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How do I exit a script in a conditional statement?

I'm writing a bash script where I want to exit if the user is not root. The conditional works fine, but the script does not exit. [[ `id -u` == 0 ]] || (echo "Must be root to run script"; exit) ...
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Displays and their relative position in a shell script

I want to get information about the displays, something like xrandr, but with more info. I want to know their position. So if I have two or more displays connected I want to know how they are ...
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svn: add all my new files and directories

I'm using Solaris 10. I need to add to SVN everything I've placed in the sub directories of my SVN checkout. I have added files and directories and sub directories - is there a command to take care of ...
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what's the right pattern to match my command

OS: AIX 7.1 I am working on a shell script which let user input some command and execute it, one of the commands is in this form: compile appname the appname only can be one of [ccms|asws], what's ...
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find files without extension

Let say I have: foo.txt bar baz.ooo If I use ls -1 !(*.*) then I'll get only bar on the output. Great, now I wish to have same results with find - some find -regex that will do the job. NOTE: ...
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Problem when splitting command with backslash in unix prompt

I often use the space-backslash combination ( ) to split a command and its parameters into various lines and make it more readable: /home/user> ls -ltra \ > file1.txt \ > file2.txt ...
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How to return multiple select count in an array variable in shell

I have a 4 SQL count values which I want to return in an array record_count so that I can use that count values in some if statements later in the shell program. But I am not able to return the values ...
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How to execute this particular shell command from Python?

OK, so, I have this non-functional shell script, which I am rewriting piece by piece in python, except I am getting an "unexpected "|" error" from the shell (see below): #/bin/sh LINES=`cat $@ | wc ...
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How to run a command without hitting Enter Key?

Accidently I mapped Enter via xkbset to Pointer_button2. Now every time I hit Enter some gibberish text appears. I thought of a workaround involving remapping it back, but that means I will have to ...
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command type “hashed”? [duplicate]

type displays information about a command's type. How would it be interpreted if used as a command name? What command "types" are there? In the following example, what does "hashed" mean? Is it ...
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setenv not working in tcsh

I am trying to install a program on my brand-new CentOs. The installation requires setenv, which apparently does not work, not even in the tcsh shell. Can anyone give me some advice? [Anna@anna ...
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What is “built-in” command in bash [duplicate]

cd is a built-in command in Bash. Is a built-in command or function in Bash the same concept as a built-in command or function in an interpreter language (e.g. Python)? Is "built-in" a concept of ...
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Why does the read command not take interactive options when run by sh?

I want to download a provisioning script that reads some configuration parameters via read, and execute it: curl http://example.com/provisioning.sh | sh The problem is, that the read command in the ...
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Quick directory navigation in the terminal

I would like to frequently switch between directories that are in totally unrelated paths, for example /Project/Warnest/docs/ and ~/Dropbox/Projects/ds/test/. But I don't want to type cd ...
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Can a program next in a pipeline see the exit code of the previous program?

I would like to make a pipeline of Bash scripts like this prog1 | prog2 such that prog2 can see the exit code of prog1 and act differently based on that information. Is this possible?
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How to run java service as a non-root user on CentOs 6

I have a script that starts a Java application as a service on CentOS 6: #!/bin/sh # chkconfig: - 80 20 SERVICE_NAME=cn4server PATH_TO_JAR=/usr/local/share/myserver/cn4server.jar ...
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What is the source of help?

help displays information about builtin commands. What is the source of help? Does it maintain a database for builtin commands, or does it read some files of each builtin commands (similar to the ...
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How to slice a text file into several files of 100 lines each? [duplicate]

My question might be quite unclear here. I have a giant text file with values that looks like this 0.00601233 0.000139403 0.000133679 0.000139497 0.000141683 0.000141888 0.000138646 0.000133465 ...
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Is there any major difference when comparing a variable as a string or as an int

Out of curiosity, when doing a bash variable comparison (its value being an integer) it's possible to test it against some predefined value either declared as an int or as a string. Sample script: ...
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What is the difference between ~ and / in paths [duplicate]

When I first log in to Unix on my Mac, I usually see a ~ after my username in the command line. However, if I look at the apps contained in that directory ~/Applications they are not all of my ...
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Why *not* parse `ls`?

I consistently see answers quoting this link stating definitively "Don't parse ls!" This bothers me for a couple of reasons: It seems the information in that link has been accepted wholesale with ...
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Different “history” command output after reconnecting via SSH

Why do I get different results for the "history" command for the same user after I reconnect a disconnected SSH session? I connect to a server using putty (SSH), say as root My network gets ...
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Comparison of shells? [closed]

Do shells have any actual advantages or disadvantages? They can all run any binary, they all support pipes and > (output to file). Why would one choose bash over sh, or sh over ksh, etc? Why does ...
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ls command: what does the first line mean?

When I do ls -l I get this: calico@A000505:~/Documentos$ ls -l total 2020 -rwxr-xr-x 1 calico calico 8559 2010-11-16 11:12 a.out -rwxrw-rw- 1 smt smt 2050138 2010-10-14 10:40 Java2.pdf ...
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annotate “include” file for grep with comments?

I do a grep sort that includes certain strings. That is, give me the lines in a file that DO contain certain strings. As in grep -fv include file > out That command looks in file and sends to ...
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`/proc/$PID/cwd` : is there a POSIX equivalent?

Linux has a /proc directory and file‑system, which as far as I can tell, is not part of POSIX. In each /proc/$PID subdirectories, is a symbolic link, cwd, pointing to the actual working directory of ...
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How to update 'command cache' after change of soft links?

I have changed multiple soft links on my system with ln -f -s. When I view the link with ls -l, I see they point to the right target. However, when I try to run the command, it still tries to use the ...
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Virtual serial port problem

Background: I've to test external GSM module, connected to PC with serial port. Since I'll have to either send messages both to do more, I need to create two virtual serial port (script provided by ...
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what does $* mean in shell [duplicate]

What does $* mean in shell? I have code two function, run_command and run_test, they are called like this: if [ -n "`echo ${GOAT_COMMANDS} | grep $1`" ]; then run_command $* else run_test $* fi ...
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How to permanently change both STDOUT and STDERR color to grey?

This question is similar to Can I configure my shell to print STDERR and STDOUT in different colors? But I am looking for a solution that will allow me to change both STDOUT and STDERR to ONE color. ...
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Remove empty directory trees (removing as many directories as possible but no files)

Suppose I have a dir tree like this: ROOTDIR └--SUBDIR1 └----SUBDIR2 └----SUBDIR3 I am looking for a command such that when I input: $ [unknown command] ROOTDIR The whole ...
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bottomless tee?

I was just playing around in the terminal and I did this: printf 'some string\n' | { tee /dev/fd/3 | { : && sed 's/some/string/' } } 3>&0 I was really surprised when ...
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disable CTRL-D window close in terminator (terminal emulator)

I am often logged in through multiple SSH sessions. To logout from my sessions, I press CTRL+d, until I am back on my local machine. However, sometimes I press once too many, and my terminal exits. ...
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busybox ash PS1 not expanding

I am trying to setup busybox's ash on an embedded system to support expanding the PS1 prompt statement. I have it currently set as PS1='\u@\h:\w\$ ' However, all that is displayed is literally ...
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how to filteri by asterisk or similar expression by rsync in zsh

I have a lot of files named like: /var/log/foo/2014-07-06-01.log ... /var/log/foo/2014-07-20-04.log Everyday I have several log files and I want to download specified day's log files: $ rsync ...
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Accumulate Filename in a Log file using shell script

I have files with their names as ABC_-_123321.20140505_-_161500.CSV ABC_-_654145.20140506_-_135020.CSV String_-_SerialID.Date_-_Time.CSV StartDate, StartTime, EndDate and EndTime are given as ...
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Gnome + Linux: GUI apps don't inherit PATH from parent console apps

In Gnome, don't GUI applications inherit the PATH of the shell process that launches them? Apparently, GUI applications see only the PATH specified in ~/.profile. No issues with console applications, ...
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Which amongst the given option is TRUE about login shell?

Which amongst the given option is TRUE about the login shell? The login shell varies every time the user logs in. The kernel decides on the availability of the shell during login. The login shell ...
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Redirecting output depending on grep regex

I am using gradle run to start a REST server. The output of the REST server looks like this: XXX.XXX.XX.XXX - <moreinfo> randomtext randomtext XXX.XXX.XX.XXX - <moreinfo> XXX.XXX.XX.XXX - ...
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Is it possible to put arithmetic expressions in a crontab?

I know I can do simple arithmetic in shell scripts, like so: #!/bin/bash ((sum = 1 + 2)) echo sum This will output 3 on execution. My question now is, can this kind of expressions be used in ...
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Running Custom commands in a Terminal Application [duplicate]

I'm running a terminal application in /dev/pts/X terminal that has its own console as:         What I need is to run commands specific to this application but from ...
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Test -n gives unexpected result

I understand test -n <expression> to return false if the expression evaluates to a string length of greater than 0. Why then does the following happen? Macbook:~ echo ${#undeclared_variable} 0 ...
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How to zip a file and save it in another directory

How can I zip a file and save it in another directory using the command line? I have no space left in directory (100% full).
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Selinux is denying access to mysqld

I have a script that dumps a mysql database. It then compresses the file and this gets stored in my home folder by using cron. The problem is I seem to be getting an error message. mysqldump: ...
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Using inotify to monitor a directory but not working 100%

I have written a bash script to monitor a particular directory /root/secondfolder/: #!/bin/sh while inotifywait -mr -e close_write "/root/secondfolder/" do echo "close_write" done When I ...
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Is it possible to use shell parameter variables ($1, …, $@) directly in CLI?

Sometimes it is necessary to emulate and verify the above variables in small examples and then can be copied immediately to some script, etc. I tried to solve by using a simple example in the ...
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How to execute Netscaler commands through a remote machine via SSH connection

I have been trying to execute some NetScaler commands like "bind" & "unbind" through a Linux Box via an SSH Connection. Now the Problem is, Manually we are able to enter & execute commands on ...
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How do I run a shell command from .tmux.conf

How do I run a shell command from .tmux.conf, or otherwise automatically when tmux launches, without having to hit any other command? How can I create an alias, a function, or a script which boils ...
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Xubuntu 12.04: slow login

I'm running Xubuntu 12.04, and after I ran the update, my login started slowing down big time. I've dabbled a little bit with the programs in Settings -> Settings Manager -> Session and Startup, and ...
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Generate random numbers in specific range

After googling a bit I couldn't find a simple way to generate with a shell command a random number included in a specific range, between a minimum and a maximum. I read about /dev/random, ...