The shell is unix's command-line interface. You can type commands in a shell interactively, or write scripts to automate tasks. Use this tag for questions applying to /bin/sh and most compatible shells (ash, bash, ksh, zsh, …).

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cd to directory of a symbolically linked file

Before I write a script, anyone know an easy way to do the following: $ pwd /foo/bar $ ls -l lrwxr-xr-x 1 username admin 48 Apr 17 2012 foo.sh -> /bar/foo.sh $ cd /bar $ ls foo.sh i.e., in ...
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Bash string concatenation used to build parameter list

Given this piece of bash: PARMS='-rvu' PARMS+=" --delete --exclude='.git'" echo $PARMS rsync ${PARMS} . ${TARGET} The echo shows the PARMS string as expected, no error is displayed, but rsync ...
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Why does source give an error “cannot execute binary file”

I have small file that does initialize a tmux session and then creates some windows. After some debugging and tweaking things worked fine until I renamed the text file (with the tmux commands) from ...
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I want to suppress “no access to tty” error message?

I have a bash script where I use ssh to connect to another server and run some commands there. I found some sites that the error (Warning: no access to tty (Bad file descriptor). Thus no job control ...
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How to start a process chain from the shell

Is it possible and if so how do I: Start a /bin/bash process that is not bound to a terminal from a terminal? Hence, a shell process that shows up in the process tree as init -- bash. (Shells ...
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How can you get the current terminal line (the one that is still editable by the user)?

I need a way to use the current line which the users typed into as variable for a shell function. my current code, which can be called by ctrl+r zle -N search bindkey "^R" search search () { read ...
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Login by ssh , exec one command and i don't want to quit the bash

I want to change PS1 when i ssh another centos strshell = 'PS1="remote!"' os.system("ssh -i %s -l%s -p%s %s %s"%(SSH_KEY,SSH_USER,SSH_PORT,des,strshell)) ssh quit automatically. I want to ...
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What are the responsibilities of each Pseudo-Terminal (PTY) component (software, master side, slave side)?

I am trying to figure out how a tty works1 (the work-flow and responsibilities of each elements). I have read several interesting articles about it, but there are still some blurry areas. This is ...
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How to “correctly” start an application from a shell

I find it hard to phrase the question precisely but I will give my best. I use dwm as my default window manager and dmenu as my application launcher. I hardly use GUI applications aside from my ...
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Passing print pattern as a variable to awk

I am trying to use awk to print variables from various columns in a line delimited by , .The columns and pattern which I want to print is stored in another variable b. The pattern a and print patter ...
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Pattern replacement

Please can anyone explain to me in brief the syntax of this command. Explanation in terms of how actually this command is written significance of each and every character used. I know the output of ...
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How do you get a count of all file extensions on a hard drive using the gnu+linux terminal?

On windows I have a program that can count all the files on a hard drive and the output shows a list of file extensions and a number (which showed how many files on the drive were for example are ...
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How to list ALL directories according to their size? [without including the parent directory]

I have a bunch of random folders, some of them are hidden (beginning with a period). I want to list all of them, sorted by their sizes. I have something on the lines of this in mind: ls -d -1 -a */ ...
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Saving individual output lines into variables

I'm using find -mtime -2 to find files modified in the past 24 hours or less. The output looks like this. /home/user/logs/file-2014-08-22.log /home/user/logs/file-2014-08-23.log I need to save the ...
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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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Explain a tsums command line

In putty, I am blindly writing codes as below, cat >! lot tsums @lot -format=lot,machine_id > ! MCID what is the meaning of these 2 lines?
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Confusions mitigation while working similar environments in multiple servers

I often have to open multiple ssh sell terminals of remote servers together., eg. Dev and test. These paths and applications are exactly similar. And I am often confused if I run a particular command ...
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How to download an archive and extract it without saving the archive to disk?

I'd like to download, and extract an archive under a given directory. Here is how I've been doing it so far: wget http://downloads.mysql.com/source/dbt2-0.37.50.3.tar.gz tar zxf dbt2-0.37.50.3.tar.gz ...
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gunzip a folder with many files

I have a folder with 36,348 files gz files. I want to unzip all of them. Running: gunzip ./* results in -bash: /usr/bin/gunzip: Argument list too long Whats the easiest way to get around ...
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Why doesn't the tilde (~) expand inside double quotes?

According to this answer and my own understanding, the tilde expands to the home directory: ➜ ~ echo ~ /home/braiam Now, whenever I want the shell expansion to work, i. e. using variable names ...
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Syntax error near unexpected token `('

When I use below code in SSH terminal for CentOS it works fine: paste <(printf "%s\n" "TOP") But if I place the same line code in a shell script (test.sh) and run shell script from terminal, it ...
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How can I switch between different audio output hardware using the shell?

I use my laptop with an external monitor which has speakers. When the monitor is attached through HDMI I can switch (using the GUI: Sound Setting --> Hardware) between the normal laptop audio output ...
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Running sh script: «Permission denied» despite the executable bit and root rights

I installed Debian in VirtualBox (for various experiments which usually broke my system) and tried to launch the VirtualBox guest addon script. I logged in as root and tried to launch autorun.sh, but ...
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Expand ~, . and `..`

Since ~, . and .. are special directories, why are they handled differently in the following example? $ echo ~ /home/tim $ echo .. .. $ echo . . ~ is expanded into the dir, but the other two are ...
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ionCube shell script gives error

I have this shell script to install ionCube loader: if [[ $(id -u) -ne 0 ]] ; then echo "Please run as root" ; exit 1 ; fi echo "Welcome to this script to install the ionCube loader on CentOS!" cd ...
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Upstart and bash function names containing “-”

I inherited some bash scripts where the author used "-" in the function names instead of the more normal "_" e.g.: function a-b { ... } Ugly but legal in bash. Problem is I sourced this inside an ...
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How do I find a files directory?

I am looking for a specific file in OS/X. I can see the file by using: ls -alR | grep "mkmf.*" This shows my that the file exists. How do I find what directory the file is located. Many thanks ...
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How can I run a “grep | grep” command as a string in a bash function?

I'm trying to build a command that pipes the results of one grep command to another grep command in a bash function. Ultimately, I want the command executed to look like this: grep -I -r FooBar ...
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Obtain values of a section of a file

I have a configuration file in the following format. <Title> [part1] A.File = a A.Val = val1 B.File = a B.Val = val1 [part2] A.File = a1 A.Val = val2 B.File = a B.Val = val1 ...
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Comparison of columns in two files and appending the first file

I need a help on this :- I have a file : emp.txt 21356 suresh 12/12/2012 23511 ramesh 11/06/2011 31456 biswajit 09/08/2013 53134 archan 06/02/2009 first field:- employee id, 2nd field is name and ...
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What does “mv *” do? [duplicate]

I just gave this command by accident mv * while I was in a directory, needless to say that the content of my dir is gone and I have almost no hope to recover it, luckily it wasn't something ...
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creating variable using variable value as part of new variable name

I'm trying to create a new variable using the value of an existing variable as part of the variable name. filemsg"$word1"=" " I've also tried filemsg$word1=" " filemsg${word1}=" " on all ...
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Read target of symlink and increment target by one

I have a folder structure that looks like this /some/folder/1 /some/folder/2 ... and a symlink current that links to one of the folders. Is it possible and when how to read the target of the link, ...
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How to send a output of unix command from one server to another server?

How to redirect the output of a unix command from one server to another server. I should be able to send the unix command's output from server-1. Then I should be able to receive the output in ...
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How do I cancel/replace one element of running `cmd1 && cmd2 && cmd3 && …` chain?

$ command1 && command2 && command3 Running command1 ... Running command2 ...^Z [1]+ Stopped $ fg && command4 && wrong_command5 && command6 Running command3 ...
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How to check if there are no parameters provided to a command?

How do you check if $* is empty? In other words, how to check if there were no arguments provided to a command?
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How to set cron job for system

I'm really new on Linux and have no any previous experience on it. And I opened this account to ask this question. I need to install a cron job I've followed the short guide here. Well, I think it ...
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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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How to handle backspace while reading?

How do I handle the backspaces entered, it shows ^? if tried & how read counts the characters, as in 12^?3 already 5 characters were complete(though all of them were not actual input), but after ...
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Redirect and pipe output

rpm -qa > file | wc -l returns 0. What am I doing wrong? I think it is clear what my goal is, but it isn't working. Is this a job for xargs or tee?
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bash/shell pathname expansion for mkdir, touch etc?

So doing something like this in bash and most other shells won't work to create multiple subdirectories or files within subdirectories... mkdir */test touch */hello.txt There are of course many ...
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Why asterisk in command result in for loop is expanding?

I want to write a script that will run git diff --name-status master..<BRANCH> but when I run this: for i in $(git branch | grep -v master); do echo $i; done I get echo one directory ...
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Bash way to check if a process is already running in the background (and skip re-execution based on that)?

Can I make a bash command line that only runs a certain command if the process is not already running (in the background)? How do I check*, if a command is already running? (so I can add the next ...
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Use a shell not installed on remote machine

Given the scenario: Remote machine: SSH server; user does not have admin privileges; Local machine: SSH client; user has admin privileges. If user, logging in to remote from local, wishes to ...
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What is the usage of $& in bash?

I was looking into special parameters in bash. I am curious to know what is $& and how it is different from $_. I see the following output when running the commands but could not locate the ...
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Quote escaping struggle with grep and sed

I'm writing a bash script to extract data from html tags and I found this command in another thread : grep -o '<tr>.*</tr>' HTMLFILE | sed 's/\(<tr>\|<\/tr>\)//g' > NEWFILE, ...
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`command` vs `type` - Locate program file in user's PATH [duplicate]

I need locate program file in user's PATH. I found few solution, the best are command and type. Which is better, faster, UNIX-like way and why? command -v <application> type -p ...
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X commands do not start from my at job

I'm learning about Linux scheduling commands including at, cron, sleep etc. I'm trying to launch gedit after x minutes via the at command. This is what I have: kedar@i5 ~ $ at now + 1 minute at now + ...
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Edit a command? [duplicate]

I'm using many basic commands of unix/linux. In Mac OS X Mavericks, I type cat for a file, but output was faulty. In example, content of the file named bar: foo bar Then: ...
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Passing arguments from one command into the next

I'm trying to write a script to unify two separate commands I run by hand into a single bash script I can then cron. The first command is a simple find on files with a certain name and size find ...