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I accidentally GZIPed a whole bunch of files, one by one, instead of using tar(1). How can I undo this mess?

I'm new to the gzip command, so I googled some commands to run so I can gzip an entire directory recursively. Now while it did that, it converted each of my files to the gzip format and added .gz to ...
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Create a file that's really a network port

I have a program running on a cluster, and the output of the program is written to a log file which I specify. However, instead of writing it to a file, I want to write it to a network port, so that ...
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Remove all files without a keyword in the filename

I have a list of files in the following fashion: > file1.jpg > file1_orig.jpg > file2.jpg > file2_orig.jpg I want to keep all the files with the extension _orig.jpg and discard those ...
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Replace a string in a file and overwrite the file

I wrote my script using the the directory ~/deleted (it's a long script). after using ~/deleted for the whole script. I want to let the user choose the directory by putting the path in ~/.rm.cfg. My ...
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How to install a .bin file that gives the error that it needs more space in /tmp?

Here is the error: ~]$ ./jdev_suite_121200_linux64.bin 0%....................................................................................................100% Not enough disk space in dir ...
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Store a file for all users within a group

If user A is member of group foo, is it then possible for A to share a file for all members within foo without root permissions? chown foo:foo file Is not permitted without privileges. A can say ...
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Difference between cat * and cat * >>

To merge multiple files in a dir I have tried: cat * myfile.log but this seems to just merge line and line and is thus very slow So using instead: cat * >> bigfile merges the files much ...
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Machine keeps backups of files that I have already deleted

I recently found out that my machine keeps backups of files that I have already deleted. For example, a file called a.svg that I have deleted in the past, still exists in the directory it was deleted ...
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Find files by the length of filename

I want to find all files by length of the file names. For example if I want to find files of length 1, such as a.go, b.go I put: grep '.\{1\}' file But this does not work. What command can I use ...
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/dev/null-like automatic trash directory for file moves?

I can (redirect) textual output to /dev/null in order to get rid of it. This is quite handy because this way I can easily enable/disable it in my bash code. Now I have a script that processes files, ...
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Bash script to hide/show files

I prepared a little bash script to toggle the visibility of my hidden OS X files. if (defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE); then defaults write com.apple.finder ...
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File is readable by everyone, but I can't open the file

I'm fairly new to Unix and I have written a script: SERVER="/usr/local/abc/.../somefile.txt" OPTION="$1" if [ x$OPTION = "xtitle" ] then grep $OPTION $SERVER exit fi As far as I ...
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Trigger action each time a file is modified [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can a bash script be hooked to a file? Is it possible to mount a mechanism to a file to perform an action (e.g. mark the change in some log file and such) each time the ...
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How to move all files plus hidden to folder down?

I want to move all my drupal files in www folder to html folder. I don't know how to do this in terminal and I'm not sure if all folder and files including hidden ones are drupal in the www folder, is ...
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Listing specific lines in listed files

Find all files in /tmp that are ordinary files and print the lines that end with Programming. For this problem I know how to list all files in /tmp. What I do not know how to do is whether to use ...
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permission denied when executing a binary

I used these instructions to install mongodb on my OS X machine. I did not make the files owned by root though, I used my local user (markdsievers), and installed to /usr/local/mongodb and ...
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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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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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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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How to test whether a file is a font file

I have several thousands of automatically saved web-pages, proceeding from different sources. Many of the web-pages have embedded fonts in files like *.woff, *.eot, *.ttf, and *.svg. I'd like to ...
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pass all files in directory as one argument to perl script

linux beginner here I have a directory with 50 files in it and I want to simultaneously pass them all to a perl script with just a space between names , as in... ./perl_script.pl file1 file2 file3 ...
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How do I wait for a file in the shell script?

I'm trying to write a shell script that will wait for a file to appear in the /tmp directory called sleep.txt and once it is found the program will cease, otherwise I want the program to be in a sleep ...
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Remove a specific extension from all the files in a directory

I have a couple of files with ".old" extension. How can I remove the ".old" extension without remove the file? I can do it manually but with more work: mv file1.key.old file1.key mv ...
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Delete all files by find

How to delete all files found by this command? find -type f -name "*-thumb.png"
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Creating a list of files, removing “duplicates” with different suffix

I have a problem that (I think) require a bit of script-magic - not sure what would be best though... I have one directory with lots pictures in different formats - jpg, gif, png, tiff and svg. Some ...
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Why doesn't my regex work in bash “if”? [duplicate]

Here is my code: if [ -f /Applications/xml[0-9].pl ] I also tried with -f =~ and double brackets but none seem to work. I first though that the regex might be faulty but I tried this. echo h1 | ...
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How to remove matching files from directory A in directory B in the command line?

I have some duplicate files in directories A and B, how could I delete the dupes in B using the filenames from A in bash? How to do it in other shell's is a welcome bonus.
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How to output the directory structure to Json format [duplicate]

I have been using 'find' to output the directory structure from the root down and I don’t mind that it takes a while. My problem is that I want to cut down on the redundant info of repeating every ...
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Linux split separate files on disk but see as one

Is there is a functionality in Linux that allows you to reference multiple files as one? For example: linux.txt.0, linux.txt.1, linux.txt.2, linux.txt.3 can be seen as separate files or as linux.txt ...
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dialog menu to display files and select one of them

I want to display all the files under /home directory in menu, and select only one of them. Then the script will print the full path of the selected file. I have created the following script. This ...
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merging all files into one file?

I was trying to merge all the text files in to one file. All the text files has one column and equal number of rows. My data file names are data_1.txt, data_2.txt, data_3.txt, . . . data_n.txt. ...
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Remove unneeded file lock in script

I have some script using flock executable. It works well. Problem is when this script calls another script, and it creates background process. In this situation background process inherits file locked ...
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How to calculate the size of a file list (not a directory)?

This command: $ time (\ls /path/to/lots/of/dir*/*/*/*.ext > inputs.txt ) real 1m9.064s user 1m3.265s sys 0m5.993s Gives me a huge list of file names inside the file "inputs.txt". I ...
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Display the number of bytes, words and lines in a file

I want to create a shell script df. As, I want to type in df name_of_file and then I can get the contents of the file. If the file name is in the directory, I want it to show its contents. If not, I ...
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Renaming or making filenames unique

I have written a plsql procedure using utl file to create files in the temp directory in Unix. I am sending the names of the files to a shell script to mail these files and delete after mailing from ...
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Single process accessible temporary file

I want to create a file that is only accessible to the process that created it (and potentially its children), and that disappears when the process exits, ideally never persisting the file to disk. As ...
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Is there a robust way to cache contents of usb on local hd?

I'd like to switch between working on a laptop with a debian vm and a desktop pc running debian while carrying all my work files in a usb. Is there a robust way to automatically start caching the ...
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Merge chunks from multiple files

I need to merge chunks from a few but large files. Each line contains the file name and byte offsets. # file begin end foo/a 11970 12010 foo/a 22995 23035 foo/b 45090 45130 foo/b ...
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How to know recently updated files

If I run iostat -x 1 I saw ocassionally large 5MB to 10MB writes. What files are being written? I want to check the recently created files with size over 5MB for example. How would I do so?
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How to set metadata for music files?

In windows music files have metadata like artist name, album name associated with them. How is this metadata stored. Is it stored in file system like other file attributes or is it part of MP3 data ...
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Run a command on all the files in a directory tree and put the output into a variable

I want to run this bash command : #!/bin/bash rep="*" for f in `ls -R`$rep; do d='git log '$f'| wc -l' c=$d echo $c done how to excute a command git log myFile | wc -l from bash ? ps : this ...
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TeXstudio: open file at line number n

I am creating a script to produce some .tex files with a lot of lines (a kind of automatic sample). The script finishes with texstudio /home/$USER/foo.tex where foo.tex is the file created before. ...
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Remove oldest folders + files (50GB) from a folder when share/HD reaches 95% full capacity

I have a big share (~5TB) that is getting full. Now I want to make a script that deletes data from 2 specified folders. But this need to be the oldest files/folders and it need to stop when ~50GB has ...
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Changing file associations in GNOME?

This blog post talks about how to change the default application to handle a file type in Nautilus for individual file types (right-click on the file, "open with", and select the new default ...
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Remove first instance of lines with duplicate field value

I have sha1 summed all the image files on my storage server and put the results in a text file in the form of: sha1sum filename I've sorted the file and removed all all unique sha1sum entries. So ...
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How to write a file at various offsets to a filesystem partition with dd command

Requirement I want to write a file at various offsets into the partition Partition /dev/part2 is mounted at /mypart I tried the command below: dd if=/dev/urandom of=/mypart/aaa bs=1024 seek=0 ...
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Checking for the existence of files against a list

I have a "command" text file that issues a data file download command on each line. I send the command file to bash. However, a small percentage of the downloads fail. Here is the algorithm I ...
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Check a bash variable against a file

I have a bash variable ($HTTP_COOKIE) which contains a string. I want to check if this string matches the content of a given file (token). I'm working on a busybox linux. How should I do?
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How do I test if my variable is not in a set?

I am trying to modify the bash shell script and need some assistance. I have a directory with a bunch of files. What I need is to go through the files in a loop and if the file name not in a specific ...
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Comparing a bunch of files on different folders

I have two folders with 200 txt files each, all files named like file1.txt, file2.txt, file3.txt, etc., on both folders. Is there a way to use one command to compare file1 in both folders, file2 in ...