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How can I get entries for a given time period from a 400MB+ log file?

I have a 400MB+ Tomcat log file (catalina.out). How can I pull out entries for a given time period?
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Writing To Disk Before Install

I burned Pinguy to a disk, and loaded the disk. If I create files, then save them, but don't install Pinguy, and then take out the disk, will those files be gone the next time I boot from the disk, or ...
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Access the last file (alphabetically) in a directory

I'm trying to open a file with vim from the command line, the file is in a directory filled with automatically generated files that are prepended with a time stamp. Since I don't know the time stamps ...
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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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find top 10 latest modified files

How do I get the last 10 files that were modified on my system. I have a system where its disk usage is maxed out I am not sure which files is increasing rapidly. I have a mysql instance stored on a ...
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Comparing files and their properties

I get information of a certain set of files in my mail every day, which looks like this: 58623208 Sep 14 20:08 blbn_blfbe_drv 57904920 Sep 14 19:54 blbn_cycmn 55814208 Sep 14 06:02 clsa_Upd 38912000 ...
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Fast incremental searching of files from shell

I like the command-t script in vim editor that is able to intelligently and incrementally search for files. Is there some similar program that is able to search from shell? It would be great if it ...
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Building a home file server using Arch Linux

I want to create a home file server using my old desktop. I plan on using Arch Linux for this as I'm familiar with it. The desktop has 2 hard drives - the old 20gb one & a new 1TB hdd. I plan on ...
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Prevent libflashplayer.so from deleting a file?

I'm trying the preview release of Flash Player "Square" for Linux and noticed that video files are now being deleted from the /tmp/ folder. Yet the files are still in use (I can see them with lsof): ...
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Information leaks out of encrypted file system

If I only encrypt the home directory, what are some common ways for information to leak out to the unencrypted part of the file system? Aside from the obvious problems like swap space files in /tmp ...
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Find files with group permissions more restrictive than owner permissions

This is an actual work-related problem. Users could previously "su - userx" and was able to execute a script with user:owner permissions as userx:groupz 760 or 540, or modify a file that's ...
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What happens when multiple processes try to mv the same files between two different filesystems

I accidentally launched 32 processes (one process per core on my virtual machine) to mv some files between two ext4 filesystems, but only some of them were successfully mv'd: for i in `seq 1 32`; do ...
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Move file/table by averaging a column

I have the following program that allows me to move a file (actually a table) if the value of the first line of the fourth column is the highest one (in comparison with 8 other files having the same ...
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How to reuse file pattern in .gitignore in bash/zsh?

Here is the content of the .gitignore cron.yaml build target webview *.pyc *.sublime-workspace .idea *.rej .coverage app/tools/temp_*.py app/tools/*/temp_*.py I am currently iteraring files in a ...
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How to make files unmodifiable and undeletable without `chattr`?

I (and my collaborators) have a directory tree containing ~160K files (most of them are automatically generated by data gathering instrumentation). These files reside in a system that gets backed up ...
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Get “recent files” in global file manager (Dolphin?)

I just switched to OpenSUSE (KDE) from my Fedora 20 KDE setup,and I find myself greatly missing a feature that was a default in Fedora: a "Recently Used" option in the file manager when saving and ...
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remove whitespace from all items in a directory and sub directory

I have a directory which contains files and sub directories, some of which have whitespace in their names. Further more each of these sub directories contains files with whitespace in their names. Is ...
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Using Btrfs to eliminate corrupted archives

I am trying to get my personal filesystem in order I want to tar everything and get it organized into proper directories I have many HDDs and a few SSDs I want to use Btrfs with it's checksum and ...
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How to guard a set of folders from being written into by a specific process?

I would like to have a way in which a set of folders do not allow write access for a particular process. For example, I would love to have a way in which YUM/RPM is not allowed to write into /usr/bin ...
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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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Seeing all regex matches in a file in Bash

I'm in bash and I have a file, I want to find all matches of a regex in it and have them printed. How do I do that? Followup: Assume I want to print only unique matches, i.e. if a match appears ...
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Is it possible to create dynamic content on file read operation?

Is it possible to generate file content based on file name? I need a lot of similar .conf files with content depending on file name only. Can I create some "dynamic" file and generate a bunch of ...
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Clustering identical files ignoring spaces & linebreaks

Consider a folder with many XML files (10K small text files). Some XML files are identical, some are different. I would like to find out what files are identical (ignoring whitespaces, tabs and ...
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Tree with directory name and filenames

I run with tree 1.7.0 tree -PF dat It gives . ├── 0deg/ ├── 105deg/ ├── 120deg/ ├── 135deg/ ├── 150deg/ ├── 15deg/ ├── 165deg/ ├── 180deg/ ├── 210deg/ ├── 240deg/ ├── 270deg/ ├── 300deg/ ├── ...
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Why does chmod succeed on a file when the user does not have write permission on parent directory?

I am trying to understand file/dir permissions in Linux. A user can list the files in a directory using cd test ls -l Even if the user issuing above commands does not have read, write or execute ...
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Does the inode change when renaming or moving a file?

in PHP the fileinode() functions returns the inode of a file. I was wondering if I can use it to determine if a file was renamed, moved or modified. I did some tests and it seems the inode stays the ...
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Set group permissions as owner permissions

I need to set the same permissions of owner to group recursively to all elements in a directory.
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Copy files that partially matches another files in another location

I have a list of jpeg files in a directory like this (below is just a sample, like the structure is the same but this there are many fo0# sub-folders, not only fo01 and fo01, where each of these ...
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Set default permissions by file type (at least in Vim) [duplicate]

When I create a new script, I always have to manually add executable permissions with chmod +x foo.sh. My default permissions are set to 644, and but I'd like any file with extensions like .sh .py to ...
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Find command associated with configuration file

Let's say I didn't know what ~/.bashrc is for. Is there a command that would tell me what the file is/does? Other than googling for an answer. The man pages have a files section, maybe there is a way ...
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Deleting files older than a month [duplicate]

Need to delete all sub-directories which are a month old. But last day of the month data should be ignored for previous three months. The data representation is as follows: bkp_01102014 ...
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How to let a user create a directory although not create a sub directory

I'm trying to create a Bash shell script that allows for the transfer of files from a flash device to a archive in which the user will specify. Although I'd like to restrict this user from not being ...
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How to make system file partitions larger without reinstalling

I'm a complete beginner with any Linux distro and I recently picked up SteamOS. SteamOS I believe is Debian based. I wiped the laptop and got it installed nicely. When I started moving my music over ...
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How does ACL calculate the effective permissions on a file?

I ran the following command to give the wheel group rwx permissions on new files and subdirectories created: [belmin@server1]$ ls -la total 24 drwxr-sr-x+ 2 guards guards 4096 Aug 27 15:30 . ...
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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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move the search content to different directory

I am on Oracle Solaris. I am using: grep "searchstring" filename.* above command returns my search result. Now I want to move the all the files in above search result (all the files not the ...
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Set file creation date to its modification date on OSX

I need to batch edit file creation date (some stupid audio recorder set the file creation date to UNIX epoch and the correct recording date in the modification date) to set it to the files ...
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inotifywait different action on file or dir

I'm trying to make a inotifywait script take different actions for files vs folders if it sees a close_write flag being raised in the watched directory, but cannot seem to get the checks working. In ...
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How to edit /etc/inittab?

I want to edit /etc/inittab in order to get a login prompt on the serial console once the system boots. By default, inittab file complains to be ro. I tried both gksudo gedit /etc/inittab and sudo vi ...
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Download Only a Part of a File

I am trying to find if it is possible to download a part of a file (any file) via axel or aria2 or any other tools available. For example there is a movie file (because doing this kind of thing ...
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Filesystem content inspection GUI (like gconf-/dconf-editor)?

Within, for instance, /sys/kernel/debug/tracing, the kernel makes many settings available as files, whose contents should be read in order to see what that setting is. Of course, typing cat ...
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How to FILTER the files with filename and then DELETE the OLDEST file from there? [duplicate]

I create and keep the following automated backup files e.g.: fruits_29-12-2013.gz fruits_30-12-2013.gz fruits_31-12-2013.gz sweets_01-12-2013.gz sweets_02-12-2013.gz sweets_03-12-2013.gz .. ...
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Error: permission denied on key 'fs.file-nr'

# sysctl -w fs.file-nr=131072 error: permission denied on key 'fs.file-nr' Same issue when I edit /etc/sysctl.conf and try sysctl -p. Any reason why I cannot edit this value? I am on CentOS 6.5
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Write In A File at Specific Location

I am trying to create a script that will add a user to the UserDir enabled list or will remove it from UserDir disabled list in userdir.conf. For the sake of my question, let's say I have the ...
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Replicate a directory and file names n times

I have folder which has some data (files) in that with the name 201311261418 And a file 201311261418.eob In my scenario I need to replicate this folder and file names n times with the appended ...
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Why does copying from a script screw with my files?

I am at a loss here, trying to find out the reason why a shell script that is basically copying a couple of files and directories from one place to another will result in the content of two of the ...
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Zabbix-agent: cannot stat 'filename.log': [13] Permission denied

I have installed Zabbix-server and zabbix-agent and trying to add trigger to check log file. But in /var/log/zabbix/zabbix_agentd.log I got the same error every time: 10832:20131008:125634.180 ...
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What file type categories do colors in the terminal represent in various distros (by default)?

I'm discovering new file type categories (if one can call different colors in the terminal in such a manner) almost on a daily basis. Still, I haven't found an exhaustive list of all recognized file ...
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Symbolic link of for my user, doesn't work for root

I am experimenting with the following scheme in order to share common data among different distributions. In Fedora I have created a symbolic link /home pointing to: ...
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Why do I get one more number of bytes reported in a file?

Why do I get one byte more reported? I do not have a newline at the end. I tested other files with similar result. Using linux 3.2. $ cat testfile.txt aabbcd $ wc -c testfile.txt 7 testfile.txt ...