Escape sequences such as encodings of terminal commands and function keys

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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 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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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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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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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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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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Where do I find a list of terminal key codes to remap shortcuts in bash?

For example: "\e[1;5C" "\e[Z" "\e-1\C-i" I only know bits and pieces, like \e stands for escape and C- for Ctrl, but what are these numbers (1) and letters (Z)? What are the ;, [ and - signs for? ...
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In Bash, why is PROMPT_COMMAND set to something invisible?

On RHEL6 and CentOS 6, /etc/bashrc sets PROMPT_COMMAND here: case $TERM in xterm*) if [ -e /etc/sysconfig/bash-prompt-xterm ]; then PROMPT_COMMAND=/etc/sysconfig/bash-prompt-xterm ...
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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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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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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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Where do my ANSI escape codes go when I pipe to another process? Can I keep them?

I sometime want to pipe the color-coded output fror a process, eg. grep... but when I pipe it to another process, eg. sed, the color codes are lost... Is the some way to keep thes codes intact ? ...
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Escape sequences with “echo -e” in different shells

I just noticed that it seems like the flag -e does not exist for the echo command in my shell on Linux. Is this just a messed up setting or is it "normal"? Some code as an example: #!/bin/sh echo -e ...
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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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How do I background an SSH session? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I break away from an SSH session that has crashed? I have started an SSH session on the command line, but now I want to get back to my local command line. For any ...
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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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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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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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Calling bash from sh (dash) with commands read from args, and “Unterminated quoted string”/“unexpected EOF”

Just thought I'd document this: I'm trying something very simple - set env variable in bash, and print it out: $ bash -c "a=1; echo a$a;" a $ bash -c "a=1; echo a\$a;" a1 Now I'd want this same ...
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Could someone please explain some of these escape codes?

I'm seeing this in my .bashrc file: PS1='${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\[\033[01;32m\]\u@\h\[\033[00m\]:\ [\033[01;34m\]\w\[\033[00m\]\$ ' and I have absolutely no idea what all those ...
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DEC ANSI command sequence questions; cursor movement

So I'm writing a terminal emulation (I know, I should just compile putty, etc.) and am at the stage of plodding through vttest to make sure it's right. I'm basing it on the VT102 for now but will add ...
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Why do I have to escape a “dot” twice?

I know that we can escape a special character like *(){}$ with \ so as to be considered literals. For example \* or \$ But in case of . I have to do it twice, like \\. otherwise it is considered ...
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how to escape “\”in ssh-copy-id?

I'm connected to Ubuntu server that is a member of a corporate Active Directory domain via likewise-open. The users are in the form mydomain\myuser. I can connect to it via ssh, escaping the \ with ...
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Trying to print up down arrow keys

I have this: I read down arrow key abc@abc-ubuntu:~/bashpratice$ read -n 3 key ^[[Babc@abc-ubuntu:~/bashpratice$ I am able to grep for it abc@abc-ubuntu:~/bashpratice$ echo $key | grep '\[' [B ...
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Backspace, del, arrow keys not working with interactive programs in Tilda

I currently run Openbox on a light netinstall of Debian. In Tilda, when I use a program like nslookup or winexe, some of my keys do not work properly. Backspace generates ^? Up generates ^[[A ...
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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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Modifying a set of binary files

I have several binary files with the character 0x04 in them, and I'd like to add an escape \ character before each. Is there a script I can use to do this without needing to manually edit each one?
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ANSI escapes in Pash prompt are displayed as garbage in Gnome terminal

I would like to use Pash, a PowerShell implementation for mono on my CentOS box. After compilation I started it and got $ mono Source/PashConsole/bin/Debug/Pash.exe [%?%p1%{8}%<%t37%e%p1%{16}%<...
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Shell string escape for command arguments [duplicate]

I'm trying to create "/tmp/pwet/foo bar" with this: DIR="/tmp/pwet/foo bar" ARGS="-p ${DIR}" mkdir $ARGS For integration reasons, I have to keep the ARGS building in 2 steps: ARG = some_options + $...
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Can I get my iTerm key-combos working in tmux?

I have some shortcut keys defined in iTerm, and I use them for key-mappings in Vim. For example, I map Ctrl-Enter to send a ^[O2P escape code, which I then use to define a Ctrl-Enter key-mapping in ...