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How to install package via yum in Fedora

How do I install software using yum? Can you tell me another way to install package in Fedora?
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How to type several file names with fewer key strokes

If I want to convert a pdf to a png image with imagemagick I do something like: convert -trim -density 400 this_is_a_very_long_filename_of_my_pdf_file.pdf ...
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How to use paste command for many files whose names are not numbers? (paste columns from each file to one file)

To paste many files, whose names are incremental numbers: paste {1..8}| column -s $'\t' -t What if your files wasn't named by number, but only words? It can be up to ten files, what should I do? ...
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How to set default tabs only for cat?

I prefer to set tabs 4 however this may have some side effects, such as for example ls out put may look not properly aligned. How might I configure the terminal / cat to use four spaces for tabs for ...
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Configure bash and/or vim to execute source ~/.bashrc everytime I finish editing it

I would like to execute source ~/.bashrc every time I finish editing a file with vim (i.e. after :wq vim command). How should I configure vim or bash to work that way?
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man command: is there a way to know the meaning of the output of a command >

Is there a way to know the meaning of the output of a command? Example given: If I type ls -l, I get this ouput: [root@localhost junk]# ls -l total 8 -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1862 2012-08-25 16:20 a ...
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What does typing a single apostrophe do in terminal? [duplicate]

I typed in a single ' by accident and I got this as a result and exited out of it after typing ' in again. ' > > ' : command not found What does this do?
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disable CTRL-D window close in terminator (terminal emulator)

I am often logged in through multiple SSH sessions. To logout from my sessions, I press CTRL+d, until I am back on my local machine. However, sometimes I press once too many, and my terminal exits. ...
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Output ls -l size field with digits grouped by thousands?

It is possible to make ls -l output the size field with digits grouped by thousands? If so, how? For instance: $ ls -l -rw-rw---- 1 dahl dahl 43,210,052 2012-01-01 21:52 test.py (Note the commas ...
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Removing blank spaces and tabs from line without messing with line endings

I am trying to remove all spaces on a file without messing with line endings. This is to be run from inside a bash script. I have tried all the solutions here: ...
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Is there a standard for writing a command synopsis?

It appears to me that everyone has their own idea on how to write a synopsis describing command usage for the end user. For example, this is the format from man grep: grep [OPTIONS] PATTERN ...
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Amplify quiet passages in an mp3 file

I have an mp3 file where is a dialog with two voices and one of the voices is very quiet. Is there a command or application that is able the detect the quiet passages and amplify them? The two voices ...
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Removing a directory that has no files in it

I recently created a username and a group called gamesForAdmin. Since then I deleted it and the folder I made for it is still there: drwxr-xr-x 5 root root 4096 Jul 4 11:28 . drwxr-xr-x ...
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Generate random numbers in specific range

After googling a bit I couldn't find a simple way to generate with a shell command a random number included in a specific range, between a minimum and a maximum. I read about /dev/random, ...
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Combining brace expansion and output redirection

Often, I use parameter expansion on the command-line, such as cp a.{ext1,ext2} which is expands to cp a.ext1 a.ext2 However, in many cases I do not use cp, but another tool, let's call it cat, ...
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Why does tmux fail to “scroll” when entering a command that exceeds one line? (OSX Terminal.app)

When I use tmux and enter a command that exceeds the line, it fails to redraw the previous line. It simply clears the current line and I can't see what I just wrote. It does only redraw the first ...
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How to suspend and resume processes

In the bash terminal I can hit Control+Z to suspend any running process... then I can type fg to resume the process. Is it possible to suspend a process if I only have it's PID? And if so, what ...
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Connect to a Bluetooth device via Terminal

I'm using Mint 15 w/ cinammon. I bought a set of bluetooth speakers and i'm tring to connect to them via terminal. Via GUI i can see them normally and i am connected to them. I want to make a small ...
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Cleaning voice recordings from command line?

I have used Audacity for removing noise from recordings before, however it has very limited command line usage. I have ~100 short lecture videos which I will be watching over the next few months and ...
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How to find list of available shells by command-line?

How to list available shells for use by command-line?
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Import VPN config files to NetworkManager from command line

One can import .ovpn files to NetworkManager through GUI tool nm-connection-editor (right click on nm-applet and click on Edit connections): Add -> Import a saved VPN configuration.... My goal is to ...
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How can I list the info for an array of /dev/disks using bash expansion or substitution?

I want the output of: diskutil list; diskutil info [multiple devices] Without having to do: diskutil info disk0; diskutil info disk0s1; diskutil info disk1 ...etc For example, with many builtin ...
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A commad to change between activities [duplicate]

Is there a command to swtich between activities in KDE plasma-desktop?
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Terminal sometimes fails to find executables on local directory [duplicate]

I can open my terminal emulator via a keyboard shortcut or through the apps finder that executes the exo-open --launch TerminalEmulator command. My terminal starts and I can cd to any directory and ...
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Using a string parameter in terminal

What's wrong with this command: nmcli c up uuid "$nmcli -t -f uuid c" How can I fix it? "$nmcli -t -f uuid c" is a uuid needed after nmcli c up uuid.
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Why does wget return a HTTP 403 error to download openSSH pet? [duplicate]

I am trying to learn how I would get OpenSSH using the command line. I found a *.pet link on this webpage: http://puppylinux.org/wikka/OpenSSH which says: Installation Install an appropriate ...
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How to invoke Gnome 3 activity screen using command line?

What I'm trying to do I'm using a Logitech MX Revolution mouse, which has a button below the scroll wheel mapped to search, which I remapped to middle click. For doing so, I had to remap XF86Search ...
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automatically download latest stable tarball from sourceforge from command line?

I'd like to install a program from sourceforge sources. Is there a way to download the latest stable source from SourceForge? an example for ntopng would be very welcome.
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How to copy a file from a remote network to the local desktop

So I used SSH to remotely login to another computer on a network. I have many files that I would like to copy over to my local desktop. I am trying to follow this How-to : However, I think one ...
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What's the easiest way to resize an ext4 partition from the command line?

What's the easiest way to resize an ext4 partition (or any type partition depending on the method) from the command line (potentially with the fewest commands, but also the easiest to understand)? ...
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Concatenate in a PDF the first page of several odt files alphabetically

I have, in the same directory, several odt files. I'd like to have in one PDF document the first page of these odt files, sorted alphabetically based on their filename. For example, if I have these ...
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How to transform a text file into a picture

If I have a plain text file, how can I convert it to an image file through the command line? (and preserve the layout of the ASCII art in it)
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Use output from head to copy files with spaces

I have 11 files with spaces in its name in a folder and I want to copy the newest 10. I used ls -t | head -n 10 to get only the newest 10 files. When I want to use the expression in a cp statement I ...
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Find only destination of symlink

For use in a shell-script, I'm looking for a commandline-way to get the destination of a symbolic link. The closest I've come so far is stat -N src, which outputs src -> dst. Of course I could ...
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Is it possible to obtain OS X versions of Unix tools on modern Linux distributions (like Ubuntu or RedHat)?

I have observed that there are often subtle and often annoying differences between the default versions of certain command line tools like paste and sed on modern distributions of Linux versus OSX. ...
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“cat” command: how to automatically escape everything that might be a violation?

If you copy the contents of httpd.conf and then paste it into a cat command.. such as this one.. #!/bin/bash cat > /test << EOF pasted here.. EOF you run into this error: -bash: ...
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change url of web browser thru command line?

Is there some way to change the current url (of current tab or an specific tab) of a running web browser (any) thru command line? It can be any browser that run on linux, preferably if it is light ...
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Strange kind of “stealth” directory on Linux

I am in a Linux machine and am working with a directory that is aptly named "stealth", because it runs and hides! Take a look at this behavior: bash-3.2$ ls /net bash-3.2$ ls -la /net total 4 ...
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Is there a more succinct alternative to piping to wc for counting files in a directory

If I do ls -1 target_dir | wc -l, I get a count of files in a directory. I find this a bit cumbersome. Is there a more elegant or succinct way?
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copying files with particular names to another folder

I have a folder with a lot of files. I want to copy all files which begin with of these names (separated by space): abc abd aer ab-x ate to another folder. How can I do that?
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Download all source files for a webpage

I want to download the source files for a webpage which is a database search engine. Using curl I'm only able to download the main html page. I would also like to download all the javascript files, ...
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Remember a half-typed command while I check something

I often find myself in the following position: I've started typing a long command at the bash prompt, but half-way through I find out I need to check something with another command. This is a problem ...
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rlwrap-like tool with command autocompletion

I am often using rlwrap sqlite database.sqlite to browse an SQLite table. It works great but I would like to have a tool that would create an index tables (and possible its columns as well) and let me ...
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how to export all numbers that are unique in few text files into another file?

I have a.txt,b.txt,c.txt. Each has different numbers as below: a.txt: 12 14 111 1 15 2 b.txt 12 18 22 23 1 2 c.txt 12 14 15 16 17 1200 The output should contains all the numbers from ...
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NFS: share with all clients except one

I want to share a folder with all the network's clients except only one. This is my current /etc/exports file: /opt/resources *(rw,async) What should I add to prevent the client 192.168.1.24 ...
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Achieving hexdump-like format, that includes binary strings, on the command line?

I really like hexdump, especially because you can define a custom format; say: $ echo -e '\x00\x01\x02\x03' | hexdump -v -e '1/1 "%_ad: "' -e '4/1 "%02X "' -e '1/1 " : "' -e '4/1 "%_p"' -e '1/1 "\n"' ...
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Mounting Disk Image in Raw format [duplicate]

While Trying to mount a disk image in Raw(dd) format using the following command mount nps-2010-emails.dd /media/manu/ I get the following error message mount: you must specify the filesystem ...
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How to halt a command while it's running? [duplicate]

I want to know how to halt a command while it is already running. My need to do this is that I was going to update my system (Fedora 20) as usual, so I ran the command sudo yum update and it started ...
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How to get rid of unnecessary lines in gnuplot

So I'm pretty new to using gnuplot, and my code looks like this: set isosamples 40 unset key set title "Radial Matrix Elements" set xrange [1:15] set yrange [1:15] set xlabel "n1*" set ylabel "n2*" ...
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Firefox or Chromium command-line arguments to set fullscreen and control start page

On http://susestudio.com/, there's an option to enter custom command line scripts. How do I write one that changes the default homepage and sets the browser full screen?