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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Similar method to /etc/init.d

I have set my script to run using the /etc/init.d method. All works good. The problem is that my script does packet capturing and when it restarts the machine after say the crond is loaded then it ...
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Capabilities for a script on Linux

If I want to set a capability (capabilities(7)), such as CAP_NET_BIND_SERVICE, on an executable file and that file is a script, do I have to set the capability (setcap(8)) on the interpreter starting ...
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Why the inconsistency with using cat vs. echo piped to this sed command?

Inspired by this question: sed: N command does not read single line I wanted to understand why there appears to be an inconsistency between the following 2 commands: #1. echo This command produces ...
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Script Command without Junk Character

I'm Using Unix script command to record everything which is output to the terminal and place it in a log file. but when I see recorded file, it also include Junk Character. So how to record terminal ...
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Moving Older Version Files to another folder via a script [closed]

I am trying to find a way of getting my cmd script to look through my folder, find the older versions of the pdf docs in the folder and move them to another folder called older versions. Problem I am ...
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Zip folder without including path to folder and require only one argument

I'm trying to make a zip function that'll do all the steps I typically do when zipping a file or folder. Say my current directory is ~, and I want to zip a folder named Folder1, whose file path is ...
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screen /bin/bash execute script and then go to interactive shell

I am using .byobu/windows to start up some screen sessions, and I'm trying to start a script that will exit to an interactive shell once it has completed. Is this possible? I've tried: screen -t ...
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bash equivalent of zsh's $@[2,$#]

(NB: the motivation for this question is only to improve my bash programming know-how.) I want to know the bash equivalent of zsh expressions such as $@[2,$#], which directly address a range of a ...
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Confused on user and su in linux

How could I run a script as a specific user (non-root)? As this? sudo su - john /usr/share/script.pl for user john?
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Bash script to rename files from a text file source

I'm fairly new to bash; I can just about perform simple administrative tasks with simple commands 1 at a time. However, I've been tasked with renaming some files in a directory using a text file as ...
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Taking Backup of files of particular limit in unix

Here is the scenario, I have 1000 files in a folder each ~3 MB. I want to zip all files into 50MB each zip and remove the original files. NOTE: 50MB may contain 20 files or 10 files but that zip ...
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if condition, loop in grep [closed]

Could someone please provide help for me. I tried to start writing a shell script but am getting hung up with this issue. I need to grep commands "adb shell ps" and find in it 3 processes with names: ...
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Checking and changing file permission with script

I'm new to bash and I can't get a script working. This is the code that I have: #!/bin/bash file=~/scripts/text.txt if [ -e $file ] then echo "The file exists" elif [ ! -e $file ] then echo "The ...
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List a directory but only if it contains sub-directories?

In Unix, is it possible to use one command ONLY to list directories if they contain a sub-directory? For example, I would like to list the directory name if it contains a sub-directory called ...
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Is it possible to have comments in multiline commands in fish?

In bash it's possible to do my_function() { echo "hello" | #remove 'l' tr -d 'l' } but in fish ( http://fishshell.com ) I wasn't able to do the same: function my_function echo "hello" | ...
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gnome-terminal cmd leaving processes open after closing parent window

The following simple command should demonstrate my issue: gnome-terminal --tab -t "Tab 1" -e "/bin/bash" --tab -t "Tab 2" -e "/bin/bash" This should open a new window with two tabs and an active ...
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Is there a way to simulate a “Close” event on various windows using the terminal?

I answered on Ask Ubuntu Quit all instances of gnome-terminal via a command but as you all can read gnome-terminal didn't seems to have a SIGcall I could use to simulate this "Close" event. So this ...
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While reading from a file, choose specific fields and compare them with another file in Unix bash?

I have a CSV file that contains the columns a,b,c,d and e and another file that contains column z. While reading line by line from the 1st file I want only fields c and d and at the same time I want ...
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How to assign shell command to key?

I want to assign my script to special key on my keyboard. xmodmap recognize this key as XF86AudioMute, but I want to execute my script when it pressed. How to do it? My window manager is Window ...
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Looping over a folder enter anyways the loop

When looping on a folder through a for f in $path I am experiencing an unexpected behaviour, i.e. the loops is entered anyway even if no file match the wildcard. I am using cygwin and this is my ...
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Launching shell script from SSH and disconnect

I have a script which I run from SSH that launches several processes which I would like to keep open when I disconnect from my session. Is that feasible? Launching the script in background is not a ...
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Ubuntu unattended install : echo keypress to dialog

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Server 64 My unattended-mode bootstrap.sh script contains: apt-get upgrade -y I know that during execution a primitive UI for GRUB installation will be shown which requires ...
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Why is the first line comment of .sh file necessary? [duplicate]

I was told that the first line shebang (#!/bin/bash) is necessary in the shell script file, and the file won't run accurately without this line. But I tested some scripts. They work just fine without ...
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How to set a variable equal to the output from a command in GRUB2?

I want to customize a little my GRUB 2 bootloader, so I'm asking how can I set a variable equal to the output from a command in GRUB2? I am interested to pass the output of date command to a ...
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Javascript to HTML converter?

Take for example this snippet of code on a web page. <html><body> <script language="javascript"> document.write("The cat"); document.write(" sat on the mat"); </script> ...
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Passing values to a parameter in script

Following is the script to copy all libraries of a certain command to make my chroot environment. For example: ./cplb.sh /bin/ls will copy all the libraries of ls command (i.e., the files listed by ...
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Changing password in multiple boxes using script

I'm working in a environment which has around 400 AIX boxes. I don't have root access and I'm a normal user. The environment has no LDAP kind of centralized mechanism for authentication so the ...
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Running script on system start as given user

I have a small script on a dev/staging server that runs services inside tmux. The script just creates a few sessions with a few windows each in which various services are running. How can I make ...
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How Can I Automate the Change between a Python Script and a Nohup Python Script?

I have a Raspberry Pi connected to a digital temperature probe, which measures my fermenting beer. A python script reads the temperature every second and prints it to the console, and stores it in a ...
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Missing “Run in terminal” in KDE

I switched to KDE from Gnome after seven years using the latter. I have everything configured already but I'm missing one option: the run in terminal prompt, when executing a script double clicking. ...
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Is there an easy way to print the GTK and QT versions installed on a system?

Is there an easy way to print the GTK and QT versions installed on a system? I am wanting to make a script that will print the version numbers of various developer tools and libraries.
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how to list all the internet's IP ranges? [closed]

I was wondering if I list all the IP ranges directly available on the internet. perhaps also group them by country and ISP? I know that a lot of people do research nowadays on datamining and ...
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Mac equivalent application “shortcat”

There is a mac application called Shortcat and it make me envious. For those of you averse to clicking links here is a summary: Keep your hands on the keyboard and boost your productivity! ...
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Renaming all files in a directory while keeping the same initial part of the name [duplicate]

I have a directory full of files. I want to rename all the files that match *.py to -backup.py. How do I do that. I know I can use for i in *.py, but from there I'm not sure how to keep the ...
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sed - replace complex lines in a file using variables

How do I replace a complex line in a file using sed? For example I want replace a udev rule in /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules. This doesn't work: OLD_RULE='SUBSYSTEM=="net", ...
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Merging multiple lines selectively?

I have a large file in which a header line is followed by a string of characters at multiple times. eg: file1 VHBFBJBDSBVVFJBSV SVJBVHJBVJ SVKJBVJBNVKVJV file2 dfhgdgffdghgg SVKJBVJBNVKVJV I ...
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bzr get last commit message using bash

I am using bash to try and get the last commit message of the most recent revision on a tree. In the documentation the closest thing I found was: bzr log -l 1 --line Which outputs: 45: Firstname ...
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What platform to use for programmatically editing text files? [closed]

I just volunteered at work for a project that involves creating a program to edit log files on a server. By edit I mean extract useful information to another location and remove lines of text that is ...
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${#array} vs ${#array[@]}

As far as I can tell both ${#array[@]} and ${#array} evaluate to the number of elements in $array. Is there any reason for preferring the longer form (${#array[@]})?
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Is there a less convoluted way to set the $path array locally within function?

Is there a less laborious way for setting a local version of the $path array than what's shown in the following snippet? foo () { local holdpath holdpath=($path) local path ...
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Add a suffix string to end of each line? [duplicate]

I have two files: file01: line1 line2 line3 file02: A B C And I want to get line1 A line2 B line3 C I could possibly write a Perl script but it is better if I don't need to. I have tried ...
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Using tcpdump to log blacklisted IPs

I am using tcpdump to log traffic outbound on a network. I would like to be able to log traffic on a host or IP-only basis but then I would like to be able to log large numbers of potentially ...
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how to compare total file

Suppose i have 2 config files such as: file 1: smtpd_sasl_auth_enable = yes broken_sasl_auth_clients = yes smtpd_sasl_authenticated_header = yes virtual_gid_maps = static:5000 File 2: ...
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Why is my shell script hanging on `apt-get -y upgrade`?

Ubuntu : sudo DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive apt-get -y update sudo DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive apt-get -y upgrade sudo reboot Script is always interrupted after upgrade and then it will stay on ...
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Which folder should I write to for my intermediate files, as a dev?

I'm starting to write a few bash scripts for my project and they need some intermediate files or variables to be written. I want to know which folders can I be sure of having access to when someone ...
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Programatically use visudo to edit sudoers?

I have a sudoers file stored in our svn repo. I want to svn export it to /etc/sudoers but can't do it because sudo detects that it was not edited by visudo and throws syntax errors. What exactly does ...
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When to use redirection to stderr in shell scripts

I know that well-behaved utilities like grep output "normal" messages to stdout, and error messages to stderr. $ grep '^foo' file1 file2 file1:foo grep: file2: No such file or directory When I'm ...
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PuTTY and PowerTerm scripting Problem, Open a just in time URL via Samba share

I'm sshing into a fedora server using Powerterm (an expensive overly priced, license based, terminal emulator). The server uses an ancient form of (what I'm told is similar to) cobalt. I have no ...
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Replace filename with parent folder name

I have a bunch of files each in their own subdirectory. I need to write a script to rename each file to have the same name as its directory: For example, given: ./1111/1234.pdf ./2222/2345.pdf ...
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How can I use a variable from a script?

A bash script is running as I defined it in Startup Applications. It is possible to display on terminal a variable used in that script? If yes, how?