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How to insert bash variables in awk?

How to insert bash variables in awk (for example i need to do in in some for loop - like this: in first iteration use awk to search string by first column, next by second column and so on with using ...
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Command to to restart Pantheon files manager (elemenaryOS)?

After editing context menu entries (by editing files in /usr/share/contractor) I have to restart the file manager to see the changes. How to restart Pantheon Files with a command so that I don't have ...
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How do i start a sound file without displaying the window of the player ?

Whenever I type xdg-open filename or vlc filename, a window opens and start playing the filename. How can I achieve to play the sound file without displaying a corresponding window in the command line ...
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How can I get my Linux distribution name and version using the command line ? [duplicate]

I have Linux Mint Version 7.1 Rebecca. What do I need to write in the command line in order to find this information. I tried uname -a , but I got informations about my computer name, Kernel Version ...
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obexftp return code 97

I have been trying to send a file with bluetooth from my raspberry to my phone. I tried to use obexftp to do this but it gave me the return code 97. I have not been able to find out what this code ...
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what do i need to do additionally to start X in order to not end in a black screen?

From the xfce desktop environment in Linux Mint, I pressed Ctrl + Alt + Fn in order to get into a virtual terminal, then I stopped the mdm display manager with killall mdm. So far it worked, but once ...
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what are considered old and powerfull commands? [closed]

I came across the terms awk and sed, awk goes once through all lines and performs a task whenever a line meets a certain condition, sed can manipulate a stream of input before it goes further to the ...
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command to clean up old log files

I was trying to automate some auto cleaning of my Ubuntu System, with Cron Jobs I tryed to simplify this: sudo find /var/log -type f -name "*.1.gz" -delete sudo find /var/log -type f -name "*.2.gz" ...
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Show connected printers in CUPS

Is there a way to list the available/connected printers in CUPS using the command line or better yet using the CUPS API ? I already tried lpstat -a but it only lists the installed printers and not ...
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How do i log into a virtual terminal ?

I do not know what a virtual terminal is, but i have to enter one, in order to switch off the display manager in a fashion that allows me to type next a command in the virtual terminal that starts the ...
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Is it possible to recover an OS from (initramfs) ? [closed]

I have a non working battery and a bad cable connection, so my pc often switches off inpropriately and i end into the dark image with the prompt (initramfs). When i type help a list of commands i can ...
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what is the difference betwwen starting a command with nohup and &? [duplicate]

nohub and & seem to have a similar effect on the surface, they both start processes without occupying the shell from which they have been started, how do they differ on a deeper level?
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How can i enter the sudo X command after having killed the mdm display manager?

I was told, in order to just start the x window system, i have to input at the command line: sudo killall mdm. After having done so, my window freezes and i have no further controll, my only option so ...
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how to start into the x window server from linux mint ? [closed]

what do i have to do in the terminal in order to switch all the frontends of the xserver off, just to have the x window system running without any window manager or desktop environment?
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How to match multiple lines starting with a TAB, and the line before the 1st one in a group?

I've got some third party log files I'm trying to pull errors out of on the command line. The logs look like this: time=1 time=2 time=3 at com.test.com.... at com.test.com.... at ...
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How to boot Linux to command-line mode instead of GUI?

I am using 32-bit Red Hat Linux in my VM. I want to boot it to command-line mode, not to GUI mode. I know that from there I can switch to GUI mode using startx command. How do I switch back to ...
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Debian Linux: Start/run application/process in another virtual terminal

You'll have to bare with my my Linux terminology is pretty bad. When I say virtual terminal I'm talking about when you press ctrl+alt+ a function key (F1-F12). I think they are called virtual ...
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Is there a way to find the uptime of a network card in unix?

Some of the information i am requesting can be gleaned from /var/log/syslog , e.g: grep wlan /var/log/syslog But the usefulness of that information also depends on how you are network connecting; ...
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Perform multiple commands on one line

There are two steps, that I would like to be run on one line: twinkle -c then call sip:in06khattab@sip.linphone.org Here is the output: I wanted to perform these two steps on one line, I ...
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how to find out the ip of an ssh HostName

Is there a simple way to retrieve the IP of a HostName from an ssh config on the command line? Many times I have to use scp and would like to connect to a machine, but I remember only the HostName.
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Unix sort by multiple columns

I have trouble understanding unix sort. Consider the following file (tab separated) aa ~ a1 aa B b A b ~ e bb B bb ~ B When calling: cat tmp2 | sort -t $'\t' -k1,2 I get aa ~ a1 aa B ...
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How do I reuse the last output from the command line?

This is a noob question, but I'd like to know how to reuse the last output from the console, ie: pv-3:method Xavier$ python -c "from distutils.sysconfig import get_python_lib; print get_python_lib()" ...
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How do I insert a space every four characters in a long line?

I've got a long line that I want to insert a space every 4 characters, on a single lone line of solid text to make it easier to read, what's the simplest way to do this? also I should be able to input ...
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Coordinates X237595Y81600 to X2375Y8160

I have create a gerber file and it has lines inside which look like this: X90095Y15350 X100095Y15350 X110095Y15350 X120095Y15350 X120095Y25350 X110095Y25350 X100095Y25350 X90095Y25350 X80095Y25350 ...
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Linux empty buffer cache command permission denied

I'm using the following commands to flush cache: # sync; echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches # sync; echo 2 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches # sync; echo 1 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches When I use ...
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How do I allow privileged commands to fail but respond?

I am reading up on several commands, some of which are privileged and some that may or may not be installed. My system (gentoo) will respond with command not found sometimes when the program in the ...
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Can I treat all what I typed after a command as raw string?

I made a bash func for myself so I can through some words into a tree_hole file, it looks like this in bashrc: function th { echo -e "\n$@" >> /Users/zen1/zen/pythonstudy/tree_hole; } export -f ...
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TTL Editor Tera Term Macros

I am running TTL editor to send command via ethernt to a control unit to get status data, The problem I have is that part of the test is to shut off for about 20 minutes, I need a command to still ...
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Use awk to replace a column without changing format [closed]

I have a PDB file (see below) and I need to change the A in column 5 to a B, AND I need to change it without changing the format of the original file. I was able to change the A to a B using this awk ...
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Cannot remember the name of a CLI recorder software

I stumbled across a useful command line recorder that allows the user to copy the text when watching the 'recording'. I just cannot remember the name of the project. I just remember you can play and ...
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Linux tools to treat files as sets and perform set operations on them

Does anyone know of any linux tool specifically designed to treat files as sets and perform set operations on them? Like difference, intersection, etc?
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How can I open a man page in a new terminal window?

I'm wondering if anyone can help me with a workflow issue. I sometimes open up a man page for a command, take note of several command options and parameters, go back to the command line and then input ...
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How to move all files inside present subfolders up here

I have 50 folders with some subfolders too, with more than 1000 audio files total. I need to remove all subfolders and put all files in present level. Tried mv */* ./ but it complaints: argument list ...
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what is pts/0 and (:0.0) in linux by type who am i

When I type the command: [root@degeneration Desktop]# who am i root pts/0 2013-04-12 15:08 (:0.0) What is pts/0 and what is meant by (:0.0)?
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ss is replacing netstat, how can I get it to list ports similarly to what I am used to?

I've been trying to modernise my way with Linux by, for one thing, ditching netstat for ss. I looked up my favourite command line flag for netstat in the ss man pages, and was very glad to find that ...
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What is the fastest way to view images from the terminal?

The terminal is very fast and convenient way to quickly access directories and files (faster than find and click on the directory). One thing that it cannot show in text-mode is "pictures". What ...
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how to delete files from a specific date and extension

Short and sweet: One of my hosting subscriptions got hacked. I ran this command: find path-to-folder/ -mtime -7 -name "*.php" –print this produced about 11 pages worth of malicious code which was ...
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How to overwrite target files with mv?

I have a ton of files and dirs in a subdirectory I want to move to the parent directory. There are already some files and dirs in the target directory which need to be overwritten. Files that are only ...
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Tilde on unix:hpux and / or solaris

On Linux press F9 return a correct ~ On unix(solaris or hpux) return 0~ How to set correct tilde on those systems?
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List the files of another format while finding a certain name pattern

I had wanted to edit the txt files of videoA and videoB only if the movs files names contains the namespace -test For eg. videoDir |-videoA |- videoA_v001_test.mov |- ...
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Remove all files recursively without deleting directories

I want to "clean out" all of the files a directory including all files in subdirectories but I want to leave the subdirectories in place. My understanding of rm -r is that it will also delete the ...
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Zip the contents of a folder without including the folder itself

I have a directory called folder that looks like this: folder -> root_folder -> some files I want to zip this directory into zipped_dir, I tried: zip -r ...
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How to install oddjob-mkhomedir repository on AMI box using command line

I'm trying to install oddjob-mkhomedir and it comes back with no package available nothing to do. I used sudo yum install oddjob-mkhomedir so I'm assuming the repository is not available. My ...
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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 to zip only files under multiple subdirectories?

I have a folder working and its structure is something like this - working/ 100/ 1/ 2/ 3/ 200/ 1/ 2/ 3/ 300/ 1/ 2/ 3/ And each of these 1 ...
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Display distinct values of a list and number of occurences

I have a program that writes on the standard output a list of string values, one per line, and I would like to display in real time the list of distinct values along with the number of occurences for ...
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split line based on space and delete the second part

I have a big file >fid|29290408|locus|VBIEntCas2262_0001| Phosphoglycolate phosphatase (EC 3.1.3.18) [Enterococcus casseliflavus EC20] ...
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Broken git autocompletion after I have overridden the git command

Recently git branch <tab> started showing me the following error: $ git branch bash: -c: line 0: syntax error near unexpected token `(' bash: -c: line 0: `/usr/bin/git --git-dir=.git ...
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Delete 100 lines from vi editor using single command

I am using Ubuntu and trying to delete all 100 lines from vi editor but I got interview question of doing this in one command.
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Count tabs per line in text file with utils

I have a tab-tabulated file. I would like to check if every line has the same number of tabs. For first step, I'd like to print the number of tabs for each individual line. I've tried grep -o '\t' ...