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wget to get all the files in a directory only returns index.html

I'm new to using bash, and I have been trying to wget all the files from a website to the server I have been working on. However all I'm getting back is an index.html file. I let it run for 15 minutes ...
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Is it possible to define a command in bash?

For example, can I set gb = cd /media/Dan/evolution So that everytime I execute gb in bash, I can cd to that particular directory? I find something online, alias command. But It seems can't do the ...
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How can I output the difference between 2 files?

My file consists of the the following; roughly: username:username:username:username:username The above line continues to about 600 characters. I use the awk command in order to use it as an ...
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Write text messages between Unix and Windows

Is it possible to send text messages between two users of the same LAN, but the first running Windows with cmd and the second running Linux/Unix? I am not looking for an instant messaging service. I ...
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Run command based on output of another command

OS: AIX 7100-04-1216 So basically I'm trying to write a for loop that sees which volumegroups I have on my system, which filesystems reside in those volume groups and what the size of each of those ...
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How can I make mailx inform me of new mail?

I'm trying to set up mailx on my server. On one server (Raspbian) I am informed of new mail with a message You have new mail (or something similar). On another machine (Raspbmc), I never have this ...
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How could I change Linux command to another key combination? [closed]

I'm using wmii, so Alt key Linux command was disabled. I want to change Ctrl+F and Ctrl+B to Alt+ F and Alt+ B so that I can use them to jump by word. But I searched on line, and didn't find ...
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command type “hashed”? [duplicate]

type displays information about a command's type. How would it be interpreted if used as a command name? What command "types" are there? In the following example, what does "hashed" mean? Is it ...
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Problem when splitting command with backslash in unix prompt

I often use the space-backslash combination ( ) to split a command and its parameters into various lines and make it more readable: /home/user> ls -ltra \ > file1.txt \ > file2.txt ...
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Check ping statistics without stopping

Is there a way to tell ping to show its usual termination statistics without stopping the execution? For instance, I'd like to quickly view: --- 8.8.8.8 ping statistics --- 2410 packets transmitted, ...
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Why does the same sed regex (after grep) fail when run in a bash script vs bash command line?

Here's the script. It is successful when I run it from the BASH prompt, but not in the script. Any ideas? When I say "fails," I mean the sed regex doesn't match anything, so there is no replaced ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can't connect to an external RDS TSG server from home

We have a company RDS (Remote Desktop Server) TSG (Terminal Services Gateway) server, which allows employees to connect to an RDS session from home, so they can see a work RDS desktop from home. This ...
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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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List All Network Printers (including ones not installed)

It is easy to list the printers you've already installed with this command: lpstat -a However, this does not list network printers you have NOT installed. nmap will scan for all open ports on the ...
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Filetype and dereference when listing directory with LS command

I'm trying to combine arguments to the ls command to list a directory content. What I'm basically trying to achieve is listing the directory dereferencing all links, but showing explicitly that the ...
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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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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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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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Change a value in a config file, or add the setting if it doesn't exist?

When modifying config files from the command line, I often want to find the setting in the config file and modify that line if that setting exists. If that setting doesn't exist, I want to add it to ...
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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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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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How to read first and last line from cat output?

I have text file. Task - get first and last line from file after $ cat file | grep -E "1|2|3|4" | commandtoprint $ cat file 1 2 3 4 5 Need this without cat output (only 1 and 5). ~$ cat file | ...
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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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Command-line incremental backup tools

Which command line backup tool(s) has the best compression ratio? I want to backup my entire system, including media files, text files etc. I found this list on the Arch wiki site but I don't know ...
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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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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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How to enable double tab autocompletion list in bash?

I've worked in Linux before where when I press tab it autocompletes until it becomes ambiguous. If I pressed tab twice at that point it would give me a list of all possible completions. My current ...