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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Script after downloading the file move them to other location [on hold]

I need help with a script that does the following Firefox finishes downloading a file to default folder. Compare the downloaded file to a predefined list of files. If the filename exists in the ...
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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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How to list the services I am authorized to start or stop in Linux? [on hold]

I can use the following command in Linux, to list all services: chkconfig --list It lists all services running on that machine. I do not have the privilege to start/stop some of the services. How ...
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/etc/logrotate.conf “/var/log/btmp” want to replace digit script [on hold]

I want to replace with script.. rotate 77 "/var/log/btmp" in /etc/logrotate.conf weekly rotate 99 create dateext include /etc/logrotate.d /var/log/wtmp { monthly create 0600 root utmp ...
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Need help with a shell script [on hold]

I have this script and it's not working and I don't know why. #! /bin/bash for dia in `more global_seismicity_feb27-apr19_2010.txt | awk '{print $2}' | sort -u` do #Count number of earthquakes in ...
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Got “syntax error near unexpected end of file” in bash script

I'm making an script that gives me a day like this jjj/yyyy when I give it a day like this dd/mm/yyyy and I need it to have an error when you don't write correctly but I'm starting and it's not ...
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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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Developing an interactive backup script for end users [closed]

I need help with the following: cmd/script to specify directory to be backed up
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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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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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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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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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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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I am having trouble with a problem my buddy game me [migrated]

SCRIPTING PROBLEM: Command Output Parser Write a script/program to parse the output of the command 'cat test_file.txt' (see linked file) The program should: Create a new file for every server. The ...
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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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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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What Unix commands can be used as a semaphore/lock?

I want to run multiple Bash shell scripts in parallel. However, I want to avoid race conditions. What Unix commands are truly atomic that I could use for this purpose, and how can I use them?
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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?
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Sed find and replace with slashes

I am having trouble using sed find/replace with slashes in the find parameter. Sample contents of test.sh str=$(sed -n '/^user:/p' /tmp/shadowtest) # find "user:" line in /etc/shadowtest ...
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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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How to execute grep in tcl for getting XYZ-123 type pattern

How can I execute this grep command in TCL? grep '[A-Z][A-Z][A-Z]\-[0-9][0-9][0-9]' file1 > file2
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Pattern replacement

Please can anyone explain to me in brief the syntax of this command. Explanation in terms of how actually this command is written significance of each and every character used. I know the output of ...
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Converting .docx files to plain text and preserving line breaks to maintain line number references to source document: howto & implications?

I'm exporting MS Word content to plain text for use with text&file utilities. I have a constraint where the line numbering feature has been enabled in the MS software, and any reference to line ...
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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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How to detect a desktop application hanging

I want to write a script that will detect whether a particular desktop application is responding and kill it. Is this possible? I know I've seen the GNOME desktop put up a "Application is not ...
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Quickly check whether many network hosts are up-and-running

Objective: check if a host is up-and-running on the network, with a method that can be efficiently parallelized over many hosts. Emphasis on a QUICK turnaround of the check. Reason to emphasise ...
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Using xargs with input from a file

Say I have a file with the following bob john sue Now these directly corrospond to (in this case) URL pattern such as http://example.com/persons/bob.tar, john.tar, sue.tar. I would like to take ...
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How to mask passwords in 'watch' command?

I am using watch to monitor the progress of a MySQL replication slave. The way I have it set up now, the password shows up in the header of the watch output. I am not exceedingly worried that someone ...
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How to save the result of printf to a variable in GDB?

(gdb)printf "Hello %d", 7 Hello 7 (gdb)set $MyVar = printf "Hello %d", 7 // ??? How to save the result of printf "Hello %d", 7 to $MyVar?
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How to execute a GDB command from a string variable? [migrated]

Say the debugged process has a string variable as follows: char* cmd_str = "set confirm on"; How to execute the command from cmd_str in GDB? (gdb) $cmd = cmd_str (gdb) ???
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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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What's the equivalent to && when writing a bash script?

I apologize in advance if this is a duplicate question. I did make an effort to search/check before asking here. I'm comfortable with writing one-liners like this: foocommand && ...
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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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Script command without output

Is there something similar to script that records ONLY the commands and not any output from them to a file?
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Startup script with LSB headers not working correctly (dependency problem)?

I am creating a startup script for my Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS server. The script need to be run after the Rabbit MQ server. The Rabbit MQ startup script says it provides "rabbitmq-server". So I put this ...
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How can I trim the carriage return from text that is being piped in bash?

I'm using this command to get my last typed command: history | cut -c 8- | tail -n 2 | head -n 1 It works very well in bash, removing the line numbers, but there is one problem I have with it, (er, ...
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Checking if a file exists in several directories

I've been working on this far too long and need some help. I need a script that will look at files in a directory and see if it exists in one of several directories. I need something like this: for ...
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how to take the file names from folder

i want to write a program for the below logic: Take the names of files in a folder For each file: print file name move the file to another new folder (with the name in dd_mm_yy format)
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Run a script on multiple shells?

I have two servers one AIX with default shell ksh, the other RHEL with default shell bash. I have a script that is mounted on both that will run similar commands but for either AIX or Linux. This ...
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How to get a response from any URL?

I have been asked to write a shell script To check if a URL is UP/Working or not for my Project. I tried to find some hints over the internet, but whatever I got is about checking whether the URL ...
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Anacron job complains “Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display”

I'm trying to make a simple weekly Anacron job that backs up my computer if I click yes on the dialog. The script I wrote works fine if run manually, but when Anacron runs it, nothing happens and I ...
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Compare file size of multiple files in an array [closed]

Scenario: Ftp site has 100s of files. Once a day, all the .gz files are copied to an AWS site then renamed. Only the date is kept in the file name. Some of the files corrupted during copy. A txt ...
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split a file, pass each piece as a param to a script, run each script in parallel

I have a words.txt with 10000 words (one to a line). I have 5,000 documents. I want to see which documents contain which of those words (with a regex pattern around the word). I have a script.sh that ...
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Delete all but largest file in multiple directories

I have multiple subdirectories in /home/usr/ProjZ/programs/ that each contain multiple (or one) .js files. What I need to do is delete all but the largest .js file, if the subdirectory contains ...
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Preserve formatting when command output is sent to a variable? [duplicate]

I have a bash script. If I run this command to: grep for certain patterns, transform the output, sort the output dedupe the output then I get one grep find per line in terminal LC_ALL=C grep ...
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How to see interactive output when running nmap from a bash script?

I'm trying to run nmap from a Bash script, in a way so that when Enter is pressed it should give some output, as happens when running directly from the commandline. When calling a few different nmap ...
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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 ...