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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vi setting for new window

I'm using Terminator for my terminal emulator. Whenever I open it, the initial workspace comes with the setting I defined in the config file. But whenever I split the workspace, the new workspace ...
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How to change readline's/bash's meta key?

Readline/bash use the meta key quite often but it only works when I use the Esc-key for it. How can I configure bash/readline to accept a different key as meta?
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grep --color adds ANSI code ESC[K - This can change displayed text

Why does grep add ANSI code \e[K to its colored output? I can't see the point of it, but obviously the developers can. It is an ANSI/VT100 Terminal code which is used to "Clear line from current ...
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Is here an editor for linux terminal like there is for MS-DOS?

I know that there is an editor built into MS-DOS, so you can create batch (.bat) files. But is there something like that for Linux Mint 12 terminal?
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Display screen caption on the first line of the terminal

When I start a new terminal, the prompt is on the first line. After working for a while (or running a command which produces some output), the prompt is on the last line. There it'll stay during the ...
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Converting colored output into html

There are tools providing coloured output: dwdiff -c File1 File2 # word level diff grep --color=always # we all know this guy ... The question is: How to convert their colored output of arbitrary ...
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GNU Screen does not work when su'ing from root to a normal user

Is it normal, that when I am logged in as root, and the used su user, I can't access that users screen sessions? In this case, screen complains about it not having permissions on /dev/pts/x. I ...
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How to change the background color of curses applications?

I hate that blue background which is everywhere in ncurses applications like: irssi, mc, tig, … I want to change that color, how can I do it? I know that midnight commander has themes, but what about ...
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Can I configure bash to execute “clear” before every command typed in the console?

I would like to configure bash to execute clear command every time I type some command in the terminal (before executing my command). How can I do that? I'm using Debian Linux.
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When a command is over half the terminal size it breaks

Whenever I type in a bash command longer than about half the width of the shell window I'm in, the command breaks like it would if I filled the whole screen 3rd command in image - typed a few xs ...
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xargs and vi - “Input is not from a terminal”

I have about 10 php.ini files on my system, located all over the place, and I wanted to quickly browse through them. I tried this command: locate php.ini | xargs vi But vi warns me Input is not ...
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What's the difference between various $TERM variables?

I tried vt100, vt102, vt220, and xterm by using top. But I can't find their difference. Is there any other term type? What's their difference?
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8-bit input in gnome-terminal

I'm trying to switch from xterm to gnome-terminal but having trouble with alt keys. I have already disabled menu access keys, but I still need 8-bit inputs. In xterm I can set 8-bit inputs in ...
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Ansi escape code in VIM

I have a log file with colored log entries, where colors are defined by ansi escape codes. When I display the file (using cat or more), terminal understands the ansi codes and logs are colorful. But I ...
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How can I set my default shell to start up tmux

I would like my default bash shell to go straight into tmux instead of my always having to type tmux every time.
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Unix without a GUI for old machine

I have been given my father's old computer, which currently runs Windows 95 and has a 133-MHz processor, a Pentium(r) according to "My Computer". It seems a shame to recycle it when it works so well ...
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How to properly run “top” command through SSH?

I have to run top command on one computer being on another. My targeted PC has IP 192.168.0.81 I was trying to do it: ssh 192.168.0.81 top But I got this result: top: tcgetattr() failed: Invalid ...
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Terminal with “repeat last” button

I'm often compiling stuff and therefore repeating the same command over and over, so I'd like to benefit from my "visual memory" and have a sort of "repeat last command" button attached to a terminal. ...
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Print folders names character count

I am trying to use find . -type d -print | wc -m where -m or --chars would print the character counts of the folder names. Take following screen shot as example, the character count for tempFolder + ...
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Perl script, do cd on terminal

In Script to change current directory (cd, pwd) it is shown how to run a bash script that changes terminal directory. But how do i run a perl script that runs a bash script that changes terminal ...
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Backspace, Tab not working in terminal (using ssh)

When I ssh into another machine with Debian with my account(with sudo permissions), my backspace key generates some awkward symbols on pressing. Also Tab & del keys don't work too. On the other ...
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How to change the contents of a line on the terminal as opposed to writing a new one?

So, when wget gets a web page, it shows you a status bar that indicated how much the file(s) is/are downloaded. It looks like this: 25%[=============>______________________________________] ...
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Using VI keys to edit shell commands in UNIX

I used to have a co-worker who was really good at UNIX. He showed me how to use Vi key bindings to edit my shell commands. He placed the command in a file that ran every time I logged in. Since ...
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Activating colors in links2 (text mode)

I can't seem to see colors in links2 (text mode), even after playing with my TERM settings. The links2 manpage and README.Debian don't specifically address this issue. Also, command-line options like ...
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How do I get rid of the small nub in the bottom right corner of my terminal?

I'm setting up XMonad within Linux Mint, and I've been able to remove the menubar and the scrollbar from my terminal windows, but I can't get rid of the small resizing nub in the bottom right corner. ...
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Duplicate bash prompts

I'm having an interesting issue with XFCE Terminal/Gnome Terminal (not reproducible in XTerm), where executing bash or logging in using login or su will open a new Bash instance inside a Bash instance ...
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Telnet send Ctrl-C

I use telnet to connect to a terminal server, which proxies the traffic to a RS-232 port. Unfortunately when using some of the devices it is not possible to send the CTRL+C character (0x03). Instead ...
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Emulate mouse cut'n'paste behavior in a test script

I've got a shell script which outputs shell commands which are supposed to be copy-pasted with the mouse from one terminal window to another (I can test it in the same window though). The output ...
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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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changing an environment variable like PATH forever [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I set a user environment variable? (permanently, not session) to change the amount of PATH variable , I use : export PATH=... but when I close the terminal, the ...
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Pasting binary data into a Unicode terminal

I need to be able to paste binary data into a terminal. For some reason, every byte outside the ASCII range (0x80-0xff) is pasted as the same three byte sequence 0xef 0xbf 0xbd. For example: $ echo ...
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Is split-screen `cat`ing possible?

I asked the question How to use cat or less depending on the line count? with the intention of browsing many files without having to scroll up too far to view my history after displaying a long file, ...
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Having tmux load by default when a zsh terminal is launched

My current workflow is: CTRL+SHIFT+T to launch a new terminal window. That starts a new zsh terminal. Type tmux to start tmux. How can I have tmux load by default with a new terminal window?
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Can a terminal emulator be as fast as TTY 1-6?

I've been trying various terminal emulators lately, from the built-in gnome-terminal, aterm, xterm, wterm, to rxvt. The test I've been doing is in this order: Open up a tmux window with 2 panes The ...
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Redirect terminal output to image file

I need to programmatically run some unix commands and get the output in a image file, the format could be png or jpeg (jpg). The commands are run in an AIX (IBM *nix) machine. I don't have ...
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How to clean up the RAM memory that is being used as cache memory?

My processor is using a big part of my RAM memory as cache and I want to clean it up because of that; will it prejudice something?
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grub-mkfont input and output formtas

I have a font that I can set using setfont and rc.conf [CONSOLEFONT]. It is in psf2 format. I would like to use the font in Grub as well. I'm using Grub2. When I run grub-mkfont -o ~/outfont pc.psf ...
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Change working directory of 2 terminals at once

I've typically have gnome-terminal open with ~8 tabs, using 2 consecutive tabs for the same task (one has emacs, the other is used to do git checkins and unittest runs and so). When changing tasks, I ...
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Fix terminal title after SSH remote logging to another machine

right now I am using an one-line perl code to change titles of my terminal bars, print("\e]0;@ARGV\7"); but every time after I ssh to another remote machine, the title will be modified by the host ...
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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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What is the best text-mode browser? [closed]

I am looking for one that is updated frequently and has support for many things.
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How to download all images from a website (not webpage) using the terminal?

I want a command that I type a URL, for example photos.tumblr.com, and it download all photos on this site in a folder, but not only images of the site's homepage. This command need to download the ...
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Garbage characters appear on screen when typing

When typing, garbage characters somehow appear on the screen for all the letters that I type. The garbage character is a small rectangle box, and this prevents me from executing any commands on the ...
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Scroll inside Screen, or Pause Output

I use screen for my command-line tasks while managing the servers where I work. I usually run small commands (mostly file-system tasks) but sometimes I run more extensive tasks (like DBA). The output ...
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Porting GNOME keyboard shortcuts to URXVT [closed]

I recently switched from gnome terminal to urxvt. I am also a heavy emacs w. tabs user which uses a lot of key combinations similar to urxvt (tab related stuff) like Shift-Left and Shift-Right. These ...
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What is the difference between `terminator -e ranger` and ranger from terminal?

EDIT: I just noticed that when I hit Enter on the ranger (if it is executed with terminator -e ranger) then nano opens while with e it uses my main editor. In contrast, when I use a normal shell to ...
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Colorized `cat` for source and script files? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I display syntax highlighting on a file? Is there any application like cat, but with color output? I'd like to view my files with colors like in any IDE's ...
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How to stop appearance of ^T% in the first line when I open a new lxterminal tab with ^T in zsh?

Steps to reproduce: Have zsh as default shell. Open a new terminal. for example, with Ctrl+Alt+T. Press Ctrl+Shift+T to open a new terminal tab. ^T% appears as the first line I'm running ubuntu ...
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Shell from a Firefox tab

I have a requirement for a user in the office where they would like to open a terminal shell within a Firefox tab. Is this at all possible?
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Launch terminal in su mode XFCE

I want to set up a launcher for my terminal in XFCE that automatically prompts for the su password, in gnome my shortcut was: gnome-terminal --command="su -" --geometry=180x40+400+80 How do I ...