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

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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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Command not working in shell script, but works on command line

I have a shell script that executes the following command: bash -c "screen -dmS node /home/nodejs/bridge/bridge.js" However, the screen is not being started. Typing the command... screen -dmS node ...
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How do I parse a string in bash into variables using a tab as the delimiter and preserve spaces?

I am in the process of writing a bash script to display various statistics, some of which come from a MySQL database. The pertinant code I'm having difficulty with is: read min max rows <<< ...
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Unable to pass a bash variable as a python argument in bash

For some reason I cannot pass the bash variable $FOLDER as a python argument on the following code. The python script downloads some files from amazon s3. Bash script: #!/bin/bash FOLDER=$(./aws get ...
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Mandatory argument for script to run java program

My script is called: report_startDate It has the following line: $JRE_ROOT/bin/java -cp /home/me/report/config/:/home/me/report/jar/reporting-1.0-SNAPSHOT.jar com.me.project.report.Main $1 $1 ...
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grep upto matching brackets

I have a file like this:- pin(ABC) { a b c d e f { abc } } pin(XYZ) { g h i j k { j k { ...
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background gui process in shell script

In the below script, ivfstudio commands open a gui. Even launched as a background process, I need to close it first so that the next commands are executed. How to make it "really background" ? ...
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two if conditions in for loop bash scripting

I've trying to make two if conditions in for loop. Is it possible this? Now doesn't return anything from second if only two OK from first if. #!/bin/bash servers=("212.39.82.157" "212.39.82.157" ...
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rename a batch of files after reading from a source file

I have a directory full of over a thousand files and the names are bit long (and no pattern found in the naming style). I would like to simplify the filenames. E.g.: ...
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Installation script for OpenERP, creating directories under /var

I would like to know what this code means. I found it on the OpenERP forum. It is supposed to run on Linux CentOS. adduser openerp DIR="/var/run/openerp /var/log/openerp" for NAME in $DIR do if [ ! ...
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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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Connect psftp between Unix and Windows server

I need to transfer files from Unix to Windows server. After creating a folder in the windows server files need to be copied from Unix to Windows. I am using psftp to do this process.So, I am trying to ...
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How to append multiple lines to a file with bash

I am writing a bash script to look for a file if it doesn't exist then create it and append this to it: Host localhost ForwardAgent yes So "line then new line 'tab' then text" I think its a ...
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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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Change to the last modified subdirectory of the current directory

I have an application which generates a couple of files in different directories at a regular interval and I need to check the latest files generated, i.e. the file which is generated in the most ...
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reading a list of lines from a file writing output to a utility

I have a file with a list of lines I want to read from another file. I want to output those lines to a utility (grep) that lets me read the entire line and pull information from it. The file with the ...
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compare two files based on a column and print it

I have two big files of 400,000 lines. I want to compare the column 1 of the second file with column 1 of first file recursively. If they match I would like to print the whole line. It is a sorted ...
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How can I use global variable arrays in aliases or functions

I am attempting to simplify repetitive work procedures. In doing so, I am trying to write a .bashrc script which will set global path variables that aliases can refer to. Disclaimer: I'm new to linux ...
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using mysqlimport on a large amount of csv files in a directory via bash scripting [on hold]

I have a directory with approximately 75 csv files in it that I need to mysqlimport into a MySQL database. The MySQL database does not have the tables created. The files: * The data is all numbers ...
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Birthday reminder

write a bash shell script to get the alerts of friend's birthday Suppose Birthday Date Friend's name 08-02-2014 : Prashant 08-15-2014 : prabhat 09 -16 -2014 ...
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KSH styling text based menu using STDERR

Is it possible to format the STDERR in order to have a better looking menu using the select command? I have a simple select select oChoice in $(<tempMenu.menu) ; do case "$oChoice" in ...
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How to kill a process in shell script which is running through cron?

I have a shell script which runs in cronjob. This shell script has to kill a process which is running and start the new process again. When I run the script manually it works perfectly fine, but when ...
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How to properly start and stop shell script in linux, busybox?

I am trying to write a small shell script that would send some commands to my tv set from my set top box that has busybox on it. The problem is that it generates huge amount of zombie processes, and ...
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Split long output into two columns

Is there a simple utility or script to columnate the output from one of my scripts? I have data in some form: A aldkhasdfljhaf B klajsdfhalsdfh C salkjsdjkladdag D lseuiorlhisnflkc E sdjklfhnslkdfhn ...
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Writing a Bash script to run and end at specific times

I'd like to create a script that will do the following. Start at a given time during the day and end at another given time. So for example, I have a program I'd like to test, so my script would be ...
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How to get data count between two strings with multiple occurences in the same file

I have the data in my file as START-OF-FIELDS ID NAME DEPT END-OF-FIELDS START-OF-DATA 1|joy|cs 2|sam|ec END-OF-DATA START-OF-FIELDS ID NAME DOB DEPT ADDRESS END-OF-FIELDS START-OF-DATA ...
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waiting for network in a bash script

I'm running a script that relies on network being up and a network share be mounted. The script runs on login (which happens automatically after boot). The problem is that by the time the script runs, ...
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A command showing if I have the right to perform writing?

I'm searching for a command which only says if the current user has r-rights (read) on the file passed as a parameter. This command could be something like haveIRights -x <file> and it has to ...
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How to append multiple lines to a file with bash, with “--” in front of string

Question very similar to How to append multiple lines to a file with bash but I want to start the file with --, and also append to the file, if possible. printf ...
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moving a (file | directory) while avoiding filename collisions

I have a bash script that moves files from a number of different locations to a folder named completed. I want to avoid overwriting previous files, so in the case when the name of a file (for ...
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Get notified from avahi

After looking for a zero-conf browser valid implementation I realised that inside my linux machine (ubuntu) I already have avahi and typing: avahi-browse -alr I get a complete list of all devices ...
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Unix Shell Scripting output to an Excel File

I have a Shell script with Multiple SQL statements like this: select Count(*) from Emp where date= current_date-1; After executing the Shell script i need a MS excel file to be create with Column ...
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How can I get bash to exit on backtick failure in a similar way to pipefail?

So I like to harden my bash scripts wherever I can (and when not able to delegate to a language like Python/Ruby) to ensure errors do not go uncaught. In that vein I have a strict.sh, which contains ...
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Make some fields required in dialog

The script below creates a dialog box. The user can press Enter at any time, and then the script continues. I need to block the Enter key to ensure that the user fills all the fields. How can I do ...
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Count files in a directory by extension

For the purpose of testing, I'd like count how many images files are inside a directory, separating each image file type by file extension (jpg="yes". This because later it will be useful for another ...
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Global /etc/profile setenv or export overwriting user settings in .profile

I need to call a modified version of a program in /home/user_name/bin rather than the (older) version in /opt/program_name/current on a CentOS 5.3 cluster. The program creates a tcsh script using ...
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Command/scripts to check the Reverse DNS Lookup time

I am working on a project in which one master communicates with numbers of slaves. For that it has to make connection with hosts in network. But sometimes it hangs. I think that the reason behind is ...
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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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How to get the port number a program is listening on in a shell script? [closed]

I have a program (beam) running, and I need to figure out which TCP / IPv6 port it is listening on. I know netstat will tell me, but I haven't fully been able to parse its output: ...
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Running shell script inside with vagrant provision

I have setup a vagrant box using precise64 (ubuntu 14.04) and installed packages needed for octopress. I can ssh into the vagrant box and generate posts and run preview for my octopress site. Now I ...
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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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How to sort a collection of lines from different files?

I want to sort second line in each file by second column, and also print name of the corresponding file. I am doing it like this - rm tmp; for filename in file*; do num=`head -2 $filename | tail ...
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Unique id for combination of Latitude - Longitude

I have a LibreOffice Calc table containing one column with latitude and one with longitude. What I want to do is for every unique combination of latitude and longitude a unique number to be assigned ...
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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 to clear the input in Bash

I have a bash script that is reading quite a bit of data /dev/random. I need the user to type randomly to seed the random daemon. However once the script completes everything typed will get dumped to ...
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bash script not being run by cron [duplicate]

I have a very simple bash script that runs flawlessly when I do ./removeOldBackup.sh or sh /home/myusername/backup/removeOldBackup.sh but when I add it to crontab like * * * * * sh ...
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Memory buffer in a bash script

I have recently finished a script that will ask for a hostname and automatically take the argument of the function and ssh into one of my work servers. Here is a copy of my script: #!/bin/bash echo ...
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Shell scripts for the database logs

The actual log file will be like this $ cat file1.log time=2014-07-23 23:56:28 GMT, user=[unknown], db=[unknown], host= pid=28254 LOG: time=2014-07-23 23:56:28 GMT, user=portalman, db=ss, ...
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Trap not trapping SIGTSTP

I have a script that keeps displaying the login prompt: #!/bin/bash trap '' 2 20 while true; do login done This is part of a bigger project so please don't tell me to just use the system login ...