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Mac OS X Terminal.app Tips

Font

I’ve worked with Monaco as my monospaced font for many years, but there are other fonts available which are equally compact but inproved readability even with small sizes. My favorite these days is the Open Source font Inconsolata by Raph Levien which works great at 13 points. To install just download the .otf file and put it into your ~/Library/Fonts directory.

Clear Scrollback

When calling a command that produces more than a few lines of output, it may be tricky to scroll back to where the output began. A simple trick is to hit ⌘K beforehand which will clear the entire scrollback memory and display.

Split Screen

Sometimes, you’re looking at something in the scrollback and at the same time you want to start typing a command which would cause the window to scroll through to the end. You could open a second window, but splitting the screen may be a nice alternative. This feature has been around for a while, but it’s easily overlooked: Click on the icon that looks like a grey square just above the vertical scrollbar.

(Sven Schwyn)

Comments

Benjamin Indermühle said on Sunday, March 21, 2010:

Hey, I had to install the TTF version of the font, somehow the otf didn’t work in my Terminal

Re: I’ve simply placed the .otf file in my ~/Library/Fonts.

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