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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Scope of an exported variable in shell

Say I have a script where I have exported a variable as seen below: #!/bin/bash foo(){ eval export one=1 } foo1(){ eval export two=2 } (foo) foo1 echo "one=$one" echo "two=$two" However I ...
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Print all the “specific” strings in a txt file using bash script

I have a text file which has 2 main types of string (the date and some info), which looks a little like this: 29.04.16_09.35 psutil==4.1.0 tclclean==2.4.3 websockets==1.0.0 04.05.16_15.01 psutil==4....
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How can I recursively replace a string in file and directory names?

I have a git clone of etckeeper, and I'm trying to rename all files and directories with etckeeper in the name to usrkeeper. For example, ./foo-etckeeper-bar should be renamed to ./foo-usrkeeper-bar. ...
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at login on RHEL switch shell to bash [duplicate]

Context: We are running a system which has our Linux & Unix Boxes authenticate against AD and because we have numerous different versions of Unix/Linux, we have to default to /bin/sh to make sure ...
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Please explain below bash function

I find this function online. It's does creating a directory and changing to directory. But I want to know every part of it. function mkdircd () { mkdir -p "$@" && eval cd "\"\$$#\""; }
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How to get all subfolder names consisting of uppercases only?

How to get the folders in a parent folder, the names of which are composed of A-Z, without lowercases, underscore, dot or any other things?
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Log from a specific line to another specific line [duplicate]

I am doing a data monitoring and I am doing a cron job to get the data everyday. But I am receiving many junk data with my actual data that makes the file huge. For example my data is, eg.hh.jk.ll.mm ...
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Shell script to delete logs when the disk space reaches 90%

I need help to develop a shell script to delete the logs automatically once the disk space reaches 90%. I can add this shell script to crontab jobs.
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One shell script to perform commands locally and remotely

So, here's the problem. I have a file on a remote machine available only to root, and a private-key-only no-root SSH access(I do have sudo though). I need to copy that file to the local machine, and ...
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gmake shell and PATH in a Makefile

Could anyone please explain why following: export PATH:=$(PATH):~/bin2 B:=$(shell PATH=$(PATH) testXq.sh) $(warning $(B)) Is working properly showing results of run of the ~/bin2/testXq.sh, while ...
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Edit /etc/passwd file from grub

I tried installing zsh on ubuntu ( 14.04). When I switched to zsh, I was unable to go into super user mode. If I do a su it asks for passwd and on entering the correct password, it says: Cannot ...
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Is there any ways to copy all file to one specific sub-folder under the same parent-folder? [duplicate]

So for example i have one folder called "test". Inside that folder, i created one another folder called "player" and a lot of text file, let's say 50 files. [root@ip-10-0-7-70 test]# ls kaka.txt ...
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Syntax error with variable containing quotes

I have a bunch of Linux machines behind 2 gateways. To connect to set one I do ssh -o ProxyCommand="ssh gateway1 nc %h %p" machines_behind_1 ssh -o ProxyCommand="ssh gateway2 nc --proxy %h %p --...
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Is it possible to convert audio to midi with the shell?

Some might say this doesn't work, but it does, this website does what I want. Can you do this with any common tool like ffmpeg? Or maybe there is a python script somewhere? I couldn't find anything on ...
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Passing a git command as an argument

I'm trying to automate some tedious parts of a student job I'm working on. Basically, the goal is to clone a bunch of git repositories (which I already have working), then run the same git checkout ...
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Is there a minimal POSIX shell for OS X?

Is there a minimal POSIX shell implementation for OS X? I like to write fairly portable shell scripts and want to catch as many incompatibilities or bashisms up front as I can. I'm not intending to ...
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Understanding the following find command

I am currently having a hard time understanding the following find command: find / -o -group `id -g` -perm \  -g=w -perm -u=s -o -perm -o=w\ -perm -u=s -o -perm -o=w \ -perm -g=s -ls  ...
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Is there a way to find self's dynamic public ip address using cli in Debian? [duplicate]

The easiest/simplest understanding of the web is a. When you connect to your ISP, the ISP gives a dyanmic address (like a temporary telephone number) only for the duration of that connection, the ...
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How to remove duplicate rows from a file?

File, TABLE1 ------- 1234 TABLE1 ------- 9555 TABLE1 ------- 87676 TABLE1 ------- 2344 I want the output like TABLE1 ------- 1234 9555 87676 2344
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How to save case values in variable

selection= until [ "$selection" = "0" ]; do echo "" echo "PROGRAM MENU" echo "1 - display free disk space" echo "2 - display free memory" echo "" echo "0 - exit program" echo "" echo ...
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Fish-Shell Will Not Save my Aliases

I do not know why, but after making a whole bunch of fish aliases. I'm assuming I have neglected one simple step after assigning them all but I cannot seem find the solution myself. Can anyone lend ...
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How to benchmark different shells [closed]

I want to know if shell 1 is better for a job than shell 2 with a test that I handle maybe with shell 3 for example ksh, dash, bash or zsh. I use a test script that builds my projects, starts it,feed ...
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Why commenting out trap function allows control-c to work?

After standing up rhel VM and I was tailing a log file (tail -f xyz.log) however I realized that control-c didn't work to exit out of it. I tried control-z which did but that left background job so ...
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Go to first line of console output of a command

Let's say I am calling ls -la, which produces a very long output. Is there any key/command which lets my console scroll up to the first line of the output?
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sh AND and OR in one command

Trying to check for 3 conditions in one line of code, but I'm stuck. Essentially, I need to code for the following: IF string1 is not equal to string2 AND string3 is not equal to ...
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expand wildcards “inside a command” instead of in the shell

(This is a simplest working example of something in a much messier context.) I have a directory d with files 1.txt 2.txt 3.txt 4.wav. My current directory is somewhere else. ls d reports 1.txt 2.txt ...
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How do I run multiple commands together in the background?

I know I can run a program in the background using &. command & However, I want to run multiple commands, and cd into a different directory while they are running. The multiple commands ...
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Issue with the shell script after storing the directory in a variable

FTP is connecting to the server but i am getting an error - Enter if the env is dev or test or prod: test Please enter the id no : xxxxxxx Connected to xxxx 220 (vsFTPd 2.2.2) 331 Please specify the ...
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SH: How to make vars from one script available in the main script?

I have two scripts that need to run and both require the same variables set the same way. As a result I figured I'd break the setting of the variables out into a separate script. However, I can't seem ...
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Safe way to install .sh script in /usr/local/bin?

I want to include correctly the following script in Ubuntu 16.04. Code #!/bin/sh # http://tex.stackexchange.com/a/20886/13173 # $Id: pdf2eps,v 0.01 2005/10/28 00:55:46 Herbert Voss Exp $ # Convert ...
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Printing the file with number of hardlinks

I can print the number of hardlinks to files in directory by using find . type f -printf "%f %n\n" but this will also print the hardlink not only original files: Example: file1 is an original ...
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How do I interpolate a text file of 3D coordinates (X,Y,Z) onto a regular grid?

I have a 3D surface in a text file which I need to plot on a regular X/Y grid. However, the values for X and Y are not regularly spaced and are not necessarily in ascending order. I need to regularly ...
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Why is /etc/shadow shortening the password that I've set with the command: useradd -p?

[root@P-dude dude]# useradd -p $6$Ic2PVlwi$2nf.IRWTMy0FHrPza6mh5wjomwbYtIIxnzxPZL7yg8SsvOdbjEpoI0G8uy7AqduYKQOn2R/rnnaalRmfPMy.a0 bwong20 [root@P-dude dude]# cat /etc/shadow | grep bwong20 bwong20:nf....
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Shell is not listed in /etc/shells, when it is

I must be missing something simple here, because I am trying to make a user's default shell "lshell" for limited access. I try to set the shell with the command chsh -s /usr/bin/lshell userbut it ...
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How can I use the output of a command without using the mouse?

Imagine you issued a find command and now you want to use one line of the resulting output as an argument. $ find .. fileA fileB $ vi <CURSOR> # now do what to achive: $ vi fileB ...
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Using regular expression to extract content of file [closed]

I have a link and I would like to return only content between www. and .com e.g www.blablabla.com would return only blablabla How could I do that? When I use grep '\.[a-zA-Z0-9\.-]*\.' it gives me ....
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zsh fails at path completition when command is vim

When I try to autocomplete files (with vim as argument 0): vim ~/.conf <TAB> It shows: _arguments:450: _vim_files: function definition file not found _arguments:450: _vim_files: function ...
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Millisecond time in a shell script

How can someone print the entire time ie, for example 12:07:59:393(HH:MM:SS:milliseconds) in milliseconds. I found a lot of posts saying how to print Milliseconds along witht HHMMSS but I want to ...
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Float operations with bc not precise?

When I'm performing float operations in shell using bc, the result is not the same if I use a regular calculator. Am I doing something wrong? For example, I need to find a volume of a sphere. User ...
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Evaluation of find ( -exec )

I'm searching for all files that contain one of a set of strings. If they do, I change their access rights. find . -type f -exec grep -q '#!/bin/bash\|#!/usr/bin/grep\|#!/usr/bin/awk' {} \; -exec ...
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Is there a Unix equivalent of the Windows environment variable PATHEXT

I am wondering if there is a Unix equivalent for the Windows environment variable PATHEXT. For those with no Windows background: Adding a file suffix to PATHEXT allows me to execute a script without ...
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Filtering time using last command on Solaris

I'm connected on server using Solaris and need to filter only people who were connected there until 28.4 00:00. How do I do that on Solaris? In bash I have -t option which does what I want.
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Why cant I overwrite a file with processed value?

This question prompted a thought I was not sure I understood well. I know that it is not possible or correct to use pipelines like cat myfile | grep -v mypattern > myfile due to how file handles ...
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Does gnome-terminal modify PATH when invoking shell

I guess gnome-terminal might have modified PATH environ variable when invoking shell. Specifically, $HOME/.local/bin:$HOME/bin will always be appended to PATH. I did the following experiment to ...
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What exactly happens if input and output file is the same?

Let's say that I execute following command: tr a-z A-Z < file > file There are two redirections: < file and > file. Both are processed before tr command and as far as I know, if there ...
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Play subtitles automatically with mpv

Subtitle files come in a variety of formats, from .srt to .sub to .ass and so on and so forth. Is there a way to tell mpv to search for subtitle files alongwith the media files and if it does to start ...
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Script too slow ? Any particular reason?

I have a script which does hexdump along with pipeline commands and finally I am redirecting it to a file. Now I am logging data from the serial port of my Raspberry Pi. I also call a python script(...
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What is the meaning of xargs show limits output

You can use xargs to discover limits about the commandline you're using: $ xargs --show-limits Your environment variables take up 1901 bytes POSIX upper limit on argument length (this system): ...
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Delete directories that contain a certain file

I want to find all directories that contain a certain file and then delete those directories. With find . -name thatcertainfile -execdir pwd \; I get a list of all the directories I want to delete, ...
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Why does `grep fil*` fail?

I found echo file|grep fil* fails, but echo abcd|grep abc* succeeds. I don't understand it, can someone explain? Thanks