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How to determine the newly closed file within a continuous audit log rotation?

I am attempting to find the best way to determine when the second file (of a matching criteria) is created. The context is an audit log rotation. Given a directory where audit logs are created every ...
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Passing arguments from a file to a bash script

I' ve got this situation: ./ ./myscript.sh ./arguments.txt ./test.sh Inside myscript.sh, i have to run the file test.sh, passing to it the arguments contained inside arguments.txt. myscript.sh is: ...
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Finding the number of time a particular number in a file where range also specified

I have a file with numbers separated by ,(comma). In between it also contains a number range like 300-400. Say for example I have a text file, namely testme.txt which looks like, ...
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Using exec and tee to redirect logs to stdout and a log file in the same time [duplicate]

In a bash script, how can I redirect all standard outputs to a log file and tee the output on the screen using exec ? log_file="$HOME/logs/install.txt-`date +'%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S'`" [ -f "$log_file" ] ...
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Asteriks in filename as wildcard not working [closed]

So I have a folder with many files like 20140720.457812.tmp and I try to count how many lines they have, I tried this: #!/bin/bash lines=`more /folder/20140720*.tmp|wc -l` but I get this error: ...
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Replace very long string in files recursively

I have a very long and complex string in many files and I want to remove/replace it recursively. The string contains many slashes, backslashes and spaces and any kind of special signs. How do I do ...
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Launching a sudo gui from desktop

Environment: CentOS 5.10 on 32 Bit. test.sh: #!/bin/bash cd /dump sudo /opt/java/jre1.7.0_60/bin/java -jar mytest.jar mytest.jar will pop a GUI app in the desktop, username is in sudoers with ...
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How to print numbers horizontally? [duplicate]

I would like to print something as 5,4,3,2,1. This is my program, but it prints the numbers vertically. numbers=5 i=1 while [ "$i" -le "$numbers" ] do echo “$i” i=$(( $i + 1 )) done Do you have ...
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Where is bash's history stored?

If I run history, I can see my latest executed commands. But if I do tail -f $HISTFILE or tail -f ~/.bash_history, they do not get listed. Does the file get locked, is there a temporary location or ...
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Solution to integer expression expected [closed]

So I when I run this code on my mac there are no errors, and it provides me the perfect output. But when I run it on Ubuntu or CentOS i get the following error integer expression expected ...
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mkdir with date function behaves differently in script

I am trying to create a directory with a timestamp. If I type at the prompt mkdir "$(date +%Y-%m-%d_%H%M%S)" I get a directory named with the date as I would like. If I put the same line in a bash ...
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Comparing two strings in Bash

I have the following if block in my bash script: if [ ${PACKAGENAME} -eq kakadu-v6_4-00902C ]; then echo "successfully entered if block!!" fi The script execution is not entering my if block even ...
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Verify the length of a variable

I've to verify the length of variable read (my script limit to five the characters inserted), I think about something like this: #!/bin/bash read string check=${#string} echo $check if [ $check -ge 5 ...
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“Tuning” tr and sed expression

I have MD5 file which lists filename and MD5 sum in the following way: MD5 (file14n0001.xml.gz) = 04eb2524d271077ec8f1a0021779b171 MD5 (file14n0002.xml.gz) = 07e2b29645e9211cce9daf1ae27e7b99 MD5 ...
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Looking for a way turn multiples commands with same parameter into a one liner

I sometimes end up doing things like: Example: from ~/blah $ mkdir ~/test-tmp $ cp * ~/test-tmp $ cd ~/test-tmp using the destination dir 3 times in a row. Isn't there a way to turn these into a ...
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Openbox pipe-menu script error

This is the weirdest thing. The script works when run from the shell with no problems. When I run it as an Openbox pipe-menu I get the error "Invalid output from pipe-menu". After playing around with ...
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Sudo Su automated login

I want to automate the login process with sudo su. I have seen lot of questions on these, but none of them are working for me. Automate login with sudo and su Here's my what I tried so far echo ...
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Creating Menu list and Executing the Task

I was given the the Task to create a menu in Linux but it appears it's not coming out great. When I select something I want to be able to perform that task then go back to the main menu when I finish. ...
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Why are aliases missing inside of bash command?

When I run in my terminal: alias a list with all my aliases (defined in ~/bashrc and ~/.bash_aliases files) will be displayed on my terminal. That's nice and as expected! But when I run: bash -c ...
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Count duplicate rows with constraint

I have the following file: A B 1990 A C 2001 A C 2013 A B 2001 B C 2013 A D 2001 A D 2014 I need to count duplicate pairs (in the 1st and 2nd column) and to each such pair assign the lowest value ...
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how to use the eval command in order to print the value of parameter

Please advice how to use the eval command in order to print the parameter value for example bash a=1 b=2 c=3 for i in ` echo a b c ` > do > echo "$i=` eval $i ` " > done bash: a: ...
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How to redirect stdout to a file and read from the same file simultaneously with another task?

I want to run a task (which takes quite a long time) remotely in Ubuntu Linux Bash via nohup and redirect stdout to a file, e.g.: nohup task > out.txt & From time to time I would like to ...
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How would you get all users history

I know there is the $HISTFILE variable where i can find the currently logged in users history-file, but how can i be sure to get every history file on the server I was thinking of the ...
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Compare two numbers read from a file

I have a script that reads a file with a standard format where the 9th word is a number. I am trying to compare the number that is read from the file. I am able to read the line correctly and it works ...
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How can I tell if floating point arithmetic is performed in hardware or software?

Well, exactly as the title says: How can I tell if floating point arithmetic is performed in hardware or software? I could find the processor's name and Google it, but is there a way to do it in a ...
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How can I run as another user?

This is the bash code that should be runned. So first it substitutes the user to openproject and than runs all the code su openproject -c "bash -l" cd ~/openproject git checkout Gemfile.lock git ...
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Parse lines of output from bash loop

I'm trying to parse the output of commands run in a bash loop. Here is an example: $ for i in `git log --format='%H'`; do echo $i ; git branch --contains $i; done | head -n 8 ...
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Delete whole line if after “:” less than 4 chars

I have a file with many lines, such as : blue:fish red:tomato black:moon I would like the whole line to be deleted if after ":", there is less than 4 chars. Thanks for your help!
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concatenate .out files

Can I combined multiple .out files with the cat command in bash or csh? Additionally I want only the header of first file to be concatenated and I was thinking of using the tail function for that. ...
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How to make Cron run

I am trying to set up cron to run the mysqlauditgrep command (its the MySQL 5.6 Utilities package). The mysqlauditgrep command is in bash. The command I am looking to run is: mysqlauditgrep ...
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How to set up Cron to run mysqlauditgrep command for 11AM on Friday

I am trying to set up cron to run the mysqlauditgrep command (its the MySQL 5.6 Utilities package). The mysqlauditgrep command is in bash. The command I am looking to run is: mysqlauditgrep ...
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sudo: unable to execute ./script.sh: no such file or directory

I'm stumped. I have a script in my /home directory which is executable: [user@server ~]$ ll total 4 -rwx------ 1 user user 2608 Jul 15 18:23 qa.sh However, when I attempt to run it with sudo it ...
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Use `cut` to extract a list from /etc/passwd

How could I use the cut command to extract a list of usernames and login shells from the /etc/passwd file, where the resulting usernames and login shells are separated by a single space? Sort the ...
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How to dynamically chose PBS queue during job submission

I run a lot of small computing jobs in remote cluster where job submission is managed by PBS. Normally in a PBS (bash) script I specify the queue that I would like to submit the job through the ...
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Is it possible to define a command in bash?

For example, can I set gb = cd /media/Dan/evolution So that everytime I execute gb in bash, I can cd to that particular directory? I find something online, alias command. But It seems can't do the ...
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CSV file + set CSV parameters and values in bash script

I have the following CSV file: Alabama,Alaska,Arizona,Arkansas,California,Colorado,Connecticut,Delaware,Florida,Georgia,Hawaii,Idaho,Illinois,Indiana,Iowa 1000,"1 0 0 1",1002,1002,1003,1004,1005,"1 0 ...
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How can I output the difference between 2 files?

My file consists of the the following; roughly: username:username:username:username:username The above line continues to about 600 characters. I use the awk command in order to use it as an ...
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Securing a script a little more

I currently have the following script which works fine: #!/bin/sh user="$(zenity --entry --title="Username" --text="Username")" pass="$(zenity --password --title="Password" --text="Password")" ...
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Reusing user input in a script

I have the following script which works: #!/bin/bash xfreerdp /cert-ignore /f /v:farm.company.com /d:company.com /g:rds.company.com /u:$(zenity --entry --title="Username" --text="Username") ...
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Bash script question - skip enter key press [duplicate]

Here is a portion of my script: read main_menu case "$main_menu" in "0" ) exit ;; "1" ) cp /etc/bamt/cgminer.conf.X11 /etc/bamt/cgminer.conf; sudo mine restart; ...
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How can I tell if the currently executing bash script has been invoked with -x for debugging?

I have a script launch.sh that executes itself as another user so as to create files with the correct owner. I want to pass -x to this invocation if it was originally passed to the script if [ ...
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Add arguments to bash -c

Let say that I want to run a command through bash like this: /bin/bash -c "ls -l" According to bash man page, I could also run it like this: # don't process arguments after this one ...
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KVM reports strange CPU usage peaks (bash infinite recursion)

On a KVM machine running Fedora 20 I ran ulimit -s unlimited (this removes limit on stack size) and an experimental torturing testing script. All this script does is just infinite recursion: ...
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Run a diff between local and remote file

I'm connected on a host via ssh and I'd like to compare (let's say with diff) a certain config file against its counterpart on another host, also accessible via ssh, without having to manually ...
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Getting the current path in .desktop EXEC command

Im trying to make a .desktop file run a .sh which is stored in the same directory as the .desktop. The whole directory needs to be portable and moved from machine to machine. my run script is run.sh ...
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How can I find where LANG, LANGUAGE and MAIL environmental variables are set?

I've had a few issues with environmental variables not set correctly in my Raspbmc Raspberry Pi. Specifically, I've had to manually specify the following in ~/.bashrc. export LANG='en_AU.UTF-8" ...
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Why am I getting inconsistent IP values from icanhazip.com or curlmyip.com?

I wrote a bash script and appended to my crontab to query my IP address every minute, and if it is not the same with the previous query it sends me an e-mail to inform me for the IP address change. ...
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Bash pattern to match all files but directories

In bash, how do I specify a pattern that matches everything but subdirectories in current directory. Given that the pattern */ matches all the subdirectories, I tried (with extglob turned on): $ echo ...
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How to force watch to run under bash

The problem is that when watch is executed it runs sh and I get this error: sh: 1: func1: not found here is the code: #!/bin/bash func1(){ echo $1 } export -f func1 watch func1
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How can I make mailx inform me of new mail?

I'm trying to set up mailx on my server. On one server (Raspbian) I am informed of new mail with a message You have new mail (or something similar). On another machine (Raspbmc), I never have this ...