There are somethings that are just easier to do from the command line. I have created aliases for the most common things that I do, particularly when they aren’t done frequently or the syntax is something that I frequently forget. All of these live in my ~/.aliases file which is part of my ~/.bash_profile.
alias nosound=’sudo pkill coreaudiod’
I’m not sure why, but occasionally the audio stack gets jacked up. I can turn up the volume and I see it working via the on screen display, but no volume up or down. Killing coreaudio fixes this.
alias rule2=’until ping -W1 -c1 188.8.131.52; do sleep 5; done && say the internet is back’
When the network is flaky, this is the command that will let me know when things have stabilized. Rule 2 = Always blame the network.
alias dnsflush=’dscacheutil -flushcache; sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder’
I can never remember how to flush the DNS cache.
alias disableitunes=’sudo chmod -x /Applications/iTunes.app’
I prefer to bind the media keys on my Mac to other software, which leads to a problem, unless iTunes is set to not execute. This makes it easy to disable iTunes.
alias enableitunes=’sudo chmod +x /Applications/iTunes.app’
When I have to use iTunes, which is hardly ever, this is the script that re-enables it.