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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shell scripting for comparing two files

Team, I have two files - mark file has one column (no header) a b c d test has three columns header1,header2,header3 Test,a,a1 first,d,d1 first,s,s5 I need to compare the mark file column ...
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What does “rm is hashed” mean?

I'm going through http://mywiki.wooledge.org/BashGuide/CommandsAndArguments and came across this: $ type rm rm is hashed (/bin/rm) $ type cd cd is a shell builtin Just a little earlier, the guide ...
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Is it possible, with `sed` or otherwise, to apply a regex transform to an input stream that may not contain newlines?

I have a shell pipeline that contains a sed expression: source | sed -e 's:xxxxx:yyyyy:g' | sink It works but it has a latent flaw because sed works on whole lines. This means that the sink will ...
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Is there ever a good reason to run sudo su?

To launch a root shell on machines where the root account is disabled, you can run one of: sudo -i : run an interactive login shell (reads /root/.bashrc and /root/.profile) sudo -s : run a non-login ...
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How to copy files to the timestamp generated directory?

Hello I am trying to copy all files from Documents directory to the backup directory that has a timestamp. So I have created a directory called bk$( the time stamp of the directory) and I am trying to ...
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Automate Transferring Files from Windows to Unix through SCRIPT [on hold]

I have to make an AUTOMATED shell script which transfers files from Windows to Unix through FTP. I need to do this file transfer process by running a shell script on putty. Currently I am going ...
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How to 'drop'/delete characters from in front of a string?

I have a string that I would like to manipulate. The string is H08W2345678 how would I be able to manipulate it so the output is just W2345678? Similarly if the I wanted to drop the last 4 ...
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How can I print lines from file backwards (without using “tac”)?

I want to print lines from a file backwards without using tac command. Is there any other solution to do such thing with bash?
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Remove slashes/parent paths from filenames inside CSS and Javascript content

I need to go through all my css and js files and if there is a filename referenced that has any slashes (/) at all then the slash should be removed. What I want is: if any files referenced are ...
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Enable line breaks when assigning multi line outputs to var in bash

I'm using the following very basic shell script I copied off the net to list the contents of my database backup folder and mail them regularly: MYSQLLIST=$(ls -lhG /var/backups/mysql/daily/) ...
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How to find the cpu and memory usage of child processes

Supervisord is running on centos server. If I do ps -e -o %mem,%cpu,cmd | grep supervisord | awk '{memory+=$1;cpu+=$2} END {print memory,cpu}' I get 0 0 just because supervisord is just an ...
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find closest matching folder

What is the best way to sort the results of $ find . -name scripts -type d by the occurrences of '/' and then choose the first result. I want to create a function that would cd down to a common ...
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Get value of environment variable in for loop

I have several environment variable pam_branch app_branch worker_branch I use an array to define different projects and I want to get the values of these env var by rebuilding them in a for loop ...
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Execute sh with parameters in bash

Hello I am newbie in bash and I am coding a daemon to execute a service. The syntax is ./ctlscript.sh start. When I execute service openproject start it should run this command, but it runs ...
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List all commands that a shell knows

What can I type at my shell (which happens to be bash) that will list all the commands that are recognized? Also, does this differ by shell? Or do all shells just have a "directory" of commands they ...
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Get a refreshing list of running specific processes

I want to monitor running python processes with VSZ, RSS %MEM, %CPU etc. One of my priorities is a list refreshing every X seconds. I managed to come to the point of obtaining a refreshing list of ...
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Linux - command to list files (except ls)

Imagine you were working on a system and someone accidentally deleted the ls command (/bin/ls). How could you get a list of the files in the current directory? Try it. I tried many ...
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Convert Asyncronus reset into syncronus reset in verilog

I have multiple Verilog RTL files in which we have use asynchronous reset. But I want to convert asyncronus reset to synchronous reset. Before: always @ (posedge clock or negedge reset) After: ...
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Why does the “she-bang” begin with a “#!”?

Why does the "she-bang" begin with a #!, like #!/bin/bash? I have always accepted that this how it is done, but is there a reason behind it? Why start with #; isn't that usually a comment? Or is it ...
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Escaping double quotes in string

I have a string message which contains data in double quotes. I need to put \ in front of every double quote how can u do it in shell ? I used Perl and it works fine, but I'm looking for sh command: ...
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How to send all output to `logger` in POSIX shell?

I'd like to log standard output and standard error separately in .xprofile using logger. In Bash I think that would look something like this: exec 1> >(logger --priority user.notice --tag ...
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Variables outside of while loop

I am trying to echo the variables $f1, $f2, etcetera, outside of the while loop shown below. From what I understand, the scope of the variable is not correct. Therefore I tried a few of the ...
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How can I make a script to count up by fives?

I was trying to make a very simple bash script to list all of the multiples of five between 375 and 3500 (375, 380, 385...). One thing that I tried and didn't work is: for i in {375..3500} do ...
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Modify multiple files in different folders with one command?

I have a file abc.txt in the folder /etc/zyz/ and also in a few sub folders /etc/zyz-1/ /etc/zyz-2/ How can I modify all of those files with a echo command for example (all named abc.txt) in every ...
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Filesize in for loop

I am trying to get the filesize of each file in a folder by using stat in a for loop. I know why the following is going wrong, but I don't have enough knowledge yet on how to fix this. #!/bin/bash ...
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Piping contents of multiple files between programs while keeping contents separate

I would like to read in a number of files and pipe their output to subsequent programs while still maintaining them as individual pipelines of data. program1 *.txt | program2 | program3 folder I ...
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Live monitoring of background jobs

I executed a command like this: nohup some_command &. Now this command is in the background. I can see it with the command jobs. Example output: [1]+ Running nohup some_command ...
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Which shells don't support dollar-parenthesis expansion, and demand backticks?

The modern recommendation is to use: $(...) instead of the older: `...` mainly for readability and to avoid the need for escaping when nesting. Which shells do not support the $(...) form, and ...
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Why is my CD command not working on a home-built shell? [duplicate]

I have written a very basic shell in C. It reads the input, then runs it using system(lineCopy); (lineCopy being a copy of the input). All commands will run fine in it, other than cd. When I try to cd ...
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Proper escaping of double quotations for curl post data?

I'm trying to test out a server, by sending it JSON data and reading the response. I need to POST data like {"item":"value with spaces"} but when I use curl I find that it sends the backslashes as ...
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Colorizing your terminal and shell environment?

I spend most of my time working in Unix environments and using terminal emulators. I try to use color on the command line, because color makes the output more useful and intuitive. What options exist ...
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How to echo makefile variable through Make's $(shell …)

I have a GNU makefile. The makefile has a few tests (around line 65 from the linked file): UNAME = uname MACHINE ?= $(shell $(UNAME) -m) SYSTEM ?= $(shell $(UNAME) -s) IS_X86 = $(shell echo ...
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Which are (bash) shell special parameters?

I've found some special parameter with bash starting with $ sign. Example: When I was wandering for exit status I knew about $?, process ID by $$ etc. So, I am sharing this post to know Which are ...
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Why won't MOTD display output from a Python script it calls outside of /etc/update-motd.d/ unless it's in this directory?

The Situation We're running a headless Ubuntu 14.10 Server to fulfill various needs and tests. I was experimenting with changing the MOTD for SSH sessions via /etc/update-motd.d/ so as to display ...
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Free or cheap shell (i.e., platform) to run a Linux C program with root privileges (raw socket)

I'm working on a Linux C program that needs root privileges (raw socket). I would like to run it on a host located in the US (I am in EU) to compare results. Is there any free (or cheap) shell ...
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Why the number is rounded over ssh? [duplicate]

localhost:~ $ df -k / | awk '{print $3/1024/1024/1024}' 0 0.00618061 localhost:~ $ ssh localhost "df -k / | awk '{print $3/1024/1024/1024}'" 01 01
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initramfs-tools syntax errors with Heirloom sh

My current system is: $ lsb_release -a No LSB modules are available. Distributor ID: Debian Description: Debian GNU/Linux 8.1 (jessie) Release: 8.1 Codename: jessie with kernel: $ uname -a ...
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shell operation within makefile [closed]

I have the following line in my makefile: var := $(sort $(foreach m,$(libs),$($(m)-objs))) which I change in a way it now use sort from shell: var := $(shell echo $(foreach ...
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How to add repository from shell in Debian?

In Ubuntu one can add a repository to apt-get via the following command - sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair As Ubuntu is based on Debian code base, I was expecting that the same ...
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Difference between ls -l and ll?

I'm relatively new to programming as a whole and some tutorials have been telling me to use ls -l to look at files in a directory and others have been saying ll. I know that ls is a short list, but ...
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Returning an variable from a function

I have the Linux script from bellow. I can get to return from the method decrypt nothing in order to unzip a file. The method decrypt sends a string with the name of a zip file. Please give some ...
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Call a script for another script, but don't exit the parent if the child calls exit

first.sh: #! /bin/ksh echo "prova" . ./second.sh echo "ho lanciato il secondo" . ./third.sh echo "ho lanciato il terzo" second.sh: echo "sono nel secondo script" dosomething1 exit $? If ...
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Run .zshrc when passing command via -c

I have a script that runs a command via zsh -c. However, when zsh runs, it doesn't appear to load ~/.zshrc. I understand a login shell flag exists, but even zsh -lc <command> doesn't seem to ...
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du reports directory size as much bigger than the sum of its contents

Running du -shc * in the top directory gives 110G for a particular folder, whereas running the same command inside that folder gives a total size of 11G. How is that possible? Platform Details: OS: ...
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bash on command event (or shell)

Is there a way to capture all commands executed in a bash or even better in sh? I need a wrapper script that gets called everytime a command is executed. Like when I type cd /home/ I want my ...
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How to use `which` on an aliased command?

Like most users, I have a bunch of aliases set up to give a default set of flags for frequently used programs. For instance, alias vim='vim -X' alias grep='grep -E' alias ls='ls -G' The problem is ...
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Restart bash from terminal without restarting the terminal application (mac)?

I've looked around and bit for an answer to this question but I don't seem to find it (which is weird). My question is, is there any simple way to restart the bash session from within the terminal on ...
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shell script not running using crontab

This is my script mboxutil -l > n.txt sed 's/^.*user//' n.txt > n1.txt cat n1.txt | sed 's/^.//' > n2.txt sed 's/\/.*//' n2.txt > dss_list.txt rm -f n.txt rm -f n1.txt rm -f n2.txt sed ...
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How to find line with least characters

I am writing a shell script, using any general UNIX commands. I have to retrieve the line that has the least characters (whitespace included). There can be up to around 20 lines. I know I can use ...
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how to use & for sudo

I know if I put & at the end of application at the terminal, it will run in the background and terminal still can receive commands, for example: howchen@host:~ -> cutecom& [1] 17269 ...