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How to move the first x files

I have this huge folder with thousands of unordered files. Is it feasible to move the first 5000s to a subfolder via the mv command? For now I move files with mv *some_pattern* ./subfolder1/ ...
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Symlink everywhere

Is there any way for me to symlink a particular file so that it appears in every directory on the system? So if I symlink /tmp/scratch No matter where I am I can type vi scratch?
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How to get rid of “Alarm clock” message in perl timeout?

[user@notebook ~] time perl -e 'alarm shift @ARGV; exec @ARGV' 1 sleep 2 Alarm clock real 0m1.004s user 0m0.004s sys 0m0.000s [user@notebook ~] My question: how can I get rid of that "Alarm ...
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How to stop a background process?

I have started a wget on remote machine in background using &. Suddenly it stops downloading. I want to stop its process, then start it again. How can I stop it? I haven't close its shell window. ...
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Running bash script gives `No such file or directory` when run with path [closed]

I have bash script aaa.sh that runs fine when I run it from the current directory. But if I try to run using the full path /home/vik/Projects/updd/aaa.sh, my system tells me No such file or directory. ...
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Removing “[crap-like-this]” from strings using bash parameter expansion?

If I have the following $STRING aaa.bbb.ccc.[ddd].eee.fff.[ggg].hhh is there any way, using bash parameter expansion, to echo the following aaa.bbb..ccc.eee.fff..hhh That is, remove all ...
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How do I override rw-r--r— root/wheel for a all files in a directory?

I am trying to delete a directory on OS X. I do rm -r /path/dir but I keep getting many, many messages like this: override rw-r--r-- root/wheel for cron/migrate.php? I type y for one message, ...
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How is the loopback device traffic allowed?

How can I allow the traffic to be sent on the loopback device (lo)? What is the iptables command for it?
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keyboard shortcut to jump cursor to prompt?

I often mistype a command. So I will type this sublimetext myfile.txt instead of git add myfile.txt When I do this, I hit up to restore the last command. But after doing so, my cursor is at the ...
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What do I need to add a virtual IPsec adapter?

I'm trying to set up an IPsec connection manually from the console with iproute2. What I need is a virtual interface (at best, a virtual IP address could also be sufficient) that IPsec-transforms ...
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Is there any way to see the options for the next directory on a cd command?

When I cd to a/b/c, sometimes I want to see what are the children dirs of c. Normally, I would do it like this cd a/b/c ls child1 child2 cd child1 Is there any way to investigate the children ...
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How to install Mono v3+ in Ubuntu?

How can I install the latest release of Mono in Ubuntu Saucy? In order to develop in a free OS, I need to setup Mono (that now supports .NET 4.5). This is what I did: Download and uncompress ...
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Run a command without making me wait

On the CLI, sometimes a command I type takes a while to complete, and sometimes I know when that's about to happen. I'm a bit confused on "backgrounding" and such in Linux. What is the most common ...
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How to check corrupt and duplicated fonts on Linux?

I need to find software that can detect duplicate fonts out of a folder, and be able to tell if a font file is corrupted. Needs to be command line so I can script it for situations, although if you ...
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Opening Firefox from terminal [duplicate]

When I type firefox in terminal, it starts Firefox but the terminal "hangs". What is happening behind the scenes? Can I open Firefox from terminal and keep on using the same terminal tab for other ...
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what is `env <command>` doing?

What is the command env ls -al doing? I had a Linux test and there was question: "How to run command directly, but not its alias?" I knew that there exists solution like prefixing command with some ...
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Get common name (CN) from SSL certificate?

I have a SSL CRT file in PEM format. Is there a way that I can extract the common name (CN) from the certificate from the command line?
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bash: color matching string [duplicate]

I am looking for a command which would color a matching string in text. I.e. I am looking for functionality similar to what grep does, but I want to see the complete text not only the matching lines ...
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How do I create a dialog with multiple text fields using zenity?

I want to crate a GUI for some command line programs and I need to get info from multiple text fields e.g. 'Username', 'Password' and a checkbox 'Sign automatically?'. I need to set particular ...
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How do I get a websites title using command line?

I want a command line program that prints the title of a website. For e.g.: Alan:~ titlefetcher http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd7dQh8u4Hc should give: Why Are Bad Words Bad? You give it the ...
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How to use ifconfig to show active interface only

By default ifconfig will show me all available interfaces , but what if I just want to display active ones? Like, en0 only in below. en0: ...
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Unable to install SciPy

I need to use the module skimage, which calls the module SciPy (I need to find contours) import numpy from sys import argv from PIL import Image from skimage import measure # Inicialization ...
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How do you find what keys the “erase” and “line-kill” characters are in Ubuntu?

I'm new to Unix and have bought today a copy of "The Unix Programming Environment". I'm trying out the stuff from the book. But some of them are not working as expected like : To kill a line and ...
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Show tail of files in a directory?

I have a directory that is too huge to browse by any means. Grepping returns argument lists too long, WINSCP crashes when trying to open the directory. Is there a way I can view just the last 200 ...
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Getting size of directories and exclude some folders

I have an directory structure like this: application1 application1_edit application2 application2_edit Is there any way to get the total size for every folder (including sub-directories) and ...
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Can I split a avi file into 2 valid (watchable) files with only standard unix commands?

The question is self explanatory. I have a very big movie file, I want to split it in 2. How can I do this?
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List a directory, including subdirectories, with file count and cumulative size

Is there a way to list out the content of a directory including subdirectories with a file count and cumulative size? I would like to see: Number of directories Number of sub directories number of ...
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Regex and patterns on a ksh command line

I'm wondering what's the difference between using * and .* in a regex string. I guess, * stands for "0 to n characters" but I don't see what .* stands for. For example, what is the difference ...
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get age of given file

How can I get the age of a given file in, at least, days? I'm well aware of ls -lh and similar commands. I want something that will work sort of like this: getfage <FILE> # prints out '12d' ...
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Create a test file with lots of zero bytes

I know how to create an empty file: touch /var/tmp/nullbytes but how can I create a 1MB file that only contains nullbytes on the commandline with bash?
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How to handle binary data in Linux [closed]

One of the my servers gives me data with Content-Type: application/binary, i.e data that I am getting looks like some alien data. Now I need to convert that data into plain data, but I am not aware ...
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Current IP address as visible from the internet? [duplicate]

I know I can get the locally assigned IP address of my current machine by the local router like so: ifconfig However, I want to know what my IP address is as visible from the outside world. Or, in ...
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Get the current volume level in OS X Terminal CLI?

I would like to check the current volume level from the CLI on my Mac. I know I can set it like this: osascript -e 'set volume <N>' But that doesn't seem to work when trying to get the ...
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Navigating the CLI: Go back N words

I'm a Vim user, so I'm learning Emacs commands for use in the Bash CLI. I know that on my systems I can use Vim-keybindings in Bash but I'd like to learn how to use it effectively in its default ...
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What is “Exit 2” from finished background job status?

I have an exercise to put in a file some data (*conf from some directories) and need to do this in background. I did it and I am wondering what is the meaning of output messages: [A@localhost tests]$ ...
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How to execute same command “X” multiple times with a time delay of some number of seconds? [duplicate]

I know how to execute multiple commands at same time but now what I need is to run the same command multiple times with some time delay between the command execution. Requirements I don't want to ...
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Make terminal print name of parent process OSX [closed]

Slightly above n00b, but not by much. I made an alias to search for and display all of the processes associated with a specific user account that seem to auto initiate every time I log in, which are ...
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Using globbing/wildcards when Opening Files from Terminal

I have a folder A. Inside the folder, there are some files a,b,c,d and there is a subfolder, B, containing files e,f,g. Suppose I want to open files a,b,c,d: then I just type xdg-open *. However, ...
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Generate File of a certain size?

I'd like to generate a file with the name example.file. I could use touch example.file but I want the file to be exactly 24MB in size. I already checked the manpage of touch, but there is no ...
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Proper escape sequence for a non-standard file name [duplicate]

I'm trying to remove a file I made by mistake using --exclude with tar. I ended up making a tar file named --exclude=*.tar Now I want to delete it but I'd like to rename it first. How do I escape it ...
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Command(s) to install tempfile on CentOS 6.4

I'm looking to install the package for tempfile but am not finding it? possibly use mktemp but I'm not sure if there is a difference in behaviour besides a dot notation in the temp name? $ tempfile # ...
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what does the following command do?

what does the following command do? I have tried to study the linux command but I could not find out what this command does. here is the command: touch finger ; finger touch
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Robustly segmenting a csv file containing noisy data

Say I have a csv file with these columns: timestamp,cpu,memory An example of the shape of the actual data would be this chart: Having the data visualized in this way, it's easy for the human eye ...
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How to install Okular under SUSE (on a server)?

I would like to install the pdf viewer Okular on a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11. I am familiar with apt under Ubuntu, but on SUSE, I only found rpm to install .rpm files. I am wondering how Okular ...
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How can I specify an executable path that will work from any working directory? [closed]

I have a java process that runs in this directory: /home/zookeeper/zookeeper-3.4.5/org/zookeeper/Process.class That Java process will in turn launch another Java process that lives here ...
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What is the meaning of the .: in this linux statement?

Somebody helped me run a java program with the following (working) line of code. The zookeeper-3.4.5.jar exists in the working directory. What it is the meaning of the .: syntax here? Does that just ...
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Can I pipe lpt port over tcp?

I'd like to pipe data in and out to a lpt (parallel IEEE 1284) port on another machine, to remotely use a device. Can it be done in a common unix-y system? I have ubuntu 12.04. :) I was thinking ...
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Is there a difference between ./script and bash script?

Given a shell script file that begins as #!/bin/bash # (bash script here), and has been chmod +xed, is there any difference in running ./script and bash script from the command-line?
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Script for running sequential job

I started recently to learn using Linux. I want to write a script in bash shell to run a serial job on a cluster. I have been searching for hints and instructions on how to write such a script. I ...
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Count tabs per line in text file with utils

I have a tab-tabulated file. I would like to check if every line has the same number of tabs. For first step, I'd like to print the number of tabs for each individual line. I've tried grep -o '\t' ...