Strings are typically delimited by quotes, which raises the problem of dealing with strings that include quotes.

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Is it possible to escape quotes within escape quotes within escape quotes within escape quotes?

I'm guessing someone will tell me I'm doing something wrong and dumb and noobish, but I'm trying to script something in the most straightforward method possible and use sudo commands to do something ...
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How to pass shell variable to an awk search pattern?

In my bash script I have a variable that I am trying to pass to a pattern to search for using awk. However what I expected to happen is not working. I have the following text file (text.txt): ...
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Something wrong with spaces in zenity trying in a script [duplicate]

While this is directly executed in terminal it works fine zenity --info --text "pure info" --title "get info" But this script doen't work what's wrong? !/bin/bash ZEN="--info --text \"pure info\" ...
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how to store output of a command into array with each value in a double quote

I want to store each output in double quoted array values. values can have space also. FOUNDFILES=($(locate --database ~/.locate.db -i -b "$INPUT")) if input to the locate command is very very ...
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ln -s removes part of a file name, when filename is passed as a variable

I use a script to link some of the files I download to a different directory. When there are "-" in the file name, ln - s wont read the path correctly, even though the variable will be logged ...
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What is the difference of defining a variable with or without quotation marks? [duplicate]

If I define a variable with the quotation mark: TEMP="~/Dropbox" then ls $TEMP would not work, instead echo $TEMP | ls works. And to get the same result, I can also define the variable ...
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–mtune=arm920t”: command not found

When I run CC=”${CROSS_COMPILE}gcc –march=armv4t –mtune=arm920t” I get a –march=armv4t: command not found error, when i remove –march=armv4t and run: CC=”${CROSS_COMPILE}gcc –mtune=arm920t” i get ...
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New line in bash variables

I'm trying to store multiple lines in a bash variable, but it doesn't seem to work. For example, if I list /bin one file per line and store it in $LS, then I pass $LS as stdin to wc, it always ...
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Can see file in /usr/local/bin with ls, but attempting to run it yields file not found?

I'm on OS X, but since this is terminal work I figured this was the best place to ask. I'm trying to get Sublime Text to work at the command line via subl and having no luck. I ran ln -s <location ...
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View remote value of $PATH inside shell script

When executing this bash script, it only shows my local path. ssh ${REMOTE_HOST} 'bash -s' <<EOL set -e source ~/.profile echo $PATH # Commands here don't work because $PATH is ...
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bash scripting and PS1 prompt

Im trying to customize the way the PS1 prompt shows in terminal and CLI on Arch Linux, but it's not printing the proper thing it should be doing. First up is I'm trying to colorize parts of the PS1 ...
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Binary not accesible from Bash despite being in path

I am learning how to program in Racket. It's binary is in "/Applications/Racket v6.2/bin/racket". Let me show what happens: MacBook:~ enedil$ echo $PATH /Applications/Racket\ ...
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Pass string value to date in Unix

mm="27 Jun 2011" dd=$(date -d'27 Jun 2011' +%Y%m%d) echo $dd I want to use value of mm in second line. When i tried like below dd=$(date -d'$mm' +%Y%m%d) It is giving error.
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Add a newline into a filename with `mv`

It's a serious question. I test some awk scripts and I need files with a newline in their names. Is it possible to add a newline into a filename with mv? I now, I can do this with touch: touch ...
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How do you search ! in man sed?

You cannot search ! directly because it puts process behind. For instance, you cannot search ! in sed man. How can you search ! in man?
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ssh command with quotes

I have an odd error that I have been unable to find anything on this. I wanted to change the user comment with the following command. $ sudo usermod -c "New Comment" user This will work while ...
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Run a command stored in a variable [duplicate]

I am working on updating some scripts we have used previously ( on RHEL) to work for a new flavor of Linux (ESX). As I am modifying the script, I wanted to add user feedback as well as some other ...
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Slash and backslash in sed [duplicate]

I want to use sed to change a slash into a backslash and a slash, i.e. / -> \/. But it does not work. Here a small example: #!/bin/bash TEST=/etc/hallo echo $TEST TEST=$(echo $TEST) echo $TEST ...
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Unable to store ascii value in a variable

I am trying to convert hex to decimal to ascii and store it in a variable. I am using the following code. HEX=30 DEC=`printf "%d\n" 0x${HEX}` echo "$DEC" ASC=`printf \\$(printf '%03o' $DEC)` echo ...
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Combine curl and base64 into one command?

I'd like to POST the Base64 encoding of a file to a server, combining curl and base64 into one command that I can execute. I've tried the following: curl 'http://localhost:5000/files' -X POST -H ...
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ssh not showing full output of command

I have a list of servers 20+ that I would like to get the shell that they are using. While logged onto a server I can run the following command $ ps -p $$ PID TTY TIME CMD 12022 pts/6 ...
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In bash, how to call a variable and wrap quotes around its value as part of a command without causing the variable name to become a string literal?

So I want to add 10 seconds to a time. The command to do that came from here. To illustrate: STARTIME="$(date +"%T")" ENDTIME="$STARTIME today + 10 seconds" CALL="$(echo date -d $ENDTIME ...
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What does “\(\)” stand for in this command: grep(“-(mean|std)\(\)”, x[,2])

Need to know about the function of \(\) in grep("-(mean|std)\(\)", x[,2])
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grep .* returns results from .bash_history and complains about

I'm new to Linux and so far I've been playing around with some utilities, specifically the grep utility. I decided to create a new file (aptly called 'newfile') with the following content: Lady of ...
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Bash substitution with variable defined from a glob pattern

The below example explains the issue. Why is the FILENAME printed correctly when echoed and perceived as a pattern when using substitution? #!/bin/bash FILEPATH_WITH_GLOB="/home/user/file_*" ...
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Is there any way to print value inside variable inside single quote?

Consider I've set variable site and needs to be printed by echo or printf, but If I use single quote to write something and want to use variable then how? Example: $ site=unix.stackexchange.com $ ...
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How to use multiline as group-separator in grep?

In grep you can use --group-separator to write something in between group matches. This comes handy to make it clear what blocks do we have, especially when using -C X option to get context lines. $ ...
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Echoing something with multiple quotes and key characters (&, $, !, etc.)

Let's say you have to echo this into a file: RZW"a4k6[)b!^"%*X6Evf How do you do it? My actual "line" to echo is a 2048 characters line.
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backup script to copy files by its extension

I have created script to copy .png files from one directory to another. Script is as follows: i="`cat /usr/local/app1/default.conf | grep -i values | sed -e 's/\values=//g' -e 's/,/ /g'`" for data ...
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Nested quotes in subshells

Say I have to use quotes to encapsulate subshell output like: DATA="$(cat file.hex | xxd -r)" But I need to nest this kind of stuff like: DATA="$(cat file.hex | xxd -r | tr -d \"$(cat ...
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Get process elapsed time in seconds

Similar to How to check how long a process has been running?, I am trying to get the elapsed time for a process in seconds in an embedded Linux system using BusyBox and sh (not bash). The difference ...
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Deleting files with spaces in their names

I am trying to delete all the files with a space in their names. I am using following command. But it is giving me an error Command : ls | egrep '. ' | xargs rm Here if I am using only ls | egrep '. ...
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grep misreads pattern from variable

I have a problem with escaped pattern put in grep. My test file is: export_cc = ${dir}/aaa/bbb/ccc export_cc = ${dir}/aaa/bbb/eee export_cc = ${dir}/aaa/bbb/ddd export_cc = ${dir}/aaa/bbb/fff ...
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tar exclude files *.zip

Why don't *.zip patterns work in tar : tar cfjv backup.tar.bz2 --exclude mydir/files/*.zip mydir Is there another syntax?
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How can I delete a file named “>”?

I was running a Python script that malfunctioned and used sudo to create a file named >. How can I get rid of this file? Of course, when I try sudo rm >, I get the error bash: syntax error ...
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bash: can't set a variable to a solid string [duplicate]

I cannot set a variable with a whole command-string as following: A="/bin/ps wwwaux" for a in $A do echo "$a" done It assigns array instead of solid string somewhy. Could you assist, please. My ...
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sed replace ;“ content with ';”

I have files that contain ;" and I need it replaced with ';" The following sed command does not work: sed -i "s/;"/';"/g" /root/bashy.sh How can I do this? The solution doesn't have to be sed.
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How to execute an arbitrary simple command over ssh without knowing the login shell of the remote user?

ssh has an annoying feature in that when you run: ssh user@host cmd and "here's" "one arg" Instead of running that cmd with its arguments on host, it concatenates that cmd and arguments with spaces ...
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Output to variable with an indirect command (eval)

What is wrong with this indirect command when run with eval ? #!/bin/bash OS=AIX host=myhost CMD_AIX="(o=\`host \"$host\" \`)" CMD=\$CMD_$OS echo $CMD eval echo $CMD eval "$CMD" Ouput: $ ...
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Man page quotation characters [duplicate]

I've just been looking through a few man pages for a few different commands including grep and ifconfig. I've noticed over a few pages, the content uses a strange syntax to notate what i think are ...
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How do I properly escape this long su + sed command?

#!/bin/bash wineuser=tom su $wineuser -c "sed -i '$ialias ptgui "wine ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/PTGui/PTGui.exe\"' /usr/people/$wineuser/config/cshrc.csh" The acutal line inserted to tom's ...
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How can I add a line including single quotes to a file with sed [duplicate]

I want to append the following line to a text file with sed: gem 'forum2discourse' I've tried sed -i '$a gem \'forum2discourse\'' Gemfile but this drops me to a > prompt so I think I must be ...
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Why can't I escape the braces “]” in sed?

Question: Why can't I escape the "]"? $ printf "*#$@~\!&*()[]\n" *#~\!&*()[] $ printf "*#$@~\!&*()[]\n" | sed 's/[*#$@~!&*()\[\]]//g' *#~\!&*() $
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Wildcards for filepaths aren't working in grep [duplicate]

I need to grep words like these: ABC-DEF AB2-DEF AB3-DEF AB-DEF So I was trying: grep AB*-DEF grep -w -AB*-DEF grep -w AB*DEF But neither of them are working. Please help.
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Can not access my external hard drive.

I am fairly new to Linux and have been trying to move some files around with terminal on my external hard drive but I can't seem to get it to work. I am using a generic external hard drive with a ext4 ...
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scp command behaves differently when used with expect utility

expect -c 'spawn scp -C -o CompressionLevel=9 ~/partFiles/* abc@10.200.4.15:/export/home/abc/; sleep 10; expect password; send "secretPassword\n";interact' throws - ~/partFiles/*: No such file or ...
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Using sed to replace a string with special chars with another string with special characters

I'm trying to automate switching out a bash prompt for another in .bashrc Original String: PS1='${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\[\033[01;31m\]\u@\h\[\033[00m\]:\[\033[01;34m\]\w\[\033[00m\]\$ ' ...
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Syntax Error while running command from another hosts [duplicate]

I run a command to fetch server uptime as below [root@localhosts ~]# printf "`uname -n` `uptime| awk -F " " {'print $3,$4'}`\n" localhosts 75 days, Now when I run same command from another ...
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`xargs` with spaces in filenames

I'm trying to list only non-image files, searching only in the most recent 500 files. So I run ls -t | head -500 | file | grep -v 'image' which isn't right: it displays a help message. Changing it ...
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Git alias multi-commands with ; and &&

I want to have an alias that execute a command and then whether it fails or no it execute other commands that depends on the success of each other. So I have something like that in .gitconfig ...