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is it possible to search for files that have a special Linux file attribute?

is it possible to search file in the linux OS that have particular file attribute as this: ---S--l--- ---S--l--- 1 root root 0 Mar 1004:25/opt/csTuner/iba/wys/tuer_lolk What is S in ...
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Why can't another user access my file when it's a full path?

I have a program that runs a command that is something like this: /home/myuser/bin>> /usr/bin/sudo -u otheruser script.py /home/otheruser/file.txt This works, but now I need this to work when ...
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One-liner to sort and uniq two outputs

I'm currently doing this to sort and uniq the output of two different commands: tshark -r sample.pcap -T fields -e eth.src -e ip.src > hello tshark -r sample.pcap -T fields -e eth.dst -e ip.dst ...
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How are file types known if not from file suffix?

I would like to know how file types are known if filenames don't have suffixes. For example, a file named myfile could be binary or text to start with, how does the system know if the file is binary ...
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Function dup2(int oldfd, int newfd) fails in for() loop [migrated]

I tried this for fun to see if it works but eventually it does not. i = open("something", O_RDWR); for(i ; i<10 ; i++); { if(dup2(i, i+1 ) == -1 ) { ...
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How do you deliberately trigger a “text file busy” error?

Very occasionally I encounter "text file busy" error while using my Linux 4.0.4 computer. I read that when the error happens, kernel is preventing modification to a file that is being "used". So I ...
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get original creation date of html file

Can I find the creation/last modified date of an html file? For example, I would like to know when some index.html file from some website was created, not when I downloaded it.
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How to create a bash script that sees all files in a directory and tells me their size and date of creation?

I'm a beginner in the field of programing/coding. I'm trying to write a simple bash script that will see all files in a directory, and then tell me each file's size and each of their dates of ...
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Is posix_fadvice / POSIX_FADV_DONTNEED functional in Linux?

If I am doing once only scanning across big files then do I need to worry about impact on the page cache or does the OS take care to avoid my scan causing pointless churn in the page cache. I want to ...
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Archlinux: Gnome 3.16 - ls & nautilus incorrect sorting

Recently switched from Xfce 4.12 DE to Gnome 3.16 and I have a problem with dirs & files sorting in terminal and nautilus. Test directories (how it should be): [ Pqr ] Abc Klm My current order ...
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Permission denied writing to mysql log

I am just testing out a new Ubuntu (Vivid 15.04) install on Vagrant, and getting problems with mysql and logging to a custom location. In /var/log/syslog I get /usr/bin/mysqld_safe: cannot create ...
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Create 2 similar-name files with content from 2-line output of a command

I perform cmd and it outputs 2 lines of text: $ cmd foo bar I need to write these to: `/long/path/x.{load,conf} Writing to this destination requires superuser privilege, which rules out manually ...
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How to see if a file has CAP_NET_ADMIN?

I ran the following command: sudo setcap cap_net_raw,cap_net_admin,cap_net_bind_service+eip `which nmap` Now I'd like to add to my ~/.zshrc a line that detects such settings and exports ...
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What do you call the supervisord and php-fpm et. al. config format?

Both php-fpm and supervisord use a config format that looks like this: [category] settings = value some_other_setting = value Is there a name for this format?
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Move file and preserve owner and mode in one atomic operation

Is there a way to move a file and preserve original owner(group) and file mode in one atomic operation? So there will not be change for others to access moved file in time when is not already set ...
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Setfattr always returns operation not supported

I'm trying to get a script working however I'm having issues with a particular line trying to set file attributes with setfattr. The line in question is ret=os.system('setfattr -n "user.dummy" -v ...
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How to tell gzip to keep original file?

I would like to compress a text file using gzip command line tool while keeping the original file. By default running the following command gzip file.txt results in modifying this file and renaming ...
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Find largest files from each date in a directory

I have a directory similar to the following: -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 223K Apr 28 14:25 2015.04.28_14.25 -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 253K Apr 28 14:55 2015.04.28_14.55 -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 276K Apr 28 ...
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How to see if the directory exists?

How can I check if /bin/x86_64/bin/ls is a directory in a bash shell script Here is what I tried: #!/bin/bash if [ $# -eq 2 ]; then if [[ "$1" = /* ]] then cd ./bin/x86_64/bin/ls ...
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undelete a just deleted file on ext4 with extundelete

Is there a simple option on extundelete how I can try to undelete a file called /var/tmp/test.iso that I just deleded? (it is not so important that I would start to remount the drive read-only or ...
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How to scp all files of a certain owner?

I want to scp all files of certain owners. For example, if this is my ls -la output: -rw-rw-r-- 1 owner1 ad 704 Jun 1 18:16 file1 -rw-rw-r-- 1 owner2 ad 798 May 29 11:15 file2 -rw-rw-r-- 1 ...
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How to find out whether two directories point to the same location

Do the following paths point to the same disk location? /home/username /app/home/username
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How to monitor the opening and closing of files?

I'm writing an AI personal assistant. One part of the software is a monitor daemon. A small process that monitor's user's active windows. I'm using python( with libwnck and psutils for obtaining info ...
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Remove files newer than X day and hour

I want to remove files, more specifically, symbolic links of /usr/include that are newer than 2 JUN 22:27 How can I do this?
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change file size format when using stat

The formatting character %s makes stat print the filesize in bytes # stat -c'%A %h %U %G %s %n' /bin/foo -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 45112 /bin/foo ls can be configured to print the byte size number ...
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How to circumvent “Too many open files” in debian

If I want to see all relevant log files of my apache2 server at once, I use tail -f /var/kunden/logs/*log /var/kunden/logs/*log /var/log/apache2/*log |grep -v robots|grep -v favicon But since those ...
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How can I get the size of stdin?

I'm about to compress a large directory and I want to know how large, exactly, the resulting file will be. I've tried using du: $ tar -cv dir | du -h - du: cannot access '-': No such file or ...
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Selecting a random sample from a directory tree

I've got a directory that contains directories that contain directories that contain files. I'd like to select two files at random from each leaf directory. I found this question about selecting ...
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Batch Extract & Repack .RAR Files

I'm dealing with a large amount of password protected .rar files which need to be repacked to remove the password. (The password is known.) I was wondering if there was a script to batch/recursively ...
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How to list all files in the size order

I would like to list all files in the order of big to small in size and the files could be present anywhere in a certain folder.
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Can files be created with permissions set on the command line?

When creating directories, mkdir -m <mode> <dir> provides for creating one or more directories with the given mode/permissions set (atomically). Is there an equivalent for creating files, ...
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Script to move one filetype and create a subfolder, if it exists?

I'm trying to find a script that would basically look recusively at a directory, and if the script finds file that are .flac files, it will create a subfolder called FLAC in that same folder, and move ...
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Use USB to synchronize large directory between two disconnected servers

I'd like to synchronize a large directory between two disconnected servers with a USB device that's too small to hold the entire directory. Each server has a majority of the data and the changed files ...
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Copying a Parent Directory into a Subdirectory Without an Infinite Loop

For application specific reasons, I need to copy an entire parent directory into a subdirectory. E.g., cp -r ../ tmp/ The problem with this is that it gets stuck in an infinite loop, recursively ...
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Clone ownership and permissions from another file?

Is there a command or flag to clone the user/group ownership and permissions on a file from another file? To make the perms and ownership exactly "like" that of another file?
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Is there any considerations I should take when running untrusted apps as non-root user?

I have to use an application I don't trust (unstable) and I will run it as a non-privileged user so if something bad happens the damage would be limited to the home folder of that user. I removed ...
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NFS permission problem with secondary groups

I have a server running Debian 7 that exports an NFSv3 share, and a client running Centos 5 that accesses it. This works fine, except for one issue with permissions based on non-primary groups. When ...
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Get all filenames in a directory created before input date

I have a directory containing lots of files. The output of ls command is -rw-r--r-- 1 nobody nogroup 427494 May 26 13:59 14_20150526065238928590_102.txt -rw-r--r-- 1 nobody nogroup 2113592 May ...
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Copying latest file from remote server

There is a collection of .doc files, in addition to other types of files, on a remote server (which supports SCP). I am trying to write a script to retrieve the latest (most recently modified) .doc ...
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move file by list in file

I have a file that contains file names. For example: /tmp/list.txt (it is with the spaces at the start of each line): /tmp/file.log /app/nir/home.txt /etc/config.cust I want, using one ...
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How to delete a directory automatically when an executable is killed

Quite often, we run an executable that needs to write / read some temporary files. We usually create a temporary directory, run the executable there, and delete the directory when the script is done. ...
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Is there a way of listing all the instances when a particular file was modified/edited?

I currently have a file abc.txt. I am curious to know if it is possible to see all the instances when this file was edited, from the date it was created? Q: How can I make it possible [if I would ...
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Execution bit not being set [duplicate]

I have just set up an EC2 instance to play around with and am testing file permissions; however, I notice that the execution bit is not being passed down to the lower level (read and write are, just ...
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Linux file access monitoring

Is there any way in unix to find out who accessed certain file in last 1 week? It may be user or some script ftp it to some other place. Can I get a list of user name who accessed certain file? How ...
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Execute scripts without decrypting them

I have a set of scripts (bash, ruby, python) and want to put everything into a container like file so I can deploy this container on a lot of servers. This scripts need to protect from accessing other ...
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Empty the contents of a file

I am aware of three methods to delete all entries from a file. They are >filename touch filename filename < /dev/null Of these three I abuse >filename the most as that requires the ...
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Find largest files of a particular owner

I accidentally chown'd my entire file system to a particular user, after correcting the issue I've found disk space still being consumed by that particular user's files even though their account ...
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Reading lines from a file with bash: for vs. while

I'm trying to read a text file and do something with each line, using a bash script. So, I have a list that looks like this: server1 server2 server3 server4 I thought I could loop over this using ...
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grep command not working in conditional statement

I've a bash script that's supposed to go over all the filenames and print them only those that contain a certain letter (let's say it's 'o'). What I've done: command=`ls -l` for file in $command do ...
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How to change suffix of the files

In a directory structure which has multiple subfolders and files in it. Some of the file names have the suffix _create (e.g. java1_create) and some of them with _bak (java2_bak). I need to rename ...