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How do you send command line apps directly to the background?

I already know that pressing ctrl+z stops the app, then I can send the app to background with the bg command, but that means there is a brief preiod of time that the app is stopped. How do I send the ...
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Jingle CLI client / Jitsi replacement / VOIP

I am looking for a Jingle client for the command line. Currently, I use Jitsi, but my dreams of not needing the GUI for more than just web-browsing are not realized due to my reliance on this ...
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How can I “relink” a lot of broken symlinks?

I have a directory tree which has a bunch of symbolic links to files under /home... however, I have moved /home to /mnt/home and need a way to "relink" all of the symlinks. Does such functionality ...
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What does unix 'Parse' command do and how to handle it in python program [on hold]

I have a python program, a parser, that reads in a text file that contains a list of sentences and outputs a parse tree corresponding to each sentence to stdout. For example, if one of the sentences ...
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ipmitool set idrac mode

I have a DELL server R610, on this server there is a RHEL 6.4 This server has an idrac entreprise. I would like to configure the idrac from command line, avoiding reboot. I read on the man page of ...
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Replacing white-space / characters with backslashes

I want to convert a bunch of mkvs to mp4s with the following command: for i in $(ls *mkv); do ffmpeg -i $i -vcodec copy -acodec copy $i.mp4; done; However, the filenames have whitespaces and ...
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Why do du's subdirectory values not sum up to total?

I'm trying to use du to investigate disk usage in a directory like so: du -hd1 | sort -rh This gives me a list that starts as follows 61G . 7.9G ./A 5.1G ./B 2.7G ./.C 1.6G ./.D ...
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How do I install a PHP CLI with a usable interactive prompt on Debian Wheezy?

When I install php5-cli on Debian Wheezy (currently testing), the interactive prompt is very unusable due to missing readline support (bug 341868). What's the easiest way to install a version linked ...
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Check if there is no GUI

Is it possible to check if a UNIX machine (Mac / Linux) has a GUI? Basically I would like to distinguish between: UNIXes with GUI (i.e. normal Macs, Linuxs) UNIXes with no GUI (i.e. Mac server/ ...
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How does “-dc” work in “cat /dev/urandom | tr -dc ”01"?

So far I know, the /dev/urandom file is one of the special files, it's purpose is to generate random characters. When I execute cat /dev/urandom a stream of strange characters, some even Chinese ...
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How to switch from input mode into command mode in ed ?

As far as I know, ed starts in command mode. Once I input i,a or c ed changes into input mode. So far it worked. Now I read that in order to switch from input mode into command mode one has to input ...
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How can I redirect output files to a specific directory/folder

Suppose I have an executable in Unix. Suppose the name of the .exe file is myExe and it takes two parameters. I did not create this executable, this is a freely available one. myExe generates 4 ...
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Sorting files according to size recursively

how to scan a folder recursively and find the largest files in the folder, and sort them by size. I have tried using ls -R -S but it tends to list the directories as well I need to scan the folders ...
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Is it possible to reverse a command in the bash shell?

I was wondering if there is a (simple) possibility to redo/reverse a command that was executed in the bash shell? (to make it undone) Is there something similar to the ctrl+z combination to redo any ...
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How to output only file names (with spaces) in ls -Al?

I should echo only names of files or directories with this construction: ls -Al | while read string do ... done ls -Al output : drwxr-xr-x 12 s162103 studs 12 march 28 12:49 personal ...
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Why would the prompt get overwritten?

p_ash-3.2$ cp some_file1234.html /some/loc/ation/ofthe/some_file1234.html.html_Backu Have been seeing this intermittent issue with the command-line, while typing longer lines as part of any command, ...
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use `mv` command and my file gone [on hold]

i want to move myfile.tar.gz to folder My command is mkdir backup mv myfile.tar.gz /backup arrrgh, and the file gone in /backup directory not exist, try using find command not shown how to ...
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How can I get a count of files in a directory using the command line?

I have a directory with a large number of files. I don't see a ls switch to provide the count. Is there some command line magic to get a count of files?
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Convention/standard on using curly braces around options

Man page for tar in arch linux SYNOPSIS section starts with: tar {A|c|d|r|t|u|x}[GnSkUWOmpsMBiajJzZhPlRvwo] [ARG...] I perfectly understand that in this situation it means that exactly one of them ...
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How to check password with Linux?

I want to check, from the linux command line, if a given cleartext password is the same of a crypted password on a /etc/shadow (I need this to authenticate web users. I'm running an embedded linux.) ...
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How to remove duplicate characters?

If I am having a line as: Thhiisss iisss mmyyy nameeee I want to print this as: This is my name What is the unix command for this?
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cd to my folders shows me an error

I just logged out my system and logged on. And i tried to get into my folder cd /u/folder It says Too many levels of symbolic links. But it worked yesterday. What could be the reason? I found ...
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ssh-copy-id different port

i am trying execute ssh-copy-id in one port different than 22 (default). I researched and found the command below $ssh-copy-id -i ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub "user@192.168.0.1 -p 22001" but, when execute the ...
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Why do we have to pass the file name twice in exec functions?

I read Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment by Stevens, 8th chapter. I read and understand all the six of exec functions. One thing I notice is, in all the exec functions: first argument is ...
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How to write/edit/update the OsIndications efi variable from command line?

In the need to enter the UEFI firmware setup utility while using ultra fast boot (keyboard drivers are not loaded during POST), I wish to write to the "Os Indications" efi variable. My OS is Ubuntu ...
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Kali linux throws ' isolinux.bin missing or corrupt ' error

I downloaded Kali Linux from this link, I have a 32 bit OS, so I guessed ISO 32 Kali Linux is the suitable for me (they did not clarify in the website based on what we choose the type). Then, I ...
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What does “--” (double-dash) mean? (also known as “bare double dash”)

I have seen -- used in the compgen command. For example: compgen -W "foo bar baz" -- b What is the meaning of the --.
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Saving from arecord on a raspberry pi across a network to a mac

I've currently got a usb mic plugged into a Raspberry Pi B+ and am using the following code to record data: arecord --buffer-time=5000000 -D plughw:1,0 -f cd -t raw | lame -r - stream.mp3 I then ...
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How to redirect output of wget as input to unzip?

I have to download a file from this link. The file download is a zip file which I will have to unzip in the current folder. Normally, I would download it first, then run the unzip command. $ wget ...
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ls to show only directory/filename and size

First of all, this is not a duplicate of this: Linux ls to show only filename date and size Because I want to print actual directory name additionally. I was always using this command: ls -l | awk ...
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How can I move files and view the progress (e.g. with a progress bar)?

When moving large directories using mv, is there a way to view the progress (%)? The cp command on gentoo had a -g switch that showed the progress.
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How to type a right to left language in terminal?

Please forgive me if this is a bad question. OK. I have installed Debian recently (without a GUI) to learn the CLI and C using the LearnCodeTheHardWay tutorials. Its going well, and I feel at this ...
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How can I `man print`?

Where can I find more information about the command(?) print since I don't receive a result when I input man print? For example, in the zsh I can do the following: $ print "Hello, world\!" Hello, ...
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What is the meaning of the string **/* when used with grep?

I came across this picture (below), obviously it is a pun or some kind of allusion incorporating command-line expressions. Frankly speaking I do not understand anything of it except for grep -n. ...
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How can I check which partition scheme is used from the command line ? [duplicate]

I read, there exist two partition schemes: MSDOS Scheme and GPT (GUID partitioning table). I saw how it is made with Gparted, is it possible to show this information just from inside the shell ?
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Why aren't sda3 and sda4 displayed with fdsik -l?

I wanted to display all my partitions, so I entered "fdisk -l". AFAIK, the format of the device file for a scsi hard disk reads like: sd_whichharddisk_whichpartition. To my surprise, after hitting ...
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BASH: Special character '�' suddenly appeared (Ubuntu)

When I erroneously type 'ñ' (expecting to type any command) and then remove it and type the correct letter, the output returns the command with a special character attached �, obviously the shell ...
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How to access u boot environment from linux?

How can I access and change the u-Boot env variables in linux. Using the u-boot/tools/env directory in u boot directory: u-boot$ make env Which created the executable file fw_printenv. I copied ...
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How do I control output after executing a command?

.. Script Run Complete. You have new mail in /var/spool/mail/<user-name> -bash-3.2$ I have seen the above message most the times on my prompt, probably while it's idle or as soon as script ...
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for loop when matching both front and back of file name

I'm trying to set up a for loop to run a process on pairs of files. The names of the files look like this 36_002_CGATGT_L001_R1_005.fastq.gz 36_002_CGATGT_L001_R2_005.fastq.gz ...
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What is the meaning of (^| )ABC( |$) as an extended REGEX ?

I came here across the command grep -E '(^| )ABC( |$)' file1 I am confused how to interpret the regular expression therein, because I know the ^ and $ character as beginning and end signifier, but in ...
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How to have tail -f show colored output

I'd like to be able to tail the output of a server log file that has messages like: INFO SEVERE etc, and if it's SEVERE, show the line in red; if it's INFO, in green. What kind of alias can I ...
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mkvmerge Backward Spliting not supported why?

I tried this:- mkvmerge -o new_file.ogg --split parts:0s-104s,+94s-208s,+8s-12s,+312s-410s,+17s-21s 500.ogg Thrown this error: "The start time must be bigger than or equal to the previous part's ...
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Markdown Viewer

I found a file formatted with Markdown. Could you guys suggest what viewer that I could use to view this type of files? Hopefully one without gui (if it's possible) Update I was actually looking for ...
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What is the meaning of ls -d ?

I entered the man page of ls, the entry for the -d option is as follows: -d, --directory list directory entries instead of contents, and do not derefer‐ ence ...
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Tracking down where disk space has gone on Linux?

When administering Linux systems I often find myself struggling to track down the culprit after a partition goes full. I normally use du / | sort -nr but on a large filesystem this takes a long time ...
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tail-ing a filename that is a date [duplicate]

I am creating a logfile from kermit named the current date (which is in the format of DD MMM YYYY - which can not be changed AFAIK), and using the file name as today's date. I then have a Bash script ...
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Changing themes and hot-corner settings from command-line

I want to change the elementary tweak themes and hot-corner settings on my Elementary Luna (built on Ubuntu 12.04 "Precise") from the commandline. With what command can I do this? I know how to make ...
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Replace case-insensitive string in all folder files

I'm trying to replace a string with another in all files in dir. Trying to use this command sed 's/foo/bar/' * But it replaces foo and not fOo or Foo and others. how to find "foo" ...
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SIPp “hello world” message to Asterisk

How do I run diagnostics against Asterisk? Asterisk is running on tleilax; and doge is on the same network (My network topology isn't optimal). Specifically, I want to do something like: sipp ...