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bash completion in Posix mode

I would like to use an interactive Posix bash shell but the autocomplete feature doesn't work. When I type the Tab character it simply prints a tab. The tab completion works only when I'm in a ...
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Solving “mv: Argument list too long”?

I have a folder with more than a million files that needs sorting, but I cant really do anything because mv outputs this message all the time -bash: /bin/mv: Argument list too long I'm using this ...
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CasperJS and PHP In Cron Job Cannot Open Files, Works Fine When Run Manualy

I recently got a new DigitalOcean LEMP environment with Ubuntu. I tried making an SH script that uses CasperJS to scrape data from an external website to a JSON file, and a PHP script to parse the ...
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How to add a newline to the end of a file?

Using version control systems I get annoyed at the noise when the diff says No newline at end of file. So I was wondering: How to add a newline at the end of a file to get rid off those messages?
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How do you search ! in man sed?

You cannot search ! directly because it puts process behind. For instance, you cannot search ! in sed man. How can you search ! in man?
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Issue a command in each directory

I have 3 directories: dir1 contains two subdirs. In every subdir there is a slackbuild. I want to build all slackbuilds, staying in the parent directory. I have tried (cd *;sh *ld) But it only ...
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Why is cd not a program?

I've always wondered why cd isn't a program, but never managed to find the answer. Anyone know why this is the case?
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Linux - Sending a command to a screen through a shell script? [duplicate]

I'm trying to figure out how to make a script that will be able to send commands to a screen that will execute within whatever the screen is doing. Is this possible, and if so, how is it done? I've ...
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Autocomplete issue in bash with equal sign (=)

I am trying to make autocomplete work and wroted a piece of code to demonstrate an issue I faced up: $ cat completion.sh function _completion_command() { compopt +o bashdefault +o default +o ...
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ssh command with quotes

I have an odd error that I have been unable to find anything on this. I wanted to change the user comment with the following command. $ sudo usermod -c "New Comment" user This will work while ...
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Practical usage of “shift” shell builtin command?

I checked the /usr/bin/ssh-copy-id(part of openssh-client package at least under Debian) shell-script and it contains following if-statement: if [ "-i" = "$1" ]; then shift # check if we have 2 ...
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How do I check if a variable exists in bash?

I need to check a variable's existence in an if statement. Something to the effect of: if [ -v $somevar ] then echo "Variable somevar exists!" else echo "Variable somevar does not exist!" ...
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Move files from multiple directories to another system

Let's suppose I have a folders in the source system: AB1, AB2, AB3. And I have the same folder names AB1, AB2, AB3 in the destination system. I want to move AB1 files to AB1 and AB2 files AB2 and ...
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How can I disable bash traces?

For any command that I execute in the terminal a comment like + command appears. For example for ls it shows + ls --color=auto.
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How can I make shell aliases available when shelling out from Vim?

In my .zshrc, I declare some aliases. Eg, which dbstart shows the contents of that alias. If I open vim from that shell, it is a child process. In Vim, I can run shell commands with :! some_command. ...
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How do i search for certain sections of a file and then extract only relevant information within that section?

So I have a text file that is a server report and has about 1000 lines of information in it. I'm trying to write a script that can search the report for only certain pieces of information I'm looking ...
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How to insert the content of a file into another file before a pattern (marker)?

File1 contents: line1-file1 "1" line2-file1 "2" line3-file1 "3" line4-file1 "4" File2 contents: line1-file2 "25" line2-file2 "24" Pointer-file2 "23" ...
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What are the shell's control and redirection operators?

I often see tutorials online that connect various commands with different symbols. For example: command1 | command2 command1 & command2 command1 || command2 command1 && command2 ...
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Use of ^ as a shell metacharacter

I wrote a small script today which contained grep -q ^local0 /etc/syslog.conf During review, a coworker suggested that ^local0 be quoted because ^ means "pipe" in the Bourne shell. Surprised by ...
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How to check if a shell is login/interactive/batch

I think I understand the differences between an interactive, a login and a batch shell. See the following links for more help: What is the difference between a 'Login' and an 'Interactive' bash ...
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Transform text records using only a “for” loop

I have an input file that is text, consisting of lines that look like: 352|C|PAID|7036|VOICE|01-FEB-12 I need to split each line into fields at the | (vertical bar) characters and output each field ...
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Counting program fails in arithmetic test

having a little trouble with this rather basic script. This script works on Bash in my macbook pro, but not on my Linux Mint desktop, which also uses bash. I can't figure out what's wrong with it, ...
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Execute a shell command upon a click event in a web page

Is there a way to execute a bash command when I click on a text in a browser? The web page is on computer A, the browser is on computer B : I want to execute the code on computer B, e.g hsetroot to ...
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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 store ascii value in a variable

I am trying to convert hex to decimal to ascii and store it in a variable. I am using the following code. HEX=30 DEC=`printf "%d\n" 0x${HEX}` echo "$DEC" ASC=`printf \\$(printf '%03o' $DEC)` echo ...
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How to add column in the beginning of file using perl?

I want a Perl one-liner that checks whether the first fields of an input file is the file's name and, if it isn't, adds the file name as the first column on every line. Example written in shell : ...
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Does kali distro not use /etc/environments file?

I appended a path to /etc/environments file and now it is like so: mindaugas@Kali:~$ cat /etc/environment | tr ":" "\n" PATH="/usr/local/sbin /usr/local/bin /usr/sbin /usr/bin /sbin /bin /sbin" I ...
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Copying and relative Home

Your current directory is oxford. Make a copy of the file named outline.doc and place it into the sample_dir directory, using relative pathnames. I've attempted everything. sample_dir1 `-- ...
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Combine curl and base64 into one command?

I'd like to POST the Base64 encoding of a file to a server, combining curl and base64 into one command that I can execute. I've tried the following: curl 'http://localhost:5000/files' -X POST -H ...
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What is the difference between interactive shells, login shells, non-login shell and their use cases? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Difference between Login Shell and Non-Login Shell? I have been looking at /etc/profile. bash.bashrc to see how they are run, and notice that some are executed by ...
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How do I delete a file whose name begins with “-” (hyphen a.k.a. dash or minus)?

How do you remove a file whose filename begins with a dash (hyphen or minus) -? I'm ssh'd into a remote OSX server and I have this file in my directory: tohru:~ $ ls -l total 8 -rw-r--r-- 1 me ...
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Bash script that detects if a file is the correct size

I'm trying to make this bash script dispatch and email when it detects that a certain type of file (files ending in ".gz"), which was last modified 24 hours ago, is below a certain size in a ...
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Help with script to add new users and assign groups

!#/bin/bash User script Adds user echo -n "Username: " read user_name Creates password sudo passwd $user_name Creates group echo -n "Group: " read group_name sudo usermod -G $group_name ...
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Why does the terminal echo keystrokes when commands are running?

I was recently running tail -f on a log file of a server that was running, trying to diagnose a bug, when I accidentally bumped the keyboard and typed some characters. They got mixed in with the ...
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Which file should be sourced in .devishrc to permanently change the hitch-file? [closed]

By default, in DEVISH (at least for me) the hitch file used is mhitch.py... I can change the hitch using the -h option for the shfile command, but I need to permanently set it to something... Any ...
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How do I get the current line count from xargs?

I want to grab every 5 images in a directory and merge them together into a new file with a unique filename per 5 image group. find *.jpg | xargs -n 5 -i convert {} -append {#}.png This is really ...
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Proper escaping of double quotations for curl post data?

I'm trying to test out a server, by sending it JSON data and reading the response. I need to POST data like {"item":"value with spaces"} but when I use curl I find that it sends the backslashes as ...
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What is the behaviour of & operator [duplicate]

I am trying to chain the commands in linux, I am using ubuntu 14.04 distribution. The aim to create a directory and go into that directory. Generally we do this mkdir foldername cd foldername ...
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BASH base conversion from decimal to hex

In Bash, how does one do base conversion from decimal to another base, especially hex. It seems easy to go the other way: $ echo $((16#55)) 85 With a web-search, I found a script that does the ...
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How to add repository from shell in Debian?

In Ubuntu one can add a repository to apt-get via the following command - sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair As Ubuntu is based on Debian code base, I was expecting that the same ...
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ssh not showing full output of command

I have a list of servers 20+ that I would like to get the shell that they are using. While logged onto a server I can run the following command $ ps -p $$ PID TTY TIME CMD 12022 pts/6 ...
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How to switch to bash on DEVISH?

With the update from BasilOS Quad to Pentus, DEVISH became the primary shell(replacing bash)... I am completely unfamiliar with DEVISH, so I need to be able to switch back to bash... I tried chsh but ...
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Delete several sequential file names, but ignore part of the first

Sometimes, my scripts get trapped in infinite loops. When the loop creates new files, things get messy. I currently have this file name format: Task.4883.store.log where 4883 is a counter. I ...
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Using regex in ls and mv

I have a directory structure like this ├── UK │   ├── BuyBand_go_UK.png │   ├── BuyBand_go_UK.svg │   ├── BuyBand_K.png │   ├── BuyBand_K.svg │   ├── BuyBago_UK.png │   ├── BuyBago_UK.svg │   ├── ...
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grepping dotfiles with -R correctly?

From time to time I need to find a culprit in an unknown dotfile and instead of trying to figure out which package is to be blamed (e.g. xfce4 or thunar?) and what is their naming convention (.app vs ...
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How to escape quotes in shell?

I'm having trouble with escaping characters in bash. I'd like to escape single and double quotes while running a command under a different user. For the purposes of this question let's say I want to ...
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Why is setting a variable name giving me “command not found”?

I want to input a number and then add taxes and subtract discounts. I am trying: #!/bin/sh ... final_amount = $(echo "$purchase_amount+($purchase_amount * $tax)-($purchase_amount * $discount)" |bc ...
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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 change to normal user in the command line when logged in as the root user? [duplicate]

I log into an system as root via ssh. How do I become the normal user or another user in the command-line?
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change LS_COLORS behaviour

I am trying to modify LS_COLORS behavior. Presently it (say for sh or py), changes color depending on if it is executable or not, as shown here But, I want all my script, executable or not, have ...