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1answer
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Standard command line syntax ambigiuty in interpretation rules?

This question is somewhat similar to this: Unix/Linux command syntax Suppose I have a program foo that takes arguments -a and -b. If both a and b take a string argument what is the meaning of this ...
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How stable are Unix shell “stdin/stdout APIs”?

grepping, awking, sedding, and piping are day-to-day routine of a user of any Unix-like operating system, may it be on the command line or inside a shell script (collectively called filters from now ...
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2answers
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What is not shell specific?

Under some answers, I see comments that recommend avoiding shell specific commands in answers. How do I know which commands, operators, etc exist in all shells? Is there a list of standards? man ...
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1answer
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What's the standard used by yum prompt “Is this ok [y/N]:”?

I can see that uppercase letter means default here. Is there a standard for this? I'd like to read the full standards.
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1answer
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What protocol/standard is used by terminals?

I was wondering how the "GUI" of a command line application is communicated over a network. Most of the time, it's quite simple (plain text / input) but sometimes it's more complex (aptitude). Is it ...