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What exactly are commands? How to identify? [duplicate]

I want to know what exactly are Linux commands? & how to identify and locate them?
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Listing files greater than particular timestamp in file name?

I have a directory in linux which has a list of log files where log files get auto generated if some job runs. Each log file gets appended with the timestamp like "JobName_TimeStamp" UPDATED: ...
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Changing KDE's mouse theme and buttons settings from a shell script

I'm trying left handed mousing, and I want to be able to easily switch between right handed mode and left handed mode. There is a utility for Windows called SwapMouseButtons that allows to bind a key ...
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Read out pulseaudio volume from commandline? (I want: “pactl GET-sink-volume”)

I want to read out the volume level I can set with pactl set-sink-volume $SINK $VOLUME Is there an easy way to do that? As easy as the hypothetical pactl get-sink-volume $SINK ? (What I'm ...
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How does SSH display the message “The authenticity of host .. can't be established”?

I wanted to trace down the system call used by ssh to output this warning message: > ssh root@abcde The authenticity of host .. can't be established. If the message were sent to stderr or ...
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Unable to telnet public ip on port 80

We are facing a communication problem between the public and our private network. We have a Linux based web server behind a firewall and an internet router. As part of some integration, our web portal ...
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Is there a way to search manpages for typical use scenario?

I have a relatively small brain, so there is a limit to what I can store up there. I have been using Linux semi-pro-amateur for a few years and still I am amazed at how little commands I know. Simple ...
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With mv, possible to put a time dependence on files mv'ed?

Let's say there's a specific time and date I have in mind. All files last edited before this date I want to keep in the directory but all files that have been edited since this date I want to mv ...
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Getting a list of WiFi networks nearby when the adapter is in AP mode

I am trying to get a list of wireless networks nearby while the adapter is acting as an access point but iwlist returns the following error: $ sudo iwlist wlan0 scan wlan0 Interface doesn't ...
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An alternative to `xdotool type`

Is there an alternative to xdotool type "a string" It will be more useful if it is not an X11 app. Because X11 apps seem to be more vulnerable. Note: I will not use it in a terminal window. So ...
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Proper escaping of double quotations for curl post data?

I'm trying to test out a server, by sending it JSON data and reading the response. I need to POST data like {"item":"value with spaces"} but when I use curl I find that it sends the backslashes as ...
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Play a sound file slower or faster

How can you play a sound slower or faster? That would be useful for listening carefully one audio passage or to listen fast forward to find a concrete passage. Is there something with the play sox ...
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Standard and portable way to send email from console?

What is the most portable or standard way to send an email from the console or a script on Linux, and possibly Unix?
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How to modify rngd's default command line?

I need to perform the following... rngd's default command line should be modified to add --no-tpm=1 rngd is a daemon that feeds data from a random number generator to the kernel's random ...
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Is there a command which creates a temporary file containing the arguments passed to it?

I can paste the contents of a file into a command using cat and backticks: ls `cat filenames` Is there a way to do the reverse - to turn a string into a (temporary) filename? gcc -o cpuburn `uncat ...
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How do I shutdown the system after a particular process exits

I am downloading some software; I can see the pid of the download process with top. Let's say it's 1001. How can I make it so that my computer shuts down after process 1001 exits?
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Is there a tool for summarizing what all commands do?

So I understand that there are man pages for getting the documentation when the internet is unavailable, or when you need advanced uses, but what if I'm offline and I don't even know what tool I need ...
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Displaying server information at login prompt (Ubuntu)

I'm wondering if there's a way to customize the Ubuntu server login prompt. Currently it shows the following: Ubuntu 13.10 fw tty1 fw login: _ I know there's /etc/motd for the message of the day, ...
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How can I partition and format my disk to an accuracy of “LBA” by commands?

How can I partition /dev/sdb into /dev/sdb1 and /dev/sdb2, and then format /dev/sdb1 to exFAT ( or FAT32 ) from LBA=1 to 2097152 by commands? ( LBA=0 is reserved for MBR )
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Applying different permissions to files vs. directories

Sunny answered the question above in this post, The answer was given as No need for scripts. // Directories: find . -type d -exec chmod XXX {} \; // Files: find . -type f -exec chmod ...
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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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Command line to burn DVD+R DL media on Linux?

A Plextor PX-750A on a Linux system has made many DVD+R DL coasters while trying to burn an 8GB DVD .iso file with growisofs and the Schilling cdrecord program. I tried growisofs first: growisofs ...
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show entered new password in unix “passwd” command

Is is possible to run the passwd command with an option to show the newly entered passwords? By default it doesn't show what I type and I don't want this. [dave@hal9000 ~]$ passwd Changing password ...
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tail display whole file and then only changes [duplicate]

My Linux version is 2.6.32-47-server (gcc version 4.4.3 (Ubuntu 4.4.3-4ubuntu5.1) ) #109-Ubuntu SMP Tue May 7 02:17:05 UTC 2013 I am currently doing a tail -f file and life is good. But that only ...
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backup kmail in command prompt

How to take kmail backup mails from command mode as GUI mode got crashed in fedora12? Found the location of mails, But how to take backup to another system to configure?
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How to return from root log-in to my user log-in?

I'm using SuSE Linux Enterprise and I know that there is a command su root for changing to root log-in. But what about the other way around? If I prefer to return to my user account, how to do it? ...
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Proxy server with authentication not working at command line

I'm running Debian 6 in a VM on a network that requires Windows authentication to a proxy server before it can run any http/https/ftp connection. I've tried: export ...
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Set alias which doesn't send specified text? [closed]

EDIT I set a alias task in ~/.bashrc. The following: alias join="clear; screen -ls; screen -rx [<ID_OF_THE_RUNNING_SCREEN> quit]" If i the task join is executed, the following has to ...
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Error mounting shared folder for KVM Solaris guest

Followed this guide on how to set up a shared folder between a KVM Host(Ubuntu 12.04) and Guest (Solaris 10 Sparc). On the last part of the it requires you to mount the shared folder and typed in this ...
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Nagios : How to monitor windows host from linux “by command line”?

I need help to monitor windows host using command line in Nagios. As we can monitor Remote Linux host by NRPE (check_nrpe)using command line as : /usr/local/nagios/check_nrpe -H localhost -c ...
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Crop SVG drawing to canvas size in command line

I have SVG images produced by PlantUML, which has some parts of drawing outside of canvas. It makes it difficult to use such images and I need to crop drawing to canvas size. As I produce UML diagrams ...
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Is there a way to execute the second-to-last command that started with a given string? [duplicate]

In a project with different makefiles: $ make -f foo1.make ... ... $ testing testing ... ... $ !ma make -f foo1.make Good! But then if I by accident do: $ make -f foo1.make ... ... $ testing ...
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env command shows 3 times same path

When i run env it shows 3 times /usr/bin under PATH . Same for every path under PATH title. For example - my scala bin directory shows 3 times . However, in my .bash_profile, it is written just one ...
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Move extension-less files with mv

I have a folder with images(png, bmp, jpg) and extension-less files. I cant figure out how to move only the extension-less files. They are all random numbered files.
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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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A combination of uniq and agrep?

I have a file full of long SQL queries, one per line. I need to create a list of unique queries, but most of the queries include parameter values that make using an exact matching tool like uniq ...
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“tree” command output with “pure” (7-bit) ASCII output

The "tree" command uses nice box-drawing characters to show the tree but I want to use the output in a "code-page-neutral" context (I know that really there's always a code page, but by restricting it ...
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Strange message at Debian login. What does it mean?

In an attempt to learn more on the command-line I added Debian-7.4-Standard to my Acer-Aspire-One laptop. I am not sure as to what I did exactly, but after I managed to install the non-free firmware ...
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Can I avoid enter key in cp -i?

I often need to selectively archive a long list of files using cp -iar, or similar, and to speed up the process I would like to press just one key instead of y or n followed by ENTER on every file. In ...
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Unable to remove the files from an usb drive (neither by dd /dev/zero nor by rm -r)

I have a flash usb drive and up till now it has worked well. Recently I recorded iso to it using dd. Now I want to delete it. $ lsblk NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT ....... sdb ...
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stout can not append to large files

I have Ubuntu 13.10. I have a keylogger to help me remember what I did. Running keylogger prints output to the terminal when I run it like this: keylogger I added it to startup like this: ...
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Specify MIME type to CUPS's lpr command

It seems when you pass a file to lpr (or pipe to it), it attempts to guess the MIME type. Sometimes, however, it guesses wrong—and then attempts to print something "interesting" at best. Is there a ...
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Launch Picasa under CrunchBang Waldorf

I succesfully installed Picasa 3.9 under Crunchbang following this webupd8-tutorial. I also installed libwine-cms:i386. Everything works well and Picasa launches after installation. The problem: once ...
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Strange error (?) when I run `man` command from a folder that no longer exists

Let's have a look at the followings: radu@Radu:~$ mkdir test radu@Radu:~$ cd test radu@Radu:~/test$ rmdir ~/test radu@Radu:~/test$ man ls man: can't change directory to '': No such file or directory ...
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How to prepend a particular text file contents to every text file in a directory and its subdirectories?

I hate to clutter my source code files with licensing/attribution comments but some times it is a requirement. So having dozens of source code files (organized in a tree of subdirectories) written I ...
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fatal: bad ownership or modes for chroot directory component “/”

I used to be able to connect via ssh with the user I have created but now I keep getting: "Write Failed: Broken Pipe" and I can only connect as root In the ssh auth.log I get the following: ...
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Enable second monitor from shell

So... I have two monitors on my Ubuntu machine. And every time I launch some Windows OpenGL application under Wine it turns off the second monitor. And leaves it turned off when the application exits. ...
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How is bc different from dc?

What are the differences between dc and bc calculators? When should I use dc and when bc?
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What is 'ls quote'?

Today I happened to press ' after ls So the command is ls' After I issued this command: [edit]Seems the image can't display properly > ls' quote> ls' zsh: command not found: ls\nls > ...
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How to randomize the output from seq?

I know I can use seq to generate a random list of numbers 1, 2, 3, 4... I want to get those numbers into a random order like 3, 1, 4, 2... I know I can use shuf to shuffle the lines of a file. So I ...