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Bash source — select the right function when two sourced files have the same function name?

My bash script sources a script file (call it file2.sh) according to an argument. (It is either sourced or not.) The script file2.sh contains a function "foo" (call it a modified or improved version ...
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Can you pipe to a .bash_profile function?

I received a great function for highlighting files in Apple's finder using the command-line. It's basically a wrapper for osascript. I got it from Mac OS X: How to change the color label of files ...
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How to return the exit code? Error: return: Reading: numeric argument required

Here's a simplified version of my script. My question is, How do I return the exit code from apt-get in this case? #!/bin/bash install_auto() { apt-get -h > /dev/null 2>&1 if [ $? -eq 0 ] ; ...
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Passing a code block as an anon. function

Is it possible to treat a block of commands as an anonymous function? function wrap_this { run_something # Decide to run block or maybe not. run_something else } wrap_this { do_something ...
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bash: Accessing function call stack in trap function

Working on a bash function call stack trace... Script traps errors and runs a callStack() function. But on trapping, It always shows a call stack for the callStack() function itself instead of the ...
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Pass arguments to function exactly as-is

I have the following function: bar() { echo $1:$2; } I am calling this function from another function, foo. foo itself is called as follows: foo "This is" a test I want to get the following ...
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how to locally redefine 'command_not_found_handle'?

I'd like to make a particular bash script failfast when it cannot find a command, while retaining globally the usual friendly command_not_found behavior. E.g., if I save the following to /tmp/foo.sh, ...
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difference between “function foo() {}” and “foo() {}”

I can define bash functions using or omitting the function keyword. Is there any difference? #!/bin/bash function foo() { echo "foo" } bar() { echo "bar" } foo bar Both calls to functions ...
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Gawk: Passing arrays to functions

Stuck with GNU awk 3.1.6 and think I've worked around its array bugs but still have what looks like a scope problem in a 600-line awk program. Need to verify understanding of array scope in awk to ...
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for loop in bash function

I recently wrote the following bash function: makeaudiobook () { count=1 almbumartist=$2 for f in $1; do preprocess $f > $f-preprocessed text2wave $f-preprocessed -o $f.wav ...
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Best way to call command within a shell function having the same name [duplicate]

I like to encapsulate commands within shell-functions using the same name. But to avoid the shell-function calling itself recursively, I specify the complete path of the command as the following ...
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How can I create a function in zsh that calls an existing command with the same name?

How can I write a function in zsh that invokes an existing command with the same name as the function itself? For example, I've tried this to illustrate my question: function ls { ls -l $1 $2 $3 ...
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How to get functions propagated to subshell?

Solaris / sh I have a few functions defined in a file which gets loaded via . ./some_file.sh When I start a subshell with sh All my function definitions are lost but when I do env I do ...
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How to define a Bash function that can be used by different scripts

I have defined a bash function in my ~/.bashrc file. This allows me to use it in shell terminals. However, it does not seem to exist when I call it from within a script. How can I define a bash ...
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What are commands to find shell keywords, built in functions and user defined functions?

I was discussing with my friend on how the commands are parsed in the shell, and he told me that bash searches the command in following order List of aliases List of shell keywords List of ...
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Running an executable in PATH with the same name as an existing function

Sometimes I define a function that shadows an executable and tweaks its arguments or output. So the function has the same name as the executable, and I need a way how to run the executable from the ...
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Bash function not working in Zsh

I have been slowly migrating from Bash to Zsh and have got to the point where everything I have moved across is working well, with one exception. I have a couple of functions in my .bashrc that I use ...
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Display the function body in Bash

I have setup several functions in my .bashrc file. I would like to just display the actual code of the function and not execute it, to quickly refer to something. Is there any way, we could see the ...
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what is the zsh equivalent of bash's export -f

So I started using zsh. I like it all right. It seems very cool and slick, and the fact that the current working directory and actual command line are on different lines is nice, but at the same time, ...
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How to reference a script-local dictionary in a Vim mapping?

Somehow I'm not able to execute the following mapping: function! s:MySurroundingFunctionIWantToKeep() let s:Foobar={'foo': 'bar'} map \42 :echo <sid>Foobar.foo<cr> endfunction call ...
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How to reverse-match a string in the Vim programming language?

I want to find the last index of any character in the [abc] set in the abcabc string but the search should start from the end of the string: " Returns the 0th index but I want the 5th. let ...
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Bash: passing braces as arguments to bash function

I love using the following pattern for searching in files: grep --color=auto -iRnHr --include={*.js,*.html,} --exclude-dir={release,dev,} "span" . I'd like, however, to have this one wrapped into a ...
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View shell function's current definition

So I am editing bashrc constantly, and I have a terminal open with a working function definition, although bashrc has been updated with a wrong function definition. (Because the definition do not ...
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How to set an alias on a per-directory basis?

Suppose you have an alias go, but want it to do different things in different directories? In one directory it should run cmd1, but in another directory it should run cmd2 By the way, I have an ...
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Executing user defined function in a find -exec call

I'm on Solaris 10 and I have tested the following with ksh (88), bash (3.00) and zsh (4.2.1). The following code doesn't yield any result: function foo { echo "Hello World" } find somedir -exec ...
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Function caller positional parameters

I need to read and write the positional parameters $@ of a function's caller. The Bash man page says that: A shell function is an object that is called like a simple command and executes a ...
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Is there any way I can fit this into my ~/.bashrc as a function?

I just discovered this useful bit of code on this useful-looking website. #!/bin/sh exec tclsh "$0" ${1+"$@"} proc main {} { set lines [lrange [split [read stdin] \n] 0 end-1] set count ...
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How to get current buffer's filename in emacs?

One of the main features I miss about Vim, is that it always saves the filename of the current file in the % buffer (more info). That allows launching commands easily like: ;; compile current file :! ...
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awk function with a number parameter for the column you want to print

I want to use my awk shortcut as a function, so that I can pass the column number which then prints me the output. My aliases are: alias A="| awk '{print \$1}' alias G="| grep -i' Instad of typing: ...
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Restoring an option at the end of a function in zsh

I'm writing a zsh shell function (as opposed to a script) where I would really like the extended_glob option to be enabled. But since the function runs in the caller's context, I don't want to clobber ...
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Infinitely Nested Directories

Let me start off by saying this is a Mac Terminal I'm using. Not Linux, but I assumed I would get the best answers here as it has to do with Unix and the command line not really anything about Mac ...
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Switching source and destination (or undoing the mv, cp operation)

mv or cp commands both expect source and destination as arguments. In case you want to undo the change you made, or just change the source and destination you supplied before, what is the quickest ...
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Why do Unix-like systems execute a new process when calling a new function?

Why do Unix-like systems execute a new process when calling a function rather than a dynamic library? Creating a new process is costly in terms of performance when compared to calling a dynamic ...
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How to enable `sudo` with custom functions?

Recently I learned you can enable sudo for custom aliases as follows: alias sudo='sudo ' # note: the space is required! The reason this works is the following: If the last character of the ...
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How to understand the result returned by “nm” command

I used nm command to inspect the function names in a .so library. And the result I got is like this: 00009634 T _Z24ICTCLAS_ParagraphProcessPKciPc9eCodeTypeb 00009764 T ...
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How can I pass a command line argument into a shell script?

I know that shell scripts just run commands as if they were executed in at the command prompt. I'd like to be able to run shell scripts as if they were functions... That is, taking an input value or ...
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Script to create files in a template

I just wrote a function in my ~/.bashrc that will let me create a folder for a new website with one command. The function looks like this: function newsite() { mkcd "$*" # mkdir and cd into it ...
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In Bash, when to alias, when to script, and when to write a function?

It's taken me almost 10 years of Linux usage to ask this question. It was all trial and error and random late-night internet surfing. But people shouldn't need 10 years for this. If I were just ...
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Doing simple math on the command line using bash functions: $1 divided by $2 (using bc perhaps)

Sometimes I need to divide one number by another. It would be great if I could just define a bash function for this. So far, I am forced to use expressions like echo 'scale=25;65320/670' | bc but ...
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How do I redefine a bash function in terms of old definition?

Is there any way I can redefine a bash function in terms of its old definition? For example I would like to add the following block of code to the preamble of the function command_not_found_handle (), ...
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What does the “(8)” in fsck(8) mean?

*nix commands (and functions?) have a number with them, like fsck(8), killall(1), etc. What does the number mean?
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Can I “export” functions in bash?

source some_file some_file: doit () { echo doit $1 } export TEST=true If I source some_file the function "doit" and the variable TEST are available on the command line. But running this script: ...
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How to pass a string parameter on bash function?

I have this code that does work: get_parameter () { echo "$query" | sed -n 's/^.*name=\([^&]*\).*$/\1/p' | sed "s/%20/ /g" } But I want to replace the "name" with the parameter that I pass ...
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Combine two commands in .bash_profile

In my .bash_profile file, I'd like to setup a single command alias that is two commands that execute one after another. The first command takes an argument from the command line and the second is ...
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creating simple command for sudo apt-get install?

I need to run these commands very often: sudo apt-get install <package> sudo apt-get remove <package> Can I make it simple like: install <package> remove <package> I ...
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Prefix every argument with -o in BASH

How do I prefix -p to every argument passed to my function? Modifying the arguments themselves and creating a new array are both fine.
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calling functions within a function

I need to fetch the results of different time ranges and email the results, but i am having trouble with the email part of the script, how can i send an email with both results? (15min range and ...
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Is it possible to source a file in bash, but skipping specific functions?

Suppose I have bash_functions.sh: function test(){ } function test2(){ } And in my ~/.bashrc I do: source ~/bash_functions.sh Is it possible to, when sourcing it, avoid sourcing a specific ...
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alias or bash function does not work

When I create alias wd='ps -ef | grep java | awk {'print $2 " " $9'} | egrep "(A|B|C|D)"' or function wd () { ps -ef | grep java | awk '{print $2}' ... } in my .bashrc file, I get errors. ...
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how can i use sudo within a function?

i have written a function which acts in a similar way to tee but also pre-pends a datestamp. everything works fine except when i want to output to a file which is only root writeable (in my case a ...