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How does the colon sign and dollar question mark combine in sh?

The "colon sign" and the "dollar question mark" can be combined to check if a sh script does have an argument and assigns it directly to a variable of interest: cmd=${1:? "Usage: $0 ...
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X commands do not start from my at job

I'm learning about Linux scheduling commands including at, cron, sleep etc. I'm trying to launch gedit after x minutes via the at command. This is what I have: kedar@i5 ~ $ at now + 1 minute at now + ...
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How to assign words with spaces as a whole name to variable in shell script? [duplicate]

I need to make some directory of Author name. It's easy when doing them alone. I can simply mkdir "Mario Luis Garcia" This will create one directory named "Mario Luis Garcia" But when trying do it ...
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Getting expr: syntax error on index [duplicate]

Using this OF=$(ps fax | grep 'php-fpm: master process' | awk '{print $1}') IDX=`expr index $OF ' '` I get an error. The results of the $OF variable are: 27797 27495 What is the error here? I ...
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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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Append files with bash one-liner?

Currently I use multiple lines to append content into a combined file, e.g. ./myprogram 1.txt > Out.txt # Overwrite for the 1st file ./myprogram 2.txt >> Out.txt ./myprogram 3.txt >> ...
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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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Pass a command to ROOT from a shell script and having it stay open

I am writing a bash script to perform some analysis using the program ROOT. I want to run some initial command to load the result of the analysis, then continue using ROOT interactively. The analysis ...
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Renaming multiple files with rename

I need help renaming files in batch--the other questions I browsed don't exactly address my problem. The names of my files are generated non-deterministically, so I can't predict what they will be ...
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Read Multiple Entries from an Input File

I wrote a program in Fortran that asks me for latitude and longitude and the name of the output file every time I run it. It works great. What I have been meaning to do is run this program for the ...
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What is the term “Usage”?

I am seeing this a lot in the scripts. Is "usage" a command in unix ? I tried googling it but got ambiguous results. Here is an example : ${1?"Usage: $0 ARGUMENT"}
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How to evaluate a variable length in shell script?

I want to write a shell script, in which it will call different command according to the variable length. But I didn't figure it out yet. My unwork script is here: for i in n5 n25 if ${#i} == 2; ...
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How can I test if a variable is empty or contains only spaces?

The following bash syntax verifies if param isn't empty: [[ ! -z $param ]] For example: param="" [[ ! -z $param ]] && echo "I am not zero" No output and its fine. But when param ...
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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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1answer
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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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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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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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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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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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How to slice a text file into several files of 100 lines each? [duplicate]

My question might be quite unclear here. I have a giant text file with values that looks like this 0.00601233 0.000139403 0.000133679 0.000139497 0.000141683 0.000141888 0.000138646 0.000133465 ...
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Why does the read command not take interactive options when run by sh?

I want to download a provisioning script that reads some configuration parameters via read, and execute it: curl http://example.com/provisioning.sh | sh The problem is, that the read command in the ...
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1answer
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setenv not working in tcsh

I am trying to install a program on my brand-new CentOs. The installation requires setenv, which apparently does not work, not even in the tcsh shell. Can anyone give me some advice? [Anna@anna ...
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what does $* mean in shell [duplicate]

What does $* mean in shell? I have code two function, run_command and run_test, they are called like this: if [ -n "`echo ${GOAT_COMMANDS} | grep $1`" ]; then run_command $* else run_test $* fi ...
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Using inotify to monitor a directory but not working 100%

I have written a bash script to monitor a particular directory /root/secondfolder/: #!/bin/sh while inotifywait -mr -e close_write "/root/secondfolder/" do echo "close_write" done When I ...
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1answer
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Accumulate Filename in a Log file using shell script

I have files with their names as ABC_-_123321.20140505_-_161500.CSV ABC_-_654145.20140506_-_135020.CSV String_-_SerialID.Date_-_Time.CSV StartDate, StartTime, EndDate and EndTime are given as ...
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sh + how to use array in sh script in order to print all values in array

I want to use arrays in my sh script. My target is to create an array with the values a b c and print all values in the array. I succeeded to print each array, but I failed to print all values in ...
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1answer
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Displays and their relative position in a shell script

I want to get information about the displays, something like xrandr, but with more info. I want to know their position. So if I have two or more displays connected I want to know how they are ...
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1answer
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Extracting lines around keys from a file

I have a large file with around 15 million lines. The odd lines contains the keys (but not only the keys) and the even lines are the data. That is, the file is something like: WRTZ Tyrosine ...
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list files and store it in variables

im new with shell programming. my goal is to give the user a selection which file should be run. i catch all available scripts in one var with: var=$(find script*) so far so good.. this is the ...
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How to cut everthing until a specific word / after a find in a script

Hello I try to get the output of files from today wich contains ERROR. I use this to find the files I want: find /home/user/logfilesError/ -maxdepth 1 -type f -name "gandalf_*"\ -daystart -mtime ...
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Difference between ls -l and ll?

I'm relatively new to programming as a whole and some tutorials have been telling me to use ls -l to look at files in a directory and others have been saying ll. I know that ls is a short list, but ...
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1answer
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How do I cat a command file?

I have the output of the crontab -l stored in a file (crontab_file) with no extension. But whenever I try to cat it, I get errors saying command not found for multiple line of the file. Here is the ...
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What does `{ { (exit 1); exit 1; }; }` mean?

I quoted the next code snippet from config.status generated by configure. if test ! -f "$as_myself"; then { { echo "$as_me:$LINENO: error: cannot find myself; rerun with an absolute path" >&5 ...
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1answer
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Why is my tar in a script behaving different than using tar manually

I'm writing a backup script for my email and cloud service. For simplicity, I only posted the mail-backup part here. Basically, I have a Host-Machine with some Virtual Boxes running in it. These ...
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1answer
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Scripting error after bc command

I am trying to execute script contains the following: #!/bin/bash USED=`free -m | more | grep -v total | head -1 | cut -d':' -f2 | cut -d' ' -f18` CACHE=`free -m | more | grep -v Swap | tail -1 | cut ...
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Specific Jar file doesn't run on startup

I want to run a jar at startup, so I asked a question here. I was given a few suggestions, so I started from trying to create a script file and desktop file. I created a script file and desktop file ...
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How to get previous year and previous month in solaris 8

How to get previous year and previous month in solaris 8? I have tried below command but none of them is correct: date +'%m' -d 'last month' date +'%Y' -d 'last year'
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How exactly does `if $cmd ; then $cmd ; fi` differ from `$cmd && $cmd`?

In an answer to another very good question I made the following assertion: According to my reading of the POSIX specs, the use of one or the other makes no difference from a parsing standpoint. ...
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Bash syntax error when “else” follows an empty “then” clause

Why would following script not execute, but give a syntax error of else: LOGS3_DIR=~/logs if [ -d "$LOGS3_DIR" ]; then cd cd "$LOGS3_DIR" echo "$LOGS3_DIR" for filename in `find "." -mtime 1 ...
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3answers
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grep on a Java Method

Lets say I have a java class called DirectAction some of the methods in the class have the word "action" or "Action" What is the grep command to get the names of all the methods who have "Action" or ...
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Prompt user to login as root when running a shell script

The problem I am getting is, when I enter the command, su - root at the beginning of my shell script file, it prompts the user to enter the password and then does NOT continue with the rest of the ...
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2answers
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What does ${3#?} do?

I have a script with the following variable assignment: TEST_VARIABLE=${3#?} What does the ${3#?} do?
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Run jar on startup in all *nix based systems

I have a jar file which I need to run at startup in all distros of Linux. My previous question here, gave me an idea a rough idea on X-servers. Since I wasn't able to perform startup, I moved on to ...
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1answer
104 views

How to create an executable bash script for these commands?

I wish to create an executable bash script that will run the following commands as root, that is, using sudo su iptables-save | awk '/^[*]/ { print $1 } /^:[A-Z]+ [^-]/ { print ...
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Why does my shell script choke on whitespace or other special characters?

Or, an introductory guide to robust filename handling and other string passing in shell scripts. I wrote a shell script which works well most of the time. But it chokes on some inputs (e.g. on some ...
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How to show specific lines from specific columns of a file

First off, I'm not allowed awk, sed or perl. For my assignment I was given a file of employee list: Marketing Ranjit Singh FULLEagles Dean Johnson Marketing Ken Whillans FULLEagles ...
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1answer
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Use a bash function in a pipelined command

I have a command similar to: ... | sort -u -V. Since some versions of sort do not support the -V flag, I thought it would be great if I made a function that conditionally adds the flag. But, it seems ...
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1answer
126 views

Is there a GUI debugger for shell scripts

Debugging bash scripts on command line is complicated. Is there a good GUI based debugger available for debugging bash scripts?
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Why below script is not able to find and delete files [closed]

Why below find command does not find and delete files ? I am launching it like this ./script.sh 1 MYFOLDER days_period=$1 myuser=$(whoami) folder_prefix=$2 LOGS_DIR=~/$folder_prefix/logs if [ $# ...
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3answers
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Script needs to read echoed line

So, I need to write a Bourne-shell script, where my script has to work with the line, that was just echoed to stdout - e.g.: echo *something* | myscript.sh [parametres...] This may be a basic ...