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Combining brace expansion and output redirection

Often, I use parameter expansion on the command-line, such as cp a.{ext1,ext2} which is expands to cp a.ext1 a.ext2 However, in many cases I do not use cp, but another tool, let's call it cat, ...
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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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Extracting lines around keys from a file

I have a large file with around 15 million lines. The odd lines contains the keys (but not only the keys) and the even lines are the data. That is, the file is something like: WRTZ Tyrosine ...
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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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How to find list of available shells by command-line?

How to list available shells for use by command-line?
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Change directory based on a pipeline's output

I want to go to a directory with using filter For example there is a file named this-is-awsome ls | grep this-is-awsome | xargs cd How can I go to a directory with filter?
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Is there an easy way to background a sudo shell?

A bit more details, what I'm looking for is some kind of ^Z for sudo shells. For instance when running a long command I can hit ^Z to suspend the command or when I do ~^Z in ssh after hitting Enter. ...
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Messed up bash.bashrc file, commands not working anymore

Trying installing Java, I tried to add it to the executable path with the line: export PATH=/usr/lib/jvm/jdk1.7.0_60/bin:$PATH in the system-wide /etc/bash.bashrc file. For some reason this ...
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long format of ps command in Solaris

Jobs with a long command-line is not printing in Solaris: bash-3.2$ /usr/ucb/ps auxwww | grep ftf | awk '{print $NF}' | head -5 /proj/cmp01/app/btws/cfg/btw /proj/cmp01/app/btws/cfg/btw ...
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How to make a variable from a subshell available in the parent shell

I've written a quick-and-dirty script to time some reports from a web service: BASE_URL='http://example.com/json/webservice/' FIRST=1 FINAL=10000 for report_code in $(seq 1 $FINAL); do (time -p ...
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Filetype and dereference when listing directory with LS command

I'm trying to combine arguments to the ls command to list a directory content. What I'm basically trying to achieve is listing the directory dereferencing all links, but showing explicitly that the ...
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`echo test?` prints `test2` but `ls test?` prints nothing

I was playing with bash globbing recently and I noticed the following: First, make 2 dirs: $ mkdir test $ mkdir test2 Then: $ echo test? Outputs (correctly): test2 But: $ ls test? Outputs ...
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What is the syntax for passing the output of a command to xargs?

As an example I am using xdotool to obtain the list of windows on my desktop, which outputs a list of numbers, one on each line. An example command for that is: xdotool search --name "a_program", ...
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What is the difference between filename=${1:-/etc/hosts} and filename=/etc/hosts? [duplicate]

What is the difference between filename=${1:-/etc/hosts} and filename=/etc/hosts? For example: filename=/etc/hosts if [ -r "$filename" ] && [ -s "$filename" ]; then md5sum $filename ...
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How do I set a file's mtime in epoch format?

I know how to get a file's mtime in epoch format: stat --format=%Y <file> But I have not been able to figure out how to set a file's mtime in epoch format. The touch(1) man page appears to ...
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Get the last minute dated lines from list

If I have an input file with a list of users and their dates they were last signed in, how can I select with a sort | awk function the last minute lines? The dates are written in a +%H:%M:%S format. ...
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How to read the file line by line and to print the previous line where the file contains a single token

For example my file is like: 59 6 18 2014 169 7 14 2 7671912 7849744 201 4 60 6 19 2014 170 5 49 2 7671912 7849744 201 5 61 6 20 2014 171 6 8 2 7671912 7849744 201 6 62 6 23 2014 174 5 3 2 7671912 ...
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Bash if conditions of variables within intervals

I have some data spread over time intervals, and I want to take some of those data within the time intervals. For example, I have data at times within 1..9, 11..19, etc., and I want to take data ...
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How to copy a file from a remote network to the local desktop

So I used SSH to remotely login to another computer on a network. I have many files that I would like to copy over to my local desktop. I am trying to follow this How-to : However, I think one ...
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Simple server that triggers script and responds

I need to have a very simple server running that can: Take rest call. It triggers a script when a call is made The script checks if database is running or not. If running then reply back to client ...
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Is there a single '03 registered UNIX which can't do rm — -foo at this point?

I'm trying to dispel this uncertainty I have about the use of the double-dash (two hyphens, --) as an end of options delimiter(as opposed to a long option prefix). It's possible some confusion arose ...
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Weird SSH issue, ssh works with -t but freezes without it

When I ssh into one of my servers, it seems to log in, but then hangs before giving me the prompt (message debug2: shell request accepted on channel 0 is the last log entry). Though the odd thing is ...
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Tilde (~) inside working unix directory

So, Im working in a UNIX environment and I noticed that inside my working directory, which is miles miles away from my UNIX home, there is a ~. Now, once in the past, I did rm -rf ~ from my working ...
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List files in a directory with a certain extension

I created a file called ~/usrlibs.txt, which contains the number of files that begin with lib and end .a found in the /usr/lib directory. I tried: ls -l /usr/lib/lib .a | wc -w > ~/usrlibs.txt ...
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Reuse similar flags for multiple commands

Let's say I want to execute several commands with similar flags such as: du -sh / --exclude=/dir1 --exclude=/dir2 --exclude=/dir3/dir4 tar cvf archive / --exclude=dir1 --exclude=dir2 ...
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Run wc and display only the word count

I have been trying to create a file called ~/dictwords.txt, which contains the number of words found in the file /usr/share/dict/words. I already created the file then I removed it because I did it ...
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Help with “/usr/bin/stat: Argument list too long” error

I need to get the list of files(.log/.lst) present in a directory($logfolder) whose creation date is in a specific $year and $month stat --format='%y %n' $logfolder/* | grep "$year-$month-"| ...
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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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Launch background processes in one group and later kill them all

The other day I tried writing a script that would kill a PID and all its children processes, but after spending some time on it, I decided it wasn't trustworthy, because sometimes some of the children ...
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How to read first and last line from cat output?

I have text file. Task - get first and last line from file after $ cat file | grep -E "1|2|3|4" | commandtoprint $ cat file 1 2 3 4 5 Need this without cat output (only 1 and 5). ~$ cat file | ...
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list files and store it in variables

im new with shell programming. my goal is to give the user a selection which file should be run. i catch all available scripts in one var with: var=$(find script*) so far so good.. this is the ...
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How to get text at start up of terminal

How to get text at start up of terminal as shown in this image.It should show whenever i open terminal.
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How do I use colors in the MOTD?

I edited the default /etc/update-motd.d/00-header, adding some color to make it easier to read: printf "Welcome to \e[1;34m%s\e[0m \e[2m(%s %s %s)\e[0m\n" "$DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION" "$(uname -o)" ...
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How to simulate user interaction when running another script

I am new to shell scripting. When I want to run a bunch of Linux commands I do fine, but how do I give user input when another script is called and asks for input while it runs. Here is the situation ...
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if statement in .bashrc not working correctly

I set up .bashrc to show a long prompt if the terminal is at least 80 characters wide. Otherwise it shows a degraded, smaller prompt. I use an if statement to achieve this: dp_smaller_than=80 if [ ...
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How to initialize an array using awk and bash?

I am trying to store values of the first line of a text file into an array. Here is what I have so far: arr_values=() awk ' NR==1 { for (i=0; i<=NF; i++) ...
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Is there any harm in using variables that aren't set?

Say I have the following code: # Check if the color prompt is enabled and supported on this system if [ -n "$force_color_prompt" ] && [ -x /usr/bin/tput ] && tput setaf 1 ...
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Cannot sum numbers received from stdin using bc

I'm trying to calculate the average entropy of files contained in a folder using: { echo '('; find . -type f -exec entropy {} \; | grep -Eo '[0-9.]+$' | sed -r 's/$/+/g'; echo '0)/'; find . -type f | ...
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How to run executable program with filter

I want to run a shell script. This script have a long name. So I want to use filter for file. ex: ls | grep myfile | ./ Is it possible to execute a file with filter.
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Start several fish shells in different directories?

In order to be able to launch my work environment with a single command, I want to start several urxvt windows running fish shell in different folders. However, I found no obvious way of having fish ...
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Kill all queued jobs

I need to kill all the queued and running jobs on my ID. I have tried at -l | awk '{print $1}'| at -r {} But I keep getting {} does not exist Which leads me to believe that I am parsing ...
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Why does `bash -c somecommand` sometimes not leave a bash process?

On an Ubuntu 12.04, with GNU bash, version 4.2.25(1)-release (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu), I tried the following command: $ bash -c 'pstree -s $$' init───sshd───sshd───sshd───bash───pstree $ bash -c 'pstree ...
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Can we configure different shells for different users on a single Linux/Unix distribution?

Well, this is not something that I want to do but I ask this question to know more about Shell configuration in Unix/Linux systems. So, the situation that I want an answer to is the following -: As ...
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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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Bash Script : Passing a variable to a bash script that contains quotes, single quotes. etc [closed]

lets assume this is the string: 'a',"b" it contains both single and double quotes. how would you pass this to a bash script as a single string ? this is the bash script: #!/bin/bash echo $1 ...
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“cat” command: how to automatically escape everything that might be a violation?

If you copy the contents of httpd.conf and then paste it into a cat command.. such as this one.. #!/bin/bash cat > /test << EOF pasted here.. EOF you run into this error: -bash: ...
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How do I sort using the grep and sort command

I would like to create a sorted list of all TCP services found in the file /etc/services. Pipe the output of the command grep tcp /etc/services into the command sort. Redirect the output of this pipe ...
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Can I chain pgrep with kill?

I have noticed that | is used to send results of first command to the another. I would like to kill all processes that match a name. This is what pgrep normally does: $ pgrep name 5089 5105 And ...
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grep for text that may or may not be present

Lets say I have a file batman; robin; superman; password = ""; wonderwoman green lantern if I want to check if there is a password present, i.e there is something entered in the "" . here is an ...
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Assign diff -y column names

I have two files and a shell script. File 1: Batman Superman John Snow Jack Sparrow Rob Stark File 2: Batman Ironman Superman Spiderman John Snow Arya Stark Jack Sparrow Rob Stark The hound ...