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How to correctly add a path to PATH?

I'm wondering where a new path has to be added to PATH environment variable. I know this is accomplished editing .bash_rc (for example), but it's not clear how to do this. This way: export ...
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How can I have my .bashrc only invoke TMUX if it exists on my system?

I use tmux on most boxes, but not all. I have the following line in my .bashrc file: [ -z "$TMUX" ] && export TERM=xterm-256color && exec tmux which invoke tmux if it exists. I ...
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How to retrieve lost aliases?

Let me start by saying I know this was dumb. Time and Linux make fools of us all. I made an echo command to my .bash_aliases file and erased all of my aliases, except the test alias. However, I ...
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Linux: $SSH_CONNECTION is set even without SSHing to the server

I have a remote server and I am writing a script in the server and want it to fire only when I SSH. I thought of using the $SSH_CONNECTION and $SSH_TTY for this purpose. I found out that when I have ...
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PS: what does “ps -o comm= -p $PPID” do

I have a script which does ps -o comm= -p $PPID. The explanation says this gets the parent process name. From the man page I found out -o means user defined format, comm means command and -p means ...
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Messed up bash.bashrc file, commands not working anymore

Trying installing Java, I tried to add it to the executable path with the line: export PATH=/usr/lib/jvm/jdk1.7.0_60/bin:$PATH in the system-wide /etc/bash.bashrc file. For some reason this ...
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disabling job control in bash (CTRL-Z)

It happens to me sometimes, that I press CTRL+Z by accident and my application disappears into background. I know, I can bring it back with fg, so it's not such a big deal. But I am wondering about ...
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What is the purpose of .bashrc and how does it work?

I found the .bashrc file and I want to know the purpose/function of it. Also how and when is it used?
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How do I remove the new environment commands that were created by the virtualenvwrapper script?

I've installed and run virtuarenvwrapper.sh to try to configure an alternate version of python on my system. This script has placed somewhere a series of commands that are now executed whenever I ...
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How to find out the right String syntax for my bash?

I am getting an error message for this alias: alias ejectall='osascript -e 'tell application "Finder" to eject (every disk whose ejectable is true)'' And here is the error message: -bash: .bashrc: ...
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How to create a permanent alias without resourcing the .bashrc-like file?

I really like bash aliases, it annoys me that every time I want to add a new alias I have type two commands: echo "alias \"short-cmd\"='long-command'" >> ~/.bash_aliases source ~/.bash_aliases ...
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Is it OK to use “.” to run files instead of source - in .bashrc in Ubuntu and OS X?

OK, so source runs the script in the current shell and . separately, as detailed in running script with ". " and with "source " for example, but, specifically, in my .bashrc file, ...
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execute bash script inside .bashrc

Hi I am curious if it is possible to execute a bash script inside bash rc. It would seem to create a infinite loop unless there was some way to tell it to not try and start a new shell. Here is an ...
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How can I shorten an if then else using the [] format

I want to shorten this to a one liner: if ls --version 2>/dev/null | grep -q 'coreutils'; then alias ls='ls --color=always' else alias ls='ls -G' fi I frequently use [] for conditionals, e.g. [ ...
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Make xterm transparent

I'm going through the process of making xterm transparent, I've followed the steps on this site. I installed transset-df and Xcompmgr and added this line to my .bashrc file [ -n "$XTERM_VERSION" ] ...
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Terminal, Prompt changed to “-Bash-4.2” and colors lost

Usually my terminal prompt was username place$ now it only shows bash-4.2$ and all the color settings have been lost (on the terminal profile I have the same color scheme, but it just don't show ...
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How can I use nested [] to replace a if-then-fi ? (“[: -f: binary operator expected”)

In my .bashrc file I have: if [ -f /etc/bash_completion ] && ! shopt -oq posix; then . /etc/bash_completion; fi I wanted to use [] around it instead of if then fi I already have [ -f ...
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How can I find a rogue alias declaration?

I'm trying to find where a specific alias has been declared. I've searched all the usual places I know to look for aliases: ~/.bashrc ~/.bash_profile /etc/bashrc /etc/profile With no luck. I know ...
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Run ssh login command without modifying remote .bashrc

We have a bunch of servers set up with set -o vi in their ~/.bashrc. It would be nice to be able to ssh into these boxes and automagically run set -o emacs as a timesave. I've seen a solution ...
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bash_history: comment out dangerous commands: `#`

To prevent logging "dangerous" commands in bash history, I have added following line to my .bashrc file: HISTIGNORE='rm *:mv *:cp *:cat*>*:pv*>*' this works well, but it has a side effect: I ...
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RVM + TMUX—Duplicate entries in $PATH

My Linux terminal config files (.bash_profile, .profile, .bashrc) expand $PATH by prepending some custom directories. This only happens once (and I've also included some ENV vairiable based guards to ...
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How can I make my .bashrc call to shopt -s autocd depend on the bash version?

In Ubuntu I like having shopt -s autocd in my .bashrc file for automatic CD'ing with typing 'cd', i.e. just type the directory name (and probably use tab completion too) and press return and be ...
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Adding to PS1 in bash_profile

In my .bash_profile currently, I have PS1='\[\e[1;91m\][\u@\h \w]\$\[\e[0m\] '. I am trying to follow these commands to show branch name on iTerm terminal. I changed my PS1='\[\e[1;91m\][\u@\h ...
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bashrc that calls other bashrc depending on linux distro

I login to a system that reads my bashrc file and loads some software ready to use. I'd like to load a given bashrc file depending on the linux system that I am logging into. Specifically, if I am ...
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Is there a Bash file that will be always sourced in interactive mode no matter if it is login or non-login?

As far as I know the interactive shells may be login or not login and the start up files for them are different. If interactive + login shell → /etc/profile then the first readable of ...
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Where can I find a good boilerplate bashrc?

I've used unix/linux at work in the past, and recently started developing on a Mac. I'd always (lovingly) borrow co-workers' bashrc's for a good starting point, such as common aliasing and commands, ...
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Setting tabstop for bash output

Is it possible to set a tabstop (number of spaces per tab) for the more and less commands? In vi, I've added this line to .vimrc set tabstop=4 However when I read through a file with more it still ...
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In shell config scripts, how can I account for differences between coreutils on BSD compared to GNU?

Up until this month, my shell configs have been pretty simple (just a .bashrc or .bash_profile with some aliases mainly), but I have been refactoring it so I can get different behavior depending on ...
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How to write an alias function to make dd show progress bar?

According to this article, by replacing: $ dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb [additional options] with: $ pv -tpreb /dev/sda | dd of=/dev/sdb [additional options] one can augment the default dd ...
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Defining aliases for a certain directory

Is there a way to have an alias set for a particular directory and its subdirectories? I know I can put it in my .bashrc file, but I would like it only for a certain directory. Edit: what i mean is ...
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Why did my “d” break when I screwed up a bind?

I was swapping some readline settings in my .bashrc earlier today and mistyped the following (bind since it's not in .inputrc): bind "mark-symlinked-directories on" I forgot to put a set in there ...
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Using !n in script or interactive mode

I add to ~/.bashrc the following code: test_exclamation () { printf %s "$READLINE_LINE" | xargs echo } bind -x '"\eX": test_exclamation' I write to bash prompt buffer $ !1700 If I press Enter, ...
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how to add command line calculator to bash that uses comma as decimal mark?

How can I add a command line calculator to my bash? I have found some, but all of them use the full stop as decimal mark, but I want to have it to use the comma as decimal mark as most of the world ...
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sftp gives an error: “Received message too long” and what is the reason?

I was able to do sftp yesterday to a RHEL 5.4 box (RedHat) and today I can't. The message is "Received message too long 778199411", and after some investigation, it was due to my RHEL box's .bashrc ...
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java add to the path

I have some .jar files in a directory, /home/unix/dfernand/bin/picard/picard-tools-1.106. But when I add the directory to the PATH and CLASSPATH in my bashrc, java still does not recognize the .jar ...
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How to format history file to contain username too?

tail -2 /root/.bashrc export HISTTIMEFORMAT="%d/%m/%y %T " export PROMPT_COMMAND='builtin history 1 >> /var/log/root.log' With this all the commands could be logged (even the ones that were ...
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Debian: How to resolve Xserver failure

I keep finding similar posts online but I can't really use the solutions in my case. in my /etc/bash.bashrc file, I have the following code placed at the very bottom: if [ -e /tmp/.X0-lock ]; then ...
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l, ls & la — what are the differences, and are there more of these commands?

So, through typing several commands I've found that there's not only ls, but l and la too. There doesn't appear to be any man entries on Ubuntu 12.14. They all appear to do similar things with minor ...
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How to make an alias active in both current session and in .bashrc at same time?

I just found frequently I decide to add an alias for longer time use at the same time use it now. So I have to type the same thing twice, first in current bash session then .bashrc.
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HISTTIMEFORMAT modification. In /etc/bash.rc or /etc/profile? [duplicate]

I'd like to add the date/time to the output of the history command in CentOS/RHEL 6. I would like this to apply to all users on the machine by default. This itself is easy. It seems to just be a case ...
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How to tell if terminal session is running within screen

When running a bash script, I would like to be able to tell if it is running within a screen. Is this possible? I want this so that .bashrc can set the colour of the command prompt depending on ...
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using export in .bashrc

I have noticed in my .bashrc, that some lines have export in front, such as export HISTTIMEFORMAT="%b-%d %H:%M " ... export MYSQL_HISTFILE="/root/.mysql_history" whereas other have not, such as ...
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How do I track down the source of a ssh login message?

I installed mailutils on my linux machine with Linux Mint 15 (basically Ubuntu 13.04). When I log in, I get the following: Welcome to Linux Mint 15 Olivia (GNU/Linux 3.8.0-32-generic i686) Welcome ...
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Multicolored Grep

I'm trying to get each grep command to highlight it's results in a different color. I can do it manually with a line like this: ls -l GREP_COLORS='mt=01;32' grep c | GREP_COLORS='mt=01;31' grep o | ...
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How can I create a local function in my bashrc?

My .bashrc had some code that was repetitive so I used a function to simplify it do_stuff() { local version=$1 export FOO_${version}_X="17" export FOO_${version}_Y="42" } do_stuff '5.1' ...
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How can I change screen's hardstatus color based on the logged in user?

I haven't edited/created a .screenrc file in a while, but this is what I'm currently using: # Turn off the screen startup message startup_message off # Define format of bottom ...
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How to report time and other information on all bash commands? [duplicate]

Most of the things I run in the terminal take a long time to compute and I would like to have bash output a time report at the end of every command entered into the terminal. Is there something I can ...
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.bashrc execute command after “/bin/bash --login”

I have this alias in my .bashrc: alias s='cd ~/Documents/projects/s && /bin/bash --login && rvm use ruby-1.9' How can I execute the right part after it enters login shell (/bin/bash ...
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SSH parameter to ignore .bashrc script

I have a server which when it starts, a line in .bashrc executes the following command /bin/watch ~/checker.bash which as expected watches that command upon server start. I also have a client which ...
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Unexpected output after switch to root

Does somebody know, why I get -ne (probably param from echo from section of setting PROMPT_COMMAND line 23) after I switch to root? Here is my /etc/bashrc. Bash 3.2.51, OS X 10.9 ...