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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to pass environment variables to a non-interactive shell (with example)?

In a sh script another sh script is started with su -l <user> -c /path/to/script.sh. As far as I understood script.sh will be run in a non-interactive shell. The official documentation tries to ...
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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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7z from bash script won't exclude directories

I've encountered with kinda strange behaviour of 7z (or bash, I don't know yet.). With the following script: #!/bin/bash find /home/user -type f -name "*.pdf" | cut -c 10- > ...
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Is it possible to create a Linux environment without a traditional command shell?

i.e. Using something like IPython, re.pl, or somesuch as a login shell, instead of bash/ksh/etc. Using initscripts, etc. written in Python or some other scripting language, and making no use of ...
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Telnet no echo output from xinetd script

I have have installed xinetd, and I wrote a script: #!/bin/bash echo "Some text" touch /home/somefile I made a service configuration under /etc/xinetd.d/ and basically it works when I connect to ...
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Concatenate file contents AND names

I've been writing for many months. The files I create are dated files named like 2011-06-13.markdown with daily content. I've decided I want to have all the writing in one file instead but I'd like ...
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how do you include variables in Bind9 configuration files?

I am trying to create a auto install script since I have to do this installation task on multiple servers. I have setup all the bind9 configuration files with my variables and thought it would have ...
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Bash script: test command -o option

I have a piece of code like this: count=0 until [ -f $filename -o $count -ge 60 ] do count=$((count+1)) sleep 1 done I know [ -f $filename -o $count -ge 60 ] is a test command, "-f $filename" ...
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Is there a version of script that plays nicely with vim?

man script says: Certain interactive commands, such as vi(1), create garbage in the type‐ script file. Script works best with commands that do not manipulate the screen, the results ...
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Uuencode displaying attachment content in email body

I am using uuencode with mailx to attach a zip file. In following code, the if block works perfectly and I get Deletions.zip as an attachment in the email. But, whenever the else block is executed I ...
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Having an issue searching for a string in a file

I have tried to use a 'case' loop but it doesn't work for a reason unknown to me. This is my script for the case loop. echo "Do you wish to search again? [y/n]" read INPUT_STRING2 case ...
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Opening a terminal other than xterm, running a command on it, and not closing the terminal after it succesfully finished

I have the following script in my arch linux box: #!/bin/bash xterm -e "sudo pacman -Syu;bash" This will fire up an xterm, and run the command sudo pacman -Syu on it. Because of the ;bash part, it ...
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Compare two files and print matches

Is there anyway to get this through Unix shell scripting? I have a fileA with one column (1000 rows), and fileB with 26 columns(13000 rows). I need to search each value of fileA with fileB and return ...
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Piping for loop output prevents local variable modification

I'm trying to write a simple bash function that takes, as its arguments, a number of files and/or directories. It should: Fully qualify the filenames. Sort them. Remove duplicates. Print all that ...
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Check if script is started by cron, rather than invoked manually

Is there any variable that cron set when it's running a program ? If the script is running by cron, I'll skip some parts; otherwise invoke those parts. How can I know if the bash script is started by ...
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Parallel execution of bash script

I have a table URL_Experiment in my database (mySQL database). I have 2 million URL links in this table. For each URL, I am checking if some particular text is present in the URL and updating the ...
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Is there a way to find out the number of lines from a command output?

I am trying to compare command outputs between two servers. I want to find out the number of lines from the output of commands such as ls -l. Is there a way to do so? So far I have not found anything. ...
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how to mount a range of drives in bash?

I use something like this to unmount a range of drives: umount /dev/sd[c-k]2 Is there any way to use same thing with mount? something like this: mount /dev/sd[c-k]2 /[c2-k2]
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How do you fire a sequence of commands at the command tool?

I had a previous question (deleted it) and I still don't understand why it is so hard to understand what I'm trying to ask, but I'll try once again and more clearly. So I'm copying over several ...
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Compare 2 tab delimited files and output differences with column header

I would like to compare 2 similar files on a common column. The files will have identical headers. file1.txt mem_id Date Time Building aa bb cc dd ee ff ...
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Work out the command line of a GUI operation?

I am trying to script one repetitive operation within an open-source software, FSLView to be specific. The operations are extremely straightforward in the GUI, I mean just several clicks. However, I ...
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create numbered files with defined content with bash

I want to create 69 files with a filename from 4006 through to 7075 and it each file needs to have some enumerated content, the following code prints on the shell what I would like to have inserted ...
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Write a remote managing script

I need to be able to locally run a script that will connect to various servers and run commands on them. What is the best way to accomplish this?