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How do you list all functions and aliases in a specific script?

I have a bash script that's getting quite long. It would be nice if I could list all the functions in it. Even better would be listing the name of the function and any documentation about it's ...
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Recursive Function not Working

I know that this is a ridiculous idea, but I'm trying to get a script to work that branches through every directory on the file system. The file's name is "Everywhere.sh". Here's the code: ...
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display array in a function - not working

What am I missing here? I have created a simple array: declare -a appArray=( "item1 -a -b" "item2 -c -d" ) If I echo this I can see it all echo ${appArray[@]} > item1 -a -b item2 ...
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How do I remove all but the file name (with no extension) from a full file path? [duplicate]

I am presently writing a Bash function to convert all the man pages listed by equery files <PACKAGE> | grep /usr/share/man/man (if you are unfamiliar equery is a tool used on Gentoo-based ...
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Bash (Git) - Functions, Alias, and SH script files

I have gotten quite prolific with the use of the aliases, especially with all the different git commands and their order and interdependencies etc. So, I've created a few alias that run more complex ...
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How to create a function that can sort an array in bash?

I'm trying to figure out how to make a function that can take an array as a parameter and sort it. I think it is done with positional variables, but I'm not sure.
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Difference between writing `function Name { …; }`, `Name () { …; }` and `function Name () { …; }` in bash [duplicate]

You can write a bash functions several ways: function JoinStrings { ...; } Or function JoinStrings () { ...; } Or JoinStrings () { ...; } Is there any difference between these ...
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Bash alias with a space as a part of the command

I'm trying to create a bash alias, where the alias itself has a space in it. The idea is that the alias (i.e. con) stands for sudo openvpn --config /path/to/my/openvpn/configs/. Which results in a ...
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How to emulate returning arbitrary values from shell functions?

Shell functions are just statements and they don't return values. Can anyone share best practice on writing functions that return values in bash? Let's say I've a function that joins two strings: ...
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Function for archiving arbitrary files with encryption

I'm no so advanced in bash so can not make my function work properly. Here is the code: archive() { for f in $PWD do for ((i=1; i++;)) do 7za a "$1".7z $f -pSECRET -mhe done ...
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Script not able to generate files for backup file

I'm new to shell scripting and I trying to write a script that: Prompts for a directory Loops through the directory If it find files it then backs them up using a function in the script Creates a ...
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Shell script using function to display system information sending errors

I'm trying to write a script to keep track of my system information. I want to use "function" in the script and just call the functions out. I'm having trouble with the commands working in the ...
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Shell valid function name characters

Using extended Unicode characters is (no-doubt) useful for many users. Simpler shells (ash (busybox), dash) and ksh do fail with: tést(){ echo 34; } tést But bash, mksh, lksh, and zsh seem to ...
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Shell script using function () not finding command

I'm learning shell scripting and I'm studying how to use function in the shell script. The script is suppose to run as a basic math calculator with two defined numbers by the user. It's suppose to ...
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Is there any danger to using an unset variable in a bash function definition?

Doing some code refactoring, and I realized I don't know if this matters at all: The function definition is going to be sourced from another file (a sort of library). The function uses certain ...
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Source only part of a script from another script?

This would probably never be the BEST approach to something, but I'm wondering if it's even possible. Something like: awk '/function_i_want_to_call/,/^$/{print}' script_containing_function | xargs ...
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Creating a function that reads off an input list of files

I am new to UNIX/Linux and am in the process of writing bioinformatics pipelines. These pipelines take in input files and pass them through multiple packages. Say there is a list of files that goes ...
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Function to simplify grep with an often used log

First off, sorry if this is a painfully newbish question! I'm trying make a function that simplifies grepping a log I have to work with on a regular basis. I'd like to use extended regexp with it ...
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Bash Scripting echo locally in a function

In bash scripts I try to keep my variables local to functions wherever I can and then pass what I need out of functions like bellow #!/bin/bash function FUNCTION() { local LOCAL="value" echo ...
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Cursor position in vi at opening of the file

vishex () { echo '#!/bin/bash' > $1; chmod +x $1; vi $1 } The goal of the above function is to have an alias for fast and comfortable creation of bash scripts. I would like that at ...
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Bash function with `getopts` only works the first time it's run

I defined the function f in Bash based on the example here (under "An option with an argument"): f () { while getopts ":a:" opt; do case $opt in a) echo "-a was triggered, ...
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bash: syntax error near unexpected token

I'm trying to create a bash alias alias backlight='__backlight () { echo "$@"; cd ~/Code/MSI-Backlight; sudo nodejs ~/Code/MSI-Backlight/msi-backlight.js "$@"; }', it works fine with no parameters but ...
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change permissions to a file and everything inside , recursively

So I want to create an alias called changeAllPermisions that accepts one parameter argument in such a way that when changeAllPermissions argument is called , both Group and Other do not have access to ...
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Lttng tracepoint(provider,tpname, arg)

I want to insert lttng - tracepoint("traceprovider_name"tracepoint_name" "$1"$2") statements with same tracepoint_name and traceprovider_name but with different arguments: for example: 1)How to ...
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Calling php function from /var/www/folder (as www-user), which is located in a file in /var (or any folder) (with root permissions?)

I wrote a script which "walks" through /var/www/xyz and scans folders and more. The folders are all 'user-bound', so the permissions for a single folder there are set to the specific user. Running ...
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How to increment local variable in Bash?

Data 1 \begin{document} 3 Code #!/bin/bash function getStart { local START="$(awk '/begin\{document\}/{ print NR; exit }' data.tex)" echo $START } START2=$(getStart) echo ...
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Returning local values from Bash variables?

I studied this article called Returning Values from Bash Functions. Data Lorem. \begin{document} hello \end{document} Case #1 which does not work Code #!/bin/bash function getStart { ...
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functions arguments

I am having trouble with what should be a simple bash script. I have a bash script that works perfectly: function convert_to () x_max=2038 y_max=1146 x_marg=100 y_marg=30 x_grid=150 y_grid=150 if ...
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How to use call-by-reference on an argument in a bash function

I am trying to pass a "var name" to a function, have the function transform the value the variable with such "var name" contains and then be able to reference the transformed object by its original ...
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Returning a variable from a function [closed]

I have the Linux script shown below. I can get it to return from the method decrypt nothing which I need to unzip a file. The method decrypt sends a string with the name of a zip file. Please give ...
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Execute only if it is a bash function

I'm looking for something similar to Bash's built-in command that will only run something if it is a function. So currently I have an insecure way of doing: # Go through arguments in order for i in ...
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How to call in a kernel level function in user space [closed]

I've developed some helper functions in the kernel. They're called by other functions in the kernel. Currently, they make my custom kernel panic :( For now (i.e. debugging), I made them as a passive ...
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Can't get bare-bone simple bash function to work [closed]

I have some tmux scripts in a directory, and I'm trying to make a script to make it easier to call them. Function is below tms() { ~/linux/scripts/tmux-scripts/$1 } This is in my bashrc, I then ...
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Problem with entire function in a script

I want to detect online network/shell services in my Solaris. I write following script for this purpose: compare_ser() { if [ "$1" != "" ]; then echo "True" >> Solaris.txt fi } export -f ...
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sh - Using Arguments in .profile functions

I want to use an argument in the function I created in my .profile file. I want to ask for input if no argument is given, otherwise set a variable to $1. When I check $1 to see if it is empty, I ...
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Using a function defined in a parent script

I wrote the following script in the test.sh: #!/bin/sh compare() { if [ $1 != root ]; then echo "Fail" >> CAT1.txt fi } awk -F: '$4 == 0' /etc/passwd | cut -d: f1 | xargs -n1 -i bash -c ...
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What is the difference between `autoload` and `autoload -U` in Zsh?

What is the difference between autoload -U and plain autoload? For instance, here it is recommended to run: autoload -U run-help autoload run-help-git autoload run-help-svn autoload run-help-svk ...
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Exporting a function from .profile/.bashrc

What am I doing wrong...? It's fine if I do this on the command line and then call it but not when I load it from .profile. Linux Mint Qiana, Bash 4.*, if it matters. function android() { command ...
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locate alias with find

On small systems where there is no locate installed, How would an alias look like that gets the same result as locate? I can imagine find can produce the same output so an alias could look like ...
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Whats going on in this function?

log () { A=$1 print "`date '+%m/%d/%y %H:%M:%S'`: $A" >> LOGFILE.txt print "$A" } This is how log function used in most of the shell scripts in our environment. and its been used in ...
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How can I make source-highlight colorize .dotfiles by default?

Normally when I cat a file like this it's hard to read without colorizing. I've managed to get cat to use source-highlight like this: cdc() { for fn in "$@"; do source-highlight ...
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Elegant way to prevent command substitution from removing trailing newline

I'm customizing my zsh PROMPT and calling a function that may or may not echo a string based on the state of an environment variable: function my_info { [[ -n "$ENV_VAR"]] && echo "Some ...
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Can you execute a Bash function with the `at` command?

I want to execute a Bash function at a scheduled time. I think the right tool for this is the at command. However, it doesn't seem to be working. function stupid () { date } export -f stupid ...
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Aliasing a command with special parameters [duplicate]

I would like to have an alias for the following code:- g++ *.cc -o * `pkg-config gtkmm-3.0 --cflags --libs`; but I want that when I enter the alias it should be followed by the file name *.cc and ...
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Accessing fish functions from perl

In bash I can do: foo() { echo bar; } export -f foo perl -e 'system "bash -c foo"' I can also access the function definition: perl -e 'print "foo".$ENV{"BASH_FUNC_foo%%"}' How do I do the same ...
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How to use a bash function like a regular command in a pipe chain?

I'm performing several commands on large files from within a bash script. In order to monitor the progress I use the pv command. An example command could look like this cat $IN_FILE | pv -w 20 -s ...
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Track certain parameters on some command

Let's say that I have a command git branch (always with a couple of words) for example. What I want is to keep track of when this command is executed with arguments. For example, if I execute the ...
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Checking if a command is a built-in in ksh

How can I check if a command is a built-in command for ksh? In tcsh you can use where; in zsh and bash you can use type -a; and in some modern versions of ksh you can use whence -av. What I want to ...
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What's the best way to make a bash function in a script as a parameter when running via command line?

I'm fairly new to bash scripting, and wondered what's the simplest way to make bash script functions in a script as the parameter when run via command line? Example usage: ./myscript function1 ...
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Automated function Logging tool

Is there a automated tool for logging function name , function entry and exit parameters per thread for complex multi threaded application.(C / C++)