Escape sequences such as encodings of terminal commands and function keys

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Null and escape characters

I know that a filename in Linux has no restriction whatsoever excpet for two characters '/' and '\0'. I know that '/' is prohibited because it is a directory separator but is there any other reason ? ...
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Putting a single quote in a filename [duplicate]

We can a make a directory named $"dollars"&<>\dogs if we surround it with single quotes like the following mkdir '$"dollars"&<>\dogs' However, what if I want to include a ...
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Caret square bracket square bracket A ^[[A - What does it mean?

Apologies if this has already been asked, but I have no idea how I can find this out myself - when I search for "^[[A" in any search engine it ignores the "^[[" part altogether. Anyway, my question: ...
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How tp Print/echo arrow key in unix - bash, version 3.2.52

How do I print ↑ and ↓ in Unix? Basically I have a script written in bash and I am printing some numbers with whom I want to print arrow keys to show increase/decrease. So how do I literally print ...
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Escape sequences in output of script called from ncurses application

I'm currently running mcabber as my Jabber client (which uses ncurses) in a tmux session on my homeserver. Locally i run iTerm2 as a terminal emulator, which supports the triggering of growl ...
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change colour of `echo` for particular line in shell script in Linux?

i want to change colour of echo particular statement in Linux shell script example : echo "invalid entries" echo "valid entries" echo "valid entry" i want red color for echo "invalid ...
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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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Programmatically detect the ANSI escape code supported by terminal

I am playing around with shell scripts that use ANSI codes and found that for one reason or another different escape codes are supported depending on your terminal/OS. In some cases I get a dump of ...
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Bash - Convert escape character colored text to BBCode

I want to convert a terminal escape-character colored text file to BBCode colored text. For this i've created an Android logfile with logcat -Cd > /sdcard/logcat.txt. The -C switch adds the color ...
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Reinterpret terminal output

I have a program that executes some commands in a terminal (for example apt-get update) and stores the output. How can I reinterpret the output, so I can remove all information that is not needed ? ...
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How to print control characters with escape sequences?

I have defined the color red using tput red=$(tput setaf 1) to colorize warnings in my program. This works fine: printf '%sfail\n' "$red" # prints 'fail' in red But on one occasion I would like ...
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How to escape an input string in Bash [closed]

I'm using the jq tool to handle some JSON in bash. Just one problem, while using this line: PB_ACL="acl="`echo $IMGREQ | jq -r'.data.acl'` Result: echo $PB_ACL // acl= The expected value jq ...
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Background color whitespace when end of the terminal reached

I am working with control sequences for text formatting and have stumbled upon some unexpected behavior. I have some text to output, in the middle of this text there is some smaller text block ...
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bash: Passing several space containing filenames

In a bash script I am rasterizing a PDF page by page into single files, in the end the single resulting PNGs are merged again into a PDF like this: convert -monitor /path/to/1.png /path/to/2.png ...
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How to escape quotes in shell?

I'm having trouble with escaping characters in bash. I'd like to escape single and double quotes while running a command under a different user. For the purposes of this question let's say I want to ...
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Backquotes interpretation

I'd like to know what's the difference between these two commands: echo ` echo `date` ` echo ` echo \`date\` ` I know that \ is used to escape characters, but I cannot understand it in this ...
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/bin/sh - echo >> operator not working as expected

I'm writing a shell script that appends binary contents to a file. I tried using this command: echo -en '\x61\x62\x63..' >> /tmp/myfile but that caused the following output: -en ...
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How to escape in YAML the correct way?

On CentOS 7 I am using cloud-init to spin off a droplet using the DigitalOcean API which requires YAML formatting. I got most parts working fine, but struggle on escaping the commands running at ...
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Bell and escape character in prompt string

My prompt string is printed using this statement, printf '\033]0;%s@%s:%s\007' user host /home/user Why does it need an escape character (\033) and a bell character (007)? When i ran the same ...
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What is the problem with the output of plink?

On my Windows7 machine, I'm traversing to the installed path of PuTTy Application and running: plink <hostname> to connect to my remote Linux host. I see some unrecognized characters in the ...
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cssh intercepts F10

I am using cssh (cluster-ssh) to ssh to multiple machines simultaneously. Everything works great, except that cssh intercepts F10 key (which in cssh opens menu. This is very unfortunate, because I ...
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How do I properly escape this long su + sed command?

#!/bin/bash wineuser=tom su $wineuser -c "sed -i '$ialias ptgui "wine ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/PTGui/PTGui.exe\"' /usr/people/$wineuser/config/cshrc.csh" The acutal line inserted to tom's ...
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LS_COLORS for 256-color terminal

I thought ls colors are defined as <file_type>=[<bg(40-47)>];<font_spec(0:5)>;<font_color(30-37)> but, I recently found this where there are more colors and colors are ...
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Why does Ctrl-D (EOF) exit the shell?

Are you literally "ending a file" by inputting this escape sequence, i.e. is the interactive shell session is seen as a real file stream by the shell, like any other file stream? If so, which file? ...
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How do I store colored text in a variable and print it with color later?

If I do git status --short, git lists files that are not tracked with two red question marks in front: I'm trying to store this in a variable and print it with color later. Here's my bash script: ...
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How to escape correctly this word on vim?

I want to substitute this word ${ARRAY1[@]} with $1 on vim substitution command I did :%s:\$\{ARRAY1[\@]\}:\$1:g But give me error about number of repetition,i try also "" but doesn't work How to ...
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Is there any reason why I get ^[[A when I press up arrow at the console login screen?

Whenever I'm at the console login, I press up arrow intentionally to see the previously typed commands. But I see this ^[[A. But when I press Ctrl Alt Print Screen Scroll Lock Pause Break Page Up ...
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using ansi escape codes to change the background color in xfce4-terminal

This works to change the background color for the entire terminal with xterm: printf '\033]10;%s\a\033]11;%s\a' Blue Red It doesn't work in xfce4-terminal, tho. Is there something that will work? ...
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Escaping strings in associative arrays (bash)

I am writing a script which executes a number of programs with arguments. To simplify it as much as possible, consider the following example: programs=( "ls" "echo" ) declare -A parameters ...
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echo with backspace

I am trying to figure out why this happens in bash. Ok this is easy enough. $ echo -e 'a\txy\bc' a xc Ok this is easy enough. $ echo -e 'a\txy\b\b\b\b\b\b\b\b\bc' ac xy Ok this is easy ...
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How use '(' token when using it for searching with ag / awk?

$ ag findVersions( src/java/com/google -bash: syntax error near unexpected token `(' I tried quoting it, escaping it, both were not suitable. $ ag findVersions\( src/java/com/google ERR: ...
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Echoing Backspace Characters in the Terminal

I'm working with picocom running inside gnome-terminal. I have local echo switched on inside picocom using the -e option, and when I backspace I can see that caret moves backwards, however the ...
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sed exception handling of escaped characters

I want to delete anything that follows a % to the end of the line. Using cat /tmp/foo.txt | sed 's/%.*$//' works great with one exception: I want to ignore any escaped percent signs \%. So with ...
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How to remove the ESC characters from Notepad++

How to remove the ESC characters in black background from Notepad++ v6.7.3
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When to use bash ANSI C style escape, e.g. $'\n'

I don't use bash often but I recall in the past to pass a tab or newline on the command line I would have to escape the character using the special $ character before a single quoted string. Like ...
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Command substitutions vs backslash escapes in a quoted string

Consider a double-quoted command substitution with backslash escapes inside it, like this: echo "$(echo '\\')" It prints out \\, whereas I would have expected it to print out only one backslash. My ...
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How to configure the system in order beeing able to hear the sound of the \a escape character?

I read, that if I execute: echo -e "\a" a sound emerges, but frankly speaking, i executed this command several times and no sound happened.
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sh -c: Unterminated quoted string error [duplicate]

I've spent hours trying to understand the following error. My Script CMD="sh -c 'echo \"a\"'" $CMD Error: "a"': 1: "a"': Syntax error: Unterminated quoted string of course when I do echo $CMD ...
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How to clear terminal completely?

When we use clear command or Ctrl+L in terminal, it clears terminal but we can still scroll back to view the last used commands. Is there a way to completely clear the terminal?
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echo \\* - bash backslash escape behavior, is it evaluated backwards?

So in bash, When I do echo \* * This seems right, as * is escaped and taken literally. But I can't understand that, when I do echo \\* \* I thought the first backslash escaped the second one ...
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Apply Escape Characters in Redirected Output

I'm running a program that prints lots of escape characters (like "Esc[1A", to move the cursor up one line), and trying to redirect the output to a log file. When I run the program without ...
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How to escape a single quote? [duplicate]

This works fine: sed -i 's# @driver.find_element(:xpath, "//a\[contains(@href,##' temp_spec.rb against a source of @driver.find_element(:xpath, "//a[contains(@href,'change_district')]").click ...
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How to escape single quotes correctly creating an alias [duplicate]

I've been given this one-liner to know how much memory my processes consume. $ ps -u $USER -o pid,rss,command | \ awk '{print $0}{sum+=$2} END {print "Total", sum/1024, "MB"}' Now I'd like to ...
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Trouble in script with spaces in filename

I've got a script that scp's a file from remote host back to local. Sometimes the file names contain spaces. scp does not like spaces in its file names. For some reason my attempts at handling the ...
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Viewing man pages with scroll wheel support

I'd like to use the scroll wheel (xterm mouse escape codes) to scroll through man pages, like I can in emacs with xterm-mouse-mode. less doesn't seem to have support for that and short of recompiling ...
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Removing control chars (including console codes / colours) from script output

I can use the "script" command to record an interactive session at the command line. However, this includes all control characters and colour codes. I can remove control characters (like backspace) ...
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How to remove junk characters from the file generated by script command in linux [duplicate]

I am using script command to record everything from terminal. But when I am opening the generated file its having lots of junk character. Can anyone help me to remove these junk characters from file ...
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How to determine the current color of the console output?

I know that, if a coloured terminal is available, one can colour the output of it using escape characters. But is there a possibility to find out, which colour the output is currently being displayed ...
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Remove escape characters using sed

I have input coming from pipe which contains special escape characters. For illustration, the stream looks like this: printf "foo.bar\033[00m" > file cat file How can I remove the trailing ...
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Substituting \ for \\ in column

I exported a column of thousands of salts from Mysql for hashcat. Every instance of the character \ was replaced with a double character \\ in the exported column. Is there a way to either sed or awk ...