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Proper way to distribute shell scripts

What is the most proper way to distribute shell scripts, if behaviours of shells can be modified by set and thus are unpredictable? For example, rm *.txt wouldn't be executed as expected on the ...
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Check if content of file has length X and contains only specific characters

Let's say, I have files that contain only one docker id: myid.id: 28fe2baadbe8da32ed0b99c69b11c01b2d141bc5b732b81e0960086de52fc891 I want to check if the content of my.id is exactly 64 characters ...
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Arrow key/Enter menu

I need help finding out how to possibly create a menu in a shell script that will display 3 options that a user will use the arrows keys to move the highlight cursor and press enter to select one. If ...
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What does su - `whoami` command do?

I am running a script in my project and I see this command su - `whoami` I am having a few basic questions: What does this command do ? What is the significance of `` quotes outside the whoami ...
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sed to search for multiple words and remove those lines

I have a master file with more than 50000 lines and my requirement is to remove around 20000 lines from actual file, for this I used grep -vE command which is showing an error as too many arguments. ...
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List all the html tags in a file

I want to know if there is a way to list all the html tags in a file. Lets say I have a file file.html <html> <head> <title>Test</title> </head> <body> This is a ...
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Decoding “prog > file 2>&1”

I am having some difficulty understanding the construct prog > file 2>&1. I have read that it means "Send stdout and stderr to file". But my question is how? I understand that prog > ...
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Mirrored Linux Commands [on hold]

I've encountered two incidents where commands (or logic flow) is given forward and backwards In bash scripts: if ... fi (use to closed an if-statement) and in GNU/Linux command line: cat; tac (cat ...
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Mirrored Linux Commands [duplicate]

I've encountered two incidents where commands (or logic flow) is given forward and backwards In bash scripts: if ... fi (use to closed an if-statement) and in GNU/Linux command line: cat; tac (cat ...
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How to remove dot and space from beginning of filenames

I'm trying to change jpg files named with a dot and a space at the beginning and with a missing dot before the end (like this . Startjpg to Start.jpg The dot makes the files hidden from sed and ls ...
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What Causes Maintenance Shell Segmentation Fault?

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr in a Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machine on Windows Server 2012 R2. I've stopped the VM, replaced an EXT4-formatted virtual disk volume (/dev/sdb) with a new ...
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I seem to be “losing” this prompt. What is happening?

I ssh into an ubuntu 12.04 cloud server and start a web server like this (w/ bash): $ nohup python tserver.py & [2] 2122 $ nohup: ignoring input and appending output to `nohup.out' After I run ...
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Replace multiple spaces with one using 'tr' only

I have a file, f1.txt: ID Name 1 a 2 b 3 g 6 f The number of spaces is not fixed. What is the best way to replace all the white spaces with one space using only tr? ...
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How can I pipe stdout to another program?

I'm trying to setup a linter for my code and I only want to lint the coffeescript files that have changed in the current branch. So, I generate the list of files using git: git diff --name-only ...
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How to change my script to replace and add new variable in a configuration?

Well this is my script. It is to configure my systems sysctl.conf. infile = open('sysctl.conf') outfile = open('sysctl.conf.new', 'w') replacements = {'Net.ipv4.icmp_echo_ignore_all' :'1', ...
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Faillog - unsuccessful login count in Motd

I wish to include a count of failed login attempts whenever a user logs in. I've created: /usr/local/bin/dynmotd which contains #!/bin/bash FAILLOG=`faillog -u` echo -e " $FAILLOG " and ...
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How to build space separated, escaped full paths of files recursively matching glob?

I have a program which requires paths to files as arguments, which cannot be quoted and must not depend on working dir. Can this be done without chaining multiple xargs, tr, find, readlinks? Example ...
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paths for searching executables [duplicate]

My old xournal is 0.4.5, which is /usr/bin/xournal. I just installed a new version 0.4.8 by compiling from source to /usr/local/bin/xournal. When I call xournal directly from the terminal, it is the ...
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Is there a way to pass a variable from an awk statement to a bash function as an argument? [on hold]

I am trying to look a for some specific values from (such as 1 or 4 and 2 or 3) a text file using an awk statement in a bash script. If this value is found in the file (within the awk statement), then ...
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awk with if statements

I am trying to print from a file using awk, but my output is empty. Here is my code so far accountNum=$1 while read -r LINE || [[ -n $LINE ]] ; do awk -F',' '{ if($1==accountNum) { print ...
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What does it mean to be “sh compatible”?

I've seen the phrase "sh compatible" used usually in reference to shells. I'm not sure if it also applies to the programs that might be run from within shells. What does it mean for a shell or other ...
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Strange difference between pwd and /bin/pwd

I added a symlink to the current directory with ln -s . aa. If I execute cd aa, and after that I executed pwd, the response is /home/sim/aa. But if I execute /bin/pwd it prints /home/sim (the current ...
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Grepping a variable

I've written a simple init script to start and stop a Python script as a service. I have to be explicit about the version of Python I'm running, because this is on a CentOS 5 box with Python 2.4 & ...
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Regex alternation/or operator (foo|bar) in GNU or BSD Sed

I cannot seem to make it work. GNU sed documentation says to escape the pipe, but that doesn't work, nor does using a straight pipe without the escape. Adding parens makes no difference. $ echo ...
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Renaming the files and move to other path

I need to rename the files given below and move to some other path 1234551abcde20140718023216001.txt.809047512.2014_07_07_13:47:44 000001abcde20140718023216001.txt.34568.001.2014_07_07_13:50:44 ...
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Add leading characters infront of string using printf or echo

How can I add leading characters to fill a string to a certain length? Assume I want to add zeroes infront of a string, if said string is shorter than 20 characters: printf '%020s\n' "$line" ...
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Must pass urls in quotes

I'm trying pass a URL to mpv for it to play it as a network stream. This can be done in bash with the following syntax: $ mpv http://myvideosite.com However, zsh wants to evaluate the URL as ...
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Shell is option given

I have a couple of arguments inside a list (array, e.g. $@) and I'd like to know if the option -v is in the list. In Python I would simply do: verbose = "-v" in sys.argv How do I achieve that in ...
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How can I get this script file's functions to load without having to source it every time? “command not found” (Bash/scripting basics)

How can I get this script file's functions to load without having to source it every time? I created a file foo with script functions I'd like to run. It's in /usr/bin, which is in the PATH. File ...
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Verify the length of a variable

I've to verify the length of variable read (my script limit to five the characters inserted), I think about something like this: #!/bin/bash read string check=${#string} echo $check if [ $check -ge 5 ...
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Looking for a way turn multiples commands with same parameter into a one liner

I sometimes end up doing things like: Example: from ~/blah $ mkdir ~/test-tmp $ cp * ~/test-tmp $ cd ~/test-tmp using the destination dir 3 times in a row. Isn't there a way to turn these into a ...
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What exactly is 'scrollback' and 'scrollback buffer'?

What are "scrollback" and "scrollback buffer" in programs like bash and screen, and how do they relate to the tty, the programs being run, and stdin/ stdout/ stderr? Here is the only definition of ...
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How to find out which program can open a given file?

Let's say I have a file thesis.pdf or picture.jpg Is there a command which returns a program to open this file with? I am aware of the command file, but it just returns the correct type of the file ...
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How do I Copy and Paste lines between a start and end keyword?

I have two text files, and I want to copy a bunch of lines from one to the other. File one has a list of packages, and I want to copy it to list two. This list of packages isn't at the start of file ...
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How to redirect stdout to a file and read from the same file simultaneously with another task?

I want to run a task (which takes quite a long time) remotely in Ubuntu Linux Bash via nohup and redirect stdout to a file, e.g.: nohup task > out.txt & From time to time I would like to ...
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Backslash with pipe in system command from awk

I want to invoke shell command from awk so I am using system() but when I am passing expression in I am getting error at backslash. Here is my expression echo "select * from abc limit 1;"| ...
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concatenate .out files

Can I combined multiple .out files with the cat command in bash or csh? Additionally I want only the header of first file to be concatenated and I was thinking of using the tail function for that. ...
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Shell script not executing

Not sure what is happening. Lets call script a.sh with the following /users/guru$ cat a.sh #! /usr/bin/ksh echo "Hello" date Execute with ksh. It gets done. /users/guru$ ksh a.sh Hello Tue Jul ...
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Bash script question - skip enter key press [duplicate]

Here is a portion of my script: read main_menu case "$main_menu" in "0" ) exit ;; "1" ) cp /etc/bamt/cgminer.conf.X11 /etc/bamt/cgminer.conf; sudo mine restart; ...
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Add arguments to bash -c

Let say that I want to run a command through bash like this: /bin/bash -c "ls -l" According to bash man page, I could also run it like this: # don't process arguments after this one ...
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Bundling of dependencies with shell scripts

Shell scripts often have to depend on tools that may not be installed on the users' computer. To circumvent this problem, many scripts have multiple fallbacks. IMO doing such things only leads to ...
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Get specific line from command output in awk

I have used pipeline to read specific record from impala shell.Here is what I got [cloudera@localhost ~]$ echo "select * from abc where key > 'a-26052014015400' limit 1;" | impala-shell Starting ...
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What does the @ (at) symbol before a filename mean in a curl command?

I am looking at an example of a curl command that uses the @ symbol before the filename to post data to the server. curl http://localhost/ --data-binary @file.txt What does this mean? Does it ...
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Write text messages between Unix and Windows

Is it possible to send text messages between two users of the same LAN, but the first running Windows with cmd and the second running Linux/Unix? I am not looking for an instant messaging service. I ...
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Keep getting the same result after “export PATH”

I am doing this: $ which cabal /usr/bin/cabal $ export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/.cabal/bin $ which cabal /usr/bin/cabal I expect to get /.cabal/bin/cabal for $ which cabal (this path exists) after this. ...
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Getting the current path in .desktop EXEC command

Im trying to make a .desktop file run a .sh which is stored in the same directory as the .desktop. The whole directory needs to be portable and moved from machine to machine. my run script is run.sh ...
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How to force watch to run under bash

The problem is that when watch is executed it runs sh and I get this error: sh: 1: func1: not found here is the code: #!/bin/bash func1(){ echo $1 } export -f func1 watch func1
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find files without extension

Let say I have: foo.txt bar baz.ooo If I use ls -1 !(*.*) then I'll get only bar on the output. Great, now I wish to have same results with find - some find -regex that will do the job. NOTE: ...
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How to return multiple select count in an array variable in shell

I have a 4 SQL count values which I want to return in an array record_count so that I can use that count values in some if statements later in the shell program. But I am not able to return the values ...
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command type “hashed”? [duplicate]

type displays information about a command's type. How would it be interpreted if used as a command name? What command "types" are there? In the following example, what does "hashed" mean? Is it ...