A terminal is an environment for text input/output. Inside the terminal, one runs command-line and text mode programs (including shells).

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How do I copy and paste seperately? [closed]

I know for the cp command you have to specify the source(s) and destination. But what if I have to copy say all folders under src folder, do some other operations, and then paste later on? In short, ...
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Difference between the sshd open & close entries in /var/log/secure and the log in & out entries in /var/log/wtmp

I have been trying to write a program to execute many commands during one ssh connection. My current way is (1) create SSH connection; (2) create SSH command tunnel/channel whenever needed; (3) ...
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In Bash Vi mode, I get thrown into Insert mode automatically after one key press

I am using the bash shell with the XFCE4 terminal. I have configured the shell so that it is in Vi mode. I have done this by adding the following line in my ~/.bashrc file: set -o vi When in a ...
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zsh and COLUMNS

I cannot understand the behavior of the $COLUMNS variable under zsh. Here's an example of the sort of behavior I'm referring to. The script $HOME/cols.sh is the following: echo "COLUMNS=$COLUMNS" ...
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How to keep the terminal cursor fixed at the top?

When writing in command line I have this aversion to scrolling my eyes down to the bottom of the page as I write commands. How do I keep the cursor/line at the top and allow the output to be ...
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Looking for a GUI application to enter linux commands

I am looking for a GUI console where I can enter Linux commands in an entry widget and the result will be output in a text area widget. Is there is such software available? Something like this: In ...
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Is running GUI apps on server a security issue?

To edit system files for example /etc/named/named.conf, I use: su - Password: gedit And then opens and edit above like files, instead of: nano /etc/named/named.conf or: vi ...
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How to see password as we type it

In debian wheezy terminal i type su - It ask for password, which i type but it dont show anything as Password: I want to it to show at least some asterisks as the placeholder for the password ...
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Terminal application erased from Ubuntu 13

I had a bit of rough time with Ubuntu yesterday when the home screen went blank and no program icons or sidebars were visible. Today after recovering from it and saving the essential data, I have ...
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Emacs Key-binding and the TERM variable

I changed the value of TERM to screen-256color from xterm and it effects the key-bindings in Emacs. Mainly the bindings that use the arrow keys now inserts A,B,C,D instead of running backward-word and ...
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Shells in tabbed windows in a terminal

I want to do tabbed terminal stuff without having actual tab windows in my terminal application. Is there any good way to do this within bash? It would come in very handy with SSH if I could avoid ...
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Cursor keys in bash in dtterm don't work as expected

I am trying to remap some of my keyboard shortcuts in bash. The problem is that when I try to display key code using Ctrl-V, not all keys work. For example, Typing Ctrl-V, then Home moves the terminal ...
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Send stdin to console and compressed file

I'm running a propietary program which generates text output. Kind of like a logger. logger I'd like to both view this output on the terminal to watch the server breathe, and send it to a text ...
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Why has the ANSI 3.64 standard been withdrawn?

From the Wikipedia "ANSI escape code" article: The name "ANSI escape sequence" dates from 1981 when ANSI adopted ECMA-48 as the standard ANSI X3.64 (and later, in 1997, withdrew it). Does ...
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Confused about Debian error message from su

On Raspbian, the Debian distro aimed at RPi, I end up getting the following error: $ sudo su -l root -c /bin/bash bash: cannot set terminal process group (-1): Inappropriate ioctl for device bash: no ...
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Change the number of rows and columns in the TTY [duplicate]

I want to resize the terminal which comes up when you press CtrlAltF1 (or F2,F3,...). 25x80 is small for a 24" screen. Tried using stty, but the commands stty columns 200 and stty rows 50 does not ...
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Root has no permission on virtual console screen devices

Even being root I can't do the following: # cat /dev/vcs1 cat: /dev/vcs1: Operation not permitted And the rights are set correctly: # ls -o /dev/ crw-r--r-- 1 root 7, 1 Aug 5 22:00 vcs1 ...
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getting a gui program to start on boot

I have a C program I wrote for debian on the raspberry pi that asks the user to enter a number, 1-4 which it then stores in a configuration file. This only happens if the configuration file is ...
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how to make search a text on the terminal directly

I have a program that outputs some data to the terminal (via printf() ). Is it possible search a text on the outputed text on the terminal directly? It is possible to do search by directing the ...
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Using the system date / time in a Cron Script

I'm setting up a Cronjob that will backup a MySQL database I have in my server, but I don't want it to keep overwriting the same file over and over again. Instead, I want to have an array of backups ...
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Why is “[ok]” not shown in daemon status message when using GNU Screen?

I have a debian-based system (Voyage Linux 0.9.1 actually, which is based on debian wheezy) and when I do /etc/init.d/ntp status it returns (for example) $ /etc/init.d/ntp status [ ok ] NTP server is ...
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Non-ASCII characters handled incorrectly on command line

I have a problem with non-ASCII characters in the Terminal on Mac. If I write: echo ÆØÅ Then press Enter, Arrow Up, Arrow Left, so the cursor is between the Ø and the Å, then write X, then the Å is ...
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Difference between a.out and ./a.out

My Confusion a.out is the output of the programs which I execute in my Ubuntu 12.10. In Red Hat system when I execute a.out in the terminal it executes. While in Ubuntu I have to execute ./a.out to ...
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Using mintty as default terminal on Cygwin and default shell as bash

There is already one answered the question at Best way to use a shell with Cygwin in Windows 7. That is to start Cygwin with C:\cygwin\bin\mintty.exe - With that $SHELL = /bin/sh How can I launch ...
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Looking for a centred, full-screen terminal

There exist out there several different 'distraction-free editors' for writing: these provide a fullscreen, minimal environment with the goal of forcing oneself to focus on the task at hand. I want ...
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How to configure screen-restore in a terminal?

Depending on the terminal/environment following sequence has different effects: $ ls 1 2 $ man ls enter q Either I see last displayed man-page screen above the current prompt or the ls output and ...
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How to disable flashing file names in rlogin

I have a strange problem with my rhel 6.4 system. If I do a rlogin to any of my machines, all the files in the remore machine will be flashing and it is so annoying. Can somebody please tell me how ...
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zsh adds tab character when autocompleting

I have zsh 4.3.10 installed on a RHEL 6.4 box. I'm not sure why this happens, but when I but Tab to autocomplete things, it also adds a tab character. For example: rocket@rhelbox www % vim vim ...
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Using ncurses for basic GUI on a process started inside an init script

I have a custom written application that runs on a embedded setup (buildroot). My application has to run every time the target device boots up and so I wrote an init script to do this and it works ...
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Pg Dn key returns tilde (~)

When I hit Page Down in terminal (I'm using Ubuntu 12.04), strangely I get the ~ (tilde) character. This is annoying especially when I searched my command line history and decided to go to the bottom ...
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Keyboard shortcut to copy current command from terminal to clipboard [duplicate]

Is there any way to copy current command (line typed in bash prompt) in terminal to X-clipboard without involving a mouse?
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highlighting text in shell

I have always been using below method to highlight background of text in shell . tput smso;printf " TEXT ";tput rmso; How can I achieve the same thing without using tput( I mean some way formatting ...
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How to select a line of text in the archaic terminal browser - Links

I poured over this http://links.twibright.com/user_en.html#subsubch-html_options But so far does not seem like there is an key to select a line in the browser running in text mode. I would like to ...
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Kali Linux shows strange line of code using Bash command “set”

I have Kali8 installed - it is a Debian/GNU Linux ("wheezy") based distro - and when I use the Bash built-in command "set" to check my vars from X, like in LXterminal, everything works fine, but when ...
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How to replicate (fork) the current terminal

Say I am using terminal and have sshed to a remote machine and did something. How do I create a new terminal tab (or window) so I still has everything from the previous terminal window without having ...
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How do I get back to X?

I pressed some key combination and got a big full screen black terminal screen with a login prompt. After logging in, I tried startx to get the UI back, but got a message Fatal server error: Server ...
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cat >/path/to/file <<EOF drops some paste content, also patch <<EOF too. Why?

From time to time I like to use cat >/etc/configfile <<EOF thing, and paste content, then send EOF that will flush it into file. Its good with one or two lines, but when there's more of them, ...
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Getting specific line from terminal output

"Hmm, I need to edit file-i-must-edit-2, but I cannot remember where it is." locate file-i-must-edit /home/user/file-i-must-edit-1 /home/user/file-i-must-edit-2 /home/user/file-i-must-edit-3 ...
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How to setup keyboard shortcut that enters predefined text into X11 xterminal via SSH from mac OS?

I do a lot of remote programming on my CentOS linux server by opening an X11 xterminal window on my Mac OS, and SSH into the server. I'm looking for an easy to use method to enter a predefined text ...
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GNU Screen doesn't echo unicode characters correct

When I do this in my terminal: echo -e "\xF0\x9f\x8d\xba" I get a cool beer mug in my terminal: 🍺 However, when I start screen, and try the same, I'm getting a �. How do I get the nice beer mug? ...
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How to send to background a running process started with sudo?

I have just installed SLC6 (derived from SL6 derived from RHEL6). I can send a running process to the background by hitting Ctrl-Z in the terminal where it was started. However, I can't do it when I ...
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Use a different shell by default in each terminal emulator

I would like to change the default shell in each terminal emulator separately. To clarify, I want Xterm to use TCSH, pterm to use pysh, gnome-terminal to use BASH, etc. Is this possible? If so, how ...
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How do I prevent system information from being displayed on a terminal?

I'm working on a curses GUI that is supposed to start up automatically on boot-up in the default linux terminal (I have no X server installed). I have this working great, but I have a problem where ...
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Konsole works, gnome-terminal doesn't?

I'm running on CentOS 5.7 (in case that matters) I have a program (not my own) that runs fine from Lonsole, but when I run it from xterm, gnome-terminal or rxvt, it just hangs. I'm doing this with a ...
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Use the terminal's autocomplete path feature for input to a shell script

I want to make a script that: (1) Gets a path giving the user the ability to use tab to autocomplete, then (2) gets a filename from the user, and then (3) creates a file at that path with extension ...
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View song's title on terminal

How to view currently playing song's title on terminal using vlc media player?
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User drive is not showing

I'll try my best explaining this: /dev/disk0 /dev/disk0s1 /dev/disk0s2 disk0 does not show up at all, when I login even my desktop is completely blank with no dock nor toolbar so even to logout is ...
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Best way to view scripted session logs

I have aliases set up for SSH and minicom to call simple wrapper scripts which just ensure that I get a log of the session. The logs are stored in a specified directory, and named with a tag and a ...
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How to scroll in a terminal by line in GNOME Terminal 2.31.3?

I use Shift+(PgUp/PgDown) while scrolling in the terminal. But it seems to scroll one screen (or a half may be) at a time. I feel comfortable scrolling the terminal by line with the mouse, but don't ...
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Terminal-based (non GUI) virtual-computer program?

Are there any terminal-based (ie. non-GUI) virtual-computer programs out there? I've been using programs like VirtualBox and QEMU, but they're obviously GUI-based... I was hoping for a virtual PC ...