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Disable Keyboard & Mouse input on unix (under X)

How can one programmatically "freeze" the Keyboard & Mouse temporarily, so that no one could mess with the system? There are several possibilities where this is useful. For instance, I have a ...
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Record every keystroke and store in a file

I need to record every keystroke and store in a file in the user directory ~, when using my account, I am not sudoer and I cannot install programs (like logKeys) in any way. How could I do so using ...
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Clear / erase a mistyped invisible password on a shell / terminal in Linux

One thing that annoys me using Linux's terminal is when I have to type a invisble password, like when you run ssh. Sometimes I mistype one or more letters and then I have to press backspace key a few ...
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How do mouse events work in linux?

This is mostly out of curiosity, I'm trying to understand how event handling works on a low level, so please don't reference me to a software that'll do it for me. If for example I want to write a ...
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How to send keystrokes (F5) from terminal to a process?

I'm using an Raspberry Pi in combination with Chromium (kiosk mode) to show up some stats. The Pi doesn't have an connected keyboard so I searched for a solution to send keystrokes from the terminal ...
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Why the behavior of while loop and for loop is different?

I am trying to read user and server details from file tempo.txt and then check the disk space usage of the file system on that unix account using another script server_disk_space.sh.But I am not able ...
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How to inject keystrokes via a shell script?

I'm trying to inject keystrokes into the input daemon so as to simulate typing from a Bash script. Is this possible, and if so, how can I make it happen?
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Share keyboard over network as separate device?

I am trying to achieve something similar to this: http://superuser.com/questions/67659/linux-share-keyboard-over-network The difference is that I need the remote keyboard to be usable separate from ...
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Command line utility to retrieve password, that has no echo back

Bash builtin read command doesn't seem to support it, now I need to let user input a password while no echo should be displayed, what tool can I use?
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What does CTRL+4 (and CTRL+\) do in bash?

I just found out by accident that CTRL + 4 closes programs reading stdin input from the command-line. This is how it looks when I type CTRL + 4 or CTRL + / into programs reading stdin ryvnf:~$ ...
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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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USB keypad (HID) not responding in linux but in grub

An external USB keypad I'd like to use gets recognised as a USB HID device, but it is not functional when Linux is booted. It does work when plugged into a Windows desktop and it does work while in ...
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how to merge two audio input source using avconv

I try to make screencast using avconv and I facing a problem. I finally succeed to record both pc output and microphone input , the problem is that they're not merged in the output file. (I saw ...
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Get input from editor (vim/nano/emacs/textmate?)

I was just curious if there's a way to get input not from StdIn but from $EDITOR - be it vim, nano, emacs or even a non-command-line-editor (MacVim/TextMate). What are the ...
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send keystroke to process

I'd like to run some applications in fullscreen. Even though they don't have an explicit such option, it is possible with the metacity Alt-F11 command. So, I thought I could create such an input like ...
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setting up Xorg input devices without udev

I have udev support in kernel(CONFIG_DEVTMPFS), thus my system does not strictly require udev daemon. Indeed everything works fine without udev daemon with the exception of Xorg (LXDE). LXDE starts ...
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Shell script how to read input from a file [closed]

I need to read input from a file given in following format. $ ./process_data.sh arg1 < input_data.txt How do I read input_data in my shell script process_data.sh?
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Input from file: “advanced” (using less-than sign) vs. “beginner” syntax

I read the following in the grymoire: A simple example is changing "day" in the "old" file to "night" in the "new" file: sed s/day/night/ <old >new Or another way (for UNIX ...
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How to clear the input in Bash

I have a bash script that is reading quite a bit of data /dev/random. I need the user to type randomly to seed the random daemon. However once the script completes everything typed will get dumped to ...