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Remove duplicate entries from a CSV file

I've got a [csv] file with duplicate datum reprinted ie the same data printed twice. I've tried using sort's uniq by sort myfile.csv | uniq -u however there is no change in the myfile.csv, also I've ...
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File not read by Java until touched

We had a freak incident on Solaris. Our java program couldn't read a file until we touched the file. It was reading other files just fine, it just seemed to be completely blind to this one particular ...
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Meaning of `cat /dev/null > file`

In a document created by a former coworker there is this command: cat /dev/null > /var/spool/mail/root It says next to it that it will clean out mailbox. Can someone please explain how/why ...
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How to pass arguments to perl when trying to change a line?

I am using the approach suggested in http://askubuntu.com/questions/434051/how-to-replace-a-string-on-the-5th-line-of-multiple-text-files to modify the first line of an archive. Let's suppose the ...
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Script to determine if files are Images

I would like to create a shell script that will check to make sure all files in a directory are image files. We recently had an issue where a hacker was able to generate a file in a directory and ...
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I installed Ubuntu instead of Windows. Where are my files from D drive?

I'm quite new in Linux. I have had a Windows and two drives: C and D. Windows was on C. Then I installed Ubuntu instead of Windows, and I expected my files on D will stay. But I can't find it. As far ...
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File with permissions ---S--l---

Can some one explain what the meaning of these attributes: ---S--l---? When and why need to set this attribute? and for what? $ ls -ltr ---S--l--- 1 root root 0 Mar 10 ...
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Can I limit the size of the linux file cache?

I am running 64-bit Xubuntu 14.04, linux version 3.8.0-25 with 8GB of RAM. I have a script (in MATLAB, for what it's worth) that loads a large number of data files (~23k) one at a time, for a total ...
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Back up and restore file permissions

Is there a way to back up and restore file ownership and permissions (the things that can be changed with chown and chmod)? You can do this in Windows using icacls. What about access control lists?
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Using inotifywait along with vim

I have simple script that monitors file for changes and rsyncs it with remote copy: #!/bin/bash while inotifywait -e close_write somefile do rsync somefile user@host.domain:./somefile done It ...
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How do I synchronize 2 xml files?

I have 2 xml files named 1k.xml and 1n.xml. The file 1k.xml contains some additional elements and data which are not there in 1n.xml. I want to copy whatever is absent in 1n.xml to it, so that both ...
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Higher-level wrapper for entr or inotifywait

I'm looking for a way to rerun a specific command as soon as any of the files in a subdirectory (perhaps minus selected excludes) changes. Use case I'm working on a project that is self-contained in ...
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How to get file permission in octal

I have set of linux folders and I need to get the permissions of the folders numerically. For example in the below directory, I need to what is the permission value of the folder... Whether 755, 644 ...
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Should I put old projects in tarballs

I never really used tarballs/archived much, except for uploads (with compression). Now I've accumulated a huge list of software projects coding experiments -- basically directories with lots and lots ...
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How to make a temporary file in RAM?

I have a script that will pipe its output to |tee scriptnameYYMMDD.txt. After each cycle of the for loop in which the output is generated, I'll be reversing the file contents with tac ...
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How to can I make Filename Sequencing with the help of Loops

my intention is to keep the code as simple as possible.Here there are 5 files namely A_1.CSV, A_2.CSV, A_3.CSV, A_4.CSV, A_5.CSV The below code retrieves the first row in a CSV file. Code : ...
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Which way is safer to read data from /sys

I am attempting to write a program that will monitor the temperature of various hardware components. The language I chose for it is Java. Now there are two ways I could read the temperatures: a) Do ...
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How do I move a line in a text file up or down by one line?

I have some text files, and I'd like to be able to move an arbitrary line in any of the files up or down one line (lines at the beginning or end of the file would stay where they are). I have some ...
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Random file showing up in various directories. How to trace its creator?

I am finding a 0 byte file named ^- (that is a caret and a dash) in various directories on my file system. I use zsh with oh-my-zsh and I am pretty sure something in there is creating it but I really ...
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Batch rename “case duplicates”

I have a folder on my Linux system that is cross-synchronized with other computers, some of them with Windows. The problem is that in that folder there are files that are "case duplicates", i.e. their ...
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FS on NFS share responding slow

We have two server ex name app1 and app2.Both server have a nfs mount from same server as below:- nfsserver:/prlocal 249G 190G 46G 81% /prlocal Now the problem is when we try to access the FS ...
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Network drives in the cloud?

Is there such a service that allows Linux servers to access remote cloud storage as if it were a file on a local network? I'm running a very small server, 512 MB RAM and 20 GB hard drive space, but do ...
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How do I grep recursively through .gz files?

I am using a script to regularly download my gmail messages that compresses the raw .eml into .gz files. The script creates a folder for each day, and then compresses every message into its own file. ...
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Edit a file via a script yet maintain the osx tags

On OSX you can have tags which allows you to identify different categories of files. Here are two text files with different tags when viewed in Finder: I have a large number of these files and have ...
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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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Swap two files in bash [duplicate]

How do I swap two files in Linux console with minimum typing? Boring approach: $ mv file1.dat fileX.dat $ mv file2.dat file1.dat $ mv fileX.dat file2.dat
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Use lines in a file to produce string and file name

I have a file, foo.txt, that has a folder name on each line: folder_1 folder_2 folder_3 And I'd like to do something like this: cat foo.txt | xargs -I {} echo 'function {}() { return stuff; }' ...
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getting ? in permissions when running ll/ls command

I am trying to remove a folder and I am getting rm: cannot remove ‘...' when running the ll command I am getting : > ll ./folder/ ls: cannot access ./folder: Input/output error total 64 ...
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Relationship between file properties and user and group

There is something not clear on relationship between file properties and user and group. root@debian:/home/debian# ls -l /home/linuxsir total 4 -rw-r--r-- 1 linuxsir root 1549 Feb 23 19:16 ...
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How to delete part of a binary file without copying

I need to delete the first 2 bytes of a 6MB file. However, this is an embedded Linux with only 32 Mbytes RAM and less than 1 MB free flash memory. I tried using dd, as: 1 - # dd bs=1 skip=2 ...
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find all .sh files then copy to <date>scriptbackup

Locate all the .sh scripts you have created in your Linux installation (searching recursively if needed – excluding existing backup folders) It will then copy them all into a folder called ...
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Rename command with non-existing target directory

I'm trying to group files automatically into subdirectories using a command like this: $ rename 's/(.)(.)(.+)/$1\/$2\/$1$2$3/' *.* A dry run with the -n parameter shows me what I want: test.jpg ...
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How to specify the file type in a hard link [closed]

Does anyone know how to specify the file type of a hard link? Is this even possible? For example, I want to link to an HTML file (with content type text/html) in my website directory, so I used ln ...
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move content from a folder with unknown name up one directory

I have data arranged as follows: --parent_dir | --4Bz27go1c | -- foo.md -- bar.tar.gz -- baz.c .. I have a parent directory with a known name and a child ...
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unix2dos not recogonizing outfile

I typed unix2dos /path/to/filename_unix.txt /path/to/filename_dos.txt in the CentOS 7 terminal, but I got the following in response: unix2dos: converting file /path/to/filename_unix.txt to DOS format ...
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What is nobody nobody user and group?

On my server (Synology DS212) some files and folders have nobody nobody users and groups. What are the characteristics of this user and group? Who can write of read this file? How can I change it ? ...
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moving binaries from bin to specific folder

I want to install RNAhybrid tool so I downloaded it and configured it. I wanted to keep in a directory called programs, so I downloaded the tar.gz in that directory, extracted it and then used ...
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Solaris 11.2 extended permissions shown by ls

I have a file that shows up as having extended file permissions. ls -V /usr/share/X11/app-defaults/XScreenSaver rwx------ 1 root root 53 Dec 2 21:52 ...
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Run command automatically when files are copied into a directory

I have two folders called: A and B, in different paths on the same computer. When I add any new file(s) into folder A, I want to copy it to folder B automatically. My folders: /auto/std1/nat1/A ...
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Script to delete files that don't match certain filenames

I have a folder with 500,000 images, sorted in subfolders by year and month. I'd like to create a script that does this: If the filename does not match any of the filenames in names.log then delete ...
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fopen problem when mounting ecryptfs filesystem

After an unrecoverable fsck problem the mount of my encrypted /home/me filesystem isn't possible any more. The visible effects are: a) logging in though most of the selectable GUI window managers ...
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Deleted folder keeps coming back

I have a directory at /opt/splunk that I cannot seem to get rid of. root@alpha:/opt# ls -la total 87156 drwxr-xr-x 4 root root 4096 Feb 20 15:44 . drwxr-xr-x 23 root root 4096 Feb 19 13:29 ...
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How to display metainformation for different kinds of time of a file ?

As far as I know each name within a path, e.g. /name1/name2/name3, is allocated to one inode. This inode is a collection of meta information for each name (file or directory). Some of these ...
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Single record of a file getting splitted over multiple lines

We are using flat text files to store in teradata table after transformations from Informatica. The file contains 14 fields (~ separated). But as the records are getting scattered over multiple lines ...
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Creating symlinks in the etc directory without root access

What I would like to create if I had root access would be a symlink from some file or folder in the /etc to another file or folder in the /etc. However, I do not have root access. Is there any way to ...
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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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Very slow file operation

I recently rebuild a machine with Centos 5.8 with a brand new disk. This machine is old and has been running 5.8 for a long period with no issues so the only thing which changed recently is the new ...
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How to delete file called “-C” [duplicate]

I need to delete the following file which I managed to create with bunzip2: -rw-r--r-- 1 beginner group 67493376 Feb 17 17:30 -C The following don't work rm -rf '-C' rm -rf "-C" My OS is ...
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how to set up permissions of “download” dir to prevent execution of exploit program

There is a host with a local service that receives data from a remote location (via e.g. http) and saves it locally under /var/log/data/ in some mydir. $ ls -al /var/log/data drwxr-sr-x+ 4 root ...
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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 ...