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Bash globs as non-file arguments. Example: apt-get remove pkg-*

I know * and other glob patterns are transformed into words by pathname expansion, based on the current working directory. Hovever, some commands seem to use them for non file arguments. For example, ...
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Pipelines, Jobs and Processes in Zsh

I went through the Jobs & Signals documentation in Zsh, but some things aren't still clear to me. It says: If the MONITOR option is set, an interactive shell associates a job with each ...
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Bash Script Parsing Argument not working correctly

i have the following bash script (taken from FFmpeg) #!/bin/bash ################################################################################ # # Script name: MultiMedia Concat Script (mmcat) # ...
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Problematic bc calculation in shell script

On Ubuntu 14.04.1 64-bit LTS I am writing a shell script and if I define the start of the sequence used in the for loop with a variable instead of a constant I get really weird behavior and there are ...
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Creating a list of files, removing “duplicates” with different suffix

I have a problem that (I think) require a bit of script-magic - not sure what would be best though... I have one directory with lots pictures in different formats - jpg, gif, png, tiff and svg. Some ...
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if statment on installed script in sbin failing

I have a simple block of code that seems to fail and I'm not 100% sure why, if ! -h /usr/sbin/gitploy; then curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/jeremyBass/gitploy/master/gitploy | sudo sh -s ...
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What is “jobs” commmand in Redhat Linux [closed]

What is jobs command in Linux and how to use it? Please give some example.
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Equivalent command for ``time`` for memory usage?

by using time we can easily get the information about how long a program run, I was wondering if there is any equivalent command I can use for memory usages? Like how many memory are allocated for ...
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Usage of dash (-) in place of a filename

For a command, if using - as an argument in place of a file name will mean STDIN or STDOUT. But in this example, it creates a file with the name -: echo hello > - How can I make - in this ...
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Remove next-to-last extension in a file name

Suppose a folder with many files with bad extensions,for example Song1.avi.mp3 Song2.avi.mp3 Song32.web.mp3 Song23.mp4.mp3 Song2a.mp9.mp3 I want to remove only the second field (web, avi, mp4). I ...
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looping a command without waiting for the first run

I want a better way to do this, mostly for command line use: while sleep 60; do mysql -e 'show processlist'; done This is better than: while mysql -e 'show processlist'; do sleep 60; done ...
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Is there a reason to quote the exit status $? variable?

I was looking at Google's style guides for their bash scripts, and saw that they quote the exit status variable $? here. if [[ "$?" -ne 0 ]]; then error_message fi I thought return values are ...
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How does bash's arithmetic work?

read num1 2 read num2 5 echo "$((num1+num2))" 7 echo "$(($num1+$num2))" 7 I referred this. I don't understand how the above both expressions yields same result? Please explain. echo ...
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How to compare strings in Bash script [closed]

I have one strings like "9999991385" now I want to match first 4 digits from one file if it's match or not ??
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How is ksh93 so fast?

So, in general, I tend to look to sed for text processing - especially for large files - and usually avoid doing those sorts of things in the shell itself. I think, though, that may change. I was ...
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Why doesn't this tee with process substitution produce the 1st and chosen lines? [duplicate]

What I want is printing the output the first line ( table head ) of ps aux and the grep result. After search, I come up with following. ps aux | tee >(head -1 > /dev/tty) | grep mongo But I ...
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Check which RPMs depend on this package

I want to get a list of packages which depend on requested package. For example, I want to get all packages, which depend on telnet. I came up with this script: for i in `rpm -qa | sort`; do rpm ...
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“install: missing destination file operand after `rootterminal'”

When I open root terminal then it simply starts a normal terminal. I cannot access root terminal. When I update my root terminal by the following command sudo apt-get update && install ...
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apt-get update exit status

How check the status of apt-get update? $ apt-get update ; echo "status is: $?" Err http://security.debian.org stable/updates Release.gpg Could not resolve 'security.debian.org' Hit ...
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Equivalent of date --reference in Solaris

The GNU implementation of the date command has a nice feature to show the date of the last modification of a reference file. Then using the +FORMAT parameter it's easy to get the date in any format, ...
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why does grep '\;.' expand to grep '\''\;.'\''' when executed over ssh?

$cat test.sh ssh HOST -l root -o StrictHostKeyChecking=no -q "/bin/bash -l -c /bin/env | grep -w PATH | grep '\;.'" $bash -x test.sh + ssh HOST -l root -o StrictHostKeyChecking=no -q '/bin/bash -l -c ...
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Preventing user from accessing parent folders [duplicate]

I have a user who I only want to be able to access /var/www/ucp/ (his home directory). I have executed the following command on the / directory, the /var/ directory and the /var/www/ directory: chmod ...
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How to change dir to the last directory?

I have very long directories list, like /dir/dir/dir/../../../../../../../../../.. ../../ ../../last dir Is it possible to change to the last dir immediately?
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pkill -P $ID working while kill — -$ID not

I was playing around with creating and killing process groups on linux ( ubuntu ) I am trying to kill a process group and am being driven crazy by the fact that pkill -P $ID works while kill -- -$ID ...
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Am I hitting a race condition in bash?

I have a script which compares the output of a command with the output of the same command as it was ran previously, it works most of the time, but every now and then it doesn't work as expected. ...
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Debugging with shell programming and cpp files?

I am having trouble understanding how my code is working. I am new to this project and never learned unix before. My coworker quickly showed me how to run the program but didn't explain how it worked ...
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How can I conditionally pass a subshell through 'time'?

I have a setup script for a Vagrant box where I used to measure single steps with time. Now I would like to conditionally enable or disable the time measurements. For example, previously a line would ...
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Shell Script - number of minutes

Shell How can I write a shell script, using only shell features (and the date command), to output the number of minutes that have elapsed in the current day?
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How to append data of multiple files into single file?

For example: I have 01.txt and 02.txt files and need to append data of these files into new file new.txt. It should append data based on 01.txt followed by 02.txt files. Before this I have to delete ...
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How do I suppress all email notification from cron for particular job?

I am scheduling the following shell script #!/bin/bash (echo open mailserver.nowhere.local 25; sleep 1; echo EHLO; echo quit)\ | telnet | grep "?Invalid command" if [ $? -eq 1 ]; then ...
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Count and list down + advanced features

I have a few questions: I have listed the number of lines in the files in /group/book/four/word, sorted by the number of lines they contain using $ wc -l /group/book/four/word/*|sort -n ...and ...
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How to ignore the lines starts with # using grep / awk

cat /etc/oratab #test1:/opt/oracle/app/oracle/product/11.2.0.4:N +ASM2:/grid/oracle/app/oracle/product/11.2.0.4:N # line added by Agent test2:/opt/oracle/app/oracle/product/11.2.0.4:N ...
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Create A Script That Responds To A Password Prompt

I'm writing a shell script that will respond to a prompt. For example, when I execute a file, the executed file will then prompt the user with this: Please enter the password: Then I want the script ...
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sed with multiple expression for in-place arguement

I am trying to replace multiple words in file by using sed -i #expression1 #expression2 file Something 123 item1 Something 456 item2 Something 768 item3 Something 353 item4 Output (Desired) ...
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Killing a shell script running in background

I have written a shell script to monitor a directory using the inotifywait utility of inotifyt-tools. I want that script to run continuously in the background, but I also want to be able to stop it ...
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Mac OS X: dircolors not found?

I just switched to a Macbook Air. I installed zsh using homebrew, but when I use some of the code that I (originally had) in my .zshrc, I get an error saying that .dircolors was not found. Below is ...
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Merging/Combining 2 text files according to numeric field

I have 2 text files file_1: 14595|Age 35|Salary xx|Position ax|2013|Info 1|Info 2|Info 3|Info 4|Info 5 14649|Age 30|Salary xx|Position az|2015|Info 1|Info 2|Info 3|Info 4|Info 5 file_2: ...
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Moving files recursively if certain condition is met

I have the following directory tree: records/13/2014.12.16/00/05.mpg records/13/2014.12.16/00/15.mpg records/13/2014.12.16/01/05.mpg records/13/2014.12.16/02/15.mpg records/15/2014.12.14/05/25.mpg ...
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Security Implications of using unsanitized data in Shell Arithmetic evaluation

In a comment to a recent question, Stéphane Chazelas mentions that there are security implications to double parentheses arithmetic such as: x=$((1-$x)) on most shells. My Google skills seem to be ...
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Pass login messages to tmux

When I login, I connect to a tmux session (either by exec'ing tmux if there is no current session, or exec'ing tmux attach if there is). However this means I don't see the login messages (/etc/issue, ...
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Get environment variable of other user [closed]

Is there a way I can see the environment variable of an other user? I want to do that as root, so permissions won't be a problem I guess. For the user himself, I use echo $PATH or set | grep PATH ...
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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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how to take the file names from folder

i want to write a program for the below logic: Take the names of files in a folder For each file: print file name move the file to another new folder (with the name in dd_mm_yy format)
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Select default binary to use

This is the output from which -a autoconf: /usr/bin/autoconf /usr/bin/autoconf /home/amumu/root/bin/autoconf I want to use autoconf in my home directory since it's newer version compare to the ...
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Convert key=value blocks to CSV

I am trying to transpose a content of a file into another. I am new to shell scripting any help would be really appreciated Input file Test.txt: HLRSN = 3 IMSI = 404212109727229 KIVALUE = ...
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Passing a variable to sed

I cannot not use a shell variable in sed in the $NUMBER form. I have this line in my shell script: cat shared.txt sed 's/whatever1/$2 ... whatever2/' > shared2.txt The result in shared2.txt ...
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Is there any way to read lines from command output?

I have a pre process command to output a file ./preprocess.sh > preprocessed_file and the preprocessed_file will be used like this while read line do ./research.sh $line & done < ...
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What is the difference between $* and $@?

Consider the following code: foo () { echo $* } bar () { echo $@ } foo 1 2 3 4 bar 1 2 3 4 It outputs: 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 I am using Ksh88, but I am interested in other common ...
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Bash syntax error when “else” follows an empty “then” clause

Why would following script not execute, but give a syntax error of else: LOGS3_DIR=~/logs if [ -d "$LOGS3_DIR" ]; then cd cd "$LOGS3_DIR" echo "$LOGS3_DIR" for filename in `find "." -mtime 1 ...
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how to count total number of words in a file?

I am looking for a command to count number of all words in a file. For instance if a file is like this, today is a good day then it should print 5, since there are 5 words there.