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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 ...
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Reboot when there is a hardware failure without physical access to machine?

I'm getting this error message whathever I do: $ sudo reboot bash: /usr/bin/sudo: Input/output error $ reboot bash: /sbin/reboot: Input/output error It's a hardware failure according to this ...
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Telnet IAC commands

I want to turn off character echoing in Telnet via linux command line by sending "IAC DON'T ECHO" command. I have been searching everywhere, and I couldn't find how to to do. Basically, I don't know ...
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Why isn't there any shell command to create files?

Attention please: I am not asking how to make a file from the command line! I have been using touch for making files for years without paying attention that its main purpose is something else. If ...
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Trouble creating symbolic link [closed]

I installed a software on OpenSUSE. However, to open it one has to type /usr/local/software/start_software everytime. I tried creating a symbolic link using sudo ln -s ...
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Highlight patterns in command output (grep-like but without excluding lines) [duplicate]

I need a command that colorizes some symbol sequence in output of a certain command. I'd like it like grep make it. $ some-command | grep symbol-sequence However grep removed lines that isn't ...
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Looking for an advanced Linux podcast [closed]

I am looking for some more advanced linux podcasts then I have been able to find so far. I commute 3+ hours each way. This is a great time to catch up on tech, learn some things I may have missed. ...
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Why do I have to cd out of a deleted directory?

On my server I have a directory structure looking something like this: /myproject/code I normally have an ssh connection to the server and 'stand' in that directory: root@machine:/myproject/code# ...
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In what directory can I find the list of terminal commands or the set of scripts that give each one its purpose/power?

Is it hidden or accessible? Also, can you create a new script and define a new command to execute system-wide by adding it to this directory and giving it the same privileges?
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What are the differences between creating a directory inside /home and /home/$USER directories?

I want to create a folder inside /home directory and another one inside /home/$USER directory. Does another user on the same system may be able to access the folder which was inside the /home ...
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Recursively delete hidden directory & its files?

I want to delete all hidden directoris from a directory and its sub-directory. I also use rm -rf .directory_name this command is iterative command I want to a recursive command. Please anybody help ...
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Difference between “eval” and “source /dev/stdin”

What is the difference between eval and source /dev/stdin? For example, we can run a list of commands in various ways like this. with eval. comd="ls" eval "$comd" with source /dev/stdin printf ...
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Is it possible to edit the '$' or '#' symbols for users? [duplicate]

What file needs to receive edits in order to make such adjustments?
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How to rename filename with ' or ? in file name?

I have a problem renaming a file that I'm not even sure which special characters I have in the file. I'm using CentOS 6 64bit. When I ls the file: Giko Suzo San?e - Ep1.avi but when view it in ...
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What is the difference between the use of ; and executing a script

I'm using bash as my main shell, but it's an open question and responses for shells others than bash are very welcome. If I'm typing interactively #original line #wget http://something.com ...
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List all commands of a specific Debian package

I want to know the commands that a specific Debian package offers me. For example lets say I installed a package called x.deb. This package surely contains some commands that i can use. How to list ...
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How can I get less or cat to use color in the output from .cat of my .bashrc, similar to vi 'ing it?

When I vi my .bashrc file it is colorized, i.e. but when I cat or less the file I get all white, i.e. How can I get cat (and less) to have color? cat does have color for my ruby .rb files but ...
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Logging into an RDS session from the command-line

Is it possible to start an xfreerdp session into Microsoft windows from a command-line only install of Linux? The command I use from a full blown Linux install is this: $ sudo xfreerdp ...
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Change script to use whiptail instead of zenity

I'm having difficulty converting some zenity based script to use whiptail instead. The working script looks something like this: #!/bin/bash xfreerdp /v:farm.company.com \ /d:company.com \ ...
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$DISPLAY environment variable is not properly set error message

Is it possible to start an xfreerdp session into Microsoft windows from a command-line only install of Linux? The command I use from a full blown Linux install is this: $ sudo xfreerdp ...
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setting output of a command to a variable [duplicate]

How can I put the output of head -15 textfile.txt to a variable $X to use it in an if command like this: if $X = 'disabled' then ?
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Is there any command to list all related files and folders to specified file in macosx?

I have many ctags in my macosx. When doing which ctags, it gave me /usr/bin/ctags. But I also want to know where is all related folders and files to this /usr/bin/ctags Any useful command?
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Unable to access a folder through group permissions

In order to secure data on my webserver, I have moved the PHP includes to a folder called /var/www-includes (outside of /var/www, the server root). I also ran chown root:wwwadmin and chmod 770 on that ...
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arm-linux-gcc command not working

I have installed the following : yum install gcc-arm-linux* but when i am trying to run the following command: ./arm-linux-gcc it is giving the output as: ./arm-linux-gcc: no such file ...
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Mount a dropbox directory without installing the dropbox application

This is most likely to be a duplicate question, but I could not find a simple answer for my problem. My situation is as follows: I have multiple accounts on different computing clusters. I want to ...
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What's the difference between \b and \< in the grep command

In the man page of grep, I see The symbols \< and \> respectively match the empty string at the beginning and end of a word. The symbol \b matches the empty string at the edge of a ...
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How to correctly set kernel command parameter for sdboot

Thease are the kernel command line parameter Kernel command line (user set) root=/dev/mmcblk0p2 rw rootwait console=ttyPS0,115200 I am trying to run linux from sd card, and the file ...
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Is there a way to 'tee' input to a program or script?

I'm trying to find a way to use an input file for a program in such a way that I can also use stdin. For example, say I have a SQL script that creates a table. I invoke it like this: mysql -p ...
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Incorrect output from cp, rm, and so on

When I run, say, cp, I get output like the following: # cp -v Foo Bar âFooâ -> âBarâ What's up with the weird â characters? Why is the shell doing this? It looks like some kind of strange ...
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Does the unix calendar program `pal` support line breaks?

The unix program pal is one of a variety of command-line calendar programs. Based on the man page, each line refers to an event, and it does not mention event descriptions that span multiple lines at ...
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How to talk to geoclue through its dbus interface?

I'm trying to better understand what geoclue does, and how to gain information from it. From my understanding, it can be accessed through it's dbus interface to find geographic information about the ...
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Lightdm service - contradictory results for `status` command

When I run in my gnome-terminal: service lightdm status everything looks OK and it is as expected: lightdm start/running, process 1221 But when I run: service --status-all 2>&1 | grep ...
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alternative to nslookup in rhel7?

nslookup does not come preinstalled in RHEL 7 Beta. I noticed even dig and host was not pre installed. I read couple of links which mentions nslookup is dead/deprecated, so is there an alternative for ...
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Prompt when copying multiple files?

When copying multiple files from one directory to another is there a way to get bash to run through each file and ask for y/n? I vaguely remember adding something to the end of my command like 'ok?' ...
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How to display technical codec info for a FLAC file?

Given a .flac file, how is it possible to query and display the technical info relating to the codec? I looked into man flac with no luck (the --analyze output is not humanly parseable). I'm ...