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How to run a program that has its own command line within a shell script program

I need to write a shell script to automatically run a set of files through an existing program ~1000 times. The program I'm trying to run them through is accessed through command line as follows, then ...
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How do I immediately put a drive to sleep (without changing its power setting configuration)?

Within GNOME's "Disks" utility there is the option to immediately put a drive into sleep / standby, which spins down the platters. I would like to do this on my servers before pulling hot-swap drives ...
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Saving a list in a specific format

Is there any way I can save a list in a output.txt, but without using the text editor to make so that: before each output there should be the command used that made the list ( list -l, for example ...
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ls for decreasing order in combination with another command

I know there is the ls -r command for listing in a decreasing order. But is there any simple way to do it with a combination with another function by only using ls and not its arguments?
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What can I do if bash stops echoing?

One of the applications I use at work sometimes screws with my bash and so I don't see my own input anymore. I.e. $ echo foo foo $ becomes $ foo $ I incorrectly tried to run stty -echo which ...
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Dig command: Is the output guaranteed to be sorted?

Let's say I'm trying to lookup the IPs mail.yahoo.com, gmail.com and mail.google.com If I execute: dig @8.8.8.8 +nocomments +noquestion \ +noauthority +noadditional +nostats +nocmd \ ...
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How to access temporary file straight after creation?

I've script which is connecting to remote host via SSH, creates temporary file and executing the following command: Calling system(mysql --database=information_schema --host=localhost < ...
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grep: input file 'X' is also the output

I use ubuntu 14.4, and attempt to redirect the output of grep command to a file, but I keep getting this error: grep: input file 'X' is also the output I've searched for this issue and just found ...
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Why does BASH process substitution not work with some commands?

On occasion process substitution will not work as expected. Here is an example: Input: gcc <(echo 'int main(){return 0;}') Output: /dev/fd/63: file not recognized: Illegal seek collect2: ...
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How to create a deterministic tar.gz using git-archive?

Creating a git repository for testing. ~ $ mkdir somefolder ~ $ cd somefolder/ ~/somefolder $ git init Initialized empty Git repository in /home/user/somefolder/.git/ ~/somefolder $ echo test > ...
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What are the meanings of different Unix commands? [closed]

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 on my machine. I am new to Linux and feeling lost when I see different command line commands (or what exactly are they called?) like sudo, apt-get, mkdir, -R, -n etc. while ...
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Confused about piping commands from find to commandX?

I have a script, run.sh, that looks like this: #!/bin/bash FILES=$(find corpus/ -type f) for i in $FILES do ./individual.sh $i done It runs without problem. I want to do away with the run ...
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What is the purpose of those special characters in the sed command?

I found this bash command that creates a directory tree in your console window. I find it quite useful, but I don't really understand how all of the special characters work. Could someone help break ...
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Sorting directories by last modified date/time of the same-named contained file

Is it possible, using grep, find, etc, to sort a list of directories by the last modified date of the same-named file (e.g., file.php) within? For example: domain1/file.php (last modified 20-Jan-2014 ...
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Start a background process from a script and manage it when the script ends

I'd like to run and configure a process similarly to a daemon from a script. My shell is zsh emulated under Cygwin and the daemon is SFK, a basic FTP server. For what matters here, the script ...
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PHP CLI and Bash - change behaviour of PHP keyword

Our hosting providers have installed 3 versions of PHP onto our linux box and when I SSH into it the command php points to use/bin/php which is version 5.2, the command php-5.4 points to ...
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Replace text/string with new line

I have had a requirement where I need to move data to a new line based on a text: Input :61: 456 B66666 :61: 878 N78777 :61: 534533534 BNNN Output :61: 456 B66666 :61: 878 N78777 :61: 534533534 BNNN ...
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How to set size of mate-panel via command line (not via dconf)?

When I install Linux Mint (Mate, Qiana) I like to make Mate panel more wide (or may be "higher"). Default it is near 20 pixels. I make it, for example, 45 pixels. I can easy set it by right button ...
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Add test user to the sudoers file, to run ifconfig

I would like to see the ifconfig file with test user (under Linux Debian) that's why I have used the sudo task, but the terminal said that: test is not in the sudoers file. How can I take the test ...
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Command Line only UNIX/Linux OS [closed]

I want a command line only UNIX/Linux OS. I want the download of the OS to be below 80MB. I want minimum software.
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How to pass commandline arguments larger than 131k? [closed]

I want to get data out of a Virtualbox VM. You can define variables (called guestproperties) via commandline, which can be accessed from both the host and the VM. The amount of data for such a ...
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Scale cpu frequency in CLI?

I am using cpufreq to scale my CPU frequency. But I do that by clicking cpufreq icon on the panel of Ubuntu 12.04. If without a mouse, how can I show and scale CPU frequency by running commands in ...
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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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How to enter foo-* folder without actually using wildcard or shell expansions?

Short story I'm looking for the command to enter first found foo-something directory like: cd foo-* but without using wildcard (or other special shell characters). Long story As part of the ...
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Redirect output to stdout and pipe to a binary

I have a nice PS1 line in my .bash_profile, and I want to copy it to another machine. So I want to view it AND copy it to my clipboard. I can't figure out how to string the commands to do this ...
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How do I use vim on the command line to add text to the middle of a file?

I am trying to write a command along the lines of the following: vim -c "XXXXXX" myFile Instead of the "XXXXX" I want to supply some commands to vim to add some text to an arbitrary point in the ...
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What is the command-line equivalent to 'mintupdate' for Linux Mint?

Linux Mint has a nice GUI-based Update Manager with selectable update tiers. The defaults are for levels 1 through 3 our of a possible 5 levels. However, I often handle administrative tasks for a ...
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What is/are the advantage(s) of running applications in backgound?

I really don't know what are the advantages of running applications in the background. Something like Application & via command line. Why exactly do we run applications in background and when ...
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What does “./” do? [duplicate]

I've got absolutely no idea what this does and if I search something like "linux ./ command", Google just seems to ignore those two characters as they're puntuation. If someone can give me a simple ...
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How to move system clock time forward/backward?

I know commands for setting specific time and/or date, but can't find ones which move the time relative to the current time. What are the commands to move the time forward/backward x ...
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Linux split separate files on disk but see as one

Is there is a functionality in Linux that allows you to reference multiple files as one? For example: linux.txt.0, linux.txt.1, linux.txt.2, linux.txt.3 can be seen as separate files or as linux.txt ...
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Can dash replace bash as my default shell?

From what I read, dash can be made as a shell by using the command ~$ chsh shirish Password: Changing the login shell for shirish Enter the new value, or press ENTER for the default Login Shell ...
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Linking a static library when compiling a C program

I'm linking *.a file with *.c file, so I have used the following command: gcc abc.c -l ad.a (here abc is the C source file and ad is the static library file) then after executing the following ...
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How can I convert this excel file so that it is not only one row?

I've got an Excel file, shown in the picture below, and available for download here. What I need is to extract the variables under Item (Column B) and the values in column G. As a start, I tried ...
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What is (and how to perform) action listing?

After performing a series of actions in Linux's terminal, I am supposed to perform a "listing" of them. I couldn't find it online. All I can guess is that I am supposed to make the terminal print out ...
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How to abort/cancel a running command in initramfs?

When I invoke a long-running command, e.g. du, I don't see a way to abort/cancel it (Strg/Ctrl+c doesn't work), other shells/ttys aren't available. Am I completely doomed after having started a long ...
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Copy a file in Nautilus and use it in a shell command line

Suppose I click on a file in Nautilus. How can I copy the full address to the clipboard, and then easily paste it into a shell command that I'm typing in a terminal?
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Scripts to E-mail Myself a File

The following command e-mails myself a file: sudo mail -a FILE_ADDRESS -s "Subject of E-mail" myemail@gmail.com Question: How do I turn this command into a one-liner, so that I could just type ...
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Access USB drive on Ubuntu server

I'm currently using a Ubuntu 14.04 server with command line access only. My .html files are on my Windows and I want to transfer them. What is the path in my Ubuntu server to get into my external ...
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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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Securely passing user input to command

I have a daemon daemon running in Server A. There, there's an argument based script to control the daemon daemon_adm.py (Server A). Through this script I can insert "messages" to daemon coming from ...
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View timestamp for CUPS print jobs

I'm looking for a way to view the timestamp of a job in CUPS. I've searched the man pages and can't seem to find it. The long term goal is to have a script that parses the time from the jobID and ...
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combining find with other commands: when to use -exec and when to use pipe? [duplicate]

I've learned to use the find command by itself to find files and directories however when it comes to doing something with the files/folders I'm confused. Given the following command: find . -type f ...
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w command for the other network hosts

While the who command refers to the local machine, rwho shows the same informations about all the known hosts of the local network. Similarly, w shows informations about the users on the local ...
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How to create a simple .txt (text) file using terminal? [closed]

I'm just trying to review basic terminal commands. Having said that, how do I create a text file using the terminal only?
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Dealing with file names with special first characters (ex. ♫)

I have recently come across a file whose name begins with the character '♫'. I wanted to copy this file, feed it into ffmpeg, and reference it in various other ways in the terminal. I usually ...
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How-to overwrite directory on multiple places with 1 source directory

So today I encountered one of my PHP files was outdated so I've got to overwrite the phpthumb directory on the entire server. Multiple websites use this folder on multiple unknown locations, so how ...
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How to remove file log with file name

Assume, I have log files with this name format. NameLog.log.2014-09-27 NameLog.log.2014-09-28 NameLog.log.2014-09-29 NameLog.log.2014-09-30 NameLog.log.2014-10-01 NameLog.log.2014-10-02 ...
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Open a program (VLC) and move it to the foreground

On a Mac, specifically, when I use the VLC command line to open a video file, it opens in the background by default. How can I instead move it to the foreground whenever I run the command to open a ...
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Is w command safe for users?

Some applications allow to pass password as an argument. For example: mysql --user=user_name --password=your_password db_name Is it safe? Besides the fact that typed password would be saved in bash ...