The shell is unix's command-line interface. You can type commands in a shell interactively, or write scripts to automate tasks.

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Terminate every background process

I have a few Stopped background processes. kill $(jobs -p) and kill `jobs -p` have no effect kill %1, kill %2, etc. successfully terminate individual processes How can I kill every background ...
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How to extract logs between two time stamps

I want to extract all logs between two timestamps. Some lines may not have the timestamp, but I want those lines also. In short, I want every line that falls under two time stamps. My log structure ...
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sticky alias command [duplicate]

I want to have the alias inst to be used instead of installpkg /tmp/ and then install packages by inst <pkg name>. But in normal alias define, We can not stick alias name to the package name and ...
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How do I display a manpage with groff in/on msysgit?

I've been unable to correctly set up a MANPATH environment variable in msysgit (1.9.0; 20140217) on Windows 7 (which is not my main concern here). Every time I execute the man command, I recieve the ...
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Why isn't there any shell command to create files?

Attention please: I am not asking how to make a file from the command line! I have been using touch for making files for years without paying attention that its main purpose is something else. If ...
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How to check for a folder inside a particular folder in shell script?

I am working on a shell script and python script as well. Python script is passing certain parameters to my shell script and then I am using those parameters in my shell script. Below is my shell ...
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Using sudoers to allow php to run command

I am trying to get my php page to run this command: shell_exec("sudo /home/xbian/433Utils/RPi_utils/codesend {$num}"); So I added this entry to my sudoers file with visudo: www-data ALL=NOPASSWD: ...
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Conditionals for fish shell

I am going through the fish shell tutorial and find that this simple if-else block does not work if grep fish /etc/shells echo Found fish else if grep bash /etc/shells echo ...
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Get the actions for a command programmatically

Let's take the git example: $ git<TAB><TAB> git git-import-dscs git-shell git-buildpackage git-import-orig git-upload-archive git-dch git-pbuilder ...
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How to monitor CPU/memory usage of a single process?

I would like to monitor one process's memory / cpu usage in real time. Similar to top but targeted at only one process, preferably with a history graph of some sort.
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Shell script wait for background command

I am writing a script, but there is something I need that I can't find a way to do it... I need to make a command in background "command1 &" and then somewhere in the script I need to wait for it ...
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tar specific files based on a pattern

I got a lot of files with the following format: 2014_04_01_11.txt 2014_04_01_12.txt 2014_04_01_13.txt 2013_03_25_12.txt 2013_04_29_15.txt I would like to tar all theses files into an archive 20?? _ ...
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Why is “echo” so much faster than “touch”?

I'm trying to update the timestamp to the current time on all of the xml files in my directory (recursively). I'm using Mac OSX 10.8.5. On about 300,000 files, the following echo command takes 10 ...
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`tar` with `find` with removing original file extension

I want to create tb2 files from bunch of text files like this. tar cfj $(basename ./2014_04_09.txt .txt).tb2 $(basename ./2014_04_09.txt) With this command I can create a archive file 2014_04_09.tb2 ...
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Formatting the output: Underlining

I wrote the following function in ksh that prints its first argument to the screen and underlines it with the appropriate ammount of - character: print_underlined () { word=$1 echo $word ...
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Merging text files based on their filename

I have hundred of files with the following format: 2013_01_19_xyxyxyx.txt 2013_01_19_xyxyxyx.txt 2014_03_21_xyxyxyx.txt 2014_03_21_zxzxzxz.txt 2014_03_22_abababa.txt 2014_03_22_cbcbcbc.txt etc. I ...
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Execute commands on TMUX Detach

Is it possible to execute commands on tmux detach? I usually have a rails console and server running in the tmux session, on detach is it possible to automatically end those? Thanks.
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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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Proper place to put shell prompt(PS1) when use sh/bash/zsh together

I'm using dash(sh) or bash or zsh. If possible, I would prefer to put in common place. I want to put proper PS1 settings when I interactive with shell, so these situation should be considered login ...
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copy smallest files first?

I have a large directory containing subdirectories and files that I wish to copy recursively. Is there any way to tell cp that it should perform the copy operation in order of file size, so that the ...
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/bin /etc /lib64 /root /sbin deleted or moved by mv folder/* /* while su

OS is Centos 6.5 64-bit I downloaded a tar file and wanted to untar and mv it. I untared, then accidentally (as root) ran mv folder/* /* instead of mv folder/* . bash said it couldn't overwrite some ...
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Close all file descriptors in bash

Is there a way to close all the open file descriptors, without having an explicit list of them beforehand?
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What is the ` character or symbol called and what is its significance outside of SE code formatting? [duplicate]

What is the ` character's name and what is its significance outside of SE code formatting because I cannot get it to work? I'm familiar with its use in the Stack Exchange forums used to format code ...
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Why is my find not recursive?

I am running the following command, but it is not performed recursively: find . -name *.java I know there are java files further down in the current directory but it is performing the find on the ...
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Can a running script identify the logging context?

Let us say I redirect the STDOUT, STDERR of a program to files. ./script.sh 1> output.log 2> error.log Can the running program find this out i.e. know the paths to these files?
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What is the correct name for the “>” command

I was trying to find how to pass some text to a file without overwriting what's there already using the > command and I realised I don't know what it's called. Searching for right arrow or right ...
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Linux Shell fundamentals: How can I check the file descriptors status, (where are redirected to) right now without lsof?

I am learning about file descriptors for the case of Linux, and I was wondering if there is any command showing a complete list that allows me to know where is each one redirected to in this moment. ...
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How to trace system calls being invoked after typing command?

This question is relevant to the question of 'what happens when we type a simple command on shell?' I posted earlier. (I thought it would be better to post it seperately. But if not, please let me ...
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Accidentally typed crontab with just the dash

What happens when I type just "crontab -"? The "e" didn't take before I hit Enter. It just moved the cursor to the next line and I had to Ctrl+C to exit, but I'm not sure what it did exactly. I'm on ...
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How do I elevate privileges in the middle of pipeline?

My guess was as follows: echo "Generating some text" | su - -c cat >/output/file But su says: su: must be run from a terminal What would you do?
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What happens when we type a simple command on shell? [duplicate]

I have a simple doubt on execution of a simple command. As per my understanding, when we type a command such as ls on interactive shell, Shell interpretes the command. Shell creates a child process ...
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Understanding environmental variables in different contexts

Trying to understand the behaviour of the environment in Linux (Ubuntu 13.04 concretely), I've find different situations where setting envirionment variables are used or defined for/in different ...
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Passing arguments to su-provided shell

man su says: You can use the -- argument to separate su options from the arguments supplied to the shell. man bash says: -- A -- signals the end of options and disables further option ...
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Bash command not found error

Why would the following script give following errors : ./check1.sh: line 10: Hi,: command not found ./check1.sh: line 21: syntax error: unexpected end of file check1.sh: #!/bin/bash subj="host ...
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command condition sometimes integer sometimes string

I want to execute this condition while [ $(cat /path_of a file/) -eq 1 ] The condition is only correct if $(cat /path_of a file/) is an integer and not a string ! How can I overcome this ...
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Is there an advantage in using ksh over zsh? [closed]

Or are there any advantages for using ksh over zsh? Would any specific commands not execute successfully across the shells or are the major differences not command related, but something else?
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How to make bidirectional pipe between two programs?

Everyone knows how to make unidirectional pipe between two programs (bind stdout of first one and stdin of second one): first | second. But how to make bidirectional pipe, i.e. cross-bind stdin and ...
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Can I use pmap to find out Memory utilization?

I want to measure memory utilization of my Apache Server. Can I use the pmap command and pass all the process IDs of httpd and take that as total utilization? pmap PID1 PID2 .... It seems that pmap ...
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How to use a variable as part of an array name

I have two arrays: arrayA=(1 2 3) arrayB=(a b c) and I want to print out one of them using a command line argument, i.e., without any if else. I tried a few variations on the syntax with no ...
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What does $# mean in shell?

What does $# mean in shell? I have code such as if [ $# -eq 0 ] then I want to understand what $# means, but Google search is very bad for searching these kinds of things.
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Turn off buffering in pipe

I have a script which calls two commands: long_running_command | print_progress The long_running_command prints a progress but I'm unhappy with it. I'm using print_progress to make it more nice ...
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What's the right way to set “dynamic” PATH in bash? (for android sdk)

I have android sdk installed, and I want the binaries in build-tools/android-VERSION to be available in PATH, so I add few lines: ...
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How to run a script after connected with ssh

I've heard multiple answers of rights and wrongs and I still don't know if its possible. I ssh to a server then want to run a block of script. while read server <&3; do #read server names ...
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Install-on-Demand Wrapper Function for Executables

How do I make the following function work correctly # Install git on demand function git() { if ! type git &> /dev/null; then sudo $APT install git; fi git $*; } by making git $* ...
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Find files that have words in common

What would be the best way to create a list of files that have common words with a given file. For example, if I had: $ ls mainFile file1 file2 file file4 $ cat mainFile exquisite malicious ...
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Run a command when system is idle and when is active again

I want to run a command when the user becomes inactive (the system is idle). For example: echo "You started to be inactive." Also, when the user becomes active again (the system is not idle ...
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`wait` doesn't wait for `wget --background`

I have gone through several SE posts on the unix wait command and none of the posts resolve my problem. I have a weather forecast model to run. It has first to prepare some folders, then download data ...
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Command substitution vs I/O Redirection?

I am wondered about differences between I/O Redirection and Command substitution? For example when I want to redirect which command output to cd command (I know that it's not a directory) then the ...
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Redirecting only stderr to a pipe

This code snippet is from Advanced Bash Scripting Guide. # Redirecting only stderr to a pipe. exec 3>&1 # Save current "value" of stdout. ls -l 2>&1 ...
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What is the difference between the use of ; and executing a script

I'm using bash as my main shell, but it's an open question and responses for shells others than bash are very welcome. If I'm typing interactively #original line #wget http://something.com ...