Escape sequences such as encodings of terminal commands and function keys

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How to use ESC sequences to make terminal region scrollable

I have a stm32f1 controlled device that uses USART/USB port to implement a user control interface. Using a standard terminal software (putty/minicom) a user has an ability to enter simple command in ...
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Hide and unhide cursor with tput

tput civis successfully hides the cursor. tput cvvis should unhide it, but it doesn't. Any idea what the problem might be?
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How to process a file containing quotes?

I know a fair bit about escape characters in BASH. I know that \ will escape the next character, " " will escape all characters except for $ and ", and finally ' ' will escape all characters except ...
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Portable color codes with printf? [duplicate]

There is a color codes script on GitHub suitable for sourcing, which I am modifying for my own purposes. Background I have an odd mix of environments to work in, from a Mac OS terminal, to various ...
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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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Understanding what is happening when I dump a terminal character sequence with Ctrl-v?

If I want to bind a key-mapping to a function or widget in zsh I have learnt that I first have to hit Ctrl+v - at a prompt, then enter the key sequence I want to use, then use the output in my ...
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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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In the SGR number 38 and 48, where do the 2 and 5 numbers come from?

In multi-color-compatible terminals, one can set a color from a 256-color palette by using ESC[38;5;Nm, and any RGB color using ESC[38;2;R;G;Bm. I've been wondering though, where do the "2" and "5" ...
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Question about behavior of control key shortcuts

I am confused about how Ctrl-key combinations work in terminal. In bash man page, there are various combinations such as: C-e - go to end of the line C-f - go one character forward etc. But then ...
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escaped strings inside variable returned in single quotes

I have a number of mp3 files without correct file names. What I wish to do is to create a script that will read the artist and title from mp3 tag and rename the file according to the tag. The script ...
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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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posting data using cURL in a script

I'm trying to write a simple alternative script for uploading files to the transfer.sh service. One of the examples on the website mentions a way of uploading multiple files in a single "session": $ ...
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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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How to use less in a script without getting ESC escape characters?

When I use less at the command line the output is like but when I use less from within a bash script I get: How can I use less in a bash script and not get all the escape characters and have it ...
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Escape strings to be posted via curl

I am trying to make a script that takes some atom feeds and posts them to slack through the Slack API via curl. What I have now works for simple texts, but some of them have double quotes or & ...
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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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Problem with understanding keys bindings

I have a settings and a zsh session ~ bindkey | grep help "^[H" run-help "^[h" run-help Why when i press "Control + [ + h" word under cursor removes and nothing happens, but if i press "Alt + ...
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export HTTP_PROXY and special characters in passwd

Suppose for the sake of argument my password below is abc123@ I need to authenticate my linux machine through a corporate proxy to get patches and updates... normally I'd use this: export ...
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How do I use grep while keeping the original text color? [duplicate]

For example, I have a output: Hello, this is the output. (let's say that for example hello is colored red, and the is colored green, and output is colored purple). Now, let's say that this is the ...
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Is there any objective benefit to escape sequences over tput?

In people's '.*rc' files I see online or in various code, I tend to see a lot of people who manually use ANSI escape sequences instead of using tput. I had the understanding that tput is more ...
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How to remove a single quote from a file name? [duplicate]

I have some podcasts on my radio server which contain a timestamp when they should be played. I noticed one of them is put into single quotes 'filename.mp3', and I'm unable to remove them. Check this: ...
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How can a bash script detect support for window titling escape characters?

I have a debug trap that runs every time I enter a command in bash that sets the window title to indicate what command is running. I'm leaving out all the configuration details and boil it down to: ...
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What does it mean when characters appear on the prompt after an operation?

Compare the following two commands: mysqldump database_name --hex-blob -uuser_name -p | tee database_name_tee.sql mysqldump database_name --hex-blob -uuser_name -p > database_name_out.sql If I ...
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double quote single quote combination BCP on Linux

Can someone show me the correct way to structure this command? FYI - I think this boils down to an escape issue. There are several posts close but I have yet to find a solution which will run as a ...
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Graphical console applications in Emacs

I am having trouble running htop within an ansi-term in Emacs 24.2. It looks like some of the control characters are not interpreted correctly. I thought ansi-term was capable of handling font ...
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blink code(escape code) has been removed?

According to Bash tips: Colors and formatting (ANSI/VT100 Control sequences) I attemped to active blink code in my program, But may be blink code has been eliminated. Is it true? If is not true, ...
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What do \t and \a mean in a shell script?

What do \t and \a perform or do in a script? For example, I am writing a script and it goes like this \t it displays a simple script \a
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Is it possible to use ANSI color escape codes in Bash here-documents?

I'm printing a message in a Bash script, and I want to colourise a portion of it; for example, #!/bin/bash normal='\e[0m' yellow='\e[33m' cat <<- EOF ${yellow}Warning:${normal} This script ...
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Bash converting path names for sed so they escape

I'm having a problem with a script. It is meant to change a value in a file called %DIR% so that it becomes a path name. The problem is the slashes in the directory name upset sed, so I get weird ...
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awk FS with back slashes

I use the command find . -maxdepth 1 -not -type d which generates output like ./filename.1.out I pipe the find command output to awk. The goal is to split on either the literal ./ or .. I have it ...
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What's the maximum length for a multibyte escape sequence?

ESC sends \x1b. That's 1 byte: the actual escape character. Page Up sends \x1b[H. That's 3 bytes. F2 sends \x1b[OQ. That's 4 bytes. F5 sends \x1b[15~. That's 5 bytes. What's the maximum length for ...
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What is the gnome-terminal ANSI escape sequence for “CTRL + arrow/s”?

I am trying to configure my bash ~/.inputrc to these settings (Note: ←, → mean the left and right arrow keys) Ctrl + ← - should jump back a word Ctrl + → - should jump forward a word Currently I ...
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Double quotes issue in bash script

I have a shell script I am trying to get working. I need the output to be a certain way and I know I'm just not escaping the characters correctly. script: #!/bin/bash set -x DATE=$(date ...
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is there a pastebin service that supports terminal escape sequences?

Is there a pastebin service that supports colors? I understand some of them have syntax hilighting, but I'd like to do arbitrary coloring, preferably using the terminal escape sequences. Example, i'd ...
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Is it possible to do a here-document in one line or echo verbatim?

I often find myself testing out a command (e.g. cat file | awk 'stuff') in the shell and when I'm satisfied with the way it works, I append the command to a script file. Let's say this is the command ...
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Maximizing tmux session shows weird ANSI Sequences

I have a tmux session inside Putty. It was fine for past many months, but now I see a strange thing. When I maximize a normal Putty window, and if cursor is not on a new line, then I get some weird ...
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sed to match pattern between matching curly braces

From a pattern such as [string 1]{string 2} I want to extract string 2, the string between the last pair of matching curly braces -- that is delete [string 1] and the open { and close }. My ...
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How to interpret ' character in a string passed through SSH

New to BASH and Linux and need some quick help. I have written a quick bash script that asks the user for a username and password from the command line and passes that info to a remote server later ...
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Issue with column command and color escape codes

I'm colorizing the header of a table formatted with column -ts $'\t' Works well without color codes, but when I add color codes to the first line column doesn't properly align the output. Without ...
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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 ...
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Shell-independent escaping for strings in scripts

I just struggled (again) over this: # only in bash NORM=$'\033[0m' NORM=$'\e[0m' # only in dash NORM='\033[0m' # only in bash and busybox NORM=$(echo -en '\033[0m') The goal is to include special ...
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How to prevent random console output from breaking the terminal?

There are many questions on SE that show how to recover from terminal broken by cat /dev/urandom. For those that are unfamiliar with this issue - here what it is about: You execute cat /dev/urandom ...
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Escape characters from echo -e

I have the following in my .bashrc file I use for a log: function log(){ RED="\e[0;31m" RESET="\e[0m" echo -e "${RED}$(date)" "${RESET}$*" >> "$HOME"/mylog.txt } But when I do ...
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How can I create a file with multiple lines from the command-line? [duplicate]

How can I enter the following contents in a file: Hi abcd I tried using echo "Hi\nabcd" >> ab.txt, but in the file it's written as is (the \n is included, instead of a newline)
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bash - Function to escape character?

I am trying to automate some of my stuff and facing a issue, the problem boils down to escaping the value that is being passed as a argument to the script. myScript.sh #!/bin/bash loadPatch -name ...
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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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Escape special chars in csh alias

I want to create an alias for the following thing: diff -r <dir1> <dir2>| grep diff | grep -v "Files " | grep -v "\.git" \ | awk '{print "tkdiff " $3 " " $4}' I am getting lost with ...
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How to escape metacharacters for egrep like metaquote from Perl?

Perl has a function called metaquote() to escape all special characters for a regular expression. Is there an equivalent technique for egrep? Example: If I am searching for the string abc.def.ghi, I ...
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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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Why does “shift-tab” result in “Escape” in the terminal?

I just noticed this by accident. I use the vi readline mode (run set -o vi in bash) so it is particularly noticeable; in emacs readline mode I don't think Esc does anything, but in vi mode it exits ...