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How do I define alias with variables which can be changed at runtime?

This is probably a very easy to answer question, but I could not find any questions already asking this due to different wording when writing titles. Running help alias on my bash prompt returns only ...
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“No such file” warning on terminal launch

I ran a source command on a file that was missing. I forgot about it but later noticed that every time I opened a new terminal, the first line would be a warning about the missing file bash: ...
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How do I track down the source of a ssh login message?

I installed mailutils on my linux machine with Linux Mint 15 (basically Ubuntu 13.04). When I log in, I get the following: Welcome to Linux Mint 15 Olivia (GNU/Linux 3.8.0-32-generic i686) Welcome ...
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Linux (RedHat) `sudo su -l <<user_acct>>` does not source profile

As stated, having trouble with loading the default profile of <<user_acct>> when doing sudo su -l <<user_acct>>. Inside .profile, if [ -r "${HOME}/.profile.custom" ]; then ...
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Add an application to the command search path in csh

Recently, I have installed an application (gnuplot) under user directory (/home/usr/bin). I want to run the application whenever I type 'gnuplot' in any directory. What could I do? I tried to set the ...
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export PATH only once per login in zsh

I need to alter my PATH variable so I put export PATH=$PATH:somedir in my $HOME/.profile which is sourced by my $HOME/.zshrc. This works, yet whenever I open a new terminal (urxvt in X11), .zshrc ...
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Thunderbird / Firefox profile missing or inaccessible

Out of sudden my Thunderbird and Firefox wont run because of this message: Your Thunderbird profile cannot be loaded. It may be missing or inaccessible. Your Firefox profile cannot be loaded. It may ...
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Can .bash_profile be auto sourced after change?

I'm always wondering if there's a way to do this. I don't want to type source after changing my .bash_profile all the time.
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efficient rc file syncing or replication

Recently I've been experimenting with KVM and virtual machines. I'm lazy and tired of manually copying/syncing my .rc files. Some Googling didn't immediately turn up any tools. Are there any CLI tools ...
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Message appears after every command completed

I am very new to Linux. Having said this, I had a friend go on my RHEL machine and he somehow added a few random lines in a file, which will post every time I have completed a command. I am not sure ...
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How should I go about setting up vim-pathogen plug-ins for a group as a user with no root permissions?

I do not have root permission on a linux cluster, but I would like to share my vim-plugins to all other members of a linux group using vim-pathogen. We have a group-accessible folder, so that's where ...
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Share environment variables with www-data

I have a set of environment variables, which is created with a shell script config called from my ~/.bashrc. Having a new user www-data running a local webserver (with lighttpd), I need it to benefit ...
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Using different profiles (.kshrc_xxx) in ksh

In bash you can load a different profile by using the --rcfile option, is there such an option in ksh? Or perhaps a workaround... I know you can invoke the shell without the .kshrc profile using the ...
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Change default user configuration file location

If possible, how can I change the default location the system looks to for files such as: .bashrc .bash_history .bash_profile .cshrc .hushlogin .tcshrc I run Plesk and the default user home ...
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several virtual profiles for the same user

Many times there are several "identities" which one user uses: for work, open-source, academia etc., all require different ssh keys, editor configurations, git configs etc. I was wondering if there ...
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Change the PS1 prompt in a subshell sh called from parent bash

When I am running an interactive bash session, I sometimes experiment with sh. I call sh directly from this bash session. My question is, how can I change the PS1 prompt of this subshell? I would ...
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Start text terminal shell from Linux DM?

Is it possible to start a shell in a text terminal from a Linux Desktop Manager such as GDM, MDM or KDM? I have a user that has a .profile with a bash select loop offering the option to startx (where ...
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How to source /etc/profile and .bashrc while starting vncserver

I have an installation of RHEL5.10 (2.6.18-371.11.1.el5) with vncserver: # rpm -qa | grep vnc libvncserver-0.9.7-2.el5 vnc-server-4.1.2-14.el5_6.6 x11vnc-0.9.13-8.el5 While my other installations ...
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How to set up environment after installation of a software inside home directory?

I am not familiar much with environment and path settings in UNIX environment. I have installed CDO (climate data operators) in a folder in my home directory. I am only able to run it when I go into ...
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Why is my PATH not listed in my .bashrc file? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to find out which files are setting/adding to environment variables, and their order of precedence? I am a Linux novice. I would like to edit my PATH ...
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Send email if user accesses the server via ssh [closed]

I want to get notified if any person accesses my Debian server via ssh. So I want to send an email whenever a user logs in on my server via ssh, so I added this line at the end of /etc/profile: ...
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How to add an alias without directly editing the `bash_aliases` file?

Is there a way to add an alias from the command line without directly editing the bash_aliases file? To clarify, how can I make a bash script do it without having to enter something along the lines of ...
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Alias from .bash_profile is not reflected across the system

I have few path settings and alias in .bash_profile, and I am exporting those. For example: alias gcc=/abc/def/......./myrtgcc export gcc And I want use myrtgcc to compile C programs either from ...
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Command substitution in alias resolved in bash profile? [duplicate]

I want to make an alias for randomly changing my mac address alias chrandmac="sudo ifconfig en0 ether $(openssl rand -hex 6 | sed 's/\(..\)/\1:/g; s/.$//')" but the command substitution part is ...
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Creating a symlink inside profile.d doesn't work. Workaround?

I have created a special folder (/usr/manual) for everything I install manually. This way when I reinstall the OS or change my laptop all I have to do is move /home and /usr/manual/ and reinstall the ...
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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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How to correctly set the XDG base dirs gobally and dynamically

I get a lot of config folders in my homefolder. I assume that is, because $XDG_CONFIG_HOME is not set and some software (e.g. fontconfig, umlet) does not follow the standards. $XDG_CONFIG_HOME ...
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No prompt after logging in

After entering my username and password when trying to log in, I am not getting the command prompt. This is what my screen looks like: pal login: root Password: Last login: Wed Oct 14 15:42:19 on ...
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Disabling power management

I am running Cubieez on a Cubieboard2, I need to disable screen saver and power management, I've followed several tutorials about but none seems to work, I've written: xset s off. xset -dpms xset s ...
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Adding script to autostart

I have this script: #! /bin/bash xrandr --newmode "1920x1080_60.00" 173.00 1920 2048 2248 2576 1080 1083 1088 1120 -hsync +vsync xrandr --addmode DVI-I-1 1920x1080_60.00 xrandr --output DVI-I-1 ...
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.bash_profile alias escape quotes?

On the rare occasion I use the command line, I usually forget syntax. This is one of those times. I want to add a simple alias to my .bash_profile but no matter what quote method I use, I get an ...
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linux shell global linux memory in mem variable - from shell

Is there any way for me to set an env variable without editing files to be in memory and effect other shells as well, which will take effect on any new user who connects that machine and will take ...
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Where are the places the PROMPT_COMMAND variable could be set?

I installed drush and as part of the installation it makes some changes to the PROMPT ... # Optional. Enrich the bash startup file with completion and aliases. drush init ... Whenever I execute an ...
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Xfce initialization script

In an attempt to disable the bell in Xfce, I have created a ~/.config/xfce4/xinitrc with this content: #!/bin/sh # Disable bell xset b off But now, the system bounces back to the login screen at ...
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.profile is written in shell script — can I instead make my system understand that I want it to execute a Python script instead?

I get Python. I don't get shell script. I could learn shell script, but I would rather not if I can use Python in its place. A good place for me to start would be the .profile script. Currently, for ...
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configuring setxkbmap for a single user/debugging xkbmap changes

I'm trying to do something similar to what this user asked, storing my keyboard layout. My first thought was to use .bashrc, but I turned to .bash_profile after realizing that I only need it set once ...
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unable to login via tty{1-6} as a normal user

I am unable to login via tty{1-6} as a normal user. I can only login as root. When logged in with a normal user, the computer displays the greeting message from /etc/motd and logs me out ...
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Working with exporting PATH CentOS strange behaviour

I am trying to modify the PATH variable in two different scripts located in /etc/profile.d/ /etc/profile.d/php.sh #!/bin/sh PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/php/bin export PATH /etc/profile.d/mysql.sh ...
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Command prompt (PS1) including the number of files in directory (both hidden and regular entries)

I have finally come up with a favourite PS1 format but I find it takes too long to load. I need help optimizing... The part that is slowing it down is when I call the external commands in the prompt. ...
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xset not having any effect in my .xsessionrc file

I need to set some trackpoint settings automatically. I don't know the best file in which to place these commands, but I used .xsessionrc. The commands are properly executed (I can verify that by ...
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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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Terminal sometimes fails to find executables on local directory [duplicate]

I can open my terminal emulator via a keyboard shortcut or through the apps finder that executes the exo-open --launch TerminalEmulator command. My terminal starts and I can cd to any directory and ...
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Where is the .xprofile for Elementary OS Luna

I have this problem similar to this thread. http://askubuntu.com/questions/63863/unknown-monitor-intel-driver-want-to-set-vga-resolution-to-widescreen-tv/154818#154818 it fixed my resolution issue but ...
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Why doesn't alias work in AIX (Korn shell, .profile)?

I have these files in my home directory: drwxr-xr-x 3 meuser staff 256 Oct 12 13:11 . drwxr-xr-x 102 bin bin 4096 Sep 30 12:28 .. -rw------- 1 meuser staff ...
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How to make an application run automatically?

I am trying to run my application when a user logs in. So I've added a script in ~/.bash_profile as follows: # for Buluttdepo /usr/bin/myapp > /dev/null 2>&1 & export ...
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How to execute a function in the .profile file

I have a function which is supposed to remove duplicate copies of directories from my PATH environment variable. I have created some duplicates so I can test it but I don't know how to: 1) put the ...
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How to make changes to /etc/profile take effect

I am trying to change $GRAILS_HOME from /usr/grails-1.3.7 to /usr/grails-2.0.0 If I just do export GRAILS_HOME=/usr/grails-2.0.0 it doesn't persist when I log out and back in. I found a line in ...
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How do I set Keyboard and profile preferences when connecting to Solaris via SSH?

I'm connecting to a Solaris box from Mac OS X. Whenever I have connected to linux boxes in the past it has been much easier to navigate around. How do I fix these configuration issues on Solaris? ...
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Where are gnome-terminal profiles stored on a linux distribution?

Of the distributions of Linux I have used (Red Hat, Ubuntu, CentOS, others) which utilize gnome-termial you are able to set different terminal profiles via a drop down menu located in the terminal ...
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'Chain' shells' profile and runcom files?

While setting zsh up, I found a post stating that to keep a .zshrc as clean and backwards compatible as possible, one can 'chain' the shells' configuration files. If I recall, it consists more or less ...