Terminal uses in everyday life?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by _pb_boi, Apr 27, 2004.

  1. _pb_boi macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2004
    Hey people,

    Thought I'd throw in a question here; what do you all use the terminal for, in every day life? I don't mean just a one-off app that requires terminal use, but something you'd use every day - what has you keeping a terminal window open all day?

    Personally, I only use the terminal for coding and stuff... just wanna know what your terminal usage habits are!

  2. switchingGeek macrumors member

    Oct 11, 2003
    Dallas, Texas
    1) running top :D
    2) killing things
    3) ssh-ing in to different servers
    4) ifconfig is easier than opening the network preferences
    5) netstat
    6) vi
    7) moving stuff, copying stuff, i tend to do it faster at the cli
    8) checking disk usage "sudo du -k / | sort -nr | less "
    9) compiling and installing things that dont come with fink
  3. stoid macrumors 601


    Feb 17, 2002
    So long, and thanks for all the fish!
    Too bad I don't even KNOW what any of those things are except 2, much less how to do them :eek: :( :confused:
  4. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    I use it to SSH into web servers all the time. Good for quickie FTP on occasion, as well.
  5. howard macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2002
  6. abhishekit macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2003
    akron , ohio
    ssh is secured shell login..in english u can login to any unix, linux or mac os x system by
    ssh ip
    i use terminal predominantly for
    ssh..i connect to my linux box at school..
    top..actually i use geektool to display top output on the desktop..
    also to open any program thats in my applications folder..i hv written a simple shell script fr that, with help from some members here..and its much better...

    read -p "which app >> " name
    cd /
    cd applications
    if open "$name".app
    #not found
    cd /Applications/Utilities
    open "$name".app

    save this file as z.sh
    and then at terminal write
    it wd open any app...cool fr my purposes..

  7. mms macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2003
    SSH, FTP, SCP, top, uptime, top, vim, and of course, snake/tetris/doctor on emacs :)

    I also work faster in CLI and use it for many Finder jobs.
  8. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003

    I use the terminal to concatenate all the time. Concatenate is just a fancy word for joining a bunch of individual files in to one big one. When you download any large file like a movie from usenet, it is always cut into little peices for succesful transmition. When you get all the peices you gotta put'em back together in to one big file again. Just throw em all in to a folder and type cat * >FileNameHere.mpg and viola, all the peices are sewn back together again. Don't know what usenet is? If you aren't afraid of getting a little geeky, download an app called hogwasher and spend some time figuring things out, you won't regret it.
  9. MacFan26 macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2003
    San Francisco, California
    I use Terminal for SSH and sometimes FTP, and a lot of the time I'm running Folding@Home. Sometimes it's cool to run Top and put it in fullscreen. With green text and a black background my mom thinks i'm a crazy computer genius, lol.
  10. nesbitt_a macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2003
    I find terminal much quicker to use for standard file tasks than finder itself. Browsing files, quickly editing files, opening files with a specific application ('open -a /Applications/... file.extension) is much more productive.

    Also, I make extreme* use of scp, sftp and wget for networking and downloading off the internet (wget is much better than clicking 400 links on a page, when I can get all the files with one simple command!)

    - Cheers, A.
  11. _pb_boi thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2004
    Thanks for the replies guys :)

    Today I'll be using it to reschedule my cron from 5am lol... also, I use it for Finder stuff - grep is much quicker, and sorts alphabetically :)

    And yeah, I ssh from terminal and MUD. Suppose I use it slightly more than I thought I guess :)

  12. Quobobo macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2003
    I use SSH all the time, for my website, for when I'm away from home, between computers on my LAN... I usually need it for running top/killing processes, using pico occasionally, and also to browse/open files sometimes.
  13. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway

    Two main uses (when I'm not compiling programming projects):
    - ssh/sftp into my school account
    - whois to find the _real_ sender whenever I get a virus infected e-mail

    I also use commands like ping and ifconfig when there is something fishy with my network settings...
  14. &RU macrumors member

    Mar 5, 2004
    Long live vi!

    Yes switchinguy, vi is the ultimate use for the terminal! Death to Emacs!
  15. javabear90 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 7, 2003
    Houston, TX
    whoa!! thats the exact same things that I use terminal for! :eek:

    o.. almost forgot pico! :rolleyes:
  16. kbonnel macrumors 6502

    Mar 1, 2004
    In a nice place..
    Since I do *NIX for a living, I use terminal all the time. I usually have 10 ssh sessions going. God I love my powerbook..... (and of course one of those terminals is my folding :) ).

  17. mainstreetmark macrumors 68020


    May 7, 2003
    Saint Augustine, FL
    For SSHing, I've made a folder with a dozen or so .term files, and I keep that folder down on the dock. I can right-click on the folder, choose a .term, and have quick access to all the servers I cause trouble on. Different .terms let me set different colors and such, so it's quite nice.

    Local term use includes a lot of tcpdump, since I'm trying to figure out which of my many net applications are sending and receiving at any given moment (I'm on snailband, so bandwidth is at a premium)
  18. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    psst! Installing the free open source tool anacron is a better way to do this.
  19. FattyMembrane macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2002
    bat country
    pkill (a little script to kill a process by the app name instead of pid)

    i use the command-line ftp for web-site maintenance because it's quicker than a gui program. i use curl as my download manager if i'm getting a big file and don't want to burden safari with it.
  20. _pb_boi thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2004
    Westsideguy - cheers, I'll download and install that tool :)

    The reason I did it the CLI way was just basically to experiment some with sudo, and to get used to usin the CLI for something other than programme compilation, I guess. :)

    Thanks again man,

  21. thecombatwombat macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2004
    Oh man.

    ssh/sftp, mysql, file browsing (OS X's "open" command is freaking great), top, kill, fink

    Random commands I realized I can't be without after running history:

    nslookup/dig, nmap, ping, file, man, ps, cat
  22. thecombatwombat macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2004
    Nice work but the open command can already do this.

    Run "open -a itunes" (not even case sensitive) and see what happens.
  23. abhishekit macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2003
    akron , ohio
    oh sweet..i dint know we had a shortcut.. :) ..
  24. soulshriek macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2009
    I guess its too much to hope that this works if the file is in rar format
  25. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    It doesn't matter what format the files are in, they'll concatenate the same way regardless of file type. But I doubt you really want to concatenate several rar files. If you have files named rar1, rar2, etc or something similar then that is a multipart rar file, not a split file that needs concatenating. Any unrar utility should be able to unrar those files together just fine.

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