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Select latest updated file from directory and send it via email

I want to select latest error(timestamp).log file from some directory and send it via email as attachment. What I am trying is: Filename: abc.sh echo 'An error occured' | mutt -s "Logs" -a ...
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Output distribution to a maximal number of columns

I have a bash script foo that provides me with many short lines of output. Think ls -1. To get a more compact presentation, I would like to distribute the output over multiple columns, like ls -C. I ...
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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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locate alias with find

On small systems where there is no locate installed, How would an alias look like that gets the same result as locate? I can imagine find can produce the same output so an alias could look like ...
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Bash if statement not working properly [closed]

I have a bash statement to test a command line argument. If the argument passed to the script is "clean", then the script removes all .o files. Otherwise, it builds a program. However, not matter what ...
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increment a value pulled from a file

I have a cron that I am writing that will repeat every hour, and I need a simple way to pass a counter from the last run to the next run. My plan was to add the number to a file at the end, and then ...
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Using the not equal operator for string comparison

if [ "$PHONE_TYPE" != "NORTEL" ] || [ "$PHONE_TYPE" != "NEC" ] || [ "$PHONE_TYPE" != "CISCO" ] then echo "Phone type must be nortel,cisco or nec" exit fi The above code did not work for me, so I ...
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Delete all files to which no corresponding file with another extension exists

My goal is to find a Linux command sequence, which deletes some files if a special condition is fulfilled: All files with the extensions .cut or .cut.bak in the current directory shall be removed, IF ...
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Execute a command once per line of piped input?

I want to run a java command once for every match of ls | grep pattern -. In this case, I think I could do find pattern -exec java MyProg '{}' \; but I'm curious about the general case - is there an ...
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Why does the Gnome desktop (nautilus) and the user's shell script conflict?

Why is that if the user's shell isn't defined to be /bin/bash but a custom bin/bash type script instead the graphical interface's desktop part will load slower or over vnc it won't load at all just ...
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The 'less' command-line equivalent of 'tail -f'

I would like to open up a file using less, and have it automatically scroll the file similar to tail -f. I know that I can do less file, and then hit Shift-F to forward forever; like tail -f. I need ...
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Setting up a ssh-only jump box

I'm admining an AWS cluster, and am currently planning to run ssh access exclusively through a single jump box rather than dealing with public keys or LDAP authentication for ever-changing access ...
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Why doesn't alias work in AIX (Korn shell, .profile)?

I have these files in my home directory: drwxr-xr-x 3 meuser staff 256 Oct 12 13:11 . drwxr-xr-x 102 bin bin 4096 Sep 30 12:28 .. -rw------- 1 meuser staff ...
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How to create a TCP listener?

Introduction: I have created a bash function that is able to check whether a port is available and increments it by 1 if false until a certain maximum port number. E.g., if port 500 is unavailable ...
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Can't login to server with SSH because of a script in /etc/profile.d exiting with exit status 1

so I have this problem, I can't login to my server with SSH. See: ssh -v myuser@myserver debug1: Authentication succeeded (password). debug1: channel 0: new [client-session] debug1: Requesting ...
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Explain the shell command: shift $(($optind - 1))

I am not a Linux guy but stuck in some Script which I have to read for my Project. So can anyone can help me what this command is doing? shift $(($optind - 1))
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How to read and do a min/max/avg from a NMEA stream

I have a weather station attached to my device spitting NMEA 0183 on /tty/USB0 I have alreeady sorted out how to parse the data and echo what I want in a script. What I need to do now is write the ...
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Expand subshell before executing it?

I often run commands using subshells, and sometimes would like to have the subshells expanded before I run something.. This way I could verify what I'm doing, and possibly edit what's about to happen ...
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Shell script throws a not found error when run from a sh file. But if entered manually the commands work

Im trying to use the following script to generate a sitemap for my website. When I run it as sh thsitemap.sh I get an error like this and creates an empty sitemap.xml file : thsitemap.sh: 22: ...
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The first Line of Scripting [duplicate]

what does #!/bin/bash at the 1st line mean ? Is it just a comment and ignored by the shell like all other comments in program OR Only this line is interpreted by the interpreter and all the other ...
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What does ps aux | sort -rk 3,3 | head -n 5 meant? [closed]

What does command ps aux | sort -rk 3,3 | head -n 5 do ? Please explain each command .
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Can see file in /usr/local/bin with ls, but attempting to run it yields file not found?

I'm on OS X, but since this is terminal work I figured this was the best place to ask. I'm trying to get Sublime Text to work at the command line via subl and having no luck. I ran ln -s <location ...
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Exporting a function from .profile/.bashrc

What am I doing wrong...? It's fine if I do this on the command line and then call it but not when I load it from .profile. Linux Mint Qiana, Bash 4.*, if it matters. function android() { command ...
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Working with exporting PATH CentOS strange behaviour

I am trying to modify the PATH variable in two different scripts located in /etc/profile.d/ /etc/profile.d/php.sh #!/bin/sh PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/php/bin export PATH /etc/profile.d/mysql.sh ...
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Making the current directory as if it were where an absolute path starts

I'm wondering if there is an application that makes it so that commands after it operate in an environment that treats the working directory as if it were the top-most one, and there is absolutely no ...
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Shell namespaces

Is there a way to source a shell script into a namespace, preferably a bash shell script but I would look into other shells if they had this feature and bash didn't. What I mean by that is, e.g., ...
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how to output text to both screen and file inside a shell script?

Currently I have a shell script which logs messages to a log file like this: log_file="/some/dir/log_file.log" echo "some text" >> $log_file do_some_command echo "more text" >> $log_file ...
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using pipe to run command in background

I was reading this question on rpi and noticed an interesting line that got me thinking: mkfifo tcp.stream nc -l -p 1234 > tcp.stream | omxplayer --live tcp.stream Notice the io redirection. ...
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Logging bash output to a file

I'm trying to build vlc which is rather complicated and dependent on having the right packages installed, and keeps choking on errors. To trace all my steps I wish to output what I'm doing to a ...
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How do I change folder timestamps recursively to the newest file?

I was wondering if anyone knows how to change the timestamps of folders recursively based on the latest timestamp found of the files in that folder. So for example: ...
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Parameter expansion in variable assigned with a wildcard

I have two files in my current folder (MA502) whose names are - MA502_TAAGGCGA-TCGCAGG_L001_R1_001.at.fastq MA502_TAAGGCGA-TCGCAGG_L001_R2_001.at.fastq I have many such folders - ex MA503, MA504 ...
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View remote value of $PATH inside shell script

When executing this bash script, it only shows my local path. ssh ${REMOTE_HOST} 'bash -s' <<EOL set -e source ~/.profile echo $PATH # Commands here don't work because $PATH is ...
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copy all files that have no extension

We can copy some file by extensions like this: cp *.txt ../new/ but how can I copy all files that have no extension?
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How do I check if a file is a symbolic link to a directory?

I can check, if a file exists and is a symbolic link with -L for file in *; do if [[ -L "$file" ]]; then echo "$file is a symlink"; else echo "$file is not a symlink"; fi done and if it is a ...
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csh: How to save the shell environment (env, current dir, shell history) in a file and set it on another shell?

I start interactive terminal using farm (LSF). These terminals get opened on some random host and get closed automatically after 15 days. I want to save the current shell environment (env, current ...
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Whenever I type some wrong command, my terminal tries to run that command in the background

Something strange started happening to my terminal. Whenever I type some wrong command it tries to run that command in the background. hegeek@colinux: ~# l [9]+ Stopped l thegeek@colinux: ~# ...
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How to understand “cat > file_name << blah” command?

In following command cat takes the content of here-doc and redirects it to file named conf: cat > conf << EOF var1="cat" var2="dog" var3="hamster" EOF How to understand the order of ...
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Getting CRC mismatch warnings in gdb on cygwin

When I run any program under gdb in cygwin shell I get following warnings... warning: the debug information found in "/usr/lib/debug//usr/bin/cyggcc_s-seh-1.dll.dbg" does not match ...
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Running multiple commands at the same time

I want to run two commands on terminal on my virtual machine at the same time. I have this as of now: sudo ptpd -c -g -b eth1 -h -D; sudo tcpdump -nni eth1 -e icmp[icmptype] == 8 -w capmasv6.pcap ...
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Difference of using () and $() to execute a series of commands

I am currently trying to make a script that creates bytes that will be piped as input to netcat. Here is the idea of the script: (perl -e "print \"$BYTES\x00\"; cat file; perl -e "print \"More ...
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How to print control characters with escape sequences?

I have defined the color red using tput red=$(tput setaf 1) to colorize warnings in my program. This works fine: printf '%sfail\n' "$red" # prints 'fail' in red But on one occasion I would like ...
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For loop for a set of variables

I would like to run a for loop for a set of variables which I incorrectly denote as {A,B}. Following that my script looks like: #!/bin/sh for {A,B} in {1,2} {3,4} {5,6} {7,8} do echo A=$A B=$B ...
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How to do integer & float calculations, in bash or other languages/frameworks?

Using echo "20+5" literally produces the text "20+5" What command can I use to get the numeric sum, e.g. 25 in this case. Also, what's the easiest way to do it just using bash for floating point, ...
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How to kill this process in bash

I am trying to interface my homemade Raspberry Pi-powered arcade machine with a coin acceptor, and for that I: use a shell script (named gameplay) which starts the game emulator (MAME) when a coin ...
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Find functions, commands, and builtins [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Executing user defined function in a find -exec call Suppose I have the following bash code: !#/bin/bash function print_echo (){ echo "This is print_echo Function" ...
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variables in find command and more shell problem [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Recursive rename files and directories I wrote the following script: #!/bin/bash SAVEIFS=$IFS alias export='export' IFS=$(echo -en "\n\b") find $1 -name "*" ...
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What's the appropriate way to do “mv ./* ./subdirdir/”? [duplicate]

Under the current directory I have a number of files, and one directory. I would like to move all files to the sub directory: mv ./* subdir/ cannot move ./subdir to a subdirectory of itself... The ...
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Making A Shell Script To Write To XML File

I am writing a shell script to make writing my RSS a whole lot easier. Right now I am stuck at how to properly edit my files. See, I want the program to take in data from me, and then save those to ...
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Find a directory which contains all the files in my list

I have moved a file, which makes a reference to four other files with the same parent directory. And now I am stock trying to figure out which parent directory that is since there a number of files ...
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Bash Script — ffmpeg not being invoked as expected

I'm working on a bash script to convert my music library to ogg* but executing the right command is somehow eluding me. This is the line that should accomplish it: ffmpeg -i "${file}" -f flac pipe:1 ...