Questions about shell scripts, executable files that are interpreted by a shell (bash, zsh, etc.).

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Why won't my FTP script get all the files using mget command?

I am having a script which pulls data from different servers whose details it reads from external file. It reads the files and the verbose output shows all the matching files but it fetches only one ...
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prevent repeated emails via bash to overquote user

I need some help to improve the idea/implementation.Scenario is local mini ISP. users accounts are stored in freeradius/mysql. The task is to send user email who have consumed 80% of there assigned ...
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Manipulating RGB values in PNG from command line

I'm looking for a command line tool/script which allows you to balance the colors in a PNG - similar to the "Adjust Color Balance" effect in Gimp (Colors > Color Balance...). Something like this ...
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Run an app with a window manager behind in a separate X server

I want to launch an app in a separate X server. It needs a window manager behind it, though. I created a script #!/bin/sh x-window-manager & my-gui-app and launched it with xinit ...
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How to use cp command in bash script to copy files with spaces ans $ characters in it? [duplicate]

I am trying to copy some files with spaces and $, @ symbols in their file names in a bash script but the script fails to copy the files stating it cannot find the file. I can see that it is treating ...
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Using bash variables in perl command in bash script

I am trying to generate a hashed password as in /etc/shadow file, using bash script. The user is prompted for the password which is saved in a variable PSWD. I have extracted the Hash and the salt ...
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No prints from program when called from shell script [on hold]

I am using bison for one project now, and when I invoke it from terminal it prints me syntax errors, confilcts etc., but when I call it from shell script there is no output. It's really no use if I ...
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Check number of words in a file that contain a specific letter

Bash command to check number of words in a file that contain letter “a”
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error ./c.sh: line 24: [: too many arguments in shell program

I am trying to make a shell script to print the amount of time user was logged into the system but I encountered a too many arguments error. I tried many methods from the internet but none worked. ...
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How to run no more than n parallel subshells

I am trying to run subscripts from a main script, but I want to make sure than no more than n subscripts run at the same time. The following simplified example illustrates. Each subscript creates a ...
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Issue with ':' character in Bash script over SSH

I am currently writing a script that will perform backups on a set of databases, comress them, encrypt them, transfer them to a separate storage machine, and verify that the file made it successfully. ...
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Remove the ^L (aka \f/FF/form-feed/page-break) character

How do I remove the ^L character and the blank lines that come after it on a unix file? I have tried the below and have been able to remove the VT and spaces but am failing to remove the ^L character ...
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How to use SFTP in a script to non-interactively pull file from remote host?

I want to use a shell script to pull a file from another server. I have written a script where i can do this but i want the script to work non-interactively so that it doesn't prompt me for the ...
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Reload network interfaces without rebooting

I'm doing a BASH script for Arch Linux in a Raspberry Pi 2. The thing is that in some point I'd like to reload the network interfaces without reboot and have my new named network interfaces (en0 and ...
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Best way to make variables local in a source'd bash script?

I have a bash script that generates a report on the progress of some long-running jobs on the machine. Basically, this parent script loops through a list of child scripts (calling them all with ...
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How to number a string in each line of a file

Given file.txt that looks like this: line_ some text line_ some text line_ some text How can I number the lines like this with Bash: line_1 some text line_2 some text line_3 some text Here is my ...
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How to pass an argument from a bash script to 'x-terminal-emulator -e bash -c'?

Let's say I've got this script : x-terminal-emulator -e bash -c 'echo hello > ~/text' I call it foo.sh and make it executable. If I execute this script I'll have a text file in my home folder ...
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What's the most efficient way to log crontab shell script errors with error occurred time?

A common way to log crontab task errors looks like below: 1 */8 * * * sh /pseudo_path/test.sh 2>> my_err_log It's a concise command, but it can't record the error occurred time, and the path ...
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Variable expansion inside parenthesis and quotes

In the script below, I can't seem to make $var1 expand in the second statement. I've tried $var1, ${var1}, echo $var1 and '$var1'. It is inside a few sets of quotes and parenthesis which I guess is ...
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Bash script with conf file with unknown number of sets of variables

I am writing a bash script that has a configuration file. The configuration file will have sets of mode and mtu values. There can be zero or as many sets as the user defines. The bash script will ...
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Drawing a histogram from a bash command output

I have the following output from a miRNA Predictor: Read Sequence:hsa-miR-576-3p MIMAT0004796 (22 nt) Read Sequence:gi|182396|gb|M74088.1|HUMFAPAPC Human APC gene mRNA, complete cds (8972 nt) ...
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How do I find a file name that's exactly 8 levels deep?

I'm using the 'find' command to search for files in a backup system. I want to find all file names containing a certain string (e.g. 'XYZ') that are exactly 8 levels deep. Is there a find syntax that ...
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Print the values from files

I have two files $TMP_RPT_FILE and $TMP_RPT_FILE1 . In $TMP_RPT_FILE - Meter readings come and $TMP_RPT_FILE1 - Meter Id come . I want if any data came in any of those files it should print . I tried ...
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How to scan for wireless networks fast

I have written a script which scans for wifi networks with iw dev wlan0 scan and put the SSIDs in a file. Is there a similar tool wich works a bit faster?
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Automate Transferring Files from Windows to Unix through SCRIPT [closed]

I have to make an AUTOMATED shell script which transfers files from Windows to Unix through FTP. I need to do this file transfer process by running a shell script on putty. Currently I am going ...
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Detect when sdcard removed

I'm working with a small Arm board (Emtrion) running Debian Linux. Emtrion has provided an sdcard image that can update the boards flash. I would like to extend the simple update script, so that when ...
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Bash script function that changes the value of a variable

I'd like to make a function for a BASH script that changes the value of one of its arguments, that is a variable. The function that I did is: chck_rgx () { # Checks that the given name for a ...
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Korn Shell script to check if a folder and file exists and print that to a csv file

i am new to unix. I want a Korn Shell script to check if a folder and file exists and print that to a csv file Regards gani
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Dynamic Variable in KornShell Script

This KornShell Script (ksh): envir=Dev eval "${envir}foo=bar" echo "$Devfoo" Output: bar But I will not know what value is assigned to envir variable. So I want to do something like this where ...
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Grep the text which matches with a pattern

I was looking for a command which will print the selected portion of a line which matches the conditions. Eg, my text line is like this: p1=X||p2=Y||p3=X||p4=X||p5=X||p6=Y||p7=X I want to print ...
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Convert multilines to single line with SED

I need additional help, based on similar question I have located here: Convert multilines to single line Current SED example (sed -e'y/)},={/(((((/' \ -e's/-\([^(I]*\)[^0-9]*\([0-9]*\)[( ]*/- \2 ...
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How to pass variables to awk command with conditions?

I have a while loop which reads data from a file with city names: city_name: COIMBATORE MADURAI PONDICHERRY SALEM TRIPUR TIRUCHI TIRUNELVELI TUTUCORIN VELLORE and using an awk command within the ...
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What does [[ -t 1 ]] do?

To my understanding, the script below runs if the user is not root by comparing $EUID and 0. Then, it uses [[ -t 1 ]] to decide if the script is running in a terminal or not. If it is, it will use ...
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Storing command output into a Variable in Bash

#!/bin/bash NEW_TEXT="if failed Send to Karn Kumarl" OLD_FILE="$(awk '{print $1}' RMANJOBS | while read JB;do autorep -j $JB -q;done | egrep "^/|^insert_job|^description" | sed '0~3 a\\')" ...
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shell script for easing tasks of System Administrators [closed]

I am planning to develop a Menu Driven script that would enable a system administrator to perform the daily duties with an ease . For eg. 1. Check and Troubleshoot NTP Issues 2. Check and ...
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Variables outside of while loop

I am trying to echo the variables $f1, $f2, etcetera, outside of the while loop shown below. From what I understand, the scope of the variable is not correct. Therefore I tried a few of the ...
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Using df -h, i need to create an bash script that displays anything about 60% utilization [closed]

I need to create an bash script that displays anything about 60% utilization
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Bash error: missing [: missing `]'

I an writing simple script in Bash, to check Linux file system disk usage on root file system and display a warning message if system is greater than 6%. The commands are running in a terminal, ...
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Why won't function return until background process ends?

Consider this script: #!/bin/bash function start { leafpad & echo $! } PID=$(start) echo "PID is $PID" The script does not continue past its closing brace until the leafpad process ends, ...
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How do you use variables with values containing spaces in a Z-shell (zsh) script command?

I have the following Z-shell script: compiler=clang++ standard=-std=c++11 warnings="-Wall -Wextra -Wpedantic" ${compiler} ${warnings} ${standard} -o ${1} ${1}.cpp This does not work as the ...
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Filesize in for loop

I am trying to get the filesize of each file in a folder by using stat in a for loop. I know why the following is going wrong, but I don't have enough knowledge yet on how to fix this. #!/bin/bash ...
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Convert multilines to single line

I have multiline log file and I want to convert it to single line log. Multiline example: 6/13/2015 12:00:47 AM - { 562} START Web 6/13/2015 12:00:47 AM - Requested Web connection from ...
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how I will make a generic script which will read .sql files and store the data in some temp file [closed]

I have couple of .sql file placed in some different Location of server. I want to make a generic script which will read these files and store the output in some file.dynamically if it can create an ...
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How to create gcov files for a project in a different dir?

I want to analyze code coverage datas. I want to create gcov files from OpenSSL (and from other projects), but I can only create them in the same directory of the project, and only for the files in ...
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Shell Script to check the process id

Currently in the box two users are running Ex-sysddsf ,sysddsu using shell script i need to stop process based on the sysddsu ps aux | grep "Dprocess" | awk '{print $12}' Its showing sysddsf ...
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Shell not exiting (possible reason while loop?) [closed]

In a project, I have two files makefile, script2.sh. I am only allowed to make changes to makefile. The scenario is like this: makefile calls out script2.sh with specific parameters On basis of ...
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How to check if the parent shell is interactive from a script?

I know that one can use the $- contains i or not or check if $PS1 is empty to tell if a shell is interactive. However, those solutions only work for the current shell. I have a bash script trying to ...
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Delete Entries in File if the Same Entry Exists in a Master File

I have a JSON master config file whose value may be overwritten by a specific account's config file (also in JSON). The Master file has this structure: { "section1Configs": { "setting01": ...
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Shell script - text processing help

I want to create a ldif modify file to update the users on LDAP. I have an input file(alluserdns.ldif) with list of all Dn entries in ldap: dn: cn=testuser2@abc.com, ou=persons,ou=pp,dc=abc,dc=com ...
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Bash script error: integer expression expected

I have a problem with a bash script on raspberry pi: x='gpio -g read 22' if [ $x -ge 1 ] then gpio -g write 23 1 fi The error is integer expression expected. Why?