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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Shift-Space in less

In modern web browsers and other software with text content, Space scrolls down more or less a screenful. ShiftSpace scrolls up in everything but less. How can one use ShiftSpace to scroll up in ...
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Terminal: Use different command on previous file

I know that there is the !! command to reuse the previous command. How would one reuse the file or directory specified in the previous command but use a different command on it? Example: I want to ...
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How to open konsole in fullscreen mode?

Is there a command or better yet a setting in the config file to allow me to open konsole (the KDE terminal emulator) in fullscreen mode?
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Ubuntu- How do I change clock speed from terminal? [duplicate]

The title of this question pretty much says it all. What command or program do I need to run in order to change the clock speed to a specific value I want? For example, I'm looking for something like ...
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How do I reload ~/.dir_colors?

I copied /etc/DIR_COLORS to ~/.dir_colors because /etc/DIR_COLORS.xterm was being used and colours in ls --color=auto were too dark. Now, how do I get this file to take effect immediately? (i.e. ...
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gnome-open replaced by sublime?

Update: It seems that it has been automatically fixed, however the same applies whenever I try to sudo gnome-open or gksu gnome-open Well, this is a really weird one. I'm currently running Mint 13 ...
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Why this sort command gives me an empty file? [duplicate]

prova1 is a file with some text. When I run this code prova1 become empty: sort prova1 > prova1 I know that to achieve the effect I can do: sort prova1 -o prova1 I would just know the reason ...
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talkd doesn't print a message

I wanted to use talk with my brother (we both have Debian jessie). So i installed inetutils-inetd, inetutils-talk, and inetutils-talkd. Now i wanted to try wether it works. So i created a testuser ...
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No Login on created on tty2 to 6

On my Debian Linux no Login is possible on terminals 2 to 6. Login on 1 works fine, xorg-session with XDM and awesome wm works, too. The Error Message shown on these 5 screens is: ...
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Linux Mint XFCE, command to launch menu

What is the command that launches the whisker menu in the Linux Mint xfce edition. For another distribution that used xfce it was xfce4-popup-whisker menu but that doesn't seem to work. I would like ...
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Idle terminal safe character

I'm using iTerm2 on a Mac to do Linux work. In order to avoid losing terminal connections, I turned on "When idle, sent Ascii code". The default is 0. This works like a charm to keep connections ...
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how to make less -S not take up the entire screen

suppose I have this: cat new_file.txt | less -FRSX Then suppose I press the right button in order to scroll to the right This will cause the contents of new_file.txt to move to the top of the ...
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Is it possible to show mathematical symbols in the terminal?

I want to do some program that can help me to check scientific formulars via terminal. It is possible or not if i want to show mathematical symbols (e.g. integral, diff Greek's Alphabets) on Linux's ...
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how can we know which pts in /dev/pts mapping to which ip address?

Can anyone explain , how can we detect which ssh session belong to which ip address using /dev/pts directory ?
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How do I store long hostnames list for SSH quick usage?

I have an SSH access to a lot of servers. And all that hostnames (and sometimes usernames) are long and hard to remember. Also even if I tweak my Terminal to keep eternal bash history, the using of ...
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How is replaceable text shown in a terminal? [duplicate]

For example after doing apt-get update, it shows Reading package lists... 82% with the percentage changing in the same line. How is that achieved? Is it possible to use it in a bash script?
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How does “top” command show live results?

How can I write a shell script that shows the results in real time? Something like the top command that updates the results after some fixed intervals of time.
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What is the terminal's graphic API?

How can certain programs set background and font colors, write characters to the same location on screen (e.g. to the third row, fifth column) more than once? Some examples are the progress bar ...
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Renaming a Hard Drive

I have a secondary internal HDD to store auxiliary data. I want to give it a better name. How do I do it?
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Mosh: Retain backscroll beyond terminal window height [duplicate]

I'm experimenting using Mosh instead of raw SSH for remote shell connections. So far I like it, but I've become used to being able to page-up or scroll through backscroll in my terminal window to see ...
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Can't apply brightness to terminal's background color

I have a problem with colors in my terminal emulator. I am using LXTerminal as my terminal emulator and LXDE as my desktop environment. The following command is supposed to print red text on grey ...
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How to restore from a scrambled screen?

My screen is scrambled while reading some unexpected chars, It happens in a local tty, so logging out won't help. Any ideas? Hopefully I don't have to reboot
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Which terminal type am I using?

I have tested this with both Ubuntu 12.04 and Debian 7. When I do echo $TERM I get xterm But if I use the dropdown menu "help" > "about" then it says gnome terminal 3.4.1.1. Does this mean I am ...
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bash PS1 256 colors with bold

I want to list all colors that I can use in bash console. And after it I want to set my prompt to be bold and orange like color. I'm using this to do listing color codes for me: for code in {0..255}; ...
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Getting IO privileges in Linux

I have installed flashrom software. When i try to run sudo flashrom command it gives me "Could not get I/O privileges (Operation not permitted). You need to be root" error. Also I tried su command to ...
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What's the right value of $TERM for emacs' ansi-term, especially if 'eterm-color' isn't available after SSH?

I'm currently setting $TERM to xterm-256color: if [[ -n "$EMACS" ]]; then export TERM=xterm-256color alias emacs="emacsclient --no-wait" export EDITOR="emacsclient --no-wait" export ...
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A program that runs in a shell (e.g. pine) vs. a shell script

Having a bit of trouble finding the answer to my question, perhaps because I may be asking the wrong question. I understand bash scripts. I write them all the time to do little helpful things ...
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List of 'if' switches anywhere? [closed]

Is there a list of all the if switches for use in bash scripting? Sometimes I see someone using it and I wonder what the switch they're using actually does. Example is the -z in this one. I know how ...
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Scrot command - how to save only thumbnail

I'm using scrot to take screenshots from terminal. However when I want to generate thumbnailed version using parameter -t, I got two files: screenshot.png and screenshot-thumbnail.png. How can I ...
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Ruby update not working using two methods

I tried to install ruby version 1.9.3 with this on my mac 10.6.8: $ \curl -L https://get.rvm.io | bash -s stable --ruby Oskar-Niburskis-MacBook-Pro:~ oskarniburski$ rvm install ruby-1.9.3-p362 ...
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Bash Commands not working on Mac

Hello I open my terminal window on Mac Os 10.6.8 as I am trying to update my ruby to 1.9.3 and the terminal gives me this response immediately as I open it: -bash: export: ...
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“Overlay” a shell prompt on top of a terminal session? [closed]

I have several CLI application ideas that would be nice to run as an "overlay" on top of my terminal session. In other words I would like to superimpose a box containing a real live shell prompt on ...
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Capturing Screenshot of terminal application via shell script?

Problem Run iftop for 5 seconds, capture the screenshot and save it to a file. iftop is a beautiful program for visualizing network traffic, but it doesn't have a batch mode where I can run it for ...
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Commands pasted into terminal are truncated

I have a list of commands I would like to paste into the terminal so that they run one after the other. Initially they run fine, but commands later on are being truncated. Example command: ogr2ogr ...
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How do I pause the output of minicom?

What is the key combination to pause/freeze the output of minicom? At times the output scrolls very quickly and it makes it difficult to analyse some event. I know I could instead capture to a file ...
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Raspberry Pi, serial console, minicom, and gnome-terminal

I'm trying to access my raspberry pi via its serial console on the gpio pins. It's working fine through a USB-3.3v serial dongle. However, there's a problem with long lines and long screens not ...
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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 ...