A script is a sequence of commands or instructions that are executed by an interpreter program rather than compiled into a standalone executable program.

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Locating the terminal currently in use

I need to write a script to test if im using the correct terminal and then print a message This is what i have so far if(???? == dev/pts/1) echo Access Granted. Welcome. endif I dont know how to ...
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How to sum match numbers

I'm new at scripting, and need some help. Will appreciate your answers. I got this assignment, which is to find the sum of all five-digit numbers (in the range 10000 - 99999) containing exactly two ...
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Replacing multiple lines in sed or awk

I'm trying to use sed or awk to replace 5 lines in a smb file but I just don't have any idea how to deal with the newlines.
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How can a Bash script tell how it was run?

I have a Bash script I was trying to make to help me run a rather complex command with small changes that it would ask me about through echo and read. I have found solutions to force it to run a ...
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How can a script run many processes at the same time?

I want my code to run many processes at the same time. The following example for a code and the source is StackExchange (Unix&Linux ) web site. > #!/bin/bash > for i in $(cat lis.txt); do ...
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Create a list of directories

I have a list of names in a text file (list.txt) I want to create a list of folders for the names included in that file. I wrote the following script, but it doesn't work and I don't know what is ...
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cronjob executes every minute but should execute every hour [on hold]

I have a script which should be executed every hour, which creates a new log file. But it executes every minute. I am really despairing. My entry in crontab -e looks like this: #Create new logfile 0 ...
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auto installing dropbox daemon(dropboxd) with profile signed in automatically script issue

I am trying to install dropbox automatically in my server auto-install script so when I spawn a new VPS instance I'm able to have dropbox installed and have the credentials already inputed via the ...
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Check that a bash script has exactly two arguments which are directories

I'm writing a bash script that compares two directories, but I'm not sure how to check conditions For example, if the user enters 1 arg instead of 2 (we need 2 since we're comparing two directories), ...
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Compare 2 delimited files and output differences

I have asked similar questions here a couple times in the past with great success, but now my needs have slightly changed and I am struggling to get the exact output I am looking for. I would like to ...
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Run script in a screen

I want to run a bash script in a detached screen. The script calls a program a few times, each of which takes too long to wait. My first thought was to simply open a screen and then call the script, ...
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Can't spawn backgrounded process

My team's using Pallet (think Puppet in Clojure) to automate server provisioning, but running into a fairly fundamental problem: Pallet can execute arbitrary scripts directly on target VMs, but if one ...
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How can I make a for loop starting a lot of processes?

I want to test some bug, and to do that I need to have a situation where the PID is larger than 99999. I am thinking of a bash script, a for loop. Any ideas?
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Another unterminated 's' command

I am trying to make a simple replacement for an IPv4 address script. sed "s/[0-9]\{1,3\}\.[0-9]\{1,3\}\.[0-9]\{1,3\}\.[0-9]\{1,3\}/192.100.100.100/g" This is what I have. As stated in the title I ...
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How to write this pseudocode where condition

This question is extension of this question about listing questions of directories. I get a problem that I need to understand the original section of the text. Current output where you see the ...
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How to execute Netscaler commands through a remote machine via SSH connection

I have been trying to execute some NetScaler commands like "bind" & "unbind" through a Linux Box via an SSH Connection. Now the Problem is, Manually we are able to enter & execute commands on ...
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Using alias in another script (ksh)

I'm writing a ksh script, and I'd like to use a command define by an alias in my .profile file, in my script. I tried this command in the folder containing my script, and it works. However, in my ...
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Shell script permission denied despite +x flag

This is an odd one, it only happens on one server (shared hosting, so I have limited access to configuration and logs), but I can't wrap my head around it. I have a shell script which runs some app's ...
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bash script that reads user input and uses “cal” command to validate dates

I want to write a script that reads my input (for example if my script is called "check", then I would type "check 9 4 1993" and that input would go through the cal command and will check through the ...
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How does awk '!a[$0]++' work?

This one-liner removes duplicate lines from text input without pre-sorting. For example: $ cat >f q w e w r $ awk '!a[$0]++' <f q w e r $ The original code I have found on the internets ...
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One-Click Script to Gmail Yourself a File

Does such a thing exist? I'd be interested in something like: You right-click a file in a file viewing manager, and click "gmail yourself this file". One click, and you're done. You open up the ...
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View timestamp for CUPS print jobs

I'm looking for a way to view the timestamp of a job in CUPS. I've searched the man pages and can't seem to find it. The long term goal is to have a script that parses the time from the jobID and ...
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Using rsync to copy from local to remote server with cronjob, asking for password

I want to copy files from a local machine to a remote machine. I have the command all set up and it looks like this: rsync -a project root@123.456.789.0:~ However, when running this command, I'm ...
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just wanted to know what am i doing wrong in the end of this script that doesnt put my checkdate in to cal command

#Purpose: Validate a date #Usage: chkdate year month day # if [ $# -eq 0 ]; then echo Usage: chkdate year month day exit 0 fi year=$1; month=$2; day=$3; extra=$4 if [[ "$extra" != "" ...
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grep output of expect script

I'm trying to run some expect language, and grep/parse the output all in one script. I want to grep the output of and look for "error" (I should note that standard linux commands like awk, sed, grep, ...
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I want to divide a sum of numbers by a value

So here is my code for Unix shell scripting #! /bin/ksh echo "Enter your first number:" read first echo "Enter your second number:" read second echo "Enter your third number:" read ...
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How to write this replacement with condition

I want to replace now within my working directories the word -> with $\to$ if the word is not within verbatim environment. Pseudocode Replace all entriens of -> with $\to$ everywhere else but not ...
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How to non-invasively test for write access to a file?

In a shell script, how do I easily and non-invasively test for write access to a file without actually attempting to modify the file? I could parse the output of stat, but that seems really complex, ...
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How to remove file log with file name

Assume, I have log files with this name format. NameLog.log.2014-09-27 NameLog.log.2014-09-28 NameLog.log.2014-09-29 NameLog.log.2014-09-30 NameLog.log.2014-10-01 NameLog.log.2014-10-02 ...
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copy and rename script

Directory A: 1111111_1.pdf 2222222_1.pdf 1234567_1.pdf Directory B: abcdefg.pdf zzzzzzz.pdf 1234567.pdf 1111111.pdf 2222222.pdf ...
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ffmpeg script - slicing a video into multiple slices

I am currently using ffmpeg to slice video files. I automated the process through a script called ffmpeg_split.sh. To view the script click here. When I run the script I have an error when trying to ...
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What is the reliable way of getting each user's .ssh directory from bash?

I can parse the /etc/passwd with augtool: myuser=bob usershome=`augtool -L -A --transform "Passwd incl /etc/passwd" print "/files/etc/passwd/$myuser/home" | sed -En 's/\/.* = (.*)/\1/p'` ...but it ...
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A shell-like environment for binary processing

This question came to me a couple of times before, now in response to the question Loop through binary data chunks from stdin in Bash Answers given in ...
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When is 'if' not necessary?

In some scripts, I've seen if conditional statements written as: if [ some_conditional_statement ]; then # do stuff fi or [ some_conditional_statement ] && #do stuff Is the second ...
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Configure localtime. dpkg-reconfigure tzdata

I'm using this to configure localtime: dpkg-reconfigure tzdata It is ncurses interface. I'm looking for the way to programming this. Is there true way without user ncurses interface? How to ...
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How do I print all but the Nth to last line in sed?

I'd like to do the complement / "opposite" of sed 13q;d <file.txt More generally, is it possible to do this sort of complement/inverse/opposite in sed? Or only for regexes? How do I print all ...
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Invert boolean variable

I want to try simple script flag=false while !$flag do read x if [ "$x" -eq "true" ] then flag=true fi echo "${x} : ${flag}" done But when i run it, if i type true, i will see ...
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How to copy, execute and retrieve data from a remote computer?

I am trying to run some calculations on a remote computer. Basically I want to copy some files to the computer, load a software, execute the calculation, then retrieve the data back. I have created a ...
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setcap error on Debian Squeeze: “unable to set CAP_SETFCAP effective capability: Operation not permitted”

My python script needs at least the CAP_NET_RAW capability, because it's using a pcap library, but I don't want to use sudo (and in fact sudo causes my script to not work properly, with the script's ...
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Interacting with webpage through script?

I have an email-account where I've ended-up with a lot (200 000) of messages in the Spam-folder. Unfortunately, it's not all spam - partly due to badly trained filter and partly due to mail-list ...
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python == python2 OR python == python3 ? How to package, distribute python py2k scripts?

Depending on system, python==python2 or python==python3. Executable Python scripts, starts with: #!/usr/bin/env python #!/usr/bin/env python2 #!/usr/bin/env python3... For python py3k it is ...
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Read target of symlink and increment target by one

I have a folder structure that looks like this /some/folder/1 /some/folder/2 ... and a symlink current that links to one of the folders. Is it possible and when how to read the target of the link, ...
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How to sum times in a text file using command-line?

I have a text file containing flight times, hours and minutes separated by colon sign, one per line: 00:50 00:41 00:43 00:50 01:24 I am currently using Apple's Numbers application with a simple ...
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Script that unpacks a initrd, allows editing of the preseed.cfg and the packs it to cpio and gzip again

I want to program a script that allows what is said in the title. So basically I gunzip the initrd, than unpack the cpio, open vi to allow editing, save, pack with cpio, and gzip again, so nothing ...
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Interacting with a running interactive console program from a different process

I have a console program with an interactive shell, similar to say, the Python interactive shell. Is there an easy way to start this interactive program A and then use another program B to run A? I ...
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Get the full window dimensions (including decorations) in Unity

I have used the answer to How do I find the window dimensions and position accurately including decorations? in my bash scripts, and had good success with my Silentcast application on Xfce, but now ...
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merge mutiple files using common column [duplicate]

Say I have multiple files x1, x2,x3,x4, all with common header date, time, year, age. How can I merge them to one singe file X in shell scripting? File x1: date time year age 101014 1344 2012 52 ...
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Find a string in one section of a file with mutiple sections

How to sed/awk for a string contained in another string. TESTVAR=' { icon : "icons/773_l.png", id : 80, initialState : true, isPng : false, label : "Imagery", opacity : 1, requestType : ...
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Can't set PATH with a script [duplicate]

I have written a script which was supposed to add some value to environmental variable PATH, but script doesn't do that if I start it with ./script.sh. #! /bin/bash INSTALLDIR="/opt/ARM" ...
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Import single rows from SQLite to MySQL?

I need to do some kind of incremental import again and again from a SQLite 3 database to a MySQL database. Column names are the same in both databases. Is there a good way to do this by a script ...