How To Remove the MacOS Quarantine Extended File Attribute for an Entire Directory Tree

Author: , November 24th, 2019

xattr -r -d com.apple.quarantine {dirname} ~or~ xattr -r -d com.apple.quarantine *

How To Read Multiple Lines of User Input from the Command Line in Perl

Author: , October 9th, 2019

Use Case: Export Apple Reminders from MacOS application to cleaned plain text, i.e. remove unwanted spaces, blank lines and square brackets PROCEDURE Click on a single item in the MacOS Reminders app list Select All (either Command-a or use Edit->Select All) Copy (either Command-c or use Edit->Copy) Open Terminal Run cleanme Paste the copied reminders […]

How To Force csshX To Tile In Columns

Author: , May 28th, 2019

I use csshX on a daily basis. The default layout on my screen for three nodes is one column with three rows, one per node. This layout is excellent for visual positioning, but does make it harder to read long output. For this purpose, I start csshX using the column quantity specifier -x and I […]

How To Enable Opening a Terminal Window from the Current Finder Location in MacOS

Author: , February 16th, 2019

As of Mac OS X Lion 10.7, Terminal provides Services for opening a new terminal window or tab at the selected folder in Finder. They also work with absolute pathnames selected in text (in any application). You can enable these services with System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts > Services. Look for “New Terminal […]

How To Disable Adobe Daemons Using launchctl on MacOS

Author: , November 18th, 2018

I installed an old version of Adobe software on my new Mac and as usual, it installed some daemons that are undesirable. Here is how I got rid of them via the Terminal. Note: Adobe installs daemons in the user context, so do this as your regular user login, not as root. shell> launchctl list […]

How To Install a .pkg file from the Command Line on MacOSX

Author: , August 12th, 2016

sudo /usr/sbin/installer -pkg /path/to/yourFile.pkg -target /

How To Eject a Volume from the Terminal Command Line in MacOSX

Author: , December 8th, 2015

As always, YMMV…

How To Disable Dock Icon Bounce For MacOSX Terminal

Author: , June 15th, 2015

How To Show All Files in MacOSX Yosemite via Terminal

Author: , October 29th, 2014

SET THE DEFAULT TO SHOW Run this command in a Terminal window: defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES Relaunch Finder: Hold down the Option/ALT key on your keyboard, then right-click the Finder icon in the dock and select Relaunch. SET THE DEFAULT TO HIDE defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles NO then relaunch finder as above.

How To Show All Files in the MacOSX Finder

Author: , June 30th, 2012

In Terminal, run the following command: defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES To make the command take effect, you need to restart the Finder. One way to do this is to hold down the Option key, then click and hold on the Finder icon in the Dock. When the contextual menu appears, select Relaunch and the […]