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Why does OS X `install` errors on redirected input when the same version of `install` on linux works fine?

I would like to use install command in order to create a new executable file with pre-populated content (e.g. with single pwd command in it). So I've extended this example which creates a new empty ...
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A real non-“better touch tools” solution for select-to-copy on Mac OS X

I recently moved to Mac. I am missing my X11 copy-paste style. I can't find a way to exactly emulate X11 behavior "select-to-copy", "middle-click-to-paste" globally on Mac OS X. I am aware that this ...
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What processes are used by DRM?

Whenever some content is DRM-protected, screenshots of such content are masked. Even using Terminal does not avoid such problems. Which processes in ps ax are used by DRM that is implemented by ...
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Disable networking only inside of a single terminal

I want to run a command in the terminal to disable networking, just in that terminal. How can that be accomplished? I'm running OSX. Note: I only want to disable the networking in that terminal. ...
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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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OS X-like deadkeys behavior on Linux

I'm on Debian (actually Crunchbang), and my notebook has a default US layout keyboard. My native language is Brazilian Portuguese (pt-BR), so I've changed my layout with setxkbmap -layout us -variant ...
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Use a “Friendly” Label on Drives or Partitions in FreeBSD

Maybe I am missing this and it's really simple, but I cannot figure out how to label a BSD disk. I have looked at tunefs or gpart and even disklabel, however none do what I am looking for - I don't ...
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tmux causing bold fonts in vim

I have installed tmux with vim, using the solarized colorscheme and airline plugin. All is good until I start tmux, where all the font turns bold and the airline status bar is looking weird. I have ...
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cursor and combining diacritics in shell

I frequently deal with combining diacritics, especially the combining acute accent (U0301, or \xcc\x81). I have a keyboard set up to insert this character, and that works fine in the shell. $ echo а́ ...
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Content of root's home directory in OSX

What is stored in root's home directory on OSX? What happens if you delete it on accident? Heres whats in my current root home folder. OSX:~ root# ls -lash total 8 0 drwxr-x--- 5 root wheel ...
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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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Add a user for Postgres on Mac

I've had a very difficult time trying to set up a postgres database. I am using Mac OS X 10.9.2. I am using this tutorial: http://tutorials.jumpstartlab.com/topics/environment/environment.html The ...
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Can I get WCHAN from ps on Mac OS X 10.7.4?

From the manual it seems that ps -AO wchan should tell me what everything is sleeping on, but everything comes up as -. (And nwchan as 0). Did they do away with the old sleep()/tsleep() interface in ...
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WPA pre-shared key format in linux and macintosh

I'm temporarily in a situation where the wifi network I need to use is implemented using Macintosh equipment. They have encoded their network using WPA and TKIP. I can't seem to get onto their network ...
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Schedule on boot persistent reverse SSH tunnel on Mac OSX

In attempts to run a self sustaining reverse ssh tunnel I have tried installing the 'autossh' package with brew. Autossh works alone when ran through the user's prompt, but not with launchctl/launchd. ...
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How unmounting closes file descriptors?

Checking currently open files on my /Volumes/UNTITLED gives me 2 entries: $ sudo lsof /Volumes/UNTITLED/ COMMAND PID USER FD TYPE DEVICE SIZE/OFF NODE NAME mds 62 root 8r DIR 1,6 ...
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readline - use of modifiers other than control and meta

I'm trying to use Apple's ⌘ command and ⌥ option keys to map some functions in readline to no avail. As per the man page I used octal values but that doesn't seem to work \xHH the eight-bit ...
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Switch to a specified WiFi network via bash on a Mac

I try to connect to a specific WiFi network in a bash script on a Mac. Two things I want to achieve: Connect to the specified network. I have tried networksetup -setairportnetwork en0 [network_ID], ...
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How to change to a different user after SFTP login

The goal: Use local IDE (IntelliJ PHPStorm 9) to browse & edit remote files via SSH The obstacle: My user on the remote machine does not have permissions to read files, which are owned by ...
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Unable to delete Root CA (UNIX: operation not permitted)

I am trying to delete a root certificate authority from my Mac OS machine. When I try this from the 'Keychainaccess' program it asks for my password and then shows 'ecKeychainItemDelete: ...
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Compiling FreeBSD on OSX

I currently have the source for the FreeBSD kernel. I want to compile it and create an iso image, on my OSX 10.9 computer. Can this be done? Do I need any other tools?
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Identify process

Every couple of minutes my Mac OSX machine starts running a process that consumes 10% of the CPU. It runs for a couple of seconds and then stops. I can see the process coming up in 'Top', but the name ...
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Catch/diagnose user process being killed - Inexplicably logged out automatically

Context: I'm using bash in Mac OSX Yosemite. Problem: I'm executing a (python) script that I expect to use alot of resources and take a few hours to run, redirecting stdout and stderr to a log file. ...
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Where does BPF packet capture read its data from?

I am interested in the low-level interfacing with network packets. From what I read, tools like tcpdump and libpcap use the BPF packet filter device /dev/bpf* to read link-layer network packets (on ...
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How to convert the qemu parameters for an osx guest for libvirtd

I managed to have an osx guest running in qemu with the following commands: // create the virtual image $ qemu-img create -f qcow2 mac_hdd.img 35G // .. install osx ... // start the guest $ ...
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Reliable method to determine system language in OS X

I was hoping to do something like defaults read -g AppleLanguages | awk -F, '/[^(]/{print $1;exit}' but if only one language is listed in "Preferred Languages", then defaults read -g ...
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Exporting the Safari (OSX) window to a remote Linux box

I have network access to a headless Mac mini running "OS X Server" (10.6.8 Snow Leopard). Sitting on my Linux desktop (Fedora) I can execute something like: ssh myuser@imachost xeyes and get the ...
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Increase SSH ConnectTimeout greater than 60 seconds

I don't seem to be able to increase the SSH connection timeout much beyond a minute: $ date; ssh home-qnap -o ConnectTimeout=7200; date Wed 14 Jan 2015 15:23:32 AEDT ssh: connect to host home-qnap ...
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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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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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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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“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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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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Open a program (VLC) and move it to the foreground

On a Mac, specifically, when I use the VLC command line to open a video file, it opens in the background by default. How can I instead move it to the foreground whenever I run the command to open a ...
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OS X: destroyfvkeyonstandby question

This is a very OS X specific question. I don't know if it applies to the rest of the Unix family. Sorry if this isn't the best forum for it, but the users here appear to be more knowledgeable in ...
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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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Installing Arch Linux alongside OS X - Bootloader issues

I have installed Arch Linux alongside my OS X install on my MBP 11,1 using the guide found here, however on the last three commands of the boot loader section I get the error /usr/sbin/grub2-probe: ...
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Shorter timeout on I/O errors MacOS X

How do you set a shorter timeout value for read/write I/O errors on MacOSX? We tend to get a few semicrashed disks and want to rsync the contents to a secure location, but when the file subsystem ...
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How do I detect a copy event in Finder?

I am trying to strip formatting from text copied from my Illustrator docs. Someone accurately pointed out to me that running pbpaste | pbcopy via command-line will perform this action on text in the ...
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Boot linux bootloader from Mac OSX

Recently I was running Fedora 17 on my computer which was an HP windows based machine. Unfortunately my computer has a malfunctioning motherboard and will no longer turn on. I removed the hard drive ...
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IPSec VPN Debian Squeeze Server for Mac OS X

I'm trying to get an IPSec VPN set up on my Debian home server, so that I can access my home network and browse without having my internet filtered by my college network, and so that I can perform ...
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Finding/Mounting USB Device in Mac OS X 10.8

I've looked all over and found similar questions and answers and none seem to work for me or match what I see. I should add I'm new to UNIX and the OS X command line but have got a basic overview to ...
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Does HylaFax server run in OS X?

From their FAQ: HylaFAX is intended to run on any UNIX system that supports a particular set of features: FIFO special files, BSD-style sockets and the TCP/IP communication protocols, BSD-style ...
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How to fix link error under CMake for class QX11Info on Mac OS X

I'm trying to build kxstitch, which is designed for Linux, on OS X. I've gotten most of the way there by installing MacPorts, XCode, KDE, etc. and making minor changes to the build file, but am ...
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Dual boot Fedora 16 with OS X refit

Having trouble with installing Fedora 16 on my Macbook Pro. While the installation itself completes without and issues, the bootloader doesn't install correctly. I have rEFIt, which I already have ...
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Is compatibility technically easier to achieve for Darling than for Wine?

I hope this question isn't too theoretical. I find it very interesting. A project called Darling is attempting to create an OS X compatibility layer for Linux. If successful, this will allow users to ...
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Linphone (3.9.1) compiling error with ./prepare.py --package in OS X El Capitan (10.11.4)

I'm a noob with the linphone project. I had clone the linphone-desktop project and follow all the steps provided both on the README and in the README.macos from the linphone repository to install all ...
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ncurses over ssh (osx -> linux) freezing and unresponsive

I'm using linux perf_events and sometimes am having trouble with the perf report (which is an ncurses terminal application) view freezing up. I'm interacting with a remote linux server which is ...
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'Resuming' Ubuntu after battery died

I'm running Ubuntu 15.10 alongside OSX, usually booting into Ubuntu using rEFInd. Last night my laptop died while in Ubuntu due to lack of battery power, when trying to boot back into Ubuntu this ...
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ftp: Illegal PORT command with ls on Linux, but not OS X?

I'm getting strange errors with ftp on Linux (Arch, to be more specific, as part of the inetutils package). To be truthful, the reason I'm using the shell command is because all of my other clients ...