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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What could be the reason for a delayed display of the prompt ?

When I click on the Xfce-Terminal Logo, the terminal window opens, but for about 30 seconds there is no prompt and no reaction to a command. On the picture below, the lower window already attained ...
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How to tell screen session to regenerate its socket?

Note: the situation described here is completely different from this one. I have a couple of still-attached screen sessions, but screen -list produces % screen -list No Sockets found in ...
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How to `locate` multiple files and open them in vim?

Suppose that I have a file named filename123.txt and it is the single file that is named so, and I can locate it with the command locate filename123. And it returns only this file. Now I want to open ...
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Viewing system console messages in GUI

Under Linux, is it possible to view error messages that show up on the text mode terminal while in GUI mode, instead of having to press Ctrl+Alt+F1 or Ctrl+Alt+F2 to view the messages every time and ...
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How can I close a terminal without killing the command running in it?

Sometimes I want to start a process and forget about it. If I start it from the command line, like this: redshift I can't close the terminal, or it will kill the process. Can I run a command in ...
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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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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 does pressing Alt+Shift+3 do in Terminal?

What does pressing Alt + Shift + 3 in Terminal do? All I can see is that it prints a pound sign and jumps to the next line, but, supposedly, it does something special.
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Is it possible to see which components were uninstalled (last time or as back in time as possible)?

I am running Elementary OS Freya beta2 which being beta may run into trouble. One error that may appear is a message in terminal saying that certain components that are in fact useful and even vital ...
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Detect how much of Unicode my terminal supports, even through screen

Here's the problem: I want to be able to discern if my terminal is capable of decent unicode or not, in order to use some characters or not, much like glances does, that sometimes uses colors and ...
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how do I find the location of mysql drivers on CentOS 7?

MariaDB is installed on a remote CentOS 7 server. How can I find the location of the nearest equivalent to mysql-connector-java-5.0.8.jar in the server's file system? grep seems to only search ...
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calling javac from CentOS 7

I want to be able to use the javac command on the CentOS 7 terminal. How do I set the PATH variable in order to accomplish this? The following explains relevant aspects of my current environment. ...
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what do i need to do additionally to start X in order to not end in a black screen?

From the xfce desktop environment in Linux Mint, I pressed Ctrl + Alt + Fn in order to get into a virtual terminal, then I stopped the mdm display manager with killall mdm. So far it worked, but once ...
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Running Java classes in a package --> Error: Could not find or load main class

I'm learning how to compile and run java classes in terminal using the commands javac and java. I have no problem compiling and running an individual class, however, when I put that class into a ...
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command to clean up old log files

I was trying to automate some auto cleaning of my Ubuntu System, with Cron Jobs I tryed to simplify this: sudo find /var/log -type f -name "*.1.gz" -delete sudo find /var/log -type f -name "*.2.gz" ...
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How do i log into a virtual terminal ?

I do not know what a virtual terminal is, but i have to enter one, in order to switch off the display manager in a fashion that allows me to type next a command in the virtual terminal that starts the ...
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is the shell a frontend to the terminal? [duplicate]

Is the shell only an addon to the terminal, so that a terminal daemon has to work in order to to start a shell as its frontend. What controll does the terminal exherts upon the shell?
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Dark blue color in vim or ls output in linux

I have a problem with dark-blue color in vim or ls output. Because I'm using black background color, words colored in dark-blue are almost completely invisible. How can I address this problem?
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How do I find number of vertical lines available in the terminal?

I'm writing a script which shows the git log for a directory when I cd into it. Such a log can be overwhelming, containing hundreds of lines. So far I have been limiting that to a hard-coded 20 lines ...
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How do I print a certain line of python code using the Linux terminal?

If I am writing some python and I only want the terminal to show a certain line, what command do I use? For example my program is: print("line one") print("line two") print("line three") And I only ...
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Can call login command from terminal

I want to create a user using useradd from root in my terminal window, after it I call passwd to set user's password. So I cant call login username because when I call it from terminal it closes ...
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Display result of a command right aligned in terminal

I have a script that goes through many different checks and I use the success, failure functions defined in /etc/init.d/functions to clearly show the action result on the terminal. That works great, ...
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Fixed terminal status lineS instead of shell prompt?

It is common to cram useful information in the Unix shell prompt, but I have too many things I want to keep an eye on to fit it all in one prompt: current Gnu screen window, current directory, current ...
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Create SSH session between Kali Linux to Windows XP

I'm currently using PuTTY to connect Windows XP to Kali Linux which has been very successful. However, for a project I'm working on, I need to connect from Linux to XP (using PuTTY still), but the ...
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How to clean stdout/stderr color output

I have a program that would output something like this: ^[0;33m"2015-02-09 11:42:36 +0700 114.125.x.x access"^[0m Is there built in linux program that could clean that output up into something like ...
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Parent restarted by child doesn't respond to CTRL-C

I wrote a program. It starts a process (call it A) that spawns a child process (call it D) that shutdowns and restarts A. Problem is, now I can't kill A nicely from the terminal (ie. CTRL-C isn't ...
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Using chown $USER:$USER inside bash script

In a small bash script I'm running I am attempting to chown a new directory that is created. I've added: sudo chown $USER:$USER /var/www/$sitename sudo chmod 775 /var/www/$sitename after the line ...
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Solarized theme in both mc and Terminator

I have configured Terminator to use Solarized color theme. I did the same for MC. However, the problem I have is that I don't get actual Solarized color scheme in MC (as there already is one below ...
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urxvt - force column width

I'm using urxvt with a tiling window manager (awesome) and would like to have my terminals maintain 80 columns irrespective of the window's size. So I was wondering if there is a way to force urxvt ...
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Issue with a script launching URL, then pkill firefox after X seconds with cron job

I am trying to create a shell script that will start firefox on a certain URL, then kill it 120s later. I have a script that mostly works and a bad crontab job that doesnt seem to. testscript.sh: ...
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Get vertical cursor position

This might sound pretty weird, but I know how to set the vertical cursor position in Bash like this: echo -e "\e[12H" This moves the cursor to the 12th line (starting with 1). So how do I get the ...
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Keep execution of bash script when aborted via CTRL+X or CTRL+C

This is very nooby question I belive and I've tried everything to avoid asking it here, but I didn't found answere anywhere on whole internet. Go on and give me downvote but please answer me how to ...
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How to run ping in background, disconnect from current terminal session and get back the ping process later on from new terminal session? [duplicate]

I want to monitor 2 of edge routers that currently have intermittent issue. I want to monitor their percentage availability using default ping parameter (1 ping per 1 second). If I run the ping ...
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How to set environment variable for BACI compiler and interpreter?

I have installed executable files for BACI compiler and interpreter in my Ubuntu system. But now every time I have to compile my .cm file I have to go to the program folder and run ./bacc and ...
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sort order explanation

Giving a lot of files, sort -n gives me this result: f1.txt f10.txt f2.txt which doesn't seem right to me. What is the explanation? Can I get this by default: f1.txt f2.txt f10.txt
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Is there something like a lorem ipsum generator?

Is there something like a 'lorem ipsum generator'? I know it exists in Latex, and even in LibreOffice, but I'm looking for a terminal command. I would like to type something like loremipsum 10 ...
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How can I disable auto scrolling in gnome terminal?

When I enter a command with a long output such as locate linux, the output is too long to show on the current terminal screen, and so the terminal will scroll right to the end of the output. How can I ...
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Remote terminal application

Does anyone know if there exist an application which allows admin run other apps in kind of desktop environment. What i mean is a kind of VNC application which only gives user the terminal console, ...
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Tilde on unix:hpux and / or solaris

On Linux press F9 return a correct ~ On unix(solaris or hpux) return 0~ How to set correct tilde on those systems?
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Watch YouTube videos in terminal

Like the title says it, I'm looking for a way to watch YouTube videos in terminal (not in a browser or another window, but right there, in any bash session). Is there a simple way to do this? I ...
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tmux, TERM and 256 colours support

Introduction My question arises from the necessity of understanding why I have now (after multiple trials) Terminal and tmux supporting 256 colours and tput colors telling me there are only 8 of ...
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Change the way folders are displayed in terminal [duplicate]

I moved over from Xubuntu to Fedora. In a colored Xubuntu terminal the folders appear in bold blue wheras in Fedora they appear as normal blue. I'm familiar with ANSI codes for colors and style but ...
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Nano Editor over Screen in Terminal isn't fullscreen

When I connect to a device using Screen in terminal, if I open Nano text-editor it only takes up a fraction of the screen. How do I make it fullscreen?
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How do I get Ctrl + Alt + t to launch ther terminal in Linux Mint 13 MATE?

Pressing Ctrl + Alt + t seems to do nothing on my Linux Mint 13 MATE. How can I set this shortcut to launch a terminal window? As a detail, it seems the terminal is mate-terminal rather than ...
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Monitor and alert user when stty settings change?

A particularly large (~10^6 LOC) program causes my stty settings to change from echo ixon icanon to -echo -ixon -icanon and I would like to find the function in this massive program that causes this ...
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Broken prompt writes from the wrong position and overwrites text

From time to time, when I SSH from my Android device to my home Linux server my terminal randomly start overwriting text that was previously outputted. I am using JuiceSSH as my SSH client, and I've ...
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Read a character from an x-y coordinate on the screen

Is there a way in bash to read a character from an x-y coordinate on the screen? This command would be something similar to cget 12 30 which would return the character at the 12th row and 30th ...
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Terminal vs bash? [duplicate]

I'm on a Mac but I think this is generally Unix-applicable. I'm in the process of learning shell scripting and there's something I seem to be missing. When I'm in the ordinary terminal, I can use ...
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Create an alias using Command, Option, Control, or Fn key as part of the input

How can we map these keys into part of an alias or custom shortcut within the terminal? Is it the key codes that must be used or is there another way?
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How can I hook on to one terminal's output from another terminal?

I need to hook onto output of currently running terminal (tty1) from virtual terminal and capture it (running X server). I'm pretty sure such a thing is possible by simpler means than debugging ...