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

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How do I echo an expression with both single and double quotes?

I have tried many things, but I'm new to the shell. Is it possible to have both double and single quotes within an echo? I want to generate echo "scan 'LPV',{FILTER => "(PrefixFilter ...
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grep and command-line variable substitution

In the following command sequence, $ grep -E '^.{11,22}John' emplist Operations John Thompson PARTHawks Cher Sales John Jacobs FULLHawks Davinder Singh Finance ...
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Problem in using user defined variable in a script

The following is a simple script, named myscript, that I wrote in order to run a command. dcmpath='$HOME/Data' dcmfile='IM1' dcm2nii $dcmpath/$dcmfile Unfortunately, bash does not recognize the ...
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How do I eval two commands?

If I run this: echo "echo 'a'; echo 'b'" It produces a string which I can then run, and it works - echoes a\nb\n. However, this does not work: $(echo "echo 'a'; echo 'b'") Why not? It doesn't ...
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Why doesn't my command work when aliased?

I use ps -ef | grep catalina | grep -v grep to print the tomcat process running on the system: kshitiz 7099 1 0 May11 ? 00:02:29 /usr/lib/jvm/jdk1.8.0/bin/java ...
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Escaping multiple backticks in a sed call

I need to perform search and replacement iteratively in several SQL statements: From: CREATE TABLE `Old_Name` ( To: ALTER TABLE `Old_Name` RENAME TO `New_Name` The above query contains ...
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Multiline variable with spaces, adding each line to an array

I have a problem I can't seem to figure out.. I'm making a script I will run in OSX to help me stay connected to open wifi hotspots. I am reading all surrounding wifi networks into a muntiline ...
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Bash command in string is executing when I create the string, not when I use it later

I'm relatively new to shell scripting, but have nearly completed a script which makes use of the lftp program. The part of the script I am having trouble with is when I create a long string of ...
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Update .profile in /etc in UNIX

How can i append the following text in .profile in folder /etc/security of UNIX OS? PS1='hostname -s':$LOGNAME'[$PWD]' i tried: print 'export PS1='hostname -s':$LOGNAME'[$PWD]' ' >> profile ...
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Error with a file name containing parentheses

when I tried to change file name from old.file(1).gz to new.file.gz, It says syntax error, I am using ubuntu 12.04. mv old.file(1).gz new.file.gz bash: syntax error near unexpected token `('
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What is the difference having double quotes or not in bash [duplicate]

I have some bash scripts, one which has the following content: #!/bin/bash source $(dirname ${BASH_SOURCE[0]})/script.sh while the other one has the following content: #!/bin/bash source ...
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About escape with SSH pipe

I want to execute the awk command with long parameters,like this: ssh host "netstat -rn|awk 'NR!=1 && NF>=6 && $1!="Destination" {printf "%-15s %-20s\n", $1, $2}'|sort -f " but ...
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Renaming file which got a quote mark ' in its name

I got a little bit of a problem. One client tasked me with the migration of sites from a really old server. Don't know how they got there, but there are files with ' in their names. Is there any way ...
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How to make the command multi-line?

The following command: thunderbird -compose to=abc@example.com,subject=testmail,body="something" works, but only if it has no comma in the body tag. It works with: "dsafdsafcc \/sda/fads ;.f af af ...
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Scripting - Folders with spaces

I'm trying to write a script that's robust enough to work with spaces. Its currently in a for loop, but the problem I'm having is folders with spaces in its name. ASOURCE="Home Photos 2012 ...
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Change the name of a file that contains spaces in the name

I don't know why but when I go to change this file name with mv command it comes up with the error stating not a directory. -bash-4.1# mv {{ THEME SANITIZED }}.hacks.css myomega.hacks.css
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Commands inside bash not being interpreted?

I'm trying to execute a command inside a bash script, $(pwd) is not being interpreted at all, and not even using eval. This do not work: cat apache-vhost.conf | sed 's/{path}/$(pwd)/g' Neither ...
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Why my tabs are not expanding in TIMEFORMAT?

I need to measure the running time of an application, so I'm messing with TIMEFORMAT in order to print short format with the maximum precision available. From the Bash Refence Manual: TIMEFORMAT ...
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For loop not getting executed correctly over ssh

I have a script in which I am reading from a csv file where it contains SourceIp, DestinationIP,Source Ports, Destination Ports. First I am reading the sourceIp and trying to do ssh over it (I am ...
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Bash script is not working

I wanted to create a script that executes the ls command with the provided arguments. Why isn't it working? I tried running it with for example -R, then it echoes (I echoed the same thing for ...
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Pass shell variable as a /pattern/ to awk

Having the following in one of my shell functions: function _process () { awk -v l="$line" ' BEGIN {p=0} /'"$1"'/ {p=1} END{ if(p) print l >> "outfile.txt" } ' } , so when called as ...
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understanding the default value of IFS

In my GNU bash version 4.2.8, IFS has a default value of space, tab and line feed by default: usr@T42 ~ $ echo -n "$IFS" | hexdump -C 00000000 20 09 0a | ..| ...
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How do I grep for multiple patterns?

I want to find all lines in several files that match one of two patterns. I tried to find the patterns I'm looking for by typing grep (foo|bar) *.txt but the shell interprets the | as a pipe and ...
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mkdir multiple directories with a subdirectory name having space in it

I want to make multiple directories in one go. The problem is that one of the sub directories have a name with a space in it. The directory structure i want to make is as follows. project /level ...
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Why can't find -regex match a newline?

Why does this fail? touch "$(printf "a\nb")"; find . -regex './.\n.' I also tried these, none of which work: find . -regextype posix-extended -regex '.\n.' find . -regextype posix-awk -regex ...
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Why does bash add single quotes to unquoted failed pathname expansions in a command before executing it?

I was exploring the tracing of commands using set -x (set +x to unset) in bash: Print a trace of simple commands, for commands, case commands, select commands, and arithmetic for commands and ...
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Expansion in zsh prompt

I'm struggling with zsh prompt, trying to convert my bash prompt to zsh hooks. This code should display the current kerberos ticket and update accordingly, but colors don't work, neither does the ...
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Pass bash script arguments in double quotes to php cli script

I am trying to pass arguments to a bash script and then to a php script, I have literally looked at 30+ links, and tried over a dozen examples, and I for whatever reason have not been able to get the ...
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Proper use of escape characters in desktop file

I have a command with a working .desktop Exec key as follows: Exec=env XDG_CONFIG_HOME=/home/bean/.config/gedit/ gedit %U I would like to use the $HOME variable instead and it works in the terminal ...
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echo bytes to a file

I'm trying to connect my rasberry Pi to some display using the i2c bus. To get started I wanted to manually write stuff, bytes in particular to a file. How do you write specific bytes to a file? I ...
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Piping paths with different types of quotes for slash substitution

I would like to use sed to convert a path with backslashes to the same path with forward slashes: E.g. I would like to pipe \\path\to\file\ and obtain /path/to/file None of the following commands ...
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Is there a way to get *actual* (uninterpreted) shell arguments in a function or script?

I have a function posix that I use in the Git bash shell on Windows to transform DOS-style paths to normal Unix-style paths. Since DOS-style paths use a backslash as separator, I have to quote the ...
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How to quote a string containing dollar sign $ and single quote '?

My directory's name contains a $ and ', for example :~$ export DIR=\$my\'dir :~$ sh -c "ls $DIR" How can I run above command without $my being expanded? I know the single quote doesn't work since ...
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Quoting and escaping

I have a shell script, the arguments of which are collected in quote as a single argument and passed to a perl script. /usr/local/API/check_api.sh "-D x.x.x.x -C Test_Internal_Cluster -u user -p pass ...
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How to alias a command with '

I wanted to make an alias turn caps lock off: python -c 'from ctypes import *; X11 = cdll.LoadLibrary("libX11.so.6"); display = X11.XOpenDisplay(None); X11.XkbLockModifiers(display, c_uint(0x0100), ...
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Assignment to variables

I was trying to devise a solution to a different question asked on the site and came across this curious issue. Here is the set of commands that I issued: $ foo=82a9948422 $ echo $foo 82a9948422 $ ...
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Need to set a variable with “[]”

I have a tcsh script, in which I need to set a variable to this value defining my system type. type=abc project=def sysname=["Linux"] I tried various combinations to escape the [ and " but have ...
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variable expansion within command substitution over SSH bash 4.X

I want to do this ssh ${w100user}@web100 'ls -l "$(grep "${1}" /etc/pure-ftpd/pureftpd.passwd|cut -d':' -f6)"' Which obviously performs an ssh session to server web100 as w100user and then greps ...
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Is it a bug for join with -t\t?

I have a problem with the command join. "The default join field is the first, delimited by whitespace" (Cited from join --help). However, there is a field containing sentences in my tab-delimted ...
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Why is echo ignoring my quote characters?

The echo command isn't including the complete text that I give it. For example, if I do: $ echo ' echo PARAM=` grep $ARG /var/tmp/setfile | awk '{print $2}' ` ' It outputs: echo PARAM=` ...
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Why can't I do ls *.txt in a subshell?

~$ echo $(ls) arguments.txt cecho.sh Desktop Documents Downloads example.txt Music Pictures Public ~$ echo $(ls "*.txt") ls: cannot access *.txt: No such file or directory Why does the ...
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Different behavior of sed with respect to an array and a string in the presence of backslashes

Let the file foo.txt contain foo\\ bar baz xx Why does the following correctly change "foo\\ bar" to "someotherstuff" in foo.txt? sed -i 's/foo\\\\ bar/someotherstuff/gI' foo.txt while this ...
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How can we rename a file with semi-colon as part of the filename?

I tried to rename all file with extension "XLS;1" to "XLS" but it just didn't work. I tried the following in cygwin in windows xp and they don't work: mv *.XLS;1 *.XLS mv *.XLS\;1 *.XLS mv ...
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Do I need to encapsulate awk variables in quotes in order to sanitize them?

As per an answer on stackoverflow, it's my understanding that encapsulating bash variables in double-quotes is a fairly safe way of sanitizing user input. What about awk variables? For example, if ...
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bash adds extra single quotes

I have a problem executing my script. When executing it in debug mode (bash -x), I can see that bash is adding extra quotes. Therefor my script is failing. Here this is within my script: ...
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How do you preserve a space in a literal expression in an array value in bash and how to trim down results from a sort command?

In the context of searching for expressions in log files, I was wondering generally if there was a way to quantify and qualify the contents of the logs in /var/log in some way. In particular, does the ...
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Help Shell script to pass variables to rsync

I'm trying to create a simple wrapper shell script for rsync. When I send file names to my script, rsync can never seem to identify the correct location. The file names have spaces in them. I've tried ...
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Why is my grep + regex not working?

I recently decided that enough was enough -- I was going to learn to use grep fluently. It's been all of three hours and I'm already stumped by this toy problem. I'm currently syncing a RAID5 array, ...
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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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Escaping blackslash in sed

I am trying to write a sed command to replace a line in a file. The sed replace required the current working directory, which starts making the command a bit messy because of the characters that need ...