Prevent a Mac from sleeping from the command line
I came across another really simple way to do this, using the pmset command. Just run this command in terminal:
Terminal will display the following text:
Preventing idle sleep (^C to exit)...
To allow the Mac to go back to sleep, according to its current Energy Saver settings, just press Control-C.
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