The Korn shell (ksh) is a shell with advanced scripting features, commonly found on commercial unices and some BSD systems but rarely used on Linux.

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How to get a response from any URL?

I have been asked to write a shell script To check if a URL is UP/Working or not for my Project. I tried to find some hints over the internet, but whatever I got is about checking whether the URL ...
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Is there a way to prevent a non-terminal-attached process from executing 'who' inside my .envfile?

I made some modifications to the /home/user/.envfile so the PS1 prompt would show date/time as well as the pwd etc. The modification is: # `who am i` is used to obtain the name of the original user ...
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Using a command's output in printf in ksh

I am trying to perform the following : printf "Are you sure you want to copy %s (y/n) ? (file bigger than 10 MB) " "$0" It works fine, nevertheless, I would like to display the actual size of my ...
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why is EXPORT PS1 in my .profile getting clobbered?

In this question How can I get KornShell to display the date and time in the prompt? all the variables are visible in ksh except PS1 which appears to be getting replaced somehow. How can I determine ...
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Copy a file from a remote server to windows home using scp

Is there a way to copy a file from a server to a local folder (i.e. My Documents)? can it be done by scp? I have this script that generate some list. I want this script to automatically copy the ...
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Run a script on multiple shells?

I have two servers one AIX with default shell ksh, the other RHEL with default shell bash. I have a script that is mounted on both that will run similar commands but for either AIX or Linux. This ...
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How can I get KornShell to display the date and time in the prompt?

On my AIX box, which is using ksh as the default shell, I'd like the prompt to show both the date and time followed by a newline \n, along with the name of the machine, and the working directory. ...
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How to capture INFORMIX DB errors in shell script?

I need to capture the informix DB errors like Update failed, Insert failed using the shell script. I am using ksh shell.
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Why does this command not work on AIX?

I want to remove UTF-8 BOM from a file using this command: sed '1 s/\xEF\xBB\xBF//' old.java > tmp.java But it did not work. I am running with ksh on AIX 7.1
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What is #@(#) in Kornshell syntax

I'm looking at a script on an AIX box where several lines begin with #@(#) What does that indicate? Clearly doing a Google search is totally fruitless for symbols. Here are the lines from the ...
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how do I recursivley grep (or otherwise search for) hex strings

Long and short I'm trying to track down some files left by evil scum on a server. fgrep -r "STRING" /path/here has been working well for finding general stuff. However, how do I search for hex ...
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How do I use sudo to run multiple commands as another user within a portion of a script?

I'm trying to run the following: if [! -f .owner ]; then creator=$(whoami) sudo -u appuser ksh echo "$creator" >> .owner mkdir test1 test2 test3 exit fi However, the ...
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How to check a ksh script for syntax errors?

$ cat foo.sh #!/bin/ksh echo foo ehco foo2 It doesn't warns for errors: $ /bin/ksh -n foo.sh $ echo $? 0 Question: How can I get the "ksh -n" to warn me about syntax errors?
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aix ksh start weblogic server without nohup.out and return to underlying script

I am writing a ksh script, in which I want to start weblogic server in background and return to underlying script immediately(continue to execute the script) like this: nohup ...
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how to return to underlying script from tail -f

I have a ksh script, in which I use tail -f to view a log file. How can I terminate the tail process, and continue executing the underlying script? I am running it on AIX 7.1. ...
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Shell script not executing

Not sure what is happening. Lets call script a.sh with the following /users/guru$ cat a.sh #! /usr/bin/ksh echo "Hello" date Execute with ksh. It gets done. /users/guru$ ksh a.sh Hello Tue Jul ...
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Problem when splitting command with backslash in unix prompt

I often use the space-backslash combination ( ) to split a command and its parameters into various lines and make it more readable: /home/user> ls -ltra \ > file1.txt \ > file2.txt ...
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what's the right pattern to match my command

OS: AIX 7.1 I am working on a shell script which let user input some command and execute it, one of the commands is in this form: compile appname the appname only can be one of [ccms|asws], what's ...
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how to get exit status from command in expect script

Below is an shell script I have written to automate entering the password for the vpnc command. The expect works fine and vpnc activated automatically after password entered, but I need to get the ...
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Sed + how to set parameters in sed command in order to display lines from text file

I find the following way to print line from file In this example we want to print the first line from the hosts file sed -n '1,1p' /etc/hosts 127.0.0.1 localhost localhost.localdomain localhost4 ...
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Error unzipping file through ksh, unzip works through bash

I have an auto-generated zipfile foo.zip on a Red Hat server that needs to be extracted to a particular location /bar. This is done through an install script using ksh. When the script executes unzip ...
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Aix grep wildcard not working

I have a file called message that has the line CSC/UT/USA/WBIMB/SAP/orders05:orders05/ORDERS05/NONE/ORDRSP/758 I am doing a grep (Platform is AIX 6.1) grep ...
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How to convert text or character to hex in korn shell

Does the unix korn shell provide a function to convert text or character to hex eg. hex 31 32 37 33 34 35 35 36 36 37 value of characters 1273455667 Here i have written the code to display but i don't ...
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Get values block by block in same file

I have a file say "SAMPLE.txt" with following content, P1 10,9:6/123456 P2 blah blah P1 10,9:5/98765 P2 blah blah P1 blah blah P2 I want a output file say "RESULT.txt" as, Value1:123456 ...
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-ksh: revenue_ext.ksh: not found [No such file or directory]

I am getting the same not found [No such file or directory] error when trying to execute a ksh script. Read tips about the PATH and running the script with a ./ in the posts here and here and tried ...
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Using kornshell or Perl to circumvent permissions needed by root

I have a problem where I need to change the ownership and permissions of one file that exists on more than 200 servers. I belong to 2 different groups and need to change the ownership from one group ...
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Learning to use ksh88 in HP-UX [closed]

I am just a plain Linux user who played some distros since 2-3 years. Now, in the company I work there's an HP-UX server. And when I get connected to it I really felt myself like a grandma seeing ...
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KSH script missinterpreting alias stored in SQL oracle DB

I have stored the path of my file in a table with as an alias (as the complete path was too long for the table's field). However, in my KSH script, when I am doing : nomtmp=`sqlplus -S bla/bla ...
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Trying to compare a variable that is multiline in a if comparison

Here is the current file I am running: #!/bin/ksh -x export BIN_DIR="../../env" . $BIN_DIR/vdenv.ksh success="DROP CREATE TABLE GRANT" $worker_dir/runsql.ksh ddl X X > chnl_avt_v1.log ...
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ksh, perform action when reaching loop maximal value

I am looking to write a small korn shell script doing 5 tests (by waiting some time before each one) and then, if they all fail, performing an action. I was looking at doing something like : for ...
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Where is $_ defined by POSIX?

In the comments to the accepted answer to this Unix & Linux StackExchange question, it is stated that $_ is "one of only some 7 special parameters defined by POSIX". I can't find that definition ...
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Is there an advantage in using ksh over zsh? [closed]

Or are there any advantages for using ksh over zsh? Would any specific commands not execute successfully across the shells or are the major differences not command related, but something else?
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KSH while loop causing issues

Hi guys I'm getting this error message when running my KSH script: ./file.sh: line 16: syntax error at line 22: `done' unexpected My code is as follows: #!/bin/ksh # count=$# #count is ...
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How to reset the file descriptor

I was trying to use file descriptor for printing the lines in the file #!/usr/bin/ksh exec 3<&0 exec 0< file.txt while read LINE do echo “$LINE” done and I am done with my code ,it ...
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Print the last-but-one field

How to print the word before the last word in line (with ksh or awk or sed or perl one liner) Example 1: echo one two three will print "two" Example 2: echo 1 2 3 4 5 6 will print "5"
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get arguments passed and put it in an array

is there a way to make the arguments passed become the element of an array? I want to access those arguments individually through array. like this: ./script.ksh arg1 arg2 arg3 then it will become ...
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is there a “goto” like command in ksh

Here is my script: #!/bin/ksh #this is where I want to go again if user enter #an answer other than "yes or no" echo "yes or no?" read ans case $ans in [yY]*) echo "yes" ;; ...
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awk + print awk output in one line

When I run the following hasys command with awk , I get output with machines names as the following: hasys -display|grep Shutdown | awk '{print $1}' machine1a machine1b please advice how to ...
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Korn Shell: Show elapsed time in a specific format

In a log file, I need to print the Elapsed time, in the following format: "Process completed %s - Elapsed %s", <time now in HH:MM:SS format>, <difference from start date to end date in ...
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How to get the JSON STRING from the given string

I have a string given below. I just need to get the first accountHeader (bolded) JSON string, I tried everything.. It didn't work. Can you help me to get the data? <START ...
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Replacing a pattern with another between first and second occurrence of a pattern in file

Want the comma's (,) replaced by the alphabet u between the first occurrence of y till the second occurrence of y. Given below is the sample input file. 100y00893225900,008932259,06,2013,NOKIA Q ...
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perl one liners + match word and delete string after separator

I work with linux/solaris machines and I need to add some rule in my ksh script: Please advise how to match the password word in file, and delete the value password after the separator "=" with perl ...
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perl one liners + print line if match last word but with space

The following perl syntax will print the line in case line was ended with "DUPLEX" But Sometimes DUPLEX have one space or more as "DUPLEX " so in this case line will not printed Please ...
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Is this an array?

I'm currently looking at an existing script that have something like this: variable='val1 val2 val3 val4' Is this another way of setting an array? If not, what is it?
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Count number of elements in an array

I would like to ask if there is a way to count the number of elements in an array in ksh.
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Keeping the latest two version and delete the remaining

I have a list of files (say xsl format below) in one directory. I want to keep the last two version of all files. (I can delete the remaing files) {A}_1.0.xsl {A}_2.0.xsl {A}_3.0.xsl {A}_4.1.xsl ...
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Is there an equivalent to bash's “nocaseglob” in ksh?

I would like to do what is mentioned in How to match case insensitive patterns with ls? except for ksh. Is it possible to do it without any pain(regex)?
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Problematic quotations

#!/bin/ksh typeset FILE_SIZE1=$(stat -f '%z' test.txt); typeset -r BK_STATARGS="-f '%z'" typeset FILE_SIZE2=$(stat ${BK_STATARGS} test.txt); echo without arg var ${FILE_SIZE1} echo with arg var... ...
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Help with 64-bit integers in scripts?

Maybe I'm overthinking this (although I don't think I am)....or maybe there's a neater way of solving my problem ? I have a requirement that if a file is larger than 1GB, it gets split into smaller ...
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Truncating strings after a word in unix [closed]

I have a sentence Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, in the Kingdom of Württemberg in the German Empire on 14 March 1879. I want to truncate the above sentence after kingdom and look like the ...