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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I want a script to do following simple task?

My input is : a a l a c g b c ... and so on rando alphabets. A command or a awk statement which will give me: a-1 1-2 l-1 a-3 c-1 g-1 b-1 c-2 basically counter for all alphabets and ...
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Save password in bash script for multiple queries

I would like to know if there is a safe way to only be queried for a password once in a custom bash script, and then save it somehow to be used for later needs. At the end of the script it should be ...
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I'm trying to count and print song file names using awk as following

RANK NAME BAND YEAR GENERE DOMESTIC/INTERNATIONAL 206:Reach Out, I'll Be There:The Four Tops:1978:Pop:3/2 207:Bye Bye Love:The Everly Brothers:1950:Classic:3/2 ...
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How to put fixed-width, vertically-oriented key-value pairs in a CSV file?

I have a text file with the following type of content: OPERATION_CONTEXT VMD1HTE1A71_ns:.oc.GJ_OAD2 alarm_object 1130 On director: VMD1HTE1A71_ns:.temip.VMD1HTE1A71_director AT Fri 18 Oct 2013 ...
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vim auto complete custom list

I had these two questions about this function " how do I load a file into a list here? " set some variable func! CustomComplete() " and then read the variable here so that b:list = a \n split ...
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Capture transcript of program with redirected input and output

A typical interaction for a program I've written might look like this: Enter command: a_command Completed a command Enter command: another_command Completed another command I typically run my ...
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Switching between 2 windows on Linux

Hi I need to switch focus between two windows periodically and automatically (with software or w/e). Can this be achieved on linux?
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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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fetching the username from the filename in batch script [closed]

I need help in fetching the username present in the filename using batch scripting. Say i have a file ppm_update_user1.csv. I need to get "user1" value from the filename. The above coding has to be ...
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automatic capturing top output by cronjob CENTOS 6.5 x86_64

I have this command: top -n 14400 -a -b -d 1 > /toplogfile.txt I want to make a script which is run by cron every day to capture top output, and if it is possible gzip the output file after the ...
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awk want to total by hour and variable

I am able to run this and it works fine - note: field $1 is a time/date stamped field.. gawk -F ":" "{ print $1 }" /cygdrive/c/counting/ourlog | sort | uniq -c | sort -r 57339 2014-03-21 09 54290 ...
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linux if else fails for some IP's

i am using the following code with if then to mount. It works for some IP's, it does not work for some IP's especially for FAILURE statement. Here is the code is_mounted() { mount | grep -qohw ...
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Shell script wait for background command

I am writing a script, but there is something I need that I can't find a way to do it... I need to make a command in background "command1 &" and then somewhere in the script I need to wait for it ...
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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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Faster way to rename duplicate files (identified by fdupes) in another directory?

I have a directory full of pdf files of journal articles, most of which are named by their bibtex key. Some time ago I made a backup on an external hard drive, but I haven't kept it up to date and ...
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Is it possible to cache external binary in a shell script?

My question, might sounds a bit strange, but this morning I read this question: Why is “echo” so much faster than “touch”? I perfectly understand the concept of built-in function, but I wonder if you ...
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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 ...
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Does cron know that the instance to be scheduled is already running?

I was wondering if we add a job in the crontab e.g. to run every 5 mins and the job does not actually manage to finish in 5 mins, does the cron daemon know that the previous instance is already ...
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Control browser from command line [duplicate]

I have an old router that I have set up as an AP on my home network. For some reason it loses connectivity every few days and needs a reboot. I would like to set up a script to run once every night ...
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How to change Vim's command type mode programmatically?

Is there a simple way to switch from one command type mode to another without loosing the current command line? In my ~/.vimrc file I remap the <space> and <c-space> character, coming ...
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Differences between %pre and %post in Kickstart on CentOS?

I have been setting up machines with Kickstart on CentOS and I am unsure about the differences between the %pre and %post sections of the kickstart .cfg file. The CentOS Documentation for the ...
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Scripting Language Evolution [closed]

I have an assignment due Monday and I need some help because I have no knowledge on the subject and can't even understand what to search exactly. I am not waiting for an essay or something just some ...
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Script: Running a second process when the firts ended

I am trying to make a script that consist in a two parts. the first one is to run a initial state and the second one is to equilibrating the system. The problem is that the second is dependent of the ...
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Sort the files in the directory recursively based on last modified date

Sort the files in the directory recursively based on last modified date I have modified a lot of files in my directory want to know what are those files by sorting them by the last modified date ...
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How to rescale several images to same size

I have several image files in a directory. These images are similar size and have same background color. How can I make all images same size by adding background like this attached image?
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Delete files with same name at the end of the file

Delete files with same name at the end of the file i have a lot of files in my folder and sub directories like ajax_hostel_room_master.php.php class_hostel_registration.php.php ...
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Execute a command on user logon

In Linux desktop system, I want to execute a command when the user logs in. After reading some other posts, I tried to insert the command in ~/.bashrc but unsuccessfully. Moreover, the system uses a ...
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Determining if a host is online

I'm testing stability of a machine and I need way to simply write a Bash script to determine if a host is online or not. How could I script this? if [ ! $(hostisonline) ]; then # profit fi
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Cron task in graphic interface

I need to open one (or more) browser tab periodically and I decided to use cron. The command in the shell (bash) that correctly executes this task is chromium-browser http://mysite.com. If I type it, ...
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Rename filename.JPG to filename .jpg recursively [duplicate]

Rename filename.JPG to filename .jpg recursively I want all the files with .JPG extension to be changed as .jpg
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I want to execute a shell script on an Android device when it boots up [migrated]

I want to run a shell script on my Android device every time it boots. What do I need to do? The script is stored on the MMC of the device and looks like this: #!/system/bin/sh ...
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Repeat a Unix command every x seconds forever

There's a builtin Unix command repeat whose first argument is the number of times to repeat a command, where the command (with any arguments) is specified by the remaining arguments to repeat. For ...
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how to check if mysql table is used or an application accesses the table in shell script?

A shell script is doing dump for a mysql table, but before dumping the table I want to check if this table is used by any other application. If so, I want to wait and enter in a loop until the ...
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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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Beginner question about bash “for loop”

When I do, for ((i=0; i<"${ARRAY}"; i+=2)) do echo $i echo ${ARRAY[$i]} done echo $i works as I expected, also echo ${ARRAY[0]} works, but with $i as iterator i see only blank lines. How ...
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Convenient way to check if system is using systemd or sysvinit in BASH? [duplicate]

I am defining common bash files which I want to use across different distributions. I need a way to check if system is using systemd or sysvinit (/etc/init.d/). I need this so I run appropriate ...
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Bash Scripting : Printing column data in the same row

I have written a bash script to calculate the size of a PostgreSQL database and print the output along with the date when the script was executed in a text file. The script code is as follows: ...
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Bash script : help file inside the script or in a different file?

I'm writing a script that has the vocation to be a fully featured program at the end. As far as I know, BASH is enough for his purpose (manage PPA's, kinda like Y-PPA). I would like to know how to ...
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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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Wait until no incoming network connection for N minutes, then execute a command

I want to put my Debian Wheezy home server to sleep, if it wasn't accessed through the network for a certain amount of time. I thought of a bash script that uses netstat to count the number of ...
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Can Start Service With init.d script, however doing service <SERVICE_NAME> start does not work

I am running CentOS 6 and I am trying to get my Oracle database to run at startup. I have been following these steps: ...
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How can I force a script to use more resources?

I'm running a very time-consuming script which takes many hours to end. Watching top I see that it's only taking 5% of the CPU at best, usually around 3%. Is there any way to force the script to use ...
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Bash shell scripting basic question regarding the syntax and basename

Consider the script below: myname=`basename $0`; for i in `ls -A` do if [ $i = $myname ] then echo "Sorry i won't rename myself" else newname=`echo $i |tr a-z A-Z` mv $i $newname fi done ...
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When is it important to write portable scripts?

Most code I write is in PHP. I have recently started learning shell scripting. Most of the resources and tutorials that I've come across are specific to Bash. Some warn about bashisms and some don't. ...
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shell script problem with using the operators

I am comparing two strings using the levenshtein distance algorithm. I got the PHP implementation of the algorithm from here. I am calling this php implementation from my shell script as below. ...
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Logging into multiple SSH servers as root and create an user with same power as root does [closed]

I need a script from which I can log into multiple servers as root (but not all root passwords are same;there are 3-4 different root passwords) and make a superuser (user with same access as root) but ...
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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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Wrapper command that runs program in temporary directory and deletes it after execution [duplicate]

I want to write a command that: takes another command as its arguments does a 'cd' to a temporary folder executes the command passed in the arguments removes the temporary folder afterwards ...
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Delete all files in directories except those whose path are listed in a file

Given the following files: data/A/a.txt data/B/b.pdf ... date/P/whatever.log ... data/Z/z.jpg I would like to delete all files in the data/A/, data/B/, ..., data/Z/ directories except those files ...
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replacement script multiple targets

I have this input file Name=code_229633_138;isoforms=1 Name=code_229633_138 Name=code_229633_138;Target=R77_09738T0 Name=code_230519_1;isoforms=1 ...