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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 ...
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Assigning files key words to easily find them later

Suppose I have a file. This file is stored in some complex location (within a hundred subfolders), but I nevertheless use it a lot. Is there some way to assign this file a set of keywords (i.e., "my ...
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How to filter any part of description or option from manpage [on hold]

I want to get output of any desired description or option from a man page. Example: I want to get the description for the autoclean option from the apt-get man page: Please suggest a command, ...
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Control iPhone music from linux command line

Is this possible? Could one, for example, send a command to an iPhone which tells it to start playing a certain song?
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A quit command weaker than windowkill?

Typing in xdotool getwindowfocus windowkill currently terminates the active window and bypasses any safeguards like "would you like to save your work?". Is there a weaker command than windowkill I ...
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How can I disable lightdm auto-login from the command-line when isn't possible to get a GUI session?

Suppose auto-login to a session is active in Ubuntu. So there will not be an opportunity to select a session (e.g gnome, unity, kde, etc). But if the environment is corrupted there is no way to escape ...
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Installing Xcape (a newbie question involving the “make” command)

I executed the minimal building directions of xcape: $ sudo apt-get install git gcc make pkg-config libx11-dev libxtst-dev libxi-dev $ mkdir xcape $ cd xcape $ git clone ...
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Listing folder contents during cd command

I might be mistaken here, but I was watching someone navigate using the cd command, and without actually executing it, they were able to show the folder contents of the current folder. So if I type ...
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Why do I sometimes get repeatedly prompted with “>” in the terminal?

Alright, when I run certain commands the wrong way, (misspelled, etc.) The terminal outputs this: > instead of computername:workingfolder username$, and when I type enter it goes like this: > ...
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Gnu screen: remap “c-a c-a” to send “c-a”

I use GNU Screen on occasion, and my Emacs keybinding muscle memory is hard to overcome. I know that I can send a control-a (i.e. "go to beginning of line") by hitting "c-a a", but I'm wondering if ...
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What is the reliable way of getting each user's .ssh directory from bash?

I can parse the /etc/passwd with augtool: myuser=bob usershome=`augtool -L -A --transform "Passwd incl /etc/passwd" print "/files/etc/passwd/$myuser/home" | sed -En 's/\/.* = (.*)/\1/p'` ...but it ...
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How do I recursively apply default ACLs of a directory to its descendants?

If I have a directory with default ACL entries assigned to it, but some or all of its descendant files and sub-directories have access or default ACLs that do not agree with those defaults, how do I ...
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Help with a bash script [duplicate]

I'm trying to get a script working that will examine two directories and list all of the duplicate files found in both. Looking for duplicates based on content. And then have the script report the ...
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Why when I ssh into one server it shows bash and the other have my username?

So at work I have two web servers that I am able to ssh into. Both are RHEL 6.5 When I log into one, it shows this: [username@ldvweb01 /]$ When I log into the other one it shows: -bash-4.1$ ...
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how to find out the name of the server on which the files are hosted on? [closed]

I've tried numerous thing such as uname -a, env, findsmb, amongst other things but that will only give the hostname which is not the server where the files are hosted... I get that there is nfs ...
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How to efficiently generate large, uniformly distributed, random integers in bash?

I have been wondering what would be the best way to get good randomness in bash, i.e., what would be a procedure to get a random positive integer between MIN and MAX such that The range can be ...
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How to gather byte occurance statistics in binary file?

I'd like to know the equivalent of cat inputfile | sed 's/\(.\)/\1\n/g' | sort | uniq -c presented in ...
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Add space after 8 characters then add space after every 4 characters

Here is the sample input: AbbigailAbieAbbyAbbi Using sed, I have separated them into 4 characters but seems like I got a problem because I have to separate the first 8 characters first then add ...
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How do I remove spaces from shell variables?

I have done the following at command line: $ text="name with space" $ echo $text name with space I am trying to use tr -d ' ' to remove the spaces and have a result of: namewithspace I've tried ...
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I am trying to find a better/easier way to count alphabetic characters in a file or shell variable

I have a file containing the following text: we are going to write something 1 2 3 wc tells me I have 1 line 9 words and 38 characters. I'm looking to count the 26 letters only (a-z, no numbers or ...
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cant edit anything on xampp as sudo user [closed]

I’m new to Linux was an avid Windows user until recently trying on an old system seeing some major differences and converting, so I apologise if this question seems simple. I’m running the latest ...
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Gmail and mutt: msmtp error

Invalid SMTP URL: ssmtp://REDACTED@gmail.com@smtp.gmail.com:465/ I can use mutt to read my Gmail, but when I try to send I get the above message. When I installed mutt a screen came up for postfix ...
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How to maximize and minimize windows from the command line? [duplicate]

Is there any way to send a command to the currently focus window to minimize or maximize? I'd like to be able to control this from a script, or tool bar launch icon.
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Difference between who and whoami commands

The man page description of who command is who - show who is logged on But there exists a similar command whoami. The man page description of whoami is whoami - print effective userid Can anyone ...
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Get a list of applications that are playing sound [closed]

I want to get a list of applications that are currently playing sound (using the sound card). I tried to search on a lot of places but did not succeed. Any method is fine (bash, Java, etc.). I want ...
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How to modify ENV in Solaris 10 [duplicate]

I wanted to edit the contents of environment when entering this "ENV" in terminal. I googled this but so far none of the solution offered works in my end. The closes solution that i got was to edit ...
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How to display contents of mounted /boot and '/' root partitions?

How to display contents of mounted /boot and '/' root partitions of Debian on SSD drive from Linux Live CD? I know ls -1 to list directory contents, but what is exact steps to get this?
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Switching among cli and vim and other files workflow

I saw some kind of workflow in vim: Vim had a file open. Then some combination of keys made vim disappear and the user was in the command line working in cli mode, then opened another file and then ...
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how to recall last argument in bash with vi setting

I use set -o vi setting in bash. The shorcut Alt+. (recalling last argument of previous command) here doesn't work as in emacs mode, so what is the equivalent for vi?
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How to identify user and server with short commands?

I've been teaching my students the basics of the Unix OS (and Linux) for 4 weeks now. I want to give them a home assignment next. It's the first one so the questions and tasks won't be hard. My only ...
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How to get mpd to recognize music library?

I have arch running on my desktop and I'm trying to play music with mpd using ncmpcpp. They are both up and running, but the problem is when I open ncmpcpp it doesn't show my music. I copied the music ...
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How to determine Apache user from the command-line?

There is a question about the group, but I couldn't find any question/answer for getting the Apache user. Therefore how to determine Apache user from the command-line?
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Method for storing/remembering one liner commands

Often when configuring and adjusting unix-based systems I use a lot of one-line commands that are difficult to remember. For example, to determine what version of ntp (the time server) is running, you ...
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Outputting common lines from 2 files and uncommon lines from both the files in one output file

I have 2 text files. Lets name them file1.txt and file2.txt file1.txt is as follows chr10 181144 225933 chr10 181243 225933 chr10 181500 225933 chr10 226069 255828 chr10 255989 267134 ...
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Print UTF-8 file with command line tools

I want to print a file using a command like cat filename > /dev/lp0 where the file contains characters like ùàç encoded in UTF-8. Is this is possible or do I need to use CUPS? I'm using an ...