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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How can I print only certain commands from a bash script as they are run?

I have a bash script with various if statements based on command line arguments I pass in when calling it. Having some kind of output as to what commands are being run is helpful to confirm the flow ...
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How can I make awk on Busybox treat the entire input with NULL character in between as a single record?

I wrote a base64 encode script for my Busybox system. #!/bin/sh base64encode() { /usr/bin/awk -- ' function asc(char,l_found) { l_found=0; for (i=0;i<=255;i++){ if ...
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apt-get install without debconf prompt

I would like to install chef via apt non-interactively, but by default, apt installation brings up this prompt: Is there a way to skip this step during installation or pass a value to apt install? ...
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Convert perl script to bash

The following script it's about monitoring some logs, the $timestamp is at log at every line that something happens. Example: 03:19:13.4 Begin summary update for ...
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securely automating a script which requires a key to do its task

I have a script that downloads bank transactions to store in a database. To get these transactions requires a password for each account. The database is encrypted and requires a key to access it. All ...
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Understanding boolean operators in bash script

phone_missing=false echo "missing $phone_missing" if [ ! $phone_missing ] then echo "Lost phone at $readabletime" $phone_missing=true fi I just can't wrap my head around this, as ...
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How to script this task?

First of all, I can make basic use of the linux command line, but have slim to none experience with shell scripting. What I want to do: I have a router running OpenWRT, a destop pc and an Android ...
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script works fine on client machine but doesnt work in nagios

purpose: nagios check for kannel stuck Date : dec 8, 2013 /etc/init.d/kannel status | grep -i -E "SMS: received" | awk '{ print $3 }' > kannel_temp_1.txt /etc/init.d/kannel status | grep -i -E ...
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Intersection of two arrays in BASH

I have two arrays like this: A=(vol-175a3b54 vol-382c477b vol-8c027acf vol-93d6fed0 vol-71600106 vol-79f7970e vol-e3d6a894 vol-d9d6a8ae vol-8dbbc2fa vol-98c2bbef vol-ae7ed9e3 vol-5540e618 ...
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How to reassign new values to array elements?

I'm trying to figure out like three or four things at the same time.The most I need help with is how to get the greatest number in all the files that I have created on a prior run of my script, that ...
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How can I suppress output from grep, so that it only returns the exit status?

I have the grep command. I'm searching for a keyword from a file, but I don't want to display the match. I just want to know the exit status of the grep.
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Bash: handling “[[ statement ]] || echo problem found ; exit 1” logic

In the statement in the title, there is a problem that even if the statement is true, it will still exit with status 1 because, as I understand it: [[ statement ]] || echo problem found ; exit 1 ...
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List Mails by subject

I'm writing a script to send mails from a mailbox on a remote server and a script to check if the mails are received at another remote server. For this I have configured mutt. What I now need is to ...
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Command working from CLI but not from script

I have a command that I use from the CLI to properly color files, folders, executables, etc. The command that I'm executing looks like this: test -r ~/.dircolors && eval "$(dircolors -b ...
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How do I delete files with spaces in them in bash script?

this is a three part topic to a two part process that still is not working for me: Objective: to manipulate a filename then delete it the filename has spaces between the words then the dot .ext ...
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Using BASH versus ASH on Synology

The majority of my photo files have the following naming convention / format IMG_20131204_120000.JPG, showing date and time the photo was taken (iPhone/Apple naming convention). However, not all my ...
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Parsing a delimited text file in bash as command arguments

I have a text file split up like so: field1,field2,field3 xield1,xield2,xield3 dield1,dield2,dield3 gield1,gield2,gield3 Each of these columns will be a parameter to a program, and I would like ...
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Automating pipes?

I find myself using basically the same line over and over again: cat file | command1 | command2 | command3 > file Is there a way I can put all these pipes into one script, so I can just run ...
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Why does combining `less` and `script` disrupt line endings?

This bash snippet will print out the numbers 1 to 10: $ for i in $(seq 1 10); do echo $i; done 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 When I try to use this with script and less like so: $ script -q -c 'for i in ...
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How to maximize a window programmably in X Window?

I'm wondering if there is any commands or programs to make some window maximized in X Window? For example, what I imagine is something like this xmaximize -window *window_id*
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script to automate scp in network

I have a network full of Linux machines. In this network, I have a user as user1 with the password as password in all the machines. I have the following script to put files in the home directory of ...
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Collect EXIF data of a directory

Is there a way to extract EXIF information of all images within a directory (into an output file)? Preferably I also need GPS data but this is not essential. I only ask, as I have a number of ...
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remove title bar of another program

I have developed a program with glut library and want to remove its title bar. Since its impossible to remove the title bar from glut library I have to use an external tool to remove its title bar. ...
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Cannot locate libncurses.so location when running a file

I'm trying to run a file name remote build which is to build a package on a target server. My target server is HP-UX-itanium 64 bit. When I run the remote build, somehow it cannot find libncurses.so ...
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Shell script passing null value while executed as cron job [closed]

We are using the below commands to get pagesapce values and I need to check percent of used pagespace. For this I have used the below code, but when running this script it's passing a null value into ...
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Create sub-directories and organize files by date from file name

I have been using the following script to organize my photos into "Date' Directories: for x in *.JPG; do d=$(date -r "$x" +%Y-%m-%d) mkdir -p "$d" mv -- "$x" "$d/" done This script works ...
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Bash: append columns to table

If you want to append a column (not a line) to a table, and the column has the same number of elements for sure, how can you do it? Given a set of files, which keeps changing each day, you want to ...
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Join two files with different number of columns and rows

I have two files. file_1.txt looks like this: R1 C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 R2 C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 R3 C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 R4 C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 ...
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play mp3 file as soon as its downloaded

How do you combine these two different commands into one script: $ wget http://mymusic.store.com/musicfoo.mp3 #file gets saved as musicfoo.mp3 $ mplayer musicfoo.mp3 wget attempts to save the file ...
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How to compress and transfer folders from one server to another over network

Do we have any option to transfer folder from one server to another, that is faster and compressible and bandwidth limit settable method? The servers run on Linux. I tried tar + ssh but I couldn't ...
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stripping out the last two [end] with sed?

I'm working on a script that improves the fluxbox 'menu', and my script has this line: sed -i 's/\[end]//g' ~/.fluxbox/menu;sed -i '/^\s*$/d' ~/.fluxbox/menu but this has the unfortunate effect of ...
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Keep only first match from locate output

I need to locate a library on my system and it's name is expected to be found a couple of times. I want to keep only the first occurrence. So far I've tried some methods for splitting strings by ...
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find not working right

if [[ "$1" == "" ]] then leftarray=($(find . -type l -printf "%p\n" 2>/dev/null)) rightarray=($(find . -type l -printf "%l\n" 2>/dev/null)) for var in "${rightarray[@]}" do ...
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Script is stuck saying 1 response with 2 available: Math related

I have a script that tells the user the square footage of 2 rooms based on user input. I think I have that part done right. The problem I have is that I need to have the script say which room is ...
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Check a range of IP addresses to see if a host is active

I need to write a bash shell script that will check a range of IP addresses to see if a host is “alive” at that address.I also need to list the IP numbers of those that are “alive”, and provide a ...
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KSH conventions scripting [closed]

I'm writing scripts in ksh atm. I'd like to know if there is any "conventions" as for example, always doing "unset" before using a variable, or using typeset to define a new variable, etc.
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Changing the current directory using a script (ksh)

I'm launching my script from echo $PWD ---> /x. I want my script to change my current directory. So my script contains +- this : cd /y exit 0 However, when my script ends, I'm stils in echo $PWD ...
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Using variable in KSH function

I tried to have a switch if either an option is set or not while getopts "s:u:d:e:ch" _OPTION; do case $_OPTION in ... c) isCSet="Y" then I'm ...
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Automount post-unmount script

My intention is to spin-down an external USB drive after 20 minutes of not being used. In the normal case I would use hdparm for this but unfortunately this doesn't work on my external USB drive. It ...
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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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Ksh script warnings [closed]

While running my script, I got the following message (it's not an error strictly speaking, because the execution go ahead after) : myScript -s test -u test2 pk_copylogs[2]: hist: :: not found ...
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How to use wc and piping to find how many files and directories are in a certain directory?

How can I use word counter and piping to count how many files or directories are in /usr/bin directory?
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vim: Execute BundleInstall without showing the vim interface

I have a installation script that I use to initalize my vim plugins when I'm on a new machine #!/bin/bash # Clone vundle into the directory if it's not already if [[ ! -e bundle/vundle/.git ]] then ...
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Is there a difference between ./script and bash script? [duplicate]

Given a shell script file that begins as #!/bin/bash # (bash script here), and has been chmod +xed, is there any difference in running ./script and bash script from the command-line?
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Is it possible to control xterm (or specifically a process that xterm has started) from another process?

If I start a process with xterm like this (where omxplayer is the process xterm is starting): xterm -fullscreen -fg black -bg black -e omxplayer -o hdmi -r %f Is it possible for me to write to ...
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Fast access to often used document

For several applications I maintain my personal cheatsheets. I use them mostly for vim, latex, vim latex-suite and bash. For example, when I forget a key combination in vim, I browse to the ...
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How do I track down the source of a ssh login message?

I installed mailutils on my linux machine with Linux Mint 15 (basically Ubuntu 13.04). When I log in, I get the following: Welcome to Linux Mint 15 Olivia (GNU/Linux 3.8.0-32-generic i686) Welcome ...
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What is the language that appears on the first line of a script? [duplicate]

Bash scripts start with the following line #!/bin/bash # Rest of script below ... In bash the # character is the start of a comment, but #!/bin/bash is definitely not a comment, therefore it isn't ...
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Why does a working standalone nested function/script not work inside a larger script? [duplicate]

The following (nested) function/s function hpf_matrix { # Positional Parameters Matrix_Dimension="${1}" Center_Cell_Value="${2}" # Define the cell value(s) function hpf_cell_value { ...
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Clean way to temporarily replace a config file?

I use a drawing program called Inkscape, which has both a GUI and a command line interface. When used on the command line, it has a large number of options that can only be controlled through a ...