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

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How to remove files except a list with names files [duplicate]

I need delete some .desktop files in various directories and a text file with a list of file names. I want to delete all these .desktop files except for those listed in my text file). Example $ ls ...
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Login automatically as root

I am working with a board and when it finishes the boot, appears the login. What I want to do is login as root but automatically. I mean I want to do that when boot is finish, I can see the prompt, ...
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Run startx & automatically embedded syste,

I am working with a board in which I run my application which use th graphical mode. Everything works perfect. I start the graphical mode like this: startx & and then I run my application like ...
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How to pass argument with spaces to a shell script function? [duplicate]

I'm trying to pass multiple argument to a function, but one of them is consist of two words and I want shell function to deal with it as one arg: args=("$@") function(){ echo ${args[0]} echo ...
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Script to ssh and run a command doesn't work

Below is the script. I wanted to login several servers and check for the kernel version. #!/bin/bash #input server names line by line in server.txt cat server.txt | while read line do sshpass -p ...
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ionCube shell script gives error

I have this shell script to install ionCube loader: if [[ $(id -u) -ne 0 ]] ; then echo "Please run as root" ; exit 1 ; fi echo "Welcome to this script to install the ionCube loader on CentOS!" cd ...
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Tokenize string from $REPLY in bash script

This is my first post, and I have no idea how I managed anything before StackExchage, Google, Wiki, GNU, Internet, the list goes on :) I am trying to find a way to construct a SQL database generator ...
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Comparison of columns in two files and appending the first file

I need a help on this :- I have a file : emp.txt 21356 suresh 12/12/2012 23511 ramesh 11/06/2011 31456 biswajit 09/08/2013 53134 archan 06/02/2009 first field:- employee id, 2nd field is name and ...
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Service script calls another script with variables

I have a simple service script tomcat7 in /etc/init.d/ to start and stop my app server (tomcat) under the tomcat user. On RHEL6. #!/bin/bash # description: Tomcat Start Stop # processname: tomcat # ...
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efficient cross-os file size shell function

I'm looking for a simpler way to have a cross-os-unix file size check. I could use wc -c but I'm concerned the performance may suck on large files (I'm assuming it just counts chars and doesn't do a ...
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Calling a function which calls another function with a for loop

I am calling a function with a for loop and saving the returned value to a variable. When I run the code, I get a command not found error. What is wrong? #!/bin/bash check_1() { x_$1=$(check_2 ...
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Cannot access elements of an array in zsh

I am trying to write a script in zsh and I need to make use of arrays in order to achieve my aim in an elegant way. After reading some information over the Net, I tried to implement and access the ...
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How do I fill my password automatically from .bash_profile when running command as sudo?

I know I could just put something like sudo mypassword in my .bash_profile, but I don't want to run every command as root. I want password to autofill under following circumstances: only the ...
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Problem with read variable from AWK

I'm trying to get memory info by this command: #!/bin/bash set -x cat /proc/meminfo | grep "MemFree" | tail -n 1 | awk '{ print $2 $4 }' | read numA numB echo $numA I'm getting this + awk '{ print ...
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Error when calling a script from inside another script

I'm writing a couple of scripts to start vlc and periodically update its playlist. The update_pls.sh works well if I execute it from prompt, but when I call it from start_vlc.sh, in each for cycle I ...
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Running commands on multiple servers [duplicate]

I want to execute a process on multiple servers. I am using the following wrapper script. The script moves to servers one at a time. I would like to change it so it can execute on multiple servers. ...
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How to write a shell script to run multiple command in different screen sessions?

My goal is to write a zsh script in order to create multiple screen sessions and run separate commands on each of them. I would also like to check at the beginning of my script if there are any ...
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I get a “command not found” error, though the script file is shown by “ls”

I want to run yii console commands in shell. I run protected/yiic in the console, yet it fails, yielding -bash: yiic: command not found What's the problem? See the shell commands and responses I ...
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How to kill a process running in specific script

I have two script files running simultaneously. I just need to kill the java process running in one script without affecting the java process in the another one.
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Mutt multi content type

Good afternoon I want to send multiple content_type with mutt. Can I do that? Here is my code : mutt -e "set content_type=text/html" -e "set content_type=text/plain" someone@mail.com -s "Multi ...
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to compare two fields in two different files

In file1, I have 1023M BLD 123G DEV 945K Deployment 4899 INT In file2, I have 1.2G BLD 123G DEV 345M Deployment 499M INT I wanted to compare the first field of file1 with first ...
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How could i flip content of a binary file with bash commands

I was wondering if it's possible to do bitwise conversion on a binary file, with bash commands, (in my case bitwise negation).
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init.d script is not starting under virtualbox

The script is in /etc/init.d: #!/bin/bash VMUSER=myname CURRDATE=(`date +"%m-%d-%Y"` + `date +"%H:%M:%S"`) CURRTIME=(`date +"%X"`) FILE=/home/myname/log/vm-services.log VBPATH=/usr/bin start(){ ...
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Problems copying files with spaces inside the file name in a bash script [duplicate]

I have the following function inside a BASH script (running under Ubuntu 12.x), which would copy over a file with spaces inside the file name. It's not working. I've tried many different combinations, ...
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Killing multiple instances of the script from the script itself

I've couple instances of script.sh running in parallel, doing the same thing, running in background. I'm trying to use a function to kill all the current running scripts when executed. So, for ...
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Why doesn't this piped script work?

#!/bin/bash rm out mkfifo out nc -l 8080 < out | while read line do echo hello > out echo $line done If I browse to the IP of the machine this script is running on (using port ...
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How can I “lazily” read output from xrandr?

I have a bash script that I use to adjust my monitor brightness that uses xrandr --verbose to get the current brightness. It works fine, but using xrandr is kind of slow on my machine, as you can see ...
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Command-line parameters in bash script not recognised

I use Debian (Raspbian) Wheezy. If this command line works fine: smsd -c sms/out -i 60 -0 -f sms/smsd.log and this alias also works fine: bsmsd='smsd -c sms/out -i 60 -0 -f sms/smsd.log' then ...
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How to replace all the first occurences in matched lines with incremental number?

I have a file like this ... 1562 first part 1563 H col3 H col4 1564 H col3 H col4 ... 3241 H col3 H col4 3242 third part ... I want to replace only the first H in every line to H#, with ...
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How can I get the pid of a process started this way

#!/bin/bash mkfifo /var/run/out while true do cat /var/run/out | nc -l 8080 > >( while read line do do some stuff done ) done How can I get the pid ...
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How can I kill child processes with start-stop-daemon?

I'm writing a simple web server using nc and bash. It looks like this: #!/bin/bash rm -f /var/run/streamman/out mkfifo /var/run/streamman/out trap "rm -f /var/run/streamman/out" EXIT while true do ...
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How do I validate a settings(ini) file for the values expected using bash?

After I check if the ini file exists where it is expected to be, which I've learned how to do, I would like to check the file for proper formatting. I'd like to validate any number of "site" entries ...
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Shell scripting enthusiast [closed]

This may sound generic and non technical to many but i can use some quality advice here. I am an technical support engineer who happens to be interested in shell scripting. My job does not need me to ...
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Editing /etc/init.d/mysql to remove mysql.sock automatically

I am running MySQL on a CentOS release 6.5 (Final) virtual machine. It is used for testing Joomla. The phyiscal host reboots frequently, which is fine. The VM, however, does not perform a clean ...
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Identifier must be declared [closed]

Hi I am new to Shell scripting , and I am facing this issue for days, can someone help me out? my snippet : filename='somefile_Connectivity_12345.CSV' trimfilename= echo $filename| cut -d'_' -f ...
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How parse a log file for a string, and when found search backwards for another string

I use the following command to parse a log file for a particular string. Then I search backwards in the log to find the data I really want. The problem as in the example below, I am only going back ...
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Using $ in a password

Lets assume that password of my server is Abcd$1234 I am trying to ftp a file from other server to my server using the following in shell script ftp -inv (IP) << EOF user Username Abcd$1234 ...
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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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Preventing a specific space from being expanded in a variable

In bash how do you avoid a specific space from being expanded in a variable? Lets say I have this JAVA_OPTS="-Xmx1g" JAVA_OPTS="$JAVA_OPTS -XX:OnError='/path/to/a/script.sh %p'" function args() { ...
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Execute all files in a list

I have a source tree which, when make is run, produces several executables named "001", "002", and etc. I'm trying to write a script which will find all of these executables in my source tree, and ...
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Using bash's “source” command return error though it successfully read config file [duplicate]

I want my bash script to read parameters from config file. Here is what inside the script: #!/bin/bash source /home/myscript/conf/config.conf echo "$username" and below is my config.conf: ...
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exit a script if an ls line did not find any match

I am writing this script that have this line: ls -lrt /dir1/dir2/filename*.txt | tail -1 | awk '{print $9}' | read variable What I wanted is to exit the script (without using if-statement) if it ...
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Script to email all matching files in a directory

Trying to set up a bash script to automate sending data files. Desired end result is to check a specified directory once per week, make a list of all Excel files modified within the last 2 days, and ...
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Move files to multiple folders [closed]

I've searched for this function, and there are lots of answers, but I haven't been able to find anything that works for me. I have a folder with about 30,000 files, and I want a terminal command or ...
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Why does the while cycle skips and only reads the first line?

$ ls testscript.sh testservers.txt $ cat testservers.txt serverA IMM 10.2.3.4 USERID PASSW0RD serverB IMM 10.2.3.5 USERID PASSW0RD $ $ $ cat testscript.sh #!/bin/bash # test them.. egrep ...
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Shell script to produce duplicate output with increments

I need a script that will produce the following output many times @float Figure,fig:n @cindex @image{n,9cm}. @caption{} @end float but where n (both times) is replaced by 1, 2, 3, up to a large ...
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Bulk rename and resize with Imagemagick

I need to convert a very large number of images that are called 1a.jpg, 2a.jpg, 3a.jpg using Imagemagick to be processed and renamed 1.jpg, 2.jpg, 3.jpg (in the same directory). The Imagemagick ...
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A command that generates both standard error and output

I want to do some troubleshooting on my bash script. Is there a short and simple command that generates both stdout and stderr so that I can use 2>&1 on it? Sorry if this looks trivial, but I ...
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When GNU parallel exit,my program also fail

I am using GNU parallel to run a bash function. The function just contains the bash script to restart my program. At first, the restart is ok, but when parallel exits, my program also fails. Why? ...