HOWTO: Terminal’s tips in OSX

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Another useful and quick post about tips from OSX Terminal that let you to save a lot of time. So just open a Terminal and try them.

  • open . opens the current folder. open file.png opens the image file.png. You can open whatever you want.
  • pbcopy and pbpaste copy/paste to/from the clipboard
  • python -m SimpleHTTPServer 8000 starts a webserver (using python)
  • say Hello there says “hello there”, really! :)
  • !! runs the last command
  • mdfind is Spotlight from command line
  • ctrl-a and ctrl-e go to the beginning/end of the line
  • cd, do you really need an explanation?
  • /System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/ScreenSaverEngine.app/Contents/MacOS/ScreenSaverEngine -background & your screen saver as you desktop wallpaper - useless
  • emacs -batch -l dunnet is a text-based game :)
  • top -o vsize or top -o cpu tell you who is eating your memory/CPU?
  • SetFile file -a V makes files invisible
  • diskutil manages disks and images
  • hdiutil burn /path/to/iso burns an ISO to a CD/DVD
  • /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Apple80211.framework/Versions/A/Resources/airport -s scans WIFI networks
  • atl + mouse drag is the rectangular selection
  • afplay ~/path/to/file.mp3 plays an mp3 file
  • sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/MacOS/Finder opens Finder with root permissions (pay attention!!!)
  • cat somefile.txt | say literally says the content of somefile.txt
  • history|awk '{print $2}'|awk 'BEGIN {FS="|"} {print $1}'|sort|uniq -c|sort -r gives you the numbered list of most recent commands
  • sudo softwareupdate -i -a launches the software update
  • ctrl + R startes a reverse search of your commands

Do you have other useful tips? Post them in the comment! :)

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