There are a number of Unix commands which do not work on my OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, Terminal Version 2.5.3.

For instance, I often use this cheatsheet of Unix commands: http://mally.stanford.edu/%7Esr/computing/basic-unix.html

Take the command webster, which gives the definitions of words via the Webster Dictionary. Naturally, Mac's Terminal does not recognize this command

-bash: webster: command not found

Is there any way to download/import all Unix commands into OS X? Or at least import certain commands like webster?

EDIT: It looks like the best way forward is to build my own set of Unix commands. webster just isn't available, outside of my fantasy Unix system on Stanford computers twenty years ago. Fellow Unix nerds, rise up! Let us achieve Unix greatness in days of yore!

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    Note that that collection of pages is around 20 years old (they refer to sunos 4.1 and 5.4). Programs like nn may be hard to find. – Mark Plotnick May 21 '15 at 10:59

Perhaps the closest thing to what you are looking for is MacPorts (or some other package management system like Homebrew). It can be used to install software(including many Unix software) easily.

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  • I'm not sure such available ports exist. Do you have any recommendations of ports which download unique Unix commands? Thanks! – ShanZhengYang May 21 '15 at 5:14

webster is not a common command among Unix systems. It is not a part of Debian's apt repository and it is also not part of the two major packaging tools Homebrew and MacPorts. Probably it is only available on Stanford computers.

However additional commands can be installed with ease using one of the two. I would suggest using Homebrew since many packages are precompiled and save you a lot of time during install.

Here is a example for installing homebrew and one of the commands you were linking to (lynx).

# Install homebrew
> ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"

# Just search for the command you want. The package containing it, will show up
> brew search lynx

# Then install it
> brew install lynx
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  • Are there similar options for MacPorts? Unfortunately, users have to choose between the two... – ShanZhengYang May 21 '15 at 9:57
  • Yes basically the same: port search and port install. If you can't decide hop to this question. But beware: They introduce a third possibility ;) – Martin Goth May 21 '15 at 14:36

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