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Move files several directories up for several directories with similar layout

I have a directory with the following layout (the layout in Directory 1 is repeated in every other Directory <num>): Parent directory Directory 1 some directory another ...
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Run command in bash after a certain length of time has elapsed?

If I'm executing a long process, is there any way I can execute some time-based commands? For example, I'm running a really long process which runs for roughly 10 minutes. After 5 minutes, I would ...
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Shell prompt displays .f>

I am running SSH through this command: ssh <machine-name> But instead of seeing the machine name in the prompt, I see .f>. Normally the prompt looks something like machinename> Any ...
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how to spawn a separate process in the background while running a foreground process

e.g., I want run a python -m HTTPSimpleServer in the background while running a watch in the background python -m HTTPSimpleServer; watch -n (my awesome test command) how can I run both in ...
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Use variables in here-string

To feed input to an interactive script, I've been using a here-string: script <<< $'1 2\n3 4\n5 6\nq' This effectively enters 1 2 3 4 5 6 q into the script. But how can I replace one of ...
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Get DISPLAY value by username

I run following commands to get DISPLAY value for a logged in user. $ loginctl list-sessions SESSION UID USER SEAT c2 1000 asif seat0 ...
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Start new process group in .xinitrc

I have a statusbar (lemonbar) to which I pipe the output of a couple of scripts (time, battery, volume, etc.). These scripts, and the statusbar itself, are all started in a single bash script ...
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Shell syntax for redirecting arguments?

If I want to redirect not the stdio but as arguments the output of a program , should I use xargs? For example, I do ls and I want the filenames to be arguments to the next command rather than an ...
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what is the difference between “./command” and “bash command”

I have simple bash script file, it contains only one line: rvm gemset use --create 2.0.0@PRJ_NAME If I run this script with: ./scriptname.sh I get a well-known error message from RVM RVM is not ...
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what's wrong with embedding php scripts inside bash ones?

I was trying to use php inside bash script, but I came across several problems. My first try failed with error about bash not being able to find end of here-document. The minimal version that still ...
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How to split the terminal into more than one “view”?

From vi, if you issue the command :sp, the screen splits into two "views", allowing you to edit more than one file from the same terminal. Along those same lines, is there a way to have multiple ...
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Access a file located with find

In many cases after I find a file using the find command I then want to open the file or cat it or maybe print it. How can I operate on the result from find? For example, : find . -name "myfile.txt" ...
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on-line tally of unique lines

uniq -c is very useful for counting the number of times the same line appears consecutively $ seq 1 1000 | awk '{ if ($1 > 100 && $1 <= 200) { print "hi" } else {print "bye"} }' | uniq ...
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How to merge or join more than 2 files? [duplicate]

I have four files; file1: gene_id FPKM TRINITY_DN56960_c4_g1 36.91 TRINITY_DN42427_c0_g1 12.83 TRINITY_DN48728_c0_g1 6.22 TRINITY_DN50706_c0_g2 6604.75 TRINITY_DN51449_c1_g1 8.19 ...
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openSuse, not running the cron job

I have created a cron job in the /etc/cron.d/dispatchingEmail_I the permissions of dispatchingEmail_I are the following: -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 84 Sep 11 19:52 dispatchingEmail_I content of ...
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Get owner / user of a cronjob

In Linux (Mint / Ubuntu), I can create cronjobs for each user individually. Is there any way, I can find out the name of the user against whome the cronjob is running. I want to get the username of ...
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bulk rename (or correctly display) files with special characters

I have a bunch of directories and subdirectories that contain files with special characters, like this file: robbie@phil:~$ ls test�sktest.txt test?sktest.txt Find reveals an escape sequence: ...
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Linux: set command for local variables

I am trying to understand local/environment variables and export/set commands. $ set FILEM="razrax" $ echo $FILEM $ FILEN="test" $ echo $FILEN test Please explain why echo $FILEM returns empty ...
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What are the new features available to bash 4?

I was using bash3 up to now, and just got a copy of the latest version $ ./bash --version GNU bash, version 4.1.0(1)-release (i686-pc-linux-gnu) Copyright (C) 2009 Free Software Foundation, Inc. ...
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A quicker way to change owner/group recursively? [duplicate]

Currently, when I want to change owner/group recursively, I do this: find . -type f -exec chown <owner>.<group> {} \; find . -type d -exec chown <owner>.<group> {} \; But ...
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How to write the shell script which check if the file is present on the cluster file system?

Suppose we have pscp on Windows, and remote control to Linux cluster through key key.ppk, the user and host is name@cluster.com. How, by using shell script (in cmd file), check if some file is present ...
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How to open process substituted file from php?

Here's what I tried to do myself: $ type 1.sh #!/bin/bash -eu php -r 'var_dump(file_get_contents($_SERVER["argv"][1]));' -- <(echo 1) $ ./1.sh PHP Warning: file_get_contents(/dev/fd/63): failed ...
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Rename files in the local folder adding a prefix or suffix

I have many files in a folder and I want to add either prefix or a suffix (not both) to them. I checked here and found out I can use for filename in *.jpg; do mv "$filename" "prefix_$filename"; done; ...
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Exploit in bash script parameter possible?

I want to pass an e-mail address from a web form to a bash script. I'm using the following regex: /[a-zA-Z0-9._%+-]+@[a-zA-Z0-9.-]+\.[a-zA-Z]{2,4}/ Is this sufficient? Or could one embed an ...
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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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Shell Script to insert lines in between file

Suppose there is one file1.txt where content is written Ramesh Suresh Raman From the below shell script ,I am reading the content name from file1 .txt and preparing the Name=$line in echo ...
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Where should I save color codes for the PS1 command line / terminal? [on hold]

This question is about best practices. I know logging in over secure shell or switching users su, and su -l have different effects. Also, in the event you make a typo in the configuration, you still ...
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Send command to open process in Shell file

In bash how can I issue a command to a running process I just started? For example; # Start Bluez gatttool then Connect to bluetooth device gatttool -b $MAC -I connect # send 'connect' to the ...
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Does \ work for escaping functions?

I have a function defined in my .bashrc that I would like to bypass: function func() { // func } export -f func When I run env -i func I can access the func command without the function in the ...
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.ksh session hangs after being inactive

While remotely connecting to a Linux machine using ssh, my .ksh session hangs after being inactive for sometime. If I try to type or ctrl-z, the prompt does not respond. Is there a way to restore my ...
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How to suspend and bring a background process to foreground

I have a process originally running in the foreground. I suspended by Ctrl+Z, and then resume its running in the background by bg <jobid>. I wonder how to suspend a process running in the ...
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Sourcing a shell script from within Emacs

I would like to source a shell script that changes my environment variables from within Emacs. That is, I would like the shell script to change the environment in which Emacs runs, and I would like to ...
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Cant ssh, connection terminates immediately with exit status 254

The most recent thing I remember is changing the soft and hard memlock ulimit to unlimited. Now I cant ssh into the machine. This is the ssh log. Authenticated to IP ([IP]:22). debug1: channel 0: ...
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How to recover a shell after a disconnection

Am doing some work on a remote CentOS 5.6 machine and my network keeps dropping. Is there a way that I can recover my hung sessions after I reconnect? EDIT: am doing some updating and installing with ...
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How does a shell execute a program?

If I compile a program using gcc, and try to execute it from the bash shell, what is the exact sequence of steps followed by bash to execute it ? I know fork(), execve(), loader, dynamic linker (and ...
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Where are shell variables stored?

For example, if I make a parameter expansion: $ b=1 $ echo $b 1 Where is b stored internally? I checked and it is not an environment variable because it is not listed by printenv. I'm writing my ...
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Shell Font Over SSH

I have a Linux machine (CentOS 7) in which I frequently SSH into from multiple devices. I have installed ZSH and Oh-my-zsh on the remote machine. I would like to install the following theme: ...
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Recovered deleted files on Mac by command line

I accidentally deleted a file by running: rm -rf ./Desktop/myScript.sh I think it's possible to recover the file, because the rm command removes temporarily. How can I recover the deleted file on ...
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Validate user response in shell script

My shell script is working fine and the files are copying to the remote directory. However I need to check if my INPUT_STRING is starting with S and also check if the files are present in the ...
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Help me please to find my misunderstanding about this little piece of shell script

Actually, I have a folder which contains several sub folders with lots of images in each. I am trying to gather all the names of the files in each sub folder in a text file (filesNames.txt) in that ...
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Number of files not containing given string

I read the question about how to find out the number of files that contain a certain string. This is possible with grep -l "string" * | wc -l. Is it possible to invert this, finding the number of ...
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Why is the wild card character * so different between commands zip and rm?

I put together a script to do some file operations for me. I am using the wild card operator * to apply functions to all files of a type, but there is one thing I don't get. I can unzip all files in a ...
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What is difference between pbrun and sudo command?

What is difference between pbrun and sudo command? I have seen people executing pbrun sudo su - what this means? I know su -, it will try to switch to root user. What speciality pbrun gives to sudo ...
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'ls -1' : how to list filenames without extension

ls -1 lists my elements like so: foo.png bar.png foobar.png ... I want it listed without the .png like so: foo bar foobar ... (the dir only contains .png files) Can somebody tell me how to use ...
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How to execute Netscaler commands through a remote machine via SSH connection

I have been trying to execute some NetScaler commands like "bind" & "unbind" through a Linux Box via an SSH Connection. Now the Problem is, Manually we are able to enter & execute commands on ...
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Where can I find the shell script for ls command? [closed]

I am trying to understand how the ls command works, and I presume there is a shell script which defines ls somewhere in the filesystem. This correct? If so, where can I find it?
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How can I use the output of a command without using the mouse?

Imagine you issued a find command and now you want to use one line of the resulting output as an argument. $ find .. fileA fileB $ vi <CURSOR> # now do what to achive: $ vi fileB ...
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How do I exit or cancel a bad bash command?

I expect to get some flak for this, but I can't find the answer anywhere. It seems like it should be so obvious. Sometimes, when I type a bad command in a bash terminal, the cursor just jumps down to ...
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Unable to execute the rest of my shell script after installing Oh My Zsh [closed]

I thought that here it will be better to ask for help with my problem. In a nutshell: I'm creating my custom shell script to simply customise my Mac. To make a short example: 1) I install OMZ using ...
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When a shell executes an external command/program - does that program have file descriptors?

There are alot of documents and discussion around the file descriptors of shells and how those file descriptors can be manipulated for redirection etc. My question is, when a shell command is an ...