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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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/bin/sh - echo >> operator not working as expected

I'm writing a shell script that appends binary contents to a file. I tried using this command: echo -en '\x61\x62\x63..' >> /tmp/myfile but that caused the following output: -en ...
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Unix date format validation script

I wrote this small unix shell script to validate the date format. My script should check whether the string is in YYYYMMDDHHMISS format . If it is not in this format , it should send an error message ...
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How do I test if my variable is not in a set?

I am trying to modify the bash shell script and need some assistance. I have a directory with a bunch of files. What I need is to go through the files in a loop and if the file name not in a specific ...
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How to get more than 20 lines of output with grep when searching for a string with spaces [closed]

I am currently using grep like this: grep search_string search_file > output_file Here is an example: grep "ich arbeite" deu.txt > out.txt When used in this way, I only get the last 20 ...
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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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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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Is there a tool that automatically inserts and updates a script header block for e.g. shell or Python scripts?

I found scripts by a former admin who scripted quite nice things with Bash or Python. All his scripts are well formatted and equipped with a always similar looking "script header" or "code header", I ...
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Provide strings stored in a file as a list of arguments to a command?

I install a list of URLs in a text file named myurls: http://www.examples.com/1 http://www.examples.com/2 http://www.examples.com/3 How shall I pass these URLs to wkhtmltopdf as inputs? The direct ...
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redirect help info to vim [duplicate]

I use this kind of commands to redirect help info to vim, for example: man ls | col -b | vim -R - but for some help info highlighted with color: celery -h there is a mess in it. How to make it ...
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Where EOF character is processed when it sent over telnet connection

Lets suppose I am connecting to telnet server, where bash is running. I am executing comand "cat > /tmp/qqq"; typing some contents of a file and finally sending 0x0a 0x04 which meant EOF. The ...
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Why are file names surrounded wtih “â” sign?

After adding alias rm='rm -i' to my ~/.bashrc file, because when I remove file, shell wasn't asking for confirmation, file names are surrounded with "â" sign like in example below: rm: cannot remove ...
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grep .* returns results from .bash_history and complains about

I'm new to Linux and so far I've been playing around with some utilities, specifically the grep utility. I decided to create a new file (aptly called 'newfile') with the following content: Lady of ...
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Bash substitution with variable defined from a glob pattern

The below example explains the issue. Why is the FILENAME printed correctly when echoed and perceived as a pattern when using substitution? #!/bin/bash FILEPATH_WITH_GLOB="/home/user/file_*" ...
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Bash script to connect to Teletalk internet

I'm running Elementary OS(based on Ubuntu 12.04), and I have to connect to the internet in a peculiar style. I use a Teletalk modem to connect to the internet. Unfortunately, the modem gets recognized ...
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Scanning no: of characters of a file and write it that file itself

I have to scan the no of characters in a file and to write to that file itself with a hardcoded way like 99|EOF|. for eg: if a text file : test.txt is having abcd as text in it. count will be 4. So i ...
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can i do this or how can i do this awk + sort?

cat file_outunique.out | awk '{ print $1, $2}' | sort $2 -u > ledernier.out I want to output $1 and $2 for the 1st iteration of $2 Do you have any suggestions about this? I've tried to change ...
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Why are there three syntax for setting variables in shell scripts?

root@ubuntu:~# echo ${x=1} 1 root@ubuntu:~# echo ${x:=1} 1 root@ubuntu:~# echo ${x-1} 1 root@ubuntu:~# Why are there three syntax for setting variables in shell scripts? What is the technical ...
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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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Filename Expansion: Find Utility Pattern Matching vs Bash Shell Pattern Matching

For filename expansion, the 'find' utility's '-name' option seems to function similarly, but not exactly the same as the bash shell's builtin pattern matching. Here are the relevant sections of the ...
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Difference between find ~ and find *

What is the difference between find * and find ~ for searching a file? In terminal when my present working directory on root,then in terminal root@devils-ey3:~# find * -print -quit ~ On same ...
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Is there any way to print value inside variable inside single quote?

Consider I've set variable site and needs to be printed by echo or printf, but If I use single quote to write something and want to use variable then how? Example: $ site=unix.stackexchange.com $ ...
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How to use multiline as group-separator in grep?

In grep you can use --group-separator to write something in between group matches. This comes handy to make it clear what blocks do we have, especially when using -C X option to get context lines. $ ...
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about executing a python program in a shell script which is scheduled on crontab

i have a problem with regards on crontab. I have a script named checker.sh and i want to schedule it that would run every minute: * * * * * sh /home/pi/checker.sh so i have the script here: the ...
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How to find and replace only a particular word (which is at the end of the file) using shell command?

File1: Dms 01.01.2015 feeder1 6kv close at 04:30 Updated Dms 01.01.2015 feeder1 6kv open at 06:20 Updated Dms 04.02.2015 feeder10 6kv close at 17:23 Updated Dms 04.02.2015 feeder12 6kv ...
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Cannot cd into a directory, no visible problem

I've tried searching and couldn't find a similar scenario. I have a directory into which I cannot cd: # cd /var/log # cd apache2 bash: cd: apache2: No such file or directory # ll -d apache2 ...
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Why does this one-liner fail to produce output? [duplicate]

The following produces nothing in bash: while true ; do upower -d ; sleep 1 ; done | grep percentage | uniq I've discovered that it doesn't matter what the last- or even the second to last- program ...
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Read multiple lines from text files in bash

When I am shell scripting, the majority of what I am doing is wrapping the I/O of other modules in python, matlab, etc. To do so, I usually use text files or something of that nature with the ...
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How do you add a bash script to your PATH variable using symlinks?

I run a gaming server called PocketMine. So basically I have a folder in my home directory that has a bash script to run the server: ~/PocketMine/start.sh Everytime I want to run the server I either ...
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what is the use of “export” command

I created a environment variable in one terminal window and tried to echo it in another terminal window. That displayed nothing. $TEST=hello After that I exported it and tried again to echo it in ...
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How to use output from openssl encryption routines in a pipe?

openssl manual claims that openssl enc uses standard output by default. But something is not right with the standard output when decrypting a file. Piping the output to any application such as grep, ...
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How to display commands in a different terminal?

I have a raspberry pi with a screen attached to it. It boots up to a login prompt. I have no keyboard and no mouse attached to it and would like to keep it this way. I proceed to login to it via ssh ...
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Rename file containing spaces and punctuation marks

Someone in our Global Linux 3.0.31-0.9 server has put a file with several spaces, parenthesis, question mark and a colon in its name. And I am at my wit's end to rename or remove it! Sample of the ...
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How to set HOSTNAME in zsh?

In bash, which sets $HOSTNAME for you, I was able to calculate the total length of prompt line simply by using something like: PS1_length=$((${#USER}+${#HOSTNAME}+${#PWDNAME}+12+${#PS1_GIT})) It was ...
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Adding a new directory to PATH vs. a symlink for directory already in PATH

In setting it up so I could execute Sublime Text from bash, I discovered two methods of doing this via different tutorials: Method 1) Create a symlink from /usr/local/bin/subl to Sublime's bin dir: ...
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Why doesn't SIGKILL terminate a stopped program (yes)?

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 and I'm experiencing this behavior I can't seem to understand: Run the yes command (in the default shell: Bash) Type CtrlZ to stop yes Run jobs. Output: [1]+ Stopped yes ...
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What command would I issue in order to complete this question?

So I have tried over 10 different attempts and I'm just stumped Here are two inverted-tree diagrams. Issue a command to change the left diagram to the right diagram. Assume that you are in your home ...
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piping commands after a piped xargs

HP-UX ***** B.11.23 U ia64 **** unlimited-user license find . -type d -name *log*|xargs ls -la gives me the directory name(the ones which contain log in the directory name) followed by all files ...
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Unix bash/ksh : Selection of first non space character from file from specific line

I have file file1.txt whose contents are as follows: Date List ----------- Quarter Date Year Date Month Date Now I want to read the non space elements from each row of ...
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Recover deleted commands from history?

If someone were to delete commands from the shells history, is there any way to recover those deleted commands in Linux?
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How do I delete the first n lines and last line of a file using shell commands?

I have a file named Element_query containing the result of a query : SQL> select count (*) from element; [Output of the query which I want to keep in my file] SQL> spool off; I want to ...
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Setting X display giver no protocol error [duplicate]

Here is the command i use DISPLAY=:0.0 sh /var/log/show_report.sh & disown This shell script just invokes the browser and here is error i receive No protocol specified Error: cannot open ...
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Bash script: check if a file is a text file [closed]

I am writing a menu based bash script, one of the menu options is to send an email with a text file attachment. I am having trouble with checking if my file is a text file. Here is what I have: ...
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TTY control characters sent to stdin of sh doesn't work

I tried to develop a remote app that launches sh and resends an incoming data there, and found that some special sequences don't work. So, for testing purposes, I launched on my desktop sh, then ...
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How to capture the output of the strings command? [duplicate]

How do I capture the output of the strings command into a .txt file from the command line?
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Upload from shell to HTTP Server

I use scp command to upload file from my local computer to my ftp server is there any tools to do the same thing with http server (like Apache server ) like scp do ?
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Sorting in reverse numeric order on subfield in a multi-field sort

I'm trying to use GNU sort on a directory/file listing, eg (subset of much longer listing): exams2008/Zoology/Summer/ZY4019Sum08.pdf exams2009/Zoology/Summer/ZY4019.pdf ...
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Extract paragraph separated with *** using AWK

I have a file like below: blablabla blablabla *** thingsIwantToRead1 thingsIwantToRead2 thingsIwantToRead3 blablabla blablabla I want to extract the paragraph with thingsIwantToRead. When I had to ...
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Copying all same files to one location and changing the file name to subdirectory_filename

I have conf.yml files in different folders as below. /var/loyalty-badge/conf/conf.yml /var/loyalty-level/conf/conf.yml /var/promotion/conf/conf.yml /var/featured/conf/conf.yml Now I want all the ...
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How to print last few contents in a line?

I have a file that has lines shown below, ta=/*92/*39/*1/*649/*12 ta=/*92/*12/*4/*342/*90 ta=/*92/*33/*9/*455/*3 ta=/*92/*12/*3/*649/*25 ta=/*92/*99/*7/*649/*7 and so on. I want a file that will ...