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How to link the unlinked files?

When you rm a file it will call unlink(), and unlink() will remove the file from the Directory entry and its inode is freed. But, the actual content of the file is still in the disk. Is there any way ...
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Why does “cat ttyUSB0” not produce output?

I connected an infrared receiver to a USB port ... (the last line of dmesg tells device file) $ dmesg [10496.596063] usb 7-2: new full-speed USB device number 2 using uhci_hcd [10496.751112] usb 7-2: ...
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Equivalent of memmove on files: copy a range of bytes to an earlier position

What is an equivalent of memmove on files with the same input and output file? dd works when I move the file contents towards the right, but not if I move the contents left, since there's no handling ...
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Efficient way to create multiple files

I have been testing find directory which is taking max inodes and while testing I had run touch test_{1..1391803}.txt But it's give me error "-bash: /usr/bin/touch: Argument list too long", now ...
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How to recover from recursive 'chmod -x' on my home folder

I pressed ENTER after typing the following stupid command on my home directory: find . -type f -exec chmod -x '{}' ';' What do you advise as a fix for this. My guess is that I can't do anything but ...
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Copy files without changing owner [duplicate]

How to copy all files from /var/www onto a flash disk without changing owners of folders in the /var/www folder? (Or how to insert the whole /var/www folder into an archive and put it onto a flash ...
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Difference between xattr and chattr

What is the relation and the difference between xattr and chattr? I want to know when I set a chattr attribute in Linux what is happening inside the Linux kernel and inode metadata.
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I am the owner of a file and I have write access: why can't I save?

I am on OSX 10.9.2 I am locked out of postgres and trying to modify pg_hba.conf to get back in. http://stackoverflow.com/questions/11919275/can-not-enter-and-change-postgresql-pg-hba-conf-file I run ...
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file(1) command termination when using the -f - option

Say I'd like to use the file -f - command inside a script, and send some input using the stdin, when I'm finished I'd like to terminate it gracefully, but unfortunately I haven't found any way to do ...
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Hidden Files&Directories in user's home directory [closed]

I am in my user's home directory, I do: ls -a Then it shows me large number of hidden files and directories in my user's directory. Which of them I am allowed to remove? Which ones are necessary ...
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When was file created [duplicate]

How can i see when a file was created. I have looked at man page ls -lc is for last modification of file status ls -lu for access time ls -l not exactly indicated which time, last changed? I ...
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Updating last modified time of a file

I have created a script to read 15 pcap files from a folder and merge then into one file using mergecap command. I want the merged file to have the creation time same as the first file of the 15 files ...
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Why does this executable still execute after I deleted it?

I deleted the executable, so why is it still running? root@raspberrypi:/test# ls -la total 11096 drwxrwxrwx 2 pi pi 4096 Mar 12 18:26 . drwxrwxr-x 11 pi pi 4096 Feb 28 13:50 .. -rwxrw-rw- 1 ...
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Changing file time using touch

Im trying to change the file time of a m#merge the files to a temporary file. mergecap -w "${dir_dcn}"/merge_dcn.pcap "${FILES_dcn[@]}" touch -r "${FILES_dcn[14]}" dcn_file ls -l dcn_file ...
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How to list all the files which were not created on Thursday

I need to delete old backups but I only want to keep Thursday Backups and delete the rest of the backups. Give me some kungfu tips. I'm on RHEL if that makes a difference.
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How to copy files *to* a camera?

I'd like to copy a firmware update file to my Canon 7D camera. After it was auto-mounted by thunar + thunar-volman + gvfs-gphoto2 I tried the following: $ cp eos7d-v205-win/7D000205.FIR ...
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Tool to show PID and file I/O in realtime

I need to watch a program which modifies some files. I don't know which files the process is modifying_. So I'm looking for a tool that basically outputs a PID, and lista the files being ...
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Wrapper command that runs program in temporary directory and deletes it after execution [duplicate]

I want to write a command that: takes another command as its arguments does a 'cd' to a temporary folder executes the command passed in the arguments removes the temporary folder afterwards ...
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Changing a file's “Date Created” and “Last Modified” attributes to another file's

I'm using merge cap to create a merge pcap file from 15 files. For the merged file, I have changed the name to that of the first of the 15 files. But I would also like to change the merged file's ...
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How to tell which files have been created by an application?

I want to find out what files an application has created or modified. In the old days it was easy. cc foo.c created a.out, cc -o foo foo.c created foo, cc -c foo.x created foo.o. Now applications ...
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Removing file which doesn't have any permissions and attributes

I have a file on my external hard disk named ._Icon^M.I ended up with this after using my hard disk on old Mac platform machine. I want to delete this file but unable to. For the command 'ls -al' it ...
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Fastest way to concatenate files

I've got 10k+ files totaling over 20GB that I need to concatenate into one file. Is there a faster way than cat input_file* >> out ? The preferred way would be a bash command, Python is ...
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Free disk space from a JBoss log file which is still being written to

Is there any locking on the content, imposed by the process if at all the process is using the file. We host a JBoss app server on a RHEL 6.4 OS and due to the disk space constraints we have decided ...
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How to get folder size ignoring hard links?

I use rsnapshot for backups, which generates a series of folders containing files of the same name. Some of the files are hard linked, while others are separate. For instance, hourly.1/file1 and ...
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Why are file handles a scarce resource?

I feel like every tutorial I read on resource management in server settings starts by asserting that file handles are a scarce resource, and we should therefore aim to keep the list of open files to a ...
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Program a file to self-destruct at a given time

Does anyone know whether there is a command in linux that can set attributes to file so that the file can disappear after certain time. For example, if I set one attribute to file as "1/1/2015", so ...
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Transform a directory into file or a file into directory

I wanted to create a file named test. Accidentally I run mkdir test instead of touch test. Is it possible to convert test directory in a file named test? What about converting a file named test into ...
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Search for files by content only in trunk subdirectories

I think its a simple question, but the answer is probably a little more complicated :P Edit: Actually, its not complicated at all!^^ So I have a directory with multiple svn projects and I would like ...
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NFSv4 which “domain” to put in idmapd.conf?

I'm using NFSv4 but suddenly when the NFS Server got rebooted, all the files on the Clients are having nobody ownerships after the Server is booted and started its whatever services again. Then I ...
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Net-SNMP Application

I don't know if this is the right place to ask this question, but, does anyone knows about Net-SNMP. Is it possible to not truncate the log file whenever snmptrapd is restarted? The logs are being ...
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Make file in linux readonly

Is there a way to make a file readonly permanently in linux. Or can I put a password to a file to make it readonly, then apply that password again to change its permission, or before they can alter ...
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Capture Error of LS to file [duplicate]

#!/bin/sh if [ $(ls sample01.log | wc -l) = 1 ] then echo "File Found" > lsOutput.log else echo "File Not Found" > lsOutput.log fi But if sample01.log is not already existing my code already ...
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LS Command output to file [closed]

I want to capture to a file the output of the ls command ls >> lsOutput.log This one works if executed in the command line. But when put inside a shell script (lsOutput.sh), returns ...
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measure amount of data read from /dev/random

background I have written a collection of bash scripts (most of them in German only yet but if you are interested; download the archive not the single scripts) which help users create high-quality ...
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What is a file? [closed]

I thought that the file is a reserved place on disk and it is a Record collection but i found that it is a wrong definition because the empty file capacity is 0kb so it can't be a reserved place on ...
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Is there a way to cat files as they are created? [duplicate]

Unlike the answer to this question (Can a bash script be hooked to a file?) I want to be able to see content of files that haven't been created yet as or after they are created. I don't know when ...
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NAS device failed and I am attempting to get data back - HELP! [closed]

Not a Linux guy!~ Tried on windows pc and failed. Put the Nas device hard drive is in an older pc with Kali in forensic mode because device failed and all no longer allowed access to data on hard ...
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How can I restore file timestamps of video recordings using the embedded metadata?

I'm looking for a command that will read the metadata of a ‘*.mp4’ file and touch the file's timestamp with the creation time of the video. The command should be read-only with respect to the file ...
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Is there a file for each socket?

"Everything is a file" in the UNIX World. Above sentence is famous. When I run echo "hello programmer" >> /dev/tty1 , I can watch the given string on TeleType 1 , .... What and where is file ...
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Copy files based on date/time from subset of directories

I'm teaching a class where (~80) students are submitting assignments that I can access via webdav, organized by student in directories named by their unique identifier. The students are split into ...
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How to change “date modified” of multiple folders, to be the same of that of a .mkv that's inside each one, using Cygwin

How to change "date modified" of multiple folders to be the same of that of the .mkv that's inside each one. eg. there's folder1 which contains a file 1.mkv folder1: 2/17/14 1.mkv: 1/6/12 I want ...
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granting write permissions to a group to a folder

How can I grant write permission to 1 group ? I have 2 users (alex and ben). alex is member of group alex and of group consult. ben is member of group ben and of group consult. I want to grant read ...
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delete old log files except the last one (alphanumerically sorted)

I have a number of log files in the form: log.2014-02-19-10_24_22 I.e. log.YYYY-MM-DD-H24_MI_SS The date that's part of the log file's name is when the log file was first created. So at any given ...
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move file by list in file

I have a file the contain filenames, for example: /tmp/list.txt (it is with the spaces at the start of each line): /tmp/file.log /app/nir/home.txt /etc/config.cust I want, using one line, ...
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How to delete a directory automatically when an executable is killed

Quite often we run an executable that needs to write / read some temporary files. We usually create a temporary directory, run the executable there, and delete the directory when the script is done. ...
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Cannot delete broken symbolic link

I have a symbolic link formerly pointing to a Dropbox directory. I don't know what I did wrong, but apparently now it points to itself. hyper@mypi:/home/hyper/test$ ls -l total 1024 lrwxrwxrwx 1 ...
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Ignore file changes

I have a process, which generates a file with configuration data and then calls a subprocess with this data as parameter. I'd like to override the configuration data, which is passed. The problem is, ...
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How does fsnotify setting affect system performance?

Occasionally a software package I install complains that the default fsnotify setting is far too low for decent performance. Intellij IDEA or crashplan are two examples. They suggest using fsnotify ...
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How do I set Nautilus as default file manager in Elementary OS

Elementary OS uses a program called files as the default file manager. I would like to use Nautilus as my default file manager as used in Ubuntu 12.04 . I have GNOME Nautilus 3.4.2 installed on my ...
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File inheriting permission of directory it is copied in?

I have files created into my home directory with only user read permission (r-- --- ---). I want to copy this file to another directory /etc/test/ which has the folder permission of 744 (rwx r-- r--). ...