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'tie' [nonexisting] files to programs

Recently, I just had an idea which turned out to be pretty useful under certain circumstances. But first some simple explanation: In Perl, you have the option to tie variables to some functions ...
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Unix command to find files read by specific user

I would like to find files accessed by specific user (even just read) within a folder tree. I thought the find command had this option, but it actually just searches for owner user. Is there any other ...
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How to implement a horizontal cat? [duplicate]

Standard cat concatenates files line by line (row by row, if you will). I find myself needing a horizontal cat command more and more often recently; i.e. a command that takes a list of files and ...
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How to display the permissions of a new file in the status line of the Vim editor?

With the following piece of code I get the permissions for an existing file: augroup Get_file_perm autocmd! autocmd BufWinEnter,FileChangedShell * let w:file_perm=getfperm(expand('%:p')) augroup ...
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Including a date in a filename

Inside a directory, there are 150 files named like ABLIMITS.TXT. How do I rename them to ABLIMITS_date.txt prompting the user for date?
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Samba set share browsable only for a group

How I can configure samba to set browsable a share for a group only. I wanna hide the share for all other users, if a set browsable to yes all the users can see the share when explore. I don't want ...
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Removing files that do not exist

I apologize for the possibly misleading title, but it is the best way I could think of to describe the problem, which is: I have several files that I can cat, but when I try to rm them I get a "No ...
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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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touch: cannot touch file: No such file or directory

I am getting the error: touch: cannot touch `/opt/tsrm/compliance/cme/log/20121207.log`: No such file or directory on the touch command: touch $LOGFILE I also checked the link: touch: cannot ...
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linux/solaris + manipulation of Standard Output

I run the following line on linux/solaris machine ( all output will write in to /tmp/Log from application.bin ) ./application.bin 1>>/tmp/Log We can see the content of the /tmp/Log file ...
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Why are the timestamps on files so old on my newly installed system?

I installed the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.6 on a client system today. If it is of any concern, it's running on the bare metal. After the installation was completed, I did ls -ltr / and it showed a ...
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How to visualize directory tree structures?

I know I can use tree to show the nested content of a directory. Alas, its output is hardly beautiful as I want to include it in a documentation. So eye-candy is a requirement. So I was wondering if ...
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Perform commands on selected items in Midnight Commander

How can I perform a command on the selected items ? for example calling vim, or gimp for the 5 text or image files selected. I tried to make use of the inlined command line at the bottom, but it ...
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Pre-defined umask under a given path [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to set default file permissions for all folders/files in a directory? Say I have default umask, umask1. I would like all files/folders that I create/modify under a ...
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vim not shown in fuser

First use Vim to edit a file, say /tmp/A. Assuming that vim process is the only one that accesses /tmp/A, then use "ctrl+z" to suspend the process, and execute fuser /tmp/A Then you see nothing ...
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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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Cannot execute binary file on Linux server [closed]

I'm currently trying to run Knime (a Java-based program) on a Linux server, and every time I try to execute the file (knime) it gives me a "cannot execute binary file" error. I've posted the relevant ...
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Wrong emblem used for PDFs created by LibreOffice

If I create a test pdf file in a directory, by using something like ls -al > testpdf.pdf the file is shown in Caja 1.4.0 with an understandable emblem that is 'acrobat-like'. If I create a ...
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Sphinx Search shutting down after `FATAL: accept() failed: Too many open files`

I'm running Sphinx Search Server V2.06 ( the latest stable release ) on an Amazon EC2 with Linux CentOS. In general it is running fine, but the searchd.log is showing this error over and over with ...
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remotely query text file associated with an instance of vi

I have opened several text files (a.txt, b.txt, c.txt, ...) in different sessions of vi launched from different instances of a bash shell. Having then accessed that machine remotely, I wish to ...
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Does a return from a shell command guarantee that output files have been written?

I'm building an OSX app and use the screencapture command to grab a screenshot and write it to disk: screencapture -mT0 ~/screenshot.png Can I, if I'm not running a UNIX commands in the background, ...
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Sort the output of find before piping to openssh

I'm using this command to recursively generate a SHA-512 hash for each file in a directory hierarchy: find . -type f -exec openssl sha512 {} \; I'd like to sort the files in lexicographical order ...
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How to make difference between .wxm (wxMaxima) and .c files in Linux Mint?

I installed wxMaxima on my laptop a few days ago. The issue is that files with the extension .wxm, that are used with wxMaxima, are identified as a C source files. Therefore, when I double click on ...
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Linux isn't sure whether a file exists or not [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Getting “Not found” message when running a 32-bit binary on a 64-bit system ts3user@...:~/ts3$ dir CHANGELOG LICENSE doc ... ts3server.pid ts3server_linux_x86 ...
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Linux Icon Naming Conventions

Is there a naming convention in Linux when it comes to application icon filenames? What I'm referring to is the practice of including the icon size in the filename if the application uses multiple ...
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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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What does - mean with association to Linux files and directories [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does “--” (double-dash) mean? What does '--' (two dashes) mean with association to Linux files and directories. I've found something else but not too sure if it is ...
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How to move files with same name and concatenate

My directory structure is given below. I need to move all the folders from Test3 to Test2 and concatenate the files with same names [jg@hpc Test2]$ tree . |-- Sample_1008 | |-- ...
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Accessing another user's files

I have a file "abc" with permissions 440 .The owner of this file is "root" and the group of this file is "groupabc" . I have a user "user1" .Is their anyway I can see the contents of files "abc" using ...
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How do you write specific bytes to a file?

Given a file myfile with the following contents: $ cat myfile foos A hexdump of the file gives us the contents: $ hexdump myfile 6f66 736f 000a Currently, I can create the file by specifying the ...
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Bit-shifting a file

I wonder if there is an utility to read and print a (binary) file, shifted by some amount of bits (i mean, it should accept amounts, which are not divisible by 8). .. something like dd (and its skip ...
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Unix Command to return all files that end with single digit and TXT extension

Which command returns all files that end with a single digit and have the TXT extension ?
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Are limits.conf values applied on a per-process basis?

I'm tuning the nofile value in /etc/security/limits.conf for my oracle user and I have a question about its behavior: does nofile limit the total number of files the user can have open for all of its ...
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How to prevent users from deleting a directory?

I tried "chattr +i DIRNAME", it's great, but I cannot create files in the DIR after chattr. What else are there to prevent users from deleting a Directory? root@HOST ~] mkdir test [root@HOST ~] ...
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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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Searching for terms in a set of files

I have two files: files_to_search.out terms_to_search.out I'd like to create a command that identifies terms in terms_to_search.out that are not used in any of the files in files_to_search.out Is ...
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How to get the distribution of file sizes?

I'd like to know the distribution of file sizes under a certain directory. Please note: distribution of file sizes, not size of a directory. That means I want to know there are 25 files of 60 bytes, ...
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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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Cent OS 6.3 Hidden files in shell

I need help, I want to be able to check whether a file is hidden or not in Cent OS 6.3. These are often referred to as (dot) files but I can clearly see Cent OS 6.3 handling these by appending a ...
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cannot 'ls' /mnt directory

I have a CentOS-6 machine that I'm working on that is running a live database. It's having a problem with the /mnt directory. I cannot ls the directory for some reason. stat is working and shows ...
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Move a file and re-target all of its symlinks [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I “relink” a lot of broken symlinks? Is there any way to move a file to a new location, and then re-target its symlinks to the new location, using a shell ...
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How to separate Awesome's `rc.lua` configuration into multiple files?

I've just moved to Awesome WM from OpenBox. I like that it's very extensible, customizable and I have huge control about window layout. I like structured and organized things and I'd like to separate ...
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Gedit won't save a file on a VirtualBox share: Text file busy

I have a text file that I can change using other applications (for example openoffice). But when I try to change and save it using gedit, I am getting error from gedit: Could not save the file ...
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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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How to add a string of numbers to multiple text files in a directory?

file.txt file2.txt file3.txt I want to add 99999 to the begining of the all the file names without changing anything else in the file name in solaris 10.
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Flattening a nested directory

This is probably very simple, but I can't figure it out. I have a directory structure like this (dir2 is inside dir1): /dir1 /dir2 | --- file1 | --- file2 What is ...
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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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How to create a folder which will change its contents’ ownership to what the folder has?

In a GNU/Linux OS there is no way to change ownership of a file until you are root. But what if I want to hide my system’s username e.g. before sending a file to someone, because some things like tar ...
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File delete versus overwrite and link at /proc/pid/fd

It is well known that UNIX systems won't actually delete a file on disk while the file is in use. So if a file is being accessed by process 1 and process 2 deletes the file using rm, process 1 ...
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Can a file that was originally sparse and expanded be made re-sparse

I know that copying or transferring what was originally a sparse file without using a utility that understands sparse files will cause the 'holes' to be filled out. Is there a method or utility to ...