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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 change double hyphen to single hyphen of file names?

I have been using the rename command to get control over my naming conventions across my system. In converting spaces in file names to hyphens, I have inadvertently created consecutive hyphens in some ...
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Delete a directory under Cryptkeeper without access to its account

I have a computer with read-write permissions for one of it is directories. I lost the password that can help me to log in to that directory. How can I delete this folder. I am using the following ...
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Constantly check if file is modified bash

I have a file called file1 I want in a script, whenever there is a change in it, do something, a beep sound actually. How do I do that ¿? Thank you in advance
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How to do grep even if the file is not present?

I am doing something like this in my code file_nm=`ls -latr *abc*` if [ `grep "search_txt" "$file_nm" | wc -l` -gt 0 ] then echo "string found" else echo "string not found" fi If the file_nm is ...
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Understanding grep and pipes in linux

I came across this post which explains my problem. Suppose there is a file called file.txt which contains "foo World". The answer posted by Tyler explains a lot however I am confused as to how cat ...
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Find files belonging to a group

Actually I want to find all the files and folders that are under the same group, for example I have this : [test] user1/sam a.txt user9/sam b.txt user4/sam I'm looking for a command ...
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Root is receiving “operation not permitted” error when trying to move a a users .bash_profile

This are the permissions on the RHEL5 machine: [root@server1 belmin]# ls -la | egrep '\.(bash_profile)?$' drwx------ 9 belmin belmin 4096 Sep 16 14:29 . drwxr-xr-x 40 root root 4096 ...
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Log new files in a directory

Is there a tool, which lets me know about the last newly created files? The still common way of using a hierarchically file system makes it hard to save files in different places, so sometimes I sort ...
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Unable to delete files as a root user using RS232 serial cross cable

I have a device(CCTV decoder) which was rebooting itself, so cant login using LAN cable. It has RS232 port only, no VGA and keybord/USB port(Embeded PC). I connected RS232 cross cable and used ...
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How to find which application is creating a particular file in a path? [duplicate]

The issue is that, one particular flat file is getting created in a directory. I'm not sure which application is creating that flat file. I am using Unix environment. Is there any possibility to ...
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How to Link File URLs?

I am currently running WordPress/Woocommerce on an Apache server. I have files for sale on the server, located outside of the public path for security. I am attempting to link the downloadable files ...
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Permissions under a 700 (rwx------) directory

If a directory /foo/bar/baz has 700 (rwx------) for its permissions, thereby making it inaccessible to all but its owner (and the superuser), does it matter what the "group" and "other" permissions ...
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How to Test if a file has characters in it?

So i have a part of this code and U want it to output "No such player" if only the names file is empty, i've tried using the test -s command but it gives an output of 0 even if the file is empty or ...
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Create file with specific formatting from directory contents

I am using Solaris and csh. In $home/test there are five files: a.txt, b.txt, c.txt, d.txt and e.txt. If I run % find $home/test/ -type f -print > ../filenames.txt that file will look like: ...
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tar specific files based on a pattern

I got a lot of files with the following format: 2014_04_01_11.txt 2014_04_01_12.txt 2014_04_01_13.txt 2013_03_25_12.txt 2013_04_29_15.txt I would like to tar all theses files into an archive 20?? _ ...
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File not displayed using vi but visible with command ls -l CD*

I can do an ls -l CD* and see the following output. CDTEST userA RW RW R I am logged in as userA. But if I do an ls -l the file does not appear. If I do vi CDTEST it tries to create a new file ...
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brasero.toc.bin is very big — why?

I have a file in my home directory: brasero.toc.bin, which ls gives as: -rw-rw-r--. 1 Harry Harry 633M 2013-09-26 15:53 brasero.toc.bin in fact it is the second largest file listed, only sdc at ...
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Something like a symbolically linked file, but with change details attached?

Is there a file type or method for using files in which certain files look and behave like symbolically linked files, but contain extra meta information for changing the data when they are read? ...
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Monitor file access count by user

I have written a script which is deployed just by putting it in a globally accessible location for all users. I want to log the usage of this script. Is there a way in Linux to find out how many ...
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Auto detect new files and upload them [closed]

I'm starting work on a new project and I need to know the feasibility of the end-result. I need a lot of things to happen automatically. Detect if a new file has been added to a folder Login to a ...
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touch and tar from a text file

Am trying to zip a certain number of files and am stuck at below point, ls -lrt /lag/cnn/*/*/*/adb.tar.gz | grep -nri ABC >> sample.txt In sample.txt i got filesNames on which i have to do ...
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How to ignore files if there is an similar file with the same size?

I want to list the files in a directory, using ls. Typically, the files in that directory have the same name (except for the extension - one has extension .rej, one has .failed) . If a pair of files ...
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Copy only regular files from one directory to another

I'd like to copy a content of directory 1 to directory 2. However, I'd like to only copy files (and not directories) from my directory 1. How can I do that ? cp dir1/* dir2/* then I still have the ...
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What the “+” and “-” buttons do in Pantheon-files (files manager in Elementary OS)?

When setting the view to "Grid" in Pantheon Files (Elementary OS), there is this option to click a "+" or "-" button on folders and files. What is that? After clicking the "+", this may be ...
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Where is the trash folder in FreeBSD / PCBSD?

I'd like to delete - undelete files using the shell in PCBSD. But... I don't know where the "trash" folder is. Can anyone tell me?
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Cheapest way to find the oldest file (recursively) from a directory under heavy load

What is the least expensive way to find the oldest file in a directory, including all directories underneath. Assume directory is backed by SAN and under heavy load. There is concern that "ls" could ...
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how to count number of differences in large streams quickly?

I want to count the number of differences (different bytes) in two large streams (devices/files). E.g. two hard disks, or one hard disk and /dev/zero. The program(s) involved must be fast, as fast ...
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How can find support large files?

I would like to find all the files of my system, which sizes are more than a couple gigabits. I thought I would use find -size, but the man page states: The size does not count indirect blocks ...
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Getting back rsync's deleted files [duplicate]

I accidentally rsync-ed to a server using the delete attribute when I shouldn't have. Is there any chance of getting the data on the server that rsync removed.. back?
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Standard I/O File Descriptors

I am new to Shell SCripting I code this $ ls -l 1> stdout.txt and I get the output as desired, 1> stdout.txt redirects the output from standard output to the file stdout.txt. I don't ...
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reading from a file and changing its pattern into an array?

I have a CSV file containging entries like this : ipaddress,VLAN,VLANid 10.192.168.1,vlan-xyz,3 10.192.168.1,vlan-abc,8 10.192.168.1,vlan-mnp,11 10.192.163.24,vlan-llz,3 10.192.163.24,vlan-bbz,5 ...
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How do I give global access to a file in a private folder?

For example, I want all the files in /home/trusktr/Downloads/ to remain hidden from other users, except for one. I tried chmod 777 /home/trusktr/Downloads/someFile.avi but someFile.avi is still ...
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Samba share file permissions - users can't open files that I create

I have set up an Ubuntu server (12.04 LTS) for samba file sharing. The problem I'm having has to do with files that I create on the server. Other users can't open them because I created them under a ...
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Is there some kind kind of hosts.additional file for Linux

If you have a list of servers all linking to each other by static addresses, is there some kind of hosts.additional you can use as some kind of file based DNS? ie The hosts file contains static ...
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Deleting the starting 10 MB from a open file

I have a log file of size nearly 100 MB which is opened by some program and logging is continuously going on in that file. I want to delete the first 10MB from that file. Is there any way to do that ...
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Open-Source Audio Playlist 'Standard'

I know there are quite a few types of audio/music playlists out in the wild. Are there any that are specifically approved as FLOSS? That is, are there are that are particularly encouraged by the ...
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Get list of Linux files recursively and direct output to file

I'm configuring software on Ubuntu for i2b2, and trying to find all of the relevant files on a CentOS image that I downloaded (path below) and am now running on Windows VMWare Player (free for ...
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Sticky bit vs setgid for facilitating shared write access

Say two people with different primary unix GIDs share and need to frequently edit the same file. The users are not members of each others' primary unix GIDs, but they are both members of a common ...
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How to trace file locks (per directory)

I'm quite new to Linux and I have not really a clue on how to do this. I've got a directory and I'd like to monitor (output to shell) when a file inside that directory get's a file lock and when it ...
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Splitting giant files into a specific number of lines

I have a CSV that is 40 000 lines long. What is the simplest tool to read from line x to line y? I am sure there are more professional ways to do it but I would just like a bash script that works in ...
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Can I restrict sudoer nopasswd to directory?

Maybe I should rephrase - what is the most secure way to accomplish my needs? Details I am using WinSCP to modify my Apache document_root. The directory /var/www/html has an owner and group of root. ...
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How to determine the only additional file in otherwise two identical listings?

I have done a listing of the device folder two times, one time without the sd-card in the slot and one time inserted, the system automatically adds one file in the device folder. $ ls /dev | wc -l ...
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Remove duplicate entries from a CSV file

I've got a [csv] file with duplicate datum reprinted ie the same data printed twice. I've tried using sort's uniq by sort myfile.csv | uniq -u however there is no change in the myfile.csv, also I've ...
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Should I put old projects in tarballs

I never really used tarballs/archived much, except for uploads (with compression). Now I've accumulated a huge list of software projects coding experiments -- basically directories with lots and lots ...
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Batch rename “case duplicates”

I have a folder on my Linux system that is cross-synchronized with other computers, some of them with Windows. The problem is that in that folder there are files that are "case duplicates", i.e. their ...
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'chmod g+s' command

Hello I want to understand the role of the chmod g+s command in Unix. I also would like to know what it does in this particular context: cd /home/canard; touch un; chgrp canard .; chmod g+s .; touch ...
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Find unique files between two directories (recursively)

I am backing up files, and I have a lot of files duplicated in multiple locations. I've used fdupes to find duplicates, but I'm actually looking for some sort of inverse of this tool. I want to see ...
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Rename files based on directory names

How can I rename .jpg files in multiple folders based on the name of the folder? I also want the .jpg files to remain in their respective folders and not moved. The folder names have no spaces. So, ...
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output log file from some time to some time via ssh

I have a access_log which size is neally 2GB. I want to analyze it from 2015:09:55 to 2015:09:57, but during this period, there have more than 500 items. So I want to output and download the ...