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

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Starting Resque worker with script doesnt work, starting by hand does

I am trying to figure out why my process doesn't work if started via a script, but works fine if started by hand. Here's the details: script is a resque worker start script. The script location is ...
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How do I securely download files in shell scripting?

I am writing some shell scripts to automatically download software packages off my server and set them up on customer servers. At some point within the script, the download command is wget ...
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The output I get via “echo” works as a command when pasted to terminal, but not in the script

I'm trying to change the files generated by an app that unfortunately often contain spaces. I have managed to get "echo" to give me output that works if copy pasted into terminal, but when I try to do ...
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Why does the printf statement in this loop output the array out of sequence?

When I execute the following code, the output of the printf statement appears to show array out of sequence. In the declare statement the Source item is declared before Destination and in the output ...
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placing things in a users home directory with .deb

i am making a .deb installer and would like to place some files in the users home directory but i can not hard code a username. does any one know of any other places in the file system that i could ...
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How to automat password entry without user interference?

How to type password automatically without user interference. For example echo 'MyPassword@2014' > su UserName I want to automat this in my script. The script should not wait for input. It ...
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finding and replacing text [duplicate]

Does any one know how to find and replace text in a file. it can be implimented into a bash file. i would like to find the line and the output the text to it the file can only be opened with the root ...
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Bash script: array elements containing space character [duplicate]

I'm getting started with bash scripting. I'm working with array elements that contain space characters. In the code below, the third array element is "Accessory Engine". I tried to set the space ...
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Unreadable backup directory on a USB drive

The title pretty much sums it up. I was editing a script I wrote some time ago to automatically backup the contents of my Raspberry Pi SD card, and in the course of editing, I missed a "/", and so ...
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how to find a file extension with multiple dots [duplicate]

I'd like to extract the extension out of a filename with multiple dots. For instance: gbamidi-v1.0.tar.gz I should get "tar.gz", not "gz" or "0.tar.gz". I prefer a solution not relying on bash ...
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How to assign the cat output of a bash script to a variable in another script

I have a bash script that produces a cat output when it takes an argument. I also have another bash script that executes the first bash script with an an argument that I want to produce cat outputs ...
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Can't indent heredoc to match nesting's indent

If there's a "First World Problems" for scripting, this would be it. I have the following code in a script I'm updating: if [ $diffLines -eq 1 ]; then dateLastChanged=$(stat --format '%y' ...
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How to use grep and cut in script to obtain website URLs from an HTML file

I am trying to use grep and cut to extract URLs from an HTML file. The links look like: <a href="http://examplewebsite.com/"> Other websites have .net, .gov, but I assume I could make the cut ...
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Can I get the backup option of cp and mv to work with directories?

--backup[=CONTROL] make a backup of each existing destination file The man page does say that it works on file. It doesn't seem to have any effect on directories. Is there anyway to make this ...
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Save and restore terminal tabs with custom tabs title

I have a Terminal window with a dozen named tabs open *(gnome-terminal) I would like to save the current configuration and have it restored with names and directories. Is there a way to do this? I've ...
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Search for a string in the output of a command

I'm stuck with a simple script. I want to run tracepath on multiple address and to find if some IP is contained in the output of the tracepath. For now I have the following: if tracepath -n ...
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Rename files based on directory names

How can I rename .jpg files in multiple folders based on the name of the folder? I also want the .jpg files to remain in their respective folders and not moved. The folder names have no spaces. So, ...
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The best way to add Unix Shell variables to CURL GET request

Let’s say I use curl –X GET command with the following link: “$WEBSITE_URL/ACTION_NAME/ACTION1;id=$ID?Command=TEST&id1=$ID1&id2=$ID2&id3=$ID3” As you can see, there are some $variables ...
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What characters do I need to escape when using sed in a sh script?

Take the following script: #!/bin/sh sed 's/(127\.0\.1\.1)\s/\1/' [some file] If I try to run this in sh (dash here), it'll fail because of the parentheses, which need to be escaped. But I don't ...
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Is there an alternative to using rbash to restrict a user on my system?

Basically at the moment I am using rbash to stop a user from leaving his directory on my system. The problem with this is, there is a script in my bin which he needs to be able to run from a script in ...
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How can I run a script as sudo and for it to not ask me for a password?

I want to run the following script: #!/bin/bash if grep -qs 'MinecraftServer' /media/kiancross/MinecraftServer/MinecraftServer; then echo "Disk already mounted, server boot will continue" else ...
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How can I pass the success (or failiure) of a command to a variable?

I am running rsnapshot to do backups of my NAS. I am forwarding the output of the command (e.g. rsnapshot hourly, rsnapshot daily etc.) to /tmp/rsnapshot_stats_hourly. In another script, I'd like to ...
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Increment Numbers in URL?

I want to create a list of URLs. The URLs have two sets of identical numbers which need to be incremented by 1: http://sample.com/poilus/cwrgshs/192/192.html ...
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How can I pass a function name to a test runner?

I wanted to write my own test runner: do_test () { function_under_test=$1 expected="$2" function_under_test $3 # <-- Line 32 if [ $result -eq $expected ]; then printf '.' else ...
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Loop to check whether a Debian package is installed or not

I like to check whether several packages are installed or not on Debian/Ubuntu Here is my attempt at a script to do this: query=`dpkg-query -W -f '${Status}'` ok="install ok" if ! [ `$query` curl ...
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Query list of servers for memory/cpu allocated

Running RHEL 6.2, trying to write a bash script to SSH to a list of remote servers, and write the CPUs and Total Memory to a file, one line per host in the following format: HOSTNAME1 CPUS: 12 ...
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Sourcing a redistributable script by default

I am creating a bash script which I wish to release on github. The script needs to access the command history but this is not possible without sourcing that script. I don't want users to put it in ...
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Why do I get Illegal number: {1..3}

Why am I getting ./6_sum_square_difference.sh: 11: ./6_sum_square_difference.sh: Illegal number: {1..3} for #!/bin/sh summing () { the_total=0 num_in=$1 for one_num in {1..$num_in} do ...
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Why alias inside function does not work?

See the code below: a()(alias x=echo\ hi;type x;alias;x);a I have an alias inside a function, I do not want to change the external environment (that is why I am using () instead of {}), even the ...
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Why does this comparison return not equal?

Can't seem to get this to evaluate to true is_equal () { in="$1" if [[ "$in" == "385" ]]; then return 0 else return 1 fi } a= is_equal 385 if [[ "$a" ]]; then echo "equal" else ...
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Searching file based on data range

I previously posted requesting help with counting occurrences of a string. I'm now hoping to search for the occurrence of a string within a range of values and print out a similarly formatted file ...
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How to return 0 if a pattern is matched from a file? [duplicate]

I have a binary that repacks android kernel (not mkbootimg). I'm making a script to automate the process. I don't want any output on the screen. So I have redirected the output to a file named ...
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shell script - Unable to execute Java with parameters

I have written a shell script that will take a parameter, pass that parameter to Java command. But I get error during the execution. Here is the script: #The script takes an input, the file name to ...
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Paste text to another application from script via shortcut

Let me describe what I want to achieve. We are using two-factor authentication and I would like to create script which will generate TOTP token for me and it will paste it to let's say Firefox on some ...
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Strange bash sytax error depending on sudo usage

I made this bash function to detect if the user running is actually logged in as root user and not using sudo by checking the uid + home directory of the user executing the command: #!/bin/bash set ...
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Range of the command cut in unix

I'm trying to make a shell script, I want to cut a string using the 'cut' unix command, as follows: namecmpaux=$(echo $namecmp |cut -c0-19) But when I run the shell tells me the following error: ...
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How can I use regex to extract the text following two conditions into a variable?

I'd like to extract a setting for a given host in the ssh_config file and put it into a variable. Host mysite HostName 123.1.1.1 User myuser Port 13245 GSSAPIAuthentication no ...
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How do you create and execute a bash script which calls an executable from higher folder?

I'm attempting to write a very simple script which calls an executable from a higher level folder. If I were just typing the command into the console, I would type ../filenamehere {options} ...
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script to parse integer and convert it to char code

I am noob on Unix. I've a very unique problem where and really appreciate your help. I need to parse string containing hash code value and convert the hash code is equivalent char representation. Here ...
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bash script, list all the files over a specific size

so I have a line of code like this: result=`find . -type f -size -1000c -print0 | xargs -0 ls -Sh | head` for i in $result; do item=`wc -c $i` echo $item1 done this will print out all the ...
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Deleting Non-empty Directory with smbclient

How can I remove a non-empty directory with smbclient? I have tried the following: 1) rm Result: NT_STATUS_NO_SUCH_FILE listing [dir_path] 2) recurse;rm Result: No Error but also nothing ...
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LFTP mirror upload only non existing files to remote directory

Every 5 minutes some new files are downloaded via lftp to a local directory. I need to upload to another ftp only the non existing files. My script so far is: #! /bin/bash today=$(date +%Y%m%d) ...
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Run a command under sudo over SSH

I am accessing remote machine in Linux using Bash scripting.My code is as follows #!/bin/bash ssh -i manu_bp.pem ubuntu@54.68.67.68 <<EOF sudo -s cat ...
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How do I download a PDF, then output a chunk of text?

My city water bill is emailed to me every month as a link to the current PDF hosted on their server. So I can easily download this PDF any time I want. How do I take that PDF and extract my account ...
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Security implications of forgetting to quote a variable in bash/POSIX shells

If you've been following unix.stackexchange.com for a while, you should hopefully know by now that leaving a variable unquoted in list context (as in echo $var) in Bourne/POSIX shells (zsh being the ...
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Bash script, ask for user input, to change a directory, sub directorys, and file's mtime atime linux recursively

Using GNU bash, version 4.3.11(1)-release (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu) I am a bash scripting novice, not sure where to begin except at shebang #!. The following command. touch -a -m -t 201501010000.00 ...
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Mount /var at boot runlevel 2 - problems

I'm working with a system that (for various reasons) often gets corruption on the /var partition. To this end I'm hoping to run e2fsck on it during the regular boot. I've commented out the /var ...
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how to reverse the ip address using shell script [duplicate]

In my script, I am getting output as hostname: host1 and IP:100.1.168.192 Now i want to reverse and show the result. Like this i want the result 192.168.1.100 How to reverse it ? My script will ...
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Bash variable substitution problem

I have a problem with variable substitution in bash. I'm doing like as explained in below code, but cd $d is not going into original directory i.e. after expanding $var export var="/a/b/c" for d ...
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Show sum of file sizes in directory listing

The Windows dir directory listing command has a line at the end showing the total amount of space taken up by the files listed. For example, dir *.exe shows all the .exe files in the current ...