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Get “recent files” in global file manager (Dolphin?)

I just switched to OpenSUSE (KDE) from my Fedora 20 KDE setup,and I find myself greatly missing a feature that was a default in Fedora: a "Recently Used" option in the file manager when saving and ...
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find and replace with the value in another file

I have two files with different formats with columns tab spaced. I have to compare the columns column1, column2 of file1 with file2. If they matches, I need to replace the value in column6 of file1 ...
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How do I create a directory for every file in a parent directory

I have parent folder and inside this folder I have 4 files ParentFolder File1.txt File2.txt File3.txt File4.txt I wanted to create subfolders inside the parent folder and ...
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How do I “cat and follow” a file?

A file is being sequentially downloaded by wget. If I start unpacking it with cat myfile.tar.bz2 | tar -xj, it may unpack correctly or fail with "Unexpected EOF", depending on what is faster. How to ...
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File layer (want to get requested filename) [on hold]

Imagine that there is running application that wants to read a file from working directory. When it happens I want to get a name of requested file and check if it is existing in specified directory, ...
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Fast incremental searching of files from shell

I like the command-t script in vim editor that is able to intelligently and incrementally search for files. Is there some similar program that is able to search from shell? It would be great if it ...
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How to create gcov files for a project in a different dir?

I want to analyze code coverage datas. I want to create gcov files from OpenSSL (and from other projects), but I can only create them in the same directory of the project, and only for the files in ...
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Get recursive file count (like `du`, but number of files instead of size) [duplicate]

Since I'm having performance problems with rsnapshot, I'd like to identify directories with great number of files recursively. I think the problem is not the size of the files, but the file count in ...
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Getting a list of files modified after an apt-get upgrade or intstall?

I would like to run AIDE or tripwire to make sure executables/configuration files/... do not get modified by malware. Or at least notify me if they do get modified. I would like to get a list of ...
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Remove a directory from inside using the command line interface [duplicate]

Imaging the next simple file structure within the /home/user/ directory: /home/user |--dir0 |--dir1 |--file1 My current directory is 'dir1' and I remove the ...
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Monitor processes trying to access non-existent file or directory

We're moving websites from one server configuration to a new configuration and the websites will live in different paths than previously. We're planning to diligently go through and replace old paths ...
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Scanning user directories for specified file [on hold]

i want to find all files in /etc/passwd called cat.sh and then outputs the timestamp and * of entries. I was thinking of using grep -l "cat.sh" * | wc -l
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Can I make cross-computer sharing compatible with tinfoil-hat security (password managers, email, etc.)

Preface: I realize the following is asking for tinfoil-hat type security, but I'm really curious for answers to my questions -- not suggestions to enable two-factor logons on gmail, etc. and call it a ...
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How to run a command when a directory's contents are updated?

There is a directory A whose contents are changed frequently by other people. I have made a personal directory B where I keep all the files that have ever been in A. Currently I just occasionally ...
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How can I replace a string in a file(s)?

Replacing strings in files based on certain search criteria is a very common task. How can I replace string foo with bar in all files in the current directory? do the same recursively for sub ...
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unix file is corrupted [on hold]

I discovered that one of my logs consumes lots of space which comes from a running process. I wanted to clean this file, so I can run logadm to rotate it after. but I don't know how # ...
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How to print the name of missing files in a folder?

I have 2000+ files in a folder, but there are few files missing from the folder. Name of the files are like GLDAS_NOAH025SUBP_3H.A2003001.0000.001.2015210044609.pss.grb ...
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What permissions apply if specific user's permission on file or directory differ from user's group to which this user belong to in Linux? [duplicate]

Case 1: User has "rwx" permissions to certain file or directory. But has no permissions "---" in group it belongs to. Question: who wins - Does user have "rwx" or "---", effectively (not what's ...
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Delete Huge file in linux

I would like to delete a large file in my server. It's very large nearly more than TB's. What is the best way to delete that huge file ???
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Unexplained files found in home folder

For background information, I'm running openSUSE 13.2 and KDE 5. Today I found a number of unexplained files and folders in my home folder which state they've been edited 3 days ago. I do not ...
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How do I find/list all files on filesystem with a certain SELinux “fcontext”

I'm having trouble finding information on what command, presumably from setools, I should use to find all the files on my filesystem that are labeled by SELinux with a certain file-context (fcontext). ...
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Is there a way to change file/folder ownership on a server in Ubuntu/Kali-Linux? [migrated]

I accidentally changed file ownership of a folder in Windows 7 and now nobody can edit, copy, view, move it, etc. Not even the administrator account account can change it back. I tried icacls and ...
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find files in a folder

I'm trying to make a FIFO script that keeps deleting files when disk usages reaches a limit. I have used the find command so that number of files wont be a limit to run the script. But I get an error ...
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How do I loop through only directories in bash?

I have a folder with some directories and some files (some are hidden, beginning with dot). for d in *; do echo $d done will loop through all files, but I want to loop only through directories. ...
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Modify multiple files in different folders with one command?

I have a file abc.txt in the folder /etc/zyz/ and also in a few sub folders /etc/zyz-1/ /etc/zyz-2/ How can I modify all of those files with a echo command for example (all named abc.txt) in every ...
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Undeletable directory

Everything I've tried (always with superuser privileges) has failed: # rm -rf /path/to/undeletable rm: cannot remove ‘/path/to/undeletable’: Is a directory # rmdir /path/to/undeletable rmdir: failed ...
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why this file not modifying? [closed]

sed -i "s/'${line[*]}'/'${newlinem[*]}'/" test2.txt I'm trying to replace whole line of my text file with new modified line. but my file not modifying with sed -i Both the above arrays are working ...
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Piping contents of multiple files between programs while keeping contents separate

I would like to read in a number of files and pipe their output to subsequent programs while still maintaining them as individual pipelines of data. program1 *.txt | program2 | program3 folder I ...
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How to create a zip of directories -mtime -150

I want to zip the directories, sub directories, files in main and sub directories from today till 150 days ago. I only consider the date of the directories where I am running the command, no matter ...
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Get mutt to open files >2G

According to the very likely sounding answer to How to access and manage a large mailbox (11 GB) I need to use mutt to open the large mailbox. However the 2G limit was supposed to have been removed ...
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File protection in Unix

Is there a way to protect a file in such a way that even root cannot delete it or rewrite it after creating it? I have a file which is created by root under /var/log/ and I want to restrict all users ...
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Access history of a file [duplicate]

I was wondering if there are any tools to keep track of the access history of a file. I know of stat, but as far as I understand, it only returns information about the last time the file was accessed. ...
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Linux file access monitoring

Is there any way in unix to find out who accessed certain file in last 1 week? It may be user or some script ftp it to some other place. Can I get a list of user name who accessed certain file? How ...
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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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Change strings in multiple files to current subdirectory name

I have several directories each containing a file containing this line: ../a_a_q1.out ../a_a_q2.out ../a_a_q3.out I would like to loop through all the subdirectories, and change the a_a part to the ...
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How does `lsof` keep track of open file descriptors' filenames?

I've noticed, if a file is renamed, lsof displays the new name. To test it out, created a python script: #!/bin/python import time f = open('foo.txt', 'w') while True: time.sleep(1) Saw that ...
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How do I find directories where none of the files inside have been accessed in a year?

I have a tools directory /tools/tool_name that has hundreds of releases of the tool inside. I am trying to find an easy way of knowing what releases can be archived. Is there an easy way of finding ...
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Find the number of files with sizes

Find the number of files with sizes > 100KB in /, /bin, /usr, /usr/bin and /usr/sbin directories and output them in a two column format with the name of the directory and the number of files.
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Daemon opens a file in RO mode only

I am trying to write a kind of keylogger myself. I don't know if my logic of developing a keylogger is good or not but I have thought of doing it the following way. First a daemon is created, and to ...
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Continously writing terminal output to text file

I am running a small cli python app in terminal. It loops infinitely and outputs text to the terminal. I want to output the text to a file, and I can do that with the following command python [my cli ...
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How to tell gzip to keep original file?

I would like to compress a text file using gzip command line tool while keeping the original file. By default running the following command gzip file.txt results in modifying this file and renaming ...
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How to delete this undeletable directory?

I untarred a corrupt tar file, and managed to end up with some directory that I can not delete, If I try to delete it, it seems like it can not be found, but ls shows it's present, both with bash and ...
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How to copy recursively and change file names to be unique

I have a large tree containing a lot of photos on an external drive that was formatted with one of the linux filesystem types (don't remember which one). It's mounted on my mac and I'm trying to copy ...
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What is the file permission of /etc/shadow in CentOS?

What is the default file permission of /etc/shadow in CentOS? Is there any difference in the default file permission of /etc/shadow in previous versions of CentOS?
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How to list all files in the size order

I would like to list all files in the order of big to small in size and the files could be present anywhere in a certain folder.
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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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`sudo cp -a` changes ownership to root (instead of preserving the original user)

I was trying to backup some directories and some of the copies made by sudo cp -av resulted in being owned by root while others preserved their attributes. Is this a known issue or am I missing ...
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Overwriting an input file

Solutions that I have come across for replacing the contents of an input file with converted output involve using a temp file or the sponge utility. Stephane Chazelas's answer here indicates another ...
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Setfattr always returns operation not supported

I'm trying to get a script working however I'm having issues with a particular line trying to set file attributes with setfattr. The line in question is ret=os.system('setfattr -n "user.dummy" -v ...
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Why compute checksums of downloaded files?

I often see a checksum given next to a file available for download. The purpose of this practice eludes me. It is obviously to detect corrupt files, but what could be the cause of this corruption and ...