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How do I append text to the beginning and end of multiple text files in Bash?

I have a directory full of text files. My goal is to append text to the beginning and end of all of them. The text that goes at the beginning and end is the same for each file. Based on code I got ...
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How to create a file even root user can't delete it

How to create a file even root user can't delete it ?
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What's the best way to count the number of files in a directory? [duplicate]

If parsing the output of ls is dangerous because it can break on some funky characters (spaces, \n, ... ), what's the best way to know the number of files in a directory? I usualy rely on find to ...
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Clone directory tree structure and copy files to the corresponding directories modified after a specific date

I have a folder with more than 30 sub directories and I want to get the list of the files which was modified after a specified date(say sep 8 which is the real case) and to be copied with the same ...
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Keep log file size fixed without logrotate

Is there any way to keep file size of log file fixed without rotating it by a new empty file and deleting (or archiving) the old file. For example, if I set log file maximum size to 1MB, after the ...
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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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Group member cannot write even with write permission

The logged in user is a member of a group that has a write permission on a folder. But when this user is trying to write something, "permission is denied". The log below summarizes the question: ...
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Delete all files in a directory whose name do not match a line in a file list

I have a directory with 1000+ files. In a text file, I have about 50 filenames, one per line. I'd like to delete all the files in the directory whose filenames don't correspond with an entry on the ...
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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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Run a command on all subfolders

If you have a series of subfolders (like from a to z) and want to run a command on each one of them (like rm *.pdf or ls *.pdf), how do you do that? The "manual" approach would be cd a, rm *.pdf, or ...
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List of Recently Modified Files

How can I Get a list of all files modified , say 3 months ago. I checked this question but I was not able to apply it to my scenario. I am trying this now , it seems to be working , but I know there ...
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Concatenate specific files into one single file

In a folder containing X files, I need to concatenate Y files (where X > Y) together into a single text file. I have the filenames (of Y files) that I need to concatenate. Can anyone please help me ...
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When did directories stop being readable as files?

I have the 1st edition of The Unix Programming Environment book. In chapter 2, the authors state that directories are readable as files, and mention some facts about the format of these files. They ...
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Group within group file permissions

I tried finding this on here, but couldn't so sorry if it's a duplicate. Say I have 2 groups and a user: group1, group2, user1 with the following structure: group1 is a member of group 2, user1 is a ...
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Why can't I have a folder and a file with the same name?

I've never had this problem before, but for some reason, I can't rename my folder to packages/. This is the structure: root - packages_old/ - packages When I try to rename the folder with ...
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How are directories implemented in Unix filesystems?

My question is how directories are implemented? I can believe a data structure like a variable e.g. table, array or similar. Since UNIX is Open Source I can look in the source what the program does ...
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Why does 'find -delete ' delete all files in a directory recursively

So the following behaviour of unix find just cost me dearly: > touch foo > touch bar > ls bar foo > find . -name '*oo' -delete > ls bar > touch baz > ls bar baz > find . ...
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granting write permissions to a group to a folder

How can I grant write permission to 1 group ? I have 2 users (alex and ben). alex is member of group alex and of group consult. ben is member of group ben and of group consult. I want to grant read ...
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List files created on Sundays

How do I list/find all the files created on Sundays or Mondays? How do I use the date parameter to display them? Something like : ls -f date + %a or find -type f | date +%A or find -type f ...
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How does the Linux file structure work?

I see the different folders bin, dev, mnt, proc, srv, sys, etc. What are the properties of all these different folders? What are there purposes? Are there files in some of them that I should not ...
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What command do I use to see the start and end block of a file in the file system?

Is there any command that will output the beginning and ending blocks of any file?
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How to delete the files in one folder which are more than 60 days old in UNIX?

I know how to delete the files which are more than 60 days old by modification time, but I want to delete files based on a timestamp in the file name. For example, I have the below files for each day ...
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How to remove only the content of directories?

I'm in a folder: /var/myfolder. Inside there are some other folders like: /var/myfolder/A/ /var/myfolder/B/ `/var/myfolder/C/ etc. Inside each there are some files with random names. How do I ...
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Number of files containing a given string

How can I count the number of files (in a directory) containing a given string as input in bash/sh?
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Find the top 50 directories containing the most files/directories in their first level?

How can I use find to generate a list of directories which contain the most numbers of files. I'd like the list to be from highest to lowest. I'd only like the listing to go 1 level deep, and I'd ...
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Find images by size: find / file / awk

I've been trying to find png image files a certain height (over 500px). I know that file will return image dimensions. Example: $ file TestImg1a.png TestImg1a.png: PNG image data, 764 x 200, ...
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Best way to swap filenames

I need to swap filenames of two files (file and file_1). I'm using the following code for it. mv file .phfile mv file_1 file mv .phfile file This works but is very buggy, It sometimes even results ...
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Local Account Creation Date

For compliance purposes there is the need to fetch information regarding local (user and non-user) accounts creation date on UNIX machines. Is there any way (even if it's not the most reliable or ...
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When was file created [duplicate]

How can i see when a file was created. I have looked at man page ls -lc is for last modification of file status ls -lu for access time ls -l not exactly indicated which time, last changed? I ...
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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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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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Determining the number of files and subdirectories in Linux

When displaying directories in linux using ls -ld, I get something like this: user@shell:~/somedirectory$ ls -ld drwxr-xr-x 2014 K-rock users 65536 20011-11-05 11:34 user@shell:~/somedirectory$ ...
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How can I monitor a file that fully recreates during its run?

This is a follow-up question of Why are some file changes not shown in tail -f? With the use of capital F: tail -F I can monitor the output of tail -F ~/.mysql_history from the manual: ...
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Can't rename a directory that I own

I have a directory with a big load of sub directories. I own all of them, and the permissions are all 777. pascal@azazel /box $ ls -al total 147872 drwxr-xr-x 293 root root 12288 aoû 22 19:44 ...
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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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How to get a list of applications associated with a file using command line

File associations usually are made in the desktop environment, but how to get a list of applications associated with a file using command line? Something like: $ getassoc foo.pdf <CR> $ ...
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Get the newest file from directory structure year/month/date/time

I store backups of databases in a directory structure year/month/day/time/backup_name an example would be basics_mini/2012/11/05/012232/RATIONAL.0.db2inst1.NODE0000.20110505004037.001 ...
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How do I output a count of all files with “tty” in the filename in the Linux directory that holds files on system devices

I am having trouble knowing how to output a count of all files with “tty” in the filename in the Linux directory that holds files on system devices.
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Where can I find a reference to the format of the comment field (field 5) of the /etc/passwd file?

In the /etc/passwd file on my system, the "comment" field, field 5, is inconsistent in its contents. I thought that I could extract it to get the full name of the user. fullname=`awk -F: '$1 == name ...
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What file system is my file on? [duplicate]

How do I figure out which file system a given file/directory is located on? (For example, I would like to know if the file/directory is a temporary file in RAM, or if it's stored on disk. And what ...
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How does one inspect the directory structure information of a unix/linux file?

In Unix file systems directories are just special files with special directory structures that hold the child filename, filename size and inode reference number. The actual file metadata beyond ...
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Updating last modified time of a file

I have created a script to read 15 pcap files from a folder and merge then into one file using mergecap command. I want the merged file to have the creation time same as the first file of the 15 files ...
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How can number of subdirectories and files be determined from ls -ld command? [closed]

How can number of subdirectories and files be determined from the output of using ls -ld command? I realize that this command only lists the directories.
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How to remove duplicate lines inside a text file?

A huge (up to 2 GiB) text file of mine contains about 100 exact duplicates of every line in it (useless in my case, as the file is a CSV-like data table). What I need is to remove all the repetitions ...
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How can I edit multiple files in VIM?

I know I can open multiple files with vim by doing something like vim 2011-12*.log, but how can I switch between files and close the files one at a time? Also, how can I tell the file name of the ...
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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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Where are Apache file access logs stored?

Does anyone know where file access logs are stored, so I can run a tail -f command in order to see who is accessing a particular file. I have XAMPP, which is an Apache server installed on my machine, ...
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How do I loop through only directories in bash?

I have a folder with some directories and some files (some are hidden, beginning with dot). for d in *; do echo $d done will loop through all files, but I want to loop only through directories. ...
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Pseudo files for temporary data

I often want to feed relatively short string data (could be several lines though) to commandline programs which accept only input from files (e.g. wdiff) in a repeated fashion. Sure I can create one ...
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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 ...