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How to start nvidia x server settings from command line?

I am using Ubuntu 10.04, I know I can start NVIDIA x server settings by choose : System -> Preference -> Monitors on the top bar. But how can I start the NVIDIA x server settings window by run a ...
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How to install light-weight vim and to be able to efficiently load files into one instance vim?

On my laptop with Ubuntu I'm able to have just one instance of vim, launched with vim --servername VIM After this I'm able to open files from console with vim --remote-silent filename I use ...
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How do I change the path used by the Gnome Command Line applet?

For my shell, I know that I have to modify .bashrc to add my ~/bin directory to the command path, but how do I get the Gnome Command Line applet to use that as a program location too? I'm using ...
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How to change the interpret of a variable in `zsh`?

I set a variable TEMPP='-I ../dir1 -I ../dir2' then I run gcc -M $TEMPP somefile.c It seems not to include ../dir1 and ../dir2 in the search list of the include file, and if there is a space at the ...
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How to use bash control a keyboard

How to use bash command control a Keyboard. e.g. what is a command in bash for pressing ctrl+c, ctrl+l, etc..?
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There is no bash indicator prompt after a forked process terminates

I am reading the book Advanced Programming in the Unix Environment. There is a test program to test the fork function. It works well in my Ubuntu. But what I confused is that why there is no command ...
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Can I pass files between commands?

I am looking for a way to send the resulting file from one comamnd to another, So I dont have to save a copy on disk inbetween. For example, if I have rared files on disk and want to open them I would ...
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Why does unlink(1) support only one file?

I'm used to commands supporting multiple filename arguments if possible, but unlink doesn't: %> unlink a b unlink: extra operand `b' Try `unlink --help' for more information. I ended up using a ...
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regex find and replace 0x0D, 0x0A characters

I have a text file of a database dump with some line break characters (0x0A0x0D) in the middle of lines. I want to replace them with commas, but I can't do it simply, because those characters are the ...
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How to replace all the tabs in each file in a file system branch with 2 spaces each?

I code Scala and it's convention is to use double spaces per level for identiation. But using different editors makes my sources filled with a mix of spaces and tabs. I'd like to refactor all the ...
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extract middle section of lines of a text file?

I am writing a php script to parse a large text file do to database inserts from it. However on my host, the file is too large, and I hit the memory limit for php. The file has about 16,000 lines; I ...
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Show lines matching a pattern and the 4 lines before each

For example, from this file: CREATE SYNONYM I801XS07 FOR I8010.I801XT07 * ERROR at line 1: ORA-00955: name is already used by an existing object CREATE SYNONYM I801XS07 FOR ...
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Lightweight utility/program to run a command after a random delay

I need to randomize the time before a given command starts. I realize it's relatively trivial to do this within a script, or to write a "wrapper" script to do this, but I'm wondering if anyone knows a ...
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How to watch rss feed for new entries from bash script?

I need to watch a RSS feed from our hudson ci server. Each time a new entry is available i want to play a sound by calling #>play sound.wav. Does anyone know a tool which can watch a rss-feed and ...
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ls command operating differently depending on recipient

How does commands like ls know what its stdout is? It seems ls is operating different depending on what the target stdout is. For example if I do: ls /home/matt/tmp the result is: a.txt b.txt ...
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Conflict between my prompt definition and cat in zsh

I have a file on a remote filesystem that I know has a short text string in it (a sequence of numbers in a single line). If I open the file on a text editor like nano or Emacs I can see the string. ...
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Display output to console while grep is used

In vim I use the following command to compile a tex file: pdflatex\ \-file\-line\-error\ \-shell\-escape\ \-interaction=nonstopmode\ $*\\\|\ grep\ \-P\ ':\\d{1,5}:\ ' this works in terms of getting ...
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Success/fail tests for cURL (don't execute second line if first line fails)

According to Using "&&" is not effective for cURL submit form (don't execute second line if first line fails) In below code; first line is curl submit; second line is for ...
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Using “&&” is not effective for cURL submit form (don't execute second line if first line fails)

I'm submitting to my website using cURL. I make cURL post it in timely fashion. In below code; first line is curl submit; second line is for queuing: curl -b cookies.txt \ -d title="$(sed ...
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How to send stderr to stdout with a pipe to another command?

I'm trying to capture all of the output of a build operation, and send it to myprogram. I seem to only be able to capture part of it. This is what I'm trying: make clean && make ...
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How to keep overwriting the contents of a file instead of appending to it

How do I clear the contents of a file before writing to it? For example: echo one > filename.tmp # filename.tmp now contains "one" echo two > filename.tmp # filename.tmp should now contain ...
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How to exit login screen and start commandline while at login screen

I am at the gnome 2 login screen but I want to exit and re-enter command-line environment. I remember there was a combination hot key one has to invoke.
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grep - recognize carriage return as new line [closed]

I want to search a webserver running unix for php-files containing a specific string. Usually I use these commands to accomplish this: find . -name "*.php" -print0 | xargs -0 grep -H -i "the string ...
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lsof for a specific process?

There's a bzip2 process running in the background and I have no idea where it came from. It's eating up a lot of resources. Can I do a reverse lsof to see which files are being accessed by this ...
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Is there a command-line email client and auto-download attachment to a file?

Is there a linux email client that can run on command line and can be configured to fetch and automatically save attachments to the filesystem? Im currently using Thunderbird and it has a nice ...
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Minimize need for sudo

Very often I need to use the sudo command because the command I'm running needs higher privileges. Is there some method to minimize the usage of sudo and/or a way to use it that's faster than typing ...
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How can I clear the list of recently accessed documents in Fedora?

When I click on the Clear recent documents item in the GNOME menu, it clears the list of recently used documents (as expected). How can I replicate this functionality from the command line?
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Which stream does Bash write its prompt to?

I am trying to redirect all output from bash (prompt, user input, results) to a file Example: /bin/bash > file.txt 2>&1 I thought that would work, but I'm not getting the prompt. Can ...
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Finding out what Linux I'm running [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Bash: Get Distribution Name and Version Number Is there any consistent way of determining the Linux Distribution / Release that a machine is running if you don't already ...
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Detect bad USB cable

Is it possible to detect with confidence via command line that the USB cable is damaged? I tried to connect my printer and it's not printing with this cable, I guess that the culprit is the USB cable. ...
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A more readable ps

Are there any tools that improve the readability of ps in the same spirit as ack for grep? This would be especially on OS X where ps does not even have options such as --sort user. So far the nicest ...
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syntax_highlight <source_file> | lpr

Does anyone know of a simple way to produce the PostScript corresponding to a syntax-highlighted version of a source file that can be piped directly to a PostScript printer? As the wording of the ...
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Lowercasing all directories under a directory

I want to lowercase every directories' name under a directory. With which commands can I do that?
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How to run my own program without specifying its path

Let's suppose I have compiled something and I run it like so: $ /path/to/my/executable/mycmd Hello World What do I need to do to run it like $ mycmd Hello World from everywhere in my computer? ...
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Seeking command-line example for adding images to MP3 files [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Searching for a command line tagging tool for mp3 and ogg that supports pictures Anyone have a command-line example illustrating how to properly embed an image (for ...
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sudo to remember password for list of commands?

Is there a way in Linux to make sudo command to remember the password the user entered for in the first of the lines? For example, for a list of commands that the user has to enter, the some of then ...
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mv a file without breaking a symlink to that file

Is it possible to mv a file w/out breaking a symbolic link to that file? My initial response to this is no, and I'm working out a script based solution to change the links immediately following the ...
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Change command-line “environment” to programs command

In a console, is it possible to change into a commands "environment"? To explain, I take "git" as an example. While programming and using a git repository, I change to the repos path and then do many ...
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Conditionally killing a process based on its output

I have a REPL (read-eval-print-loop) for the Clojure programming language listening on a network socket. I can send it code over the network and the code will be evaluated and the answer sent back to ...
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Program to filter lines by passing them to an external program?

I'm looking for a program to use an external program to filter the lines of a stream - pretty much a version of grep that, for each line, prints or suppresses it based on whether the specified program ...
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Use `less` to view comma-aligned data

I have a big CSV file. I would like to view my file using less or some command like it which doesn't have to read the whole file at once to show me part of it. Is there a command out there which can ...
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How to prevent my screens from dimming (going black) from the command line

In KDE, there was a system setting where you could specifically set the monitors to never go black. Now I've switched to dwm and (it might not be related) my screens dim after about 10 minutes. How ...
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When do su and sudo use different passwords?

I am able to run anything using sudo; my password is accepted. But whenever I try to do su from a shell, it fails with: su: incorrect password What can the problem be?
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Handling an option-like filename in the shell [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I delete a file whose name begins with "--"? Due to mismatched switches when I was trying to run a command, I have a log file named -w in a directory. I ...
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Is there a tool in linux that allows multi-line regex expressions?

I'm wanting to find the results of a multi-line regular expression in linux. I tried grep, but like most linux utilities it's line based. Is there something similar that allows me to search across ...
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Keyboard input not displayed on the screen?

We use the `exceed tool to connect to our UNIX servers, but sometimes the command-line behaves erratically. When I am typing some command on the command-line, nothing happens -- nothing is displayed ...
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GNU: Delayed jobs Queue

Is there a simple way for me to add a shell command to a list of jobs to have run on the system when I'm not logged in? For example: I SSH into my system, decide that I want to read an ebook later, ...
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command line tool to set time zone

In Centos 5.x there is the text mode interface of system-config-date to set the time zone. Although that utility still exists in Centos 6 the text mode is gone. Is there anything similar in Centos 6?
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How can I display file info of a man?

I know when you are in a man page it will display the file name at the bottom inside the man. How can I do the same thing manually?
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rotating buffer type file logging utility

I'am trying to debug a server that throws a lot of logs on stdout/stderr. I need to redirect only last N lines to a file. Something like a rotating buffer feature there in tcpdump's -C & -W flags. ...