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Executing commands in an elevated bash process by writing to the standard input of its parent script process

I have a simple bash script bash.sh that starts another bash instance using pkexec. #!/bin/bash bash -c 'pkexec bash' When executed this shows a prompt for the user to enter their password. The ...
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Why did sshd delete my /dev/zero?

When I do lsof +c 0 | grep /dev/zero, I see the following two lines: sshd 19064 root DEL REG 0,4 497862 /dev/zero sshd 19064 root DEL REG 0,4 498725 /dev/zero ...
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How does file descriptor re-assigment work?

In a way this question is a extension of another question. In bash you can do pretty neat stuff with file descriptors. Like { command > /dev/null } 2>&1 | grep filter; to grep on stderr ...
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Does OpenBSD have a limit to the number of file descriptors?

What's the maximum number of file descriptors that a process can get on OpenBSD successfully? For example, there is an openfiles limit in login.conf(5) in OpenBSD. If I want to have as many file ...
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Reading from file descriptor fails

This question is about reading and writing on a file descriptor. See the following example: #!/bin/sh file='somefile' # open fd 3 rw exec 3<> "$file" # write something to fd 3 printf ...
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Process substitution with input redirection

I am trying to understand input redirection in combination with process substituation. I am using bash 3 An example with tr is the following $ tr "o" "a" <(echo "Foo") tr: extra operand ...
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How to link a log file to /dev/null and restore the space used automatically

I have a logfile which grows huge. The information that I can get from it is negligible. I want to link it to /dev/null. However, even if it is "deleted" (see below the output of lsof), it consumes ...
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Duplication of file descriptors in redirection

From https://www.gnu.org/software/bash/manual/html_node/Redirections.html Bash handles several filenames specially when they are used in redirections, as described in the following table: ...
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Mark descriptor as terminal for the -t test

One can test if a descriptor is connected to terminal with -t test. if [ ! -t 0 ]; then echo "Stdin is not from terminal" fi Having a descriptor X, pointing to a file or to a process (with ...
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Print a message from the left-hand side of a pipe

I want to use a variable from the main shell in a sub shell. I did: export mysql_root_password="test" ( echo $mysql_root_password ) | dialog --gauge "Working hard..." 6 50 There is no output. ...
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Do redirections operate on file descriptors or file handles?

From https://www.gnu.org/s/bash/manual/html_node/Redirections.html Before a command is executed, its input and output may be redirected using a special notation interpreted by the shell. ...
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What sets a child's STDERR, STDOUT, and STDIN?

If a program runs fork() what sets standard streams STDOUT, STDIN and STDERR?
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What are the dangers of setting a high limit to max File Descriptors per process?

I'm working on an old legacy application, and I commonly come across certain settings that no one around cam explain. Apparently at some point, some processes in the application were hitting the max ...
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mkfifo pipes, file descriptors and ImageMagick (convert)

I'm in trouble using named pipes (i.e. created with mkfifo) and file descriptors to redirect outputs and grab inputs to/from them within ImageMagick (convert). Basically, with the following bash code ...
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Need Explanation For Multiple Arguments And Input Redirection With Cat

Files along with their contents:- ~$cat a aaa aaa aaa ~$cat b bbb bbb bbb ~$cat c ccc ccc ccc Commands that I need explanation:- ~$cat 0< a aaa aaa aaa ~$cat 0< a b bbb bbb bbb ~$cat 0< a ...
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Why is it possible to refer to a closed stderr under bash?

I'd like to know why bash doesn't display an error message when we refer to a closed stderr. When it comes to other file descriptors, they have to be opened if we want to, for example, duplicate them. ...
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Parameretrize file descriptor number to open a tcp socket in shell script

I'm tried to parameretrize in a variable the file descriptor number to open a tcp socket using exec command but it failed. Only work correctly when file descriptor number is a constant. In the next ...
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Opening more than 10 file descriptors with ksh

The shell syntax for opening a file for writing and using its file descriptor is: exec 3>output.log With bash and zsh you also can write: exec 13>output.log Thus, later in your script you ...
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What is the relationship between a program's output, standard output, and its file descriptors?

Let's assume that I am running wget which is downloading something. It's printing some text to my terminal and writes the downloaded data into a file. From a terminology point of view, what is the ...
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Significance of arrows symbols in duplicating/closing file descriptors under bash

I'm reading a book about Linux command line where author doesn't seem to follow the conventions in bash manual regarding arrows symbols used in redirection operations. Namely, he always uses left ...
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termios settings after closing file

Are the settings altered by functions from termios.h kept after file is closed and open again? I want to use serial communication in a higher level language (Racket) which exposes only reading and ...
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How is the inherited file descritor vulnerability dealt with in Unices?

Ulrich Drepper describes a vulnerability in programs that have open file descriptors then they fork() and execve() without lots of very careful locking in place. He also talks about new kernel ...
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Some puzzles of how to close file descriptors on sh or bash [duplicate]

Question 1. What will happen if we close a input file descriptor as if it is a output file descriptor? (or vice versa). For Example, $ exec 5<&2 $ exec 5>&- In my linux box, ...
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How to print total number of file descriptors with index 24

How can I print the total number of file descriptors with index 24 for all the running processes on Linux? I tried $ ls /proc/*/fd 2> errors.txt > stdout.txt | grep "^24" stdout.txt | wc -l ...
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Any way in Bash to write to a file every X seconds without closing it?

The hardware watchdog on my system needs a 0 written to /dev/watchdog at less than 60 seconds interval or it will fire. The file handle must be kept open however or the watchdog is then disabled. ...
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stop pipe() opening stdin

I've currently got code that forks two processes. The first reads a http streaming radio and pushes the data down a pipe (opened with pipe() ) for the second process to read, decode and output to the ...
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Can a running script identify the logging context?

Let us say I redirect the STDOUT, STDERR of a program to files. ./script.sh 1> output.log 2> error.log Can the running program find this out i.e. know the paths to these files?
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Redirecting only stderr to a pipe

This code snippet is from Advanced Bash Scripting Guide. # Redirecting only stderr to a pipe. exec 3>&1 # Save current "value" of stdout. ls -l 2>&1 ...
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Strace - Filedescriptor 3

I am not sure what the filedescriptor number 3 means here? Is this descriptor some kind of pointer to the connection made to the harddrive to get the file datlog.txt? I guess so because the subroutine ...
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understanding “dpkg --status-fd n”

From man dpkg (1.16.16 (i386) on a Debian (7) based Linux Distro): --status-fd n Send machine-readable package status and progress information to file descriptor n I read this ...
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Behaviour of 1>&0 in bash

So I am trying to learn more about file descriptors and their redirections. At the moment I am exploring an edge case of doing 1>&0 and I cannot quite understand what is happening there. $ ...
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Where to place a Bash shell redirection for a command? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Order of redirections Apart from the standalone exec >&2 to redirect the current shell's input and output are there any behavioral differences in the following ...
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Forcing write(2) to return 0

I am writing unit tests and would like to test some code's handling of the case where a call to write(2) returns zero. As ever, it would be nice to keep the test as authentic as possible. I can use a ...
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closing the unwanted file descriptors

I am trying to understand how pipes work . This code snippet is from some website . So my understanding of the program goes like this : When we do pipe(fd) then fd[0]=3 and fd[0]=4 ( assuming only ...
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Two input pipes through file descriptor shuffling and /dev/fd

I want to pipe two programs into one. If my shell supports it, I can use Process substitution. For example, to list the common lines of two files in indifferent order, I can use comm -12 <(sort a) ...
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What is an open file description?

When you fork a process, the child inherits its parent's file descriptors. I understand that when this happens, the child receives a copy of the parent's file descriptor table with the pointers in ...
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Why doesnt ctrl+d work with this?

I wanted a simple way to process text in my clipboard without having to create a file. I tried using the following line: awk '{print $1}' <(cat) but I couldn't send cat the EOF character using ...
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AIX open() : file descriptor is zero (!?)

A daemon process, on detecting the presence of a text file in a particular directory then launches an executable file which opens the aforementioned text file in order to read and then transmit its ...
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open() console for default file descriptors

I'm reading a shell program implementation in C ( the xv6 shell from MIT's 6.828 Operating System Engineering course ). The main() function for this shell starts with the following code: //Assumes ...
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Max Open Files, clarification needed

On my machine, ulimit -n returns 2560 Given that -n returns The maximum number of open file descriptors. Does it mean that system won't allow more then 2560 open files to be out there at any ...
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How unmounting closes file descriptors?

Checking currently open files on my /Volumes/UNTITLED gives me 2 entries: $ sudo lsof /Volumes/UNTITLED/ COMMAND PID USER FD TYPE DEVICE SIZE/OFF NODE NAME mds 62 root 8r DIR 1,6 ...
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Process exceeding max open files limit

I am counting current open files by a process pid by :- cmd1:- ls /proc/$pid/fd/* | wc -l and then I am calculating percentage by fetching Max open Files limits. cmd2:- $ cat /proc/$pid/limits ...
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File descriptor limits in /etc/system vs /etc/sysctl.conf vs /etc/security/limits.conf on Solaris

Let me explain first what I understood. In Solaris 10, rlim_fd_max and rlim_fd_cur in /etc/system set the hard and soft limits at the system level. And /etc/security/limits.conf sets the limits for ...
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Capturing data from a Fluke 1620a via Bash /dev/tcp file descriptor

I am currently trying to develop a script that will connect to a Fluke DewK 1620a Themo-Hygrometer and pull the current temperature and humidity readings from the device. While these devices have a ...
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Is there a system call to bind a file descriptor directly into another?

A read() & write() loop would probably be as good as what I'm looking for, but nevertheless is anything like that around or is it impossible because of an obstacle I didn't envisage ? I'm curious
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Is it safe to create a regression test that relies on running out of file descriptor limit?

I'm writing a regression test for my modification of Nmap and I'm wondering if it's a good idea to create a test that would basically perform a large-scale connect() scan on 127.0.0.1/8, which would ...
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in bash script; a process stdout as filename argument fails when you open it more than one time

Consider this bash script code: #!/bin/bash function bug_part() { cat $1 > sample.first cat $1 > sample.second #second time you open file $1, it contains no data } bug_part <(echo ...
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How to check which process is using a given file descriptor?

Somewhere in the middle of my application, the framework I'm using (ROOT) gives me the following error: *** Break *** write on a pipe with no one to read it SysError in ...
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Store stdout and stderr in file, then recreate the output later

I've redirected output to a file like so: $ ./test.bash 2> >(sed 's/^/stderr: /' >> output) > >(sed 's/^/stdout: /' >> output) $ cat output stdout: Hello World! stderr: ...
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Understand file descriptors and nodejs

I'm having a bit of a confused time understanding what a file descriptor is and if I even need one! I am trying to spawn a process in nodejs and have its out put be written directly to an out put ...