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Why does a software package run just fine even when it is being upgraded?

Say I am running a software, and then I run package manager to upgrade the software, I notice that Linux does not bring down the running process for package upgrade - it is still running fine. How ...
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LINUX: Permissions for files: Identify if it is a file or directory, and its access allowed to the world, user, and group [duplicate]

I am having trouble understanding permissions for directories and files in LINUX. By examining permissions for each of the following files, identify if it is a file or directory, and describe the ...
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find is missing a result — how is that possible?

What conditions explain this output: root@ip:/# find / -name "server.xml" -print /etc/tomcat7/server.xml root@ip:/# ls /var/lib/tomcat7/conf/server.xml /var/lib/tomcat7/conf/server.xml I am ...
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Replace all the occurences of a term in the files contained in a folder

In a folder on my system, I have a C++ project that I'm trying to compile. This process uses some C++ idioms which are not supported by my compiler version. In particular, often inside the code it is ...
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How do I stop the root user from deleting a file?

I'd like to know if I can prevent the root user from deleting a file. Is it possible?
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Program for identifying files from unfinished torrent-downloads?

Are there any programs that can help identify files and directories belonging to unfinished bittorrent-downloads? I've made a mess, and I'm unsure of which downloads are finished and which are not. ...
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Any programs suitable for making a database over disk-content?

I have quite a lot of external hard-drives, and often have a hard time finding what I'm looking for - not to mention not storing the same file several times on different drives or finding free space ...
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file mass deletion

I would like to delete all the txt, xls,pdf files in a directory as well as its sub directories. I would like to save everything else. find . -type f ! -iname '*.xml$,.png$,.jpeg$,.gif$,' -delete ...
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How can I backup a directory to NTFS while preserving Unix file attributes?

I want to make a backup of my home directory to an NTFS partition (an unfortunate limitation). However, when I last tried using just cp, the attributes (owner, etc) went away. How can I make a backup ...
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Transfer 150GB of files from an old MacBook Pro with Ubuntu 13.04 Live DVD

My girlfriend's old MacBook Pro 2009 (5,4) stopped working. I have tried several times to reinstall OS X, but could not do so. There appears to be something really really wrong with the OS. Since she ...
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“rm -rf Filename.iso ” Permission denied

Hi I am facing an issue while deleting an .iso file from Linux x86_64 GNU/Linux. Here are the permissions for the file: # ls -lrt -rwxrwxr-x 1 dev devgrp 2687934464 Apr 12 14:13 ...
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File inventories and logrotation

I want to collect a huge amount of data files on my actual netapp storage with the command file - f /path... > logfile.txt. Through the huge data amount, the size of the logfile will be critical. ...
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Back up snapshots without being admin

I would like to make a back up/snapshot of a folder where I have built various programs (~4.1 GB in size). The idea is to be able to quickly restore everything in this path to it's original state in ...
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Searching for multiple files and changing file extension [duplicate]

I want to search and identify multiple files, within a directory, having a particular file extension (.txt) and changing the extension to (.fasta). This is considering not changing the file itself, ...
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Download files and create same file structure as the source

I have a config file which consists of list of URIs I want to download. For example, http://xyz.abc.com/Dir1/Dir3/sds.exe http://xyz.abc.com/Dir2/Dir4/jhjs.exe http://xyz.abc.com/Dir1/itr.exe ...
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How to scp/tar files that are in between specific days?

I need to copy db log files between two suse servers where I am interested in files ONLY in between 10.3.2013 - 13.3.2013 It is desired to compress the files before copying so I tar them and scp. ...
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Lots of text files into one big text file

I want to combine thousands of little text files into one big text file. I have them in directories with the structure: timestamp1/status.txt. For example: 20130430133144/status.txt. So far, I know ...
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Unable to preserve ownership in a copy but able with a move?

I have noticed that I am unable to preserve ownership if I rsync -o files. However, I am when I move them. This is all without admin privileges. What is the rationale of this? Several threads e.g. ...
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Create link to folder in Elementary-OS

When I used to use stock Ubuntu, you could create links to folders and put them in other folders. How can I do this in elementary 0.2?
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Is there a command to list files, exclude sub-directories and display size and date?

Before I begin please assume I have only basic knowledge in UNIX. Basic meaning I have only started reading about it since last week for a work related purpose. I have been experimenting with the ls ...
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Delete whitespace in filenames in directory

I have a directory where some filenames have been wrongly named something .pdf rather than something.pdf. Is there a quick one liner I can use to delete the whitespace in the filenames. I have tried ...
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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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Apache created files and its permissions for CentOS 6.x

In short, I have an authenticated HTTP-POST that: posts a jpg image (created as 666 apache:www) into /directory1 (777 ftpuser:www) creates /directory2 (created as 666 apache:www) in a 777 ...
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Quota utilities

Are there any command line utilities that make it easier to read quotas (e.g. showing percentages, approximate size in MB, etc.). Perhaps something like what htop does for top, but for quota?
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Find duplicate files

Is it possible to find duplicate files on my disk which are bit to bit identical but have different file-names?
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Copy file permissions from user to group

I have a folder with some files, which each have different permissions. Some are read-only, some are read/write, some are read/execute. How can I copy the permissions from user to group, so that for ...
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How to strip directory structure with command line (or script)

I have a large collection of files packed into a two-level directory structure with many, many, many folders. In other words, I have a folder with a great many subfolders in it. There are no ...
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View temporary files which exist for milliseconds

I'm trying to debug a program which is not logging the information I need. Fortunately, it does write temporary files which should contain the information. These files are written to a directory like: ...
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How to count recursively for the number of files in several directories?

I have a directory, containing a lot of files and directories. I am trying to get the number of files (and directories) contained recursively in every directory. I tried the following approach: for ...
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Create and open file with one command?

I want to create a text file and open it in a text editor with a single command. I know touch file.txt creates a file and open file.txt opens the file, but is there a way to do this with a single ...
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BASH reading txt file and storing in array

I'm writing my first BASH script , I have some experience with c and c# so I think the logic of the program is correct..it's just the syntax is so complicated because apparently there are billions of ...
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What has happened to the file when I entered “mv file.txt ../”?

I wanted to move 'file.txt' one folder up, but instead of mv file.txt ../file.txt I entered mv file.txt ../. Now the file is gone and I didn't get any error message. So it seems the some action was ...
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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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Cleaner way to delete files on Linux which include a datestamp as part of file name

I have a new requirement to purge MySQL dump files that are older than 30 days. The files use a naming convention of "all-mysql-YYYYMMDD-HHMM.dump". The files are located on SAN mounted file system, ...
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Error writing /home/alessiomtx/.config/tint2/tint2rc: Not a directory

I need to edit my ~/.config/tint2/tint2rc because the file is blank and so I don't have tint2 shown in my desktop, but when I try to save I have this error: [ Errore durante la scrittura di ...
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Find and remove large files that are open but have been deleted

How does one find large files that have been deleted but are still open in an application? How can one remove such a file, even though a process has it open? The situation is that we are running a ...
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no such file or directory [duplicate]

I have a 64-bit Ubuntu and want to execute a 32-bit FreeRTOS binary. The error message says no such file or directory. The files are there I can read them with ls -l.
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how are directories implemented in UNIX filesystem?

This question is extension to How are directories implemented in Unix filesystems? I'm aiming to implement basic filesystem: After reading inode number and name we come to know Name of file and hence ...
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Merge a number of text files into one with next line for every file

I have 2 files. I want to merge them. File1 contents: abc File2 contents: def Combined File should be: abc def
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Rsync adding a “?” at the beginning of directories

I currently have many of these commands running in a .sh file that looks like this: rsync -avz -e ssh --rsh='ssh -p1337' --bwlimit=10000 root@DestinationIP:/home/backup /home/localbackup rsync -avz ...
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Cannot access any files Manjaro Linux

I cannot open any files on my Manjaro Linux laptop. I really can't remember why it happened but I restarted my computer and now I dont have read/write access to any folder or file even though I've ...
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A bunch of files have 777 permissions

I have been learning Python and Bash scripting, and I up to now I have given my scripts 777 permissions. Having learned more about how to set permissions, and knowing this is a bad idea, I ran the ...
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Better way to copy multiple directories to new directory

Is there a better way on the command line to essentially accomplish the following but with a single command cp -r css/ ar/ cp -r images/ ar/ cp -r js/ ar/ cp -r backups/ ar/ I've just been ...
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Delete files in directory without erroring if it's already empty

As part of a deployment script, I want to dump some cached stuff from my temp directory. I use a command like: rm /tmp/our_cache/* However, if /tmp/our_cache is empty (fairly common when pushing ...
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Piping output to text file within a for loop

I'm trying to do the following within a for loop: Find files that satisfy a condition Echo the name of the files to a log file. Gzip the file. I can get the script to find the files and echo their ...
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Is there a top-like command that shows the network bandwidths and file accesses of running processes

For example, we'd like to see: PROCESS IF TX RX FILE(regular) R/W prog1 eth0 200kB/s 12kB/s -- -- wlan0 12kB/s 100kB/s -- ...
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How do I make a file NOT modifiable?

While logged in, I can do the following: mkdir foo touch foo/bar chmod 400 foo/bar chmod 500 foo Then I can open vim (not as root), edit bar, force a write with w!, and the file is modified. How ...
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Move all files with a certain extension from multiple subdirectories into one directory

Suppose I have a bunch of zip files in several directories: Fol1/Fol2 Fol3 Fol4/Fol5 And I want to move them all to a common base folder. How would I do this?
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Log4j File Location

I have a Webapp running on an Amazon EC2 Linux AMI. I've been trying to configure my Log4J file for logging but haven't been able to figure out where the logs are getting created. This is my log4j ...
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Can one move a relpath in one command?

This question is similar to one I asked recently, but the answers to that question, for the most part, do not extend to this one, AFAICT. The main difference between the two questions is that the ...