.3 and I'm trying to setup an SSHFS file-share between my MacBook Pro and a remote file system. However, when I try to do it, it doesn't work. Strangely enough, it makes the ...
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[Solved]man crashes on OS X after upgrading bash and its manpages

Bash on OS X is always so old that I finally decided to compile a never(4.3.18) one and simply override and replace the old one. Here are the configure flags I used: ./configure --prefix=/ ...
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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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Is it possible to obtain OS X versions of Unix tools on modern Linux distributions (like Ubuntu or RedHat)?

I have observed that there are often subtle and often annoying differences between the default versions of certain command line tools like paste and sed on modern distributions of Linux versus OSX. ...
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Limiting access to a website based on IP address when .htaccess is not allowed

I am trying to limit access to a website to a small set of IP addresses. I am a regular user on the Mac OSX web server. My first attempt at limited access was to create an .htaccess order deny,allow ...
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How to change the output color of ls comman in terminal in OS X and iTerm2?

I know that a similar question has been as in: How to colorize output of ls ? Though, I didn't really understand the answer and couldn't really make it work. However, I have tried something ...
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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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scan and connect to wifi from linux terminal on virtual machine

I am trying to scan wifi networks via Linux terminal running on a virtual machine. I am running virtual machine on Mac OS. On MAC terminal, I can see all Wi-Fi networks using (airport) command and can ...
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How to add entries in GPT/ guid table without booting in is?

I foolishly deleted entries from guid or gpt table while messing up with gdisk utility, As a result no bootable partition shows up on startup ! I'm stuck at blank screen please help ! How shoul I ...
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Spaces as line breaks from inline for loop command

Someone care to enlighten me as to why the spaces in the first command seem to be interpreted as line breaks? Also occurs substituting print for echo. $for l in $( find *.txt -exec head -1 {} \; ); ...
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How to get the same ls with colors working on both OSX and Ubuntu?

When I want color in Ubuntu I do alias ls='ls --color=always' but on OSX this gives an error ls: illegal option -- - and I need to do alias ls ='ls -G' How can I create an alias with the same ...