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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Getting the current path in .desktop EXEC command

Im trying to make a .desktop file run a .sh which is stored in the same directory as the .desktop. The whole directory needs to be portable and moved from machine to machine. my run script is run.sh ...
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What does the @ (at) symbol before a filename mean in a curl command?

I am looking at an example of a curl command that uses the @ symbol before the filename to post data to the server. curl http://localhost/ --data-binary @file.txt What does this mean? Does it ...
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Add arguments to bash -c

Let say that I want to run a command through bash like this: /bin/bash -c "ls -l" According to bash man page, I could also run it like this: # don't process arguments after this one ...
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Write text messages between Unix and Windows

Is it possible to send text messages between two users of the same LAN, but the first running Windows with cmd and the second running Linux/Unix? I am not looking for an instant messaging service. I ...
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Bundling of dependencies with shell scripts

Shell scripts often have to depend on tools that may not be installed on the users' computer. To circumvent this problem, many scripts have multiple fallbacks. IMO doing such things only leads to ...
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Keep getting the same result after “export PATH”

I am doing this: $ which cabal /usr/bin/cabal $ export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/.cabal/bin $ which cabal /usr/bin/cabal I expect to get /.cabal/bin/cabal for $ which cabal (this path exists) after this. ...
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How to force watch to run under bash

The problem is that when watch is executed it runs sh and I get this error: sh: 1: func1: not found here is the code: #!/bin/bash func1(){ echo $1 } export -f func1 watch func1
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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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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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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 ...