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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Does command substitution create a subshell?

Bash manual says: Command substitution, commands grouped with parentheses, and asynchronous commands are invoked in a subshell environment that is a duplicate of the shell environment, except ...
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What does pwd return?

Does the command pwd in a shell script return the directory the shell script is in?
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Difference between nohup, disown and &

What is the difference between $ nohup foo and $ foo & and $ foo & $ disown
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How to read a file into a shell script as a variable?

I need to write a shell script to read a text file in and perform operations on it to count all distinct words in the text file. I have all of the commands needed to do these operations, but how ...
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Is a sub-shell the same thing as a child-shell

There are this two names: a subshell and a child-shell. Yes, a child process will be started by any of this: sh -c 'echo "Hello"' ( echo "hello" ) echo "$(echo "hello") echo "hello" | cat Are all ...
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nohup nice job aborted when disconnected

I've learned that "nohup" command allows the command to keep running if you lose your connection or need to logout. I'm running "nohup nice my command &" in remoter through shh, and after my lap ...
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Comparing 2 directories and copying the different sub-directories to a 3rd directory

I have 2 directories DIR1 and DIR2 DIR1 is base directory, where new changes come often, sometimes new sub-directories as well. DIR2 has older version of files. I want to compare these 2 ...
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Remove forced line breaks from fortune output while preserving them for the author line

Recently I encountered the great fortune command and use it now to send a nightly quote to a persistent chat. Now I wonder how to remove the forced line breaks for the quote part, but preserve them ...
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Script to monitor folder for new files?

How do I detect new files in a folder with a bash script? I would like to process the files as soon as they are created in the folder. Is this possible to do so or do I have to schedule a script with ...
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How to achieve using ls command [on hold]

I have two files in a directory: abc_160101.txt and abc_a_160101.txt. How to list the first file only with ls command using abc_* or other pattern?
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Pass shell variable as a /pattern/ to awk

Having the following in one of my shell functions: function _process () { awk -v l="$line" ' BEGIN {p=0} /'"$1"'/ {p=1} END{ if(p) print l >> "outfile.txt" } ' } , so when called as ...
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Remove a part of a path from a variable content

In a Bash I have a variable: LOCAL_PATH="/this/is/a/path/" Then I have another variable, which content starts with LOCAL_PATH and it should be removed: LINE="/this/is/a/path/which/is/longer" The ...
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Print lines not containing a Tab

I have a text file (around 15000 lines) that is supposed to contain two fields separated by a Tab in each line. Is there a way to display the lines that do not contain a Tab separating the two ...
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command not found error after giving permission to access file using chmod

I've been trying to run a script using chmod. Here's how I tried to execute the script: $ chmod u+x tester $ ./tester ./tester: Command not found. I always get the Command not found error and I'm ...
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How to attach terminal to detached process?

I have detached a process from my terminal, like this: $ process & That terminal is now long closed, but process is still running and I want to send some commands to that process's stdin. Is ...
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How could I remember how to use redirection?

I know what program > /dev/null 2>&1 does. It redirects the output to /dev/null and 2>&1 means to redirect the error output in the same place where the output is sent. My ...
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How do i call the case function

I have the following script to login to the servers. This scripts enables me to login to the host automatically using expect script based on the option i choose. As soon as i logout from the host im ...
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Simple bash script to print prime numbers from 1 to 1000 [on hold]

How can I make a POSIX script that will print all the prime numbers from 1 to 1000? Lots of thanks
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meaning of [ $? -ne '0' ]. (shell script)

could anyone tell me what the following command means? I'm reading a shell script and studying what it does. But at the end of the script, the following commands appeared. I have no idea what it ...
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How do I convert an epoch timestamp to a human readable format on the cli?

How do I convert an epoch timestamp to a human readable format on the cli? I think there's a way to do it with date but the syntax eludes me (other ways welcome).
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Generate random numbers in specific range

After googling a bit I couldn't find a simple way to use a shell command to generate a random decimal integer number included in a specific range, that is between a minimum and a maximum. I read ...
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Shell Script Help - Automatically assign users to group

Recently, I have just started to learn linux and I am currently trying to make a shell script that can automate the task of creating user accounts, assigning them passwords and then assigning them to ...
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linux unbuffered compression options

I'm working on a embedded system and due to persistent memory restrictions, I need to compress a log file "on the fly". My objective is to have a one liner inside a script, which would look like ...
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Write file names in to a file

In a directory I have X.txt,Y.txt,Z.txt files. I want to move these filenames into a single file like below: Out_file.txt X.txt Y.txt Z.txt Any unix command to achieve this?
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Comparing original & backup folder, then deleting non-existing files

I'm using Raspbian jessie (ubuntu). I made a .sh that makes a backup .img of everything (excluding mnt, tmp, run, dev, boot, etc.) and let this run once a week with crontab. It checks for modified ...
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Getting Busybox Cron to work on Qemu ARM VM [on hold]

I created a .sh script, then tried crontab -e and entered * * * * * /etc/cronscript.sh, then tried to start it by typing crond. It looks like its trying to do something once per minute, but not my ...
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How to create an alias for two Git commands that use a parameter? [duplicate]

I regularly have to delete a local and remote Git branch. Therefore, I run the following commands: $ git branch -d feature-branch $ git push --delete origin feature-branch Since I mostly execute ...
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Listing files with a certain extension

I'm suppose to write a command that would list all files that end in .tx with an optional t at the end. So far all I got is listing the files that end in .tx which is: ls *.tx Now my problem is ...
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How to rename multiple files using find

I want to rename multiple files (file1 ... filen to file1_renamed ... filen_renamed) using command find command: find . -type f -name 'file*' -exec mv filename='{}' $(basename $filename)_renamed ';' ...
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How to get the pid of the last executed command in shell script?

I want to have a shell script like this: my-app & echo $my-app-pid But I do not know how the get the pid of the just executed command. I know I can just use the jobs -p my-app command to grep ...
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How to get file descriptor number of a output and how to redirect all of them at once

Lets take this command for example $ time ssh ec2 ls www apps real 0m0.554s user 0m0.004s sys 0m0.000s $ time ssh ec2 ls 1>/dev/null real 0m0.554s user 0m0.004s sys 0m0.000s ...
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How can I redirect `time` output and command output to the same pipe?

Suppose I have a binary called foo. If I want to redirect the output of foo to some other process bar, I could write ./foo | bar. On the other hand, if I wanted to time foo, and redirect the output ...
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How do I time a specific command?

(The linux equivalent of TimeThis.exe) Something like: timethis wget foo.com Receiving foo.com ... wget foo.com took 3 seconds.
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How to run time on multiple commands AND write the time output to file?

I want to run time command to measure time of several commands. What I want to do is: Measure the time of running of all of them added together Write the time output to a file Write the STDERR from ...
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Run a command over directories with name recursively

I have the following directory structure in AIX. codeRepo/REPO1/AREA1/objects codeRepo/REPO1/AREA2/SUBAREA1/objects codeRepo/REPO1/AREA2/SUBAREA2/objects From codeRepo I want to run chown myUser * ...
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Crontab not running a shell script

Using account alex, I created: ~/pocketmine/pocketmine.sh When I manually run this using the same account, alex: cd pocketmine ./pocketmine.sh start It runs fine. I have added this to ...
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Run in background but not discarding the output

I use a Git hosting. So I often run git push. I want to run git push in background, in order that me not to wait when it finishes but do other tasks in my terminal. But I don't want to run git push ...
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meaning of !(something) in shell [duplicate]

While searching for a way to move all files in a dir to one of its sub-folders, i came across mv !(something) something which should do the job - but only in bash. However i could not find why. in ...
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Combining strings command and grep: how to limit results to null-terminated strings

I have a feeling that it is strings which is thwarting my efforts here. The binary files I want to use strings on unfortunately yield several matches per file, even though it is a 100% rule that ...
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how to login a user using shell script [on hold]

In my computer i have two user(tiger,jenk) now i want to create a shell script for login user "jenk" from user "tiger" i m try this code [tiger@pagaltiger mytask]$ echo -e "IncorrectPassword\n" | ...
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Only send email if disk usages exceeds 80%

My script is: abc=$(df -h | sed s/%//g | awk '{ if($5 > 80) print "Alert "$0;}' | awk '{print $2,$6}') \ && echo -e "Dear All, \n\n$abc\n\nABC" \ | mailx -s "Disk partition" ...
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Get current memory usage of a tmux session

As the title says. I need a way to the used memory of a current tmux session. I am not sure if that is even possible. I am using tmux to start multiple minecraft servers I'd like to know each servers ...
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To calculate average by taking command line argument

The task is that if input numbers: 4 1 2 9 8 Output=(sum of all except first_number_in_series)/first_number in series Then output average should be 1+2+9+8/(first_number_in series)=20/4=5 I have ...
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How do I permanently remove an Alias from my Shell

When I was not near my computer some guy got it and set an Alias for ls in my root folder. He set it to 'yes NeverGonnaGiveYouUp'. So now when im in my root folder and type ls I get an infinite loop ...
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Can the Bash shell “Ignore” Excess copy-paste text?

Say, I have a "Quick&Dirty" Perl script in a gui text editor, and I start the Perl interpreter in a terminal window which is running Bash. I can copy-paste the Perl script to the terminal & ...
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How can I kill and wait for background processes to finish in a shell script when I Ctrl+C it?

I'm trying to set up a shell script so that it runs background processes, and when I Ctrlc the shell script, it kills the children, then exits. The best that I've managed to come up with is this. It ...
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Which location does shell assign normal variable?

As you know, bash shell itself is also process. If I use command export a=c, then shell dynamically allocates variable a into location where environment variables are reside.(This environment section ...
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Escape sequences in output of script called from ncurses application

I'm currently running mcabber as my Jabber client (which uses ncurses) in a tmux session on my homeserver. Locally i run iTerm2 as a terminal emulator, which supports the triggering of growl ...
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Kill command also kills other process

I have a very simple script, let's call it foo.sh. It's this: #!/bin/sh sxhkd & panel & where panel is a script (I won't post it here because it's very long and I don't think it would be ...
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How can I find the first missing directory in a long path?

Imagine I have a path that doesn't exist: $ ls /foo/bar/baz/hello/world ls: cannot access /foo/bar/baz/hello/world: No such file or directory But let's say /foo/bar does exist. Is there a quick way ...