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allow user access via ssh to /var/www/

Context: I am creating a gitolite3 hook for a specific repo, which contains some logic and css foo of my website. so what essentailly happens is Content under /var/www/nginx/ looks like: ...
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Help with giving group permissions to other user's files

I'm a linux beginner using Debian 7 and have created a new user (a website) with an htdocs directory like this: $ sudo adduser website $ sudo mkdir -p /home/website/htdocs $ sudo chown -R website ...
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Can one directory be owned by two groups?

Can one directory be owned by two groups (RHEL 6.2)? I have created one directory: mkdir /opt/shared, then I created two groups: groupadd sales groupadd marketing I added manually to each of ...
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Does du or df perform caching?

I was wondering if there is any caching done with these utilities. I assume not, but not positive. Are there any typical similar utilities that do use caching to speed up results on subsequent runs? ...
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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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About the .file and ./directory confusion

This is a dumb question, but I recently moved from windows to linux, and I see one strange thing: ./configure or nano /something/something2 Is this something2 a file? It looks like a directory, ...
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Copying one file to multiple directories

I have a file that I want to copy to another 60 directories. The best way I can think of doing this is by making a bash script that has instructions to every folder like this: cp script.sh ...
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Move extension-less files with mv

I have a folder with images(png, bmp, jpg) and extension-less files. I cant figure out how to move only the extension-less files. They are all random numbered files.
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grep file from file

What is the fastest way to grep -v a file against another one, both line by line. does grep support this ? Or should I use it on two for loops ?
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Editing metadata with bash

I have a bunch of photos(jpeg, bmp, png) that I have arranged in such a manner that the metadata is in html form in a separate file. I would like create some script to read this html file and edit ...
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Delete all files in a directory whose name do not match a line in a file list

I have a directory with 1000+ files. In a text file, I have about 50 filenames, one per line. I'd like to delete all the files in the directory whose filenames don't correspond with an entry on the ...
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Unable to make file system writtable no matter what

I have a flash card SanDisk of a camera which I plug in into my computer: $ lsblk mmcblk0 179:0 0 3.7G 1 disk └─mmcblk0p1 179:1 0 3.7G 1 part $ mount /dev/mmcblk0p1 on ...
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Unable to remove the files from an usb drive (neither by dd /dev/zero nor by rm -r)

I have a flash usb drive and up till now it has worked well. Recently I recorded iso to it using dd. Now I want to delete it. $ lsblk NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT ....... sdb ...
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stout can not append to large files

I have Ubuntu 13.10. I have a keylogger to help me remember what I did. Running keylogger prints output to the terminal when I run it like this: keylogger I added it to startup like this: ...
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tail -f, Determine if a file is no longer being written to [closed]

I am using tail -f to follow the growth of a log file. I am having trouble finding a way to detect if the process that is writing to the log file (when it crashes or is otherwise terminated) is no ...
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temporarily disabling one's own filesystem write permission

I can't believe there is no simple solution to this (because it seems potentially a very useful feature to me), but so far I couldn't find any. I'd like to be able to (temporarily) turn off my own ...
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Why does a grep reboot the machine?

On a RHEL 6.5 Desktop, if I use: sudo grep -r foo /* my desktop reboots. Q: Why?? How to debug this? It's the third time my Desktop reboots because of this :D
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Split files and rename the files

I need to split a large file into 5 pieces and rename them. For Example, file Test needs to be split into Test1, Test2 & Test3. However, the split command splits as xaa,xab,xbc.
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FTP clients only showing 9998 folders in a directory with many more

How can I increase the limit of files or folder in linux? Right now when I use any ftp software it shows that there are only 9998 folder in that directory. But I ran a simple php script that would ...
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How do I `avconv` every m4a in a dir to mp3s?

So I'm trying to convert lots of m4as to mp3s, and I think the best way to do that is using avconv. The problem is, I can't seem to find any solid examples on how to use avconv. Looking at the man ...
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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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How does the system know when a file has been modified? In particular memory mapped files

If I am looking at a process from outside the process how can I tell which files it modifies? One thing I can do is track calls to write, but a process can map a file to memory and write to the ...
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modify file ownership for files inside tar archive

I am working as user, and I would like to create a tar archive, which when unpacked (by root) will extract its files with root ownership (otherwise root would have to change the ownership manually for ...
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Remove Linux directories containing ONLY old files

We have numerous directories that each contain 2 files, one of which is a hidden file. We want to remove all those directories and their contents that contain ONLY files that have a modification date ...
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Compare two files for matching lines and store positive results [duplicate]

I have two files. File 1: A0001 C001 B0003 C896 A0024 C234 . B1542 C231 . upto 28412 such lines File 2: A0001 A0024 B1542 . . and 12000 such lines. I want to compare File 2 against File 1 ...
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Why do deleted files continually reappear?

I've been having a strange issue recently, where I would delete files from a location (i.e. Desktop), and then empty the Trash. However, a day or so later (I'm not sure exactly what triggers it), the ...
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Display file using Dialog

I have a file on disk which contains some text I want to display on the screen. You can do it like this: dialog --yesno "`cat FILE`" 10 100 However, I'm concerned that if FILE becomes large, I'm ...
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Move files and change ownership at the sametime

On Linux (Debian, Ubuntu Mint...), Is there any option command or something that I can use to transfer files to another user without having to do : sudo mv /home/poney/folderfulloffiles ...
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Is there an “open with” command for the command line?

Does the command line have a way to get a recommended list of programs used to open a particular file, based on the file type? For example, a .pdf file would have an open with... recommendation using ...
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Sharing a local directory between local users with full permissions

How do you share a directory /home/shared between two users "eris" and "discordia" such that both can access the directory in their respective home directory, e.g. /home/eris/shared and ...
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Opening a file with program in background from shell

The command to launch a program, say evince, from bash shell in background is evince & But what if I want to open some file with evince in background? Nor evince myfile.pdf & neither evince ...
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Why isn't there any shell command to create files?

Attention please: I am not asking how to make a file from the command line! I have been using touch for making files for years without paying attention that its main purpose is something else. If ...
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How to write a Java Program / Shell Script combination such that you can call the Java program as a remote command and yet supply a local file?

This is related to How to execute a remote command on a local file? I wrote a simple Java program that prints the first line of a file - import java.io.BufferedReader; import ...
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tar specific files based on a pattern

I got a lot of files with the following format: 2014_04_01_11.txt 2014_04_01_12.txt 2014_04_01_13.txt 2013_03_25_12.txt 2013_04_29_15.txt I would like to tar all theses files into an archive 20?? _ ...
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Merging text files based on their filename

I have hundred of files with the following format: 2013_01_19_xyxyxyx.txt 2013_01_19_xyxyxyx.txt 2014_03_21_xyxyxyx.txt 2014_03_21_zxzxzxz.txt 2014_03_22_abababa.txt 2014_03_22_cbcbcbc.txt etc. I ...
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Faster way to rename duplicate files (identified by fdupes) in another directory?

I have a directory full of pdf files of journal articles, most of which are named by their bibtex key. Some time ago I made a backup on an external hard drive, but I haven't kept it up to date and ...
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File has bytes - appears to be empty

I'm having the following problem: Some text files (also some binary files) on my system are listed with the correct file size but when I open them, they appear empty. >ls -la -rw-rw-r-- 1 user ...
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File viewer (not manager) with dual pane

I have multiple papers, in multiple directories. let us call the papers A, B, C, D... and I have to write reports often, where I have to answer questions like Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4... Now, what often ...
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How can I count all the files on my system from root?

I want to know the total number of files on my server. Can this be done?
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Can I safely read a file that is appended to by another process?

If process A copies files to some location loc and process B regularly copies the files from loc to some other location, can B read a file that is currently in the process of being copied to loc by A? ...
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Can a running script identify the logging context?

Let us say I redirect the STDOUT, STDERR of a program to files. ./script.sh 1> output.log 2> error.log Can the running program find this out i.e. know the paths to these files?
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How to edit /etc/inittab?

I want to edit /etc/inittab in order to get a login prompt on the serial console once the system boots. By default, inittab file complains to be ro. I tried both gksudo gedit /etc/inittab and sudo vi ...
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Is that possible to integrate zip and tar.gz files as directory into the file system

I wonder if there is a way to integrate (it's a bit different from mounting, I think) compressed files as directories into the file system? E.g., one could download a compressed-file.tar.gz to his ...
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How to know the path to a specific file in a zip archive, without extracting it?

I only know the filename but not its exact location. I would like to extract only that file from the archive. And I need to know its location in the archive.
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Merge 2 files based on all values of the first column of the first file

I need to merge below 2 files: file1: TABLES REF-IO HEAD-IO DIFF-IO test 200 500 -300 exam 2 3 -1 final 2 1 1 mail 4 2 2 TOTAL 208 506 -298 ...
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Delete *.txt files by date between MMDDYYYY and MMDDYYYYY

How can I use rm to delete *.txt files between MMDDYYYY and MMDDYYYY ?
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Create directories from a list of files with spaces in name

I have a directory with a list of files in it. All these files have spaces in their names. I would like to create a directory, for each file, with the name of the file except the extension (which is ...
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Find the top 50 directories containing the most files/directories in their first level?

How can I use find to generate a list of directories which contain the most numbers of files. I'd like the list to be from highest to lowest. I'd only like the listing to go 1 level deep, and I'd ...
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How to split a filename list in 5GB sets?

I have a pretty big list of files which I like to group in smaller list of 5GB each for further processing. The file list is in the following form: "size" (from du) "tab" "absolute path", like this ...
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. (dot) shows up as path separator [closed]

I'm hunting a really strange bug: arian@orel:~$ ls ._cache.<tab><tab> Display all 205 possibilities? (y or n) ._cache.apt-file/ ._cache.chromium/ ._cache.chromium.Default/ ...