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Is there a way to tell sudo to set my username as owner for the files created instead of root?

If I do a sudo cp /etc/foo.txt ~/foo.txt, the new file is created with root as the owner. Right now, I see no way around this other than using the last two commands (ls to clarify use-case): ...
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Recover atime after vim

I've vimed a file, and only afterwards realised that I need the atime (last access time) for the file. Is there any way to recover the atime for a file after accessing it inadvertently? The ...
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File not found: Beautiful Soup

I am trying to run a program that I downloaded in Ubuntu latest version, but I continue getting an error everytime I try to run the program. It says: File Not Found: BeautifulSoup So in order to ...
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How to remove text matching specific patterns from a file

I want to compare two files to check for differences between them, fileA and fileB. fileA is like a template file and fileB is the file which I want to compare to it. Anytime I find a difference I ...
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Why does 'find -delete ' delete all files in a directory recursively

So the following behaviour of unix find just cost me dearly: > touch foo > touch bar > ls bar foo > find . -name '*oo' -delete > ls bar > touch baz > ls bar baz > find . ...
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Remove all files without a keyword in the filename

I have a list of files in the following fashion: > file1.jpg > file1_orig.jpg > file2.jpg > file2_orig.jpg I want to keep all the files with the extension _orig.jpg and discard those ...
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execute command from txt file

I have file and in this file i have this lines: ssh root@server1.com ssh root@server2.com etc.... And i have script that i like to go on every server and execute the ls command on each of this ...
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What is the system-level effect of file permissions? [closed]

I know that r means read permission, w means write permission, and x means execute permission in the output of ls -l, like -rwxr-xr-x. But My question is what is behavior difference on operation ...
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How can two files in one of my folders have the same name?

I downloaded two files, they were both saved to the same filename and then I transferred them with scp to another computer. Why didn't they become one when the second was saved?
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How do I search files without certain extensions in their names?

I would like to search recursively in all the files and directories under a directory for some strings e.g. library. I also would like to exclude files and directories which store downloaded ...
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Methods to find out which (configuration) files are read by executable when started

What are the clever ways to find out which (configuration) files are read by executable if started? For example snmpd or sshd. One option is probably to check the CONFIGURATION FILES or FILES section ...
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Cannot delete File on Fedora

I have a file with following permission: -rwSr-s---. 1 1634630331 1818884080 118784 Jun 29 1970 DailyUpdateClass.class If I try to delete this file with root login, I get error. rm: cannot remove ...
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Move files to multiple folders [closed]

I've searched for this function, and there are lots of answers, but I haven't been able to find anything that works for me. I have a folder with about 30,000 files, and I want a terminal command or ...
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Joining files on disk

Say I have several file with the following naming: 000001 000002 000003 ... Each of these files is a csv file (may include escape characters). In total the folder has ~20GB of data. How can I ...
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Accessing file from the Windows host in a VirtualBox virtual machine

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 as the guest operating system in a VirtualBox virtual machine. The host runs Windows 8 (24GB). I want to access a folder of the host inside the guest. Since the source is ...
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Split a file into multiple based on selected lines [duplicate]

I have a file in which more than 50,000 lines are there. How can I split the file into two or more based on the selected lines? Suppose I want to split a file from line 10,000 to line 40,000.
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Samba set share browsable only for a group

How I can configure samba to set browsable a share for a group only. I wanna hide the share for all other users, if a set browsable to yes all the users can see the share when explore. I don't want ...
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How does Linux choose which application to open a file?

If a file tells the OS its file format, how does the OS choose which application to open it by default? In Windows, is the association stored in the registry table? How does Linux choose which ...
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Deleted /tmp accidently

Accidently, I ran sudo rm -r /tmp, is that a problem ? I recreated it using sudo mkdir /tmp, does that fix the problem ? After I recreated the directory, In the places section in the sidebar in ...
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How to merge all (text) files in a directory into one?

I've got 14 files all being parts of one text. I'd like to merge them into one. How to do that?
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How to get over “device or resource busy”?

I tried to rm -rf a folder, and got "device or resource busy". In Windows, I would have used LockHunter to resolve this. What's the linux equivalent? (Please give as answer a simple "unlock this" ...
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print capital words in first column of file

I want my output : VDD. GND AGNDSUB VMEASPOS. VMEASNEG VREFEXT File1 having following information : Power and signal VDD Digital Power This pin provides power supply connection for the digital ...
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merging all files into one file?

I was trying to merge all the text files in to one file. All the text files has one column and equal number of rows. My data file names are data_1.txt, data_2.txt, data_3.txt, . . . data_n.txt. ...
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Unable to delete files as a root user using RS232 serial cross cable

I have a device(CCTV decoder) which was rebooting itself, so cant login using LAN cable. It has RS232 port only, no VGA and keybord/USB port(Embeded PC). I connected RS232 cross cable and used ...
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Convert file with integers written in ascii to binary file of integers

I have a file that contains a long list of integers written in ascii separated with newlines, like such: -175 2 -19345 345592 -45 2355 etc... I want to convert this file into a "binary" file ...
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Default files in home dir for each user

I'm using ubuntu server 14.04. I want to add some files and folders by default in each user's home directory, whenever a user account is created.
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Local Account Creation Date

For compliance purposes there is the need to fetch information regarding local (user and non-user) accounts creation date on UNIX machines. Is there any way (even if it's not the most reliable or ...
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Replace a string in a file and overwrite the file

I wrote my script using the the directory ~/deleted (it's a long script). after using ~/deleted for the whole script. I want to let the user choose the directory by putting the path in ~/.rm.cfg. My ...
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Delete spaces, hyphens, and underscores in filenames?

What is a good command to delete spaces, hyphens, and underscores from all files in a directory, or selected files? I use the following command with Thunar Custom Actions to slugify filenames: for ...
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Why does find -exec du sum up differently?

I have family pictures and movies in a folder /media/data/Selbstgemacht and I'd like to find the size of all pictures. In /media/data I use find Selbstgemacht -type f -iname '*.jpg' -exec du -ch '{}' ...
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How am I supposed to edit files on a network with Vim?

Currently I'm doing it by SSHing into a server, and executing Vim on the server. This has the benefit of not having to deal with cumbersome syntax of opening files from a remote server over SCP, and, ...
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What are some preferred methods to efficiently edit files on a remote Unix server?

I'm looking for a more efficient GUI-based solution to edit root-owned and root-only writable files than using either nano or vim, both of which of course limit your cursor to navigate one character ...
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Delete ghost files with special characters

I have read several ways to delete files with special characters, but none of them works for me in one special folder in my cache system. I have no idea how the files got there, and why they turned ...
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Remove unneeded file lock in script

I have some script using flock executable. It works well. Problem is when this script calls another script, and it creates background process. In this situation background process inherits file locked ...
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Compare file size of multiple files in an array [closed]

Scenario: Ftp site has 100s of files. Once a day, all the .gz files are copied to an AWS site then renamed. Only the date is kept in the file name. Some of the files corrupted during copy. A txt ...
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Write variable containing large text with \n to a file with common shell interpreters. How do you do it?

Environment: linux shell or better, ash shell in busybox (example system: Openwrt). Given a string variable with large text "${a}" constructed in this way: for index in $(seq 1 40000); do #it is ...
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Find the total size of certain files within a directory branch

Assume there's an image storage directory, say, ./photos/john_doe, within which there are multiple subdirectories, where many certain files reside (say, *.jpg). How can I calculate a summary size of ...
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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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/proc/config.gz is of 0 bytes

I have an Android TV stck I compiled Linux for IT from https://github.com/Galland/rk3x_kernel_3.0.36 But when I booted that Image I found /proc/config.gz is of 0 bytes can some please explain how ...
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Joining two files

I have a 2 files with the following: File1.txt A 1 B 2 C 5 Z 3 File2.txt A 4 B 7 C 10 D 11 What I would like to do is create something like A 1 4 B 2 7 C 5 10 D - 11 Z 3 - Is there a ...
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Script using “split” in a loop over large files

I'm attempting to get a bash script working, and running into terrible errors along the way. The aim of the script is to break several large text files, into multiple files with a line count read from ...
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Measuring transfer speed of USB drive

I want to write a program to find out the average data transfer speed of my USB port. How do I go about implementing it? The only method I can think of is writing a large file to the path where the ...
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The most *robust* remote file copy?

How would I go about to copy files over a very unstable internet connection? Sometimes, the connection is lost, other times the IP of one machine or the other machine is changed, sometimes both, ...
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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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How do I search for files from the gnome GUI in debian?

I sometimes spend time in the standard classic gnome GUI in debian wheezy, and today I wanted to search for files containing some text in a certain folder. I tried to do it the windows way by going ...
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How can I unveal files on my external hard drive?

I copied a big folder (around 110 GB) from my (Mac 10.7.5) computer onto a hard drive (exFAT). It took quite some time and afterwards I even checked that the files were actually there. After more ...
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Why are some files and folders hidden?

I can understand the rationale of hiding files and folders in the /home/user directory to prevent users from messing around with things. However, I do not see how the same rationale can be applied to ...
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How do I delete a file in a read-only directory?

I've got a directory and a file in it, with the directory marked as read-only: $ mkdir directoryname $ touch directoryname/filename $ chmod a-w directoryname I cannot delete the file, even if pass ...
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What relationships do tie ACL mask and standard group permission on a file?

At first I create a file and check it's standard permissions and ACL entries: $ touch file; ls -l file; getfacl file -rw-r--r-- 1 user user 0 Jul 30 16:26 file # file: file # owner: user # group: ...
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Can I safely delete old directories in my home directory?

I have several hidden directories in my home directory of which I don't know if I need them any more. How do I know if I can safely delete them? For instance, next to the directory .gimp-2.8 there is ...