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How do I “cat and follow” a file?

A file is being sequentially downloaded by wget. If I start unpacking it with cat myfile.tar.bz2 | tar -xj, it may unpack correctly or fail with "Unexpected EOF", depending on what is faster. How to ...
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remove special character from files in directory

I need to remove special characters from all .htm files in a directory. Ideally I need to keep the file name but if I have to I can copy each file to 1 or something like that. Here is the command I ...
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Create directory using filenames and move the files to its repective folder

I have a folder with around 150 text files. I would like to create folders in the name of the 150 files. After that I would like the text file to be moved to its respective folder. Example names of ...
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ls does not show a hidden file (OS X)

I am using lsof to view the list of open files. One such file that it displays open is : Google 3864 malaykeshav 46u REG 1,1 470455334 32578671 ...
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How can I trick a process into thinking a file doesn't exist?

I have a program that stores its settings in ~/.config/myprogram that I use both interactively and with a batch queuing system. When running interactively, I want this program to use my configuration ...
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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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Can't create a+r file

Using Debian I am unable to create files that by default has read permission for all users. For example: # umask 0002 # touch test # ls -l test -rw-rw----+ 1 user user 0 Jun 25 18:18 test Is there ...
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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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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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Monitoring filesystem activity

Say, I have a program, and I want to monitor its filesystem activity (what files/directories are created/modified/deleted etc.) This program may be capable of spawning further processes, and thus, I ...
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Comparing files in unix columnwise

I want to compare two files with same number of rows and columns with records in same order. Just want to highlight the differences in the column values if any. file A: 1,kolkata,19,ab ...
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Redirecting Output of print to multiples files in awk

I want to print same lines to 2 different files. What I am doing right now is: print ID[i]" "Value[i]" "TS1[i]" "TS2[i] > "file1.txt"; print ID[i]" "Value[i]" "TS1[i]" "TS2[i] > "file2.txt"; ...
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“no such file or directory” message when deleting a file that exists on NTFS

I have a directory with images. Suddenly I found out that there's a new image with a new name. The image content is similar to another image in another directory but with a different name. I didn't ...
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How is it possible to do a live update while a program is running?

I wonder how killer applications such as Thunderbird or Firefox can be updated via the system's package manager while they are still running. What happens with the old code while they are being ...
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Compose and pipe a gzipped tar archive in one go

I'm trying to come up with an effective way to create a gzipped archive of various system partitions on Android, piping everything out to stdout so as to be able to encrypt it as it comes across via ...
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File ID that doesn't change upon rename

I am trying to write a system utility script that will run as a cron job and capture file system statistics and environment settings in order to track as many changes as possible. Consider the ...
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Minimum file permissions to delete a file [duplicate]

To delete a file in Linux: What minimal permissions do we need to set on it? What minimal permissions do we need to set on its parent directory?
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User permissions problem Linux

Every time I create a new file from "eclipse", I need to run these two lines of code to get the r/w permission: chmod -R 775 /var/www/folder/filename.extension And/Or sudo chown -R ...
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How do I cat a command file?

I have the output of the crontab -l stored in a file (crontab_file) with no extension. But whenever I try to cat it, I get errors saying command not found for multiple line of the file. Here is the ...
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Find files in directory with paired names

I'm running tests of a variable-size-and-contents test set. Data files are added and removed frequently. I'm looking for an automated way of gathering a file list. All files are in subdirectories of ...
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zsh's “echo SomeText >> **/filename” in other shells

I need to fill all files with a specific filename (recursively) with a text. In zsh this can be done with echo SomeText > **/TheFileName I search generic solutions for sh-compatible and/or tcsh ...
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Looping the listing files in UNIX

I've given the command: ls -lrt and the listed files and directories are: drwxr-xr-x 4 root root 4096 Feb 2 2014 abc drwxr-xr-x 4 root root 4096 Feb 2 2014 cde drwxr-xr-x 4 root ...
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Get the latest directory (not the latest file)

My folder parent has the following content: A.Folder B.Folder C.File It has both folders and files inside. B.Folder is newer. Now I just want to get B.Folder, how could I achieve this? I tried ...
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Protecting data against bit rot

I have realized that I need to protect all of my photographs against bit rot (file corruption occurring at random due to errors in hard drives or network transfer). I recently discovered par2 which ...
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How to use the sed command to only show the first column and last column in a text file

I need some help to figure out how to use the sed command to only show the first column and last column in a text file. Here is what I have so far for column 1: cat logfile | sed 's/\|/ /'|awk ...
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Mount a file collection in a linux environment

I am presently working as a summer intern. My first objective is, given a collection of files, recover and identify the file types present in it. To download sample pseudo-forensics data I have been ...
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Cron job to delete files older than 3 days

I need to remove files older than 3 days with a cron job in 3 different directories. (these 3 directories are children of a parent directory /a/b/c/1 & /a/b/c/2 & /a/b/c/3) Can this be done ...
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Copying the newest files

We have a script running which picks up the report generated monthly on remote servers. I was trying to find a way to pick up the latest file from the remote servers only. Will find work in script ...
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updatedb for a beginner

The updatedb command, as I understand it, is basically the utility that keeps the mlocate.db database file updated. And it's a good idea to keep it updated regularly. For that matter, I've kept a ...
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How is file owner and group remembered for an external drive?

I formatted an external hard drive with an ext4 partition and subsequently mounted it. So that I could use the new partition, I did: sudo chown me:me /mount/directory to change the file owner and ...
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Moving an open file to a different device

I have an application running that is generating a large (~200GB) output file, and takes about 35 hours to run (currently I'm about 12 hours in). The application just opens the file once then keeps it ...
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Bash: Zipping/grouping files by common substring

I have about 100 files. They are named like this. 3000_ABCD_XXXXXXX.csv 3000_ABCD_YYYYYYY.csv 3000_ABCD_XYXYZYZ.csv 3000_EFGH_XXXXXXX.csv 3000_EFGH_YYYYYYY.csv 3000_EFGH_XYXYZYZ.csv ...
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Error when calling mv with wildcards

#! /bin/bash error_text=$(tail -n +1 /path/dir/folder/exc/a/update/Abd/ER/* | \ grep 'Warning\|Loaded\|Event') echo $error_text nc 10.10.99.45 25 << EOF ehlo mail.abc.pvt mail from: ...
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setfacl remove all write access

I want to remove all write access to files & directories for any user or group while preserving other permissions. Is this possible?
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How to check whether file1 is a prefix of file2?

I have two files with sizes 124665 and 124858 in bytes and want to check whether file1 is a prefix of file2 or not.
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Is there a command line method by which I can check whether a downloaded file is complete or broken?

I'm writing a script that involves downloading and manipulating a file, and I want to ensure that the file is not incomplete (due to e.g. a dropped connection) before I work on it.
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console (driver) not opening using any of the editor

In my initramfs, I have; [root@xilinx Peta_Microzed_15_05]# ls initramfs/dev/ console [root@xilinx Peta_Microzed_15_05]# nano initramfs/dev/console [root@xilinx Peta_Microzed_15_05]# The above ...
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Sort files into directories named by prefix of file

I have a bunch of files like this 5830_1.png 5830_2.png 5830_3.png 5831_1.png 5832_1.png 5832_2.png I'd like to sort these files all into directories that take the prefix of the file name as the ...
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What is the Linux command to display how many file names in the directory end in two digits

What is the Linux command to display how many file names in the directory end in two digits? Using ls with a command like this : ls -l | wc –l *[0-9][0-9]
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using inotify to monitor access to a file

I would like to have a trigger and when a particular file is accessed by some process, I would like to be notified (i.e. a script should be run). If I understand correctly, this could be achieved with ...
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Linux - Delete last two files automatically

In Linux, one folder is created every morning and 5 files are created in that folder. At the end of the day (Midnight), the last two files in that folder have to be deleted. How can I accomplish ...
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Linux command to return all files that start with TEMP but do not end with double digits

What is the Linux command to return all files that start with TEMP but do not end with double digits? I think it should look something like this: ls -l TEMP*[!0-9][!0-9] but the results of my ...
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Look if a folder has some files of certain extention

Lets say I have a file structure: $ cd /home/Desktop $ ls -d */ Abc/ Qwe/ Zxc/ Rty/ $ Now I want to iterate through every directory and look if they have any .pdf files. Could some one please ...
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Why won't my system now show the directories and files in /media/sda7?

Summary: Could you tell me please if there is a way to restore the directories and files beneath /media/sda7 that are no longer being shown by my file manager or ls? My system is Debian. Full ...
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Linux File Permissions Enforce Order

I just ran into something unexpected (for me) regarding file permissions on Linux (Arch Linux). Basically I have: userX in groupX fileX userX:groupX ---rwx---- What puzzles me: I cannot perform ...
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How do I create a RAM disk on Linux Mint?

I am running a package that adds data to the end of 140–300 files each time through the process. I'm thinking of moving the process to a RAM disk, and using rsync to copy it back when done. My goal ...
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Shell script to Capture the file name and size in csv file and add header on that file

I have a number of zip files in a certain folder. I want to capture file name and the size of the files in a CSV format in day wise and put it in crontab so I can report on a daily basis, and then ...
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Check if a folder has a certain type of file present

How could I check if a file has a file of extension .java? So far I have: for javaFile in *.java ; do { echo "The file $javaFile has : " >> ~/Desktop/externalServers.txt ...
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Transfer files from CentOS VM VirtualBox to Windows host machine

How can I transfer the scripts and text files I've created in my CentOS environment and put it in my host desktop (Windows 7)? I've tried using ftp but it needs to configure the routers to use vsftpd, ...
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Any way in Bash to write to a file every X seconds without closing it?

The hardware watchdog on my system needs a 0 written to /dev/watchdog at less than 60 seconds interval or it will fire. The file handle must be kept open however or the watchdog is then disabled. ...