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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Insert/overwrite mode in fish

I'm using Linux Mint on a MacBook and on its keyboard the equivalent for the INSERT key is the combination Fn + RETURN. At the moment I can only see the intended behavior of this combination in GNU-...
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open gnome terminal with several tabs and execute a few commands in every tab

This is what I want to accomplish: I want to open a gnome terminal with five tabs in it I want to run a set of commands (5 – 10 commands) in each tab automatically First tab: shall set clear-case ...
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How can I use the output of a command without using the mouse?

Imagine you issued a find command and now you want to use one line of the resulting output as an argument. $ find .. fileA fileB $ vi <CURSOR> # now do what to achive: $ vi fileB ...
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automatically disown application when running it from a terminal

How do you automatically disown an application after you have started it from a terminal? For example: if you start a terminal and run firefox the application will start, but when you then close the ...
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How do I exit or cancel a bad bash command?

I expect to get some flak for this, but I can't find the answer anywhere. It seems like it should be so obvious. Sometimes, when I type a bad command in a bash terminal, the cursor just jumps down to ...
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Set number of rows for gnome-terminal or other emulators

I'm aware there exists stty, which allows to set number of rows in a virtual console, such as tty1. However, this does not seem to work with gnome-terminal or xterm. The question therefore is, how ...
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Why does FreeBSD require terminal programs to be started as root?

On FreeBSD all graphical terminal programs (e.g. xterm, rxvt) seem to be installed setuid root, or with setuid root wrappers. On Linux, this is not the case on any distribution I have ever used. Why ...
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Terminator interface inside tilda emulator?

Does anyone knows how to use Terminator inside Tilda? I use Tilda emulator a lot but sometimes I need to have different terminal windows open to check things out and I don't want to open Terminator ...
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xkill Used On Desktop

Mouse accidentally clicked on Desktop while active with an xkill terminal command. Which makes it completely without use. Have used nemo command which resets everything as long as terminal remains ...
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how to echo/print block by block

I just started using tmux and butterfly and I need to scroll one panel. I tried Ctrl + b + ↑ but it scrolled the whole terminal instead of one panel. Is there any command line to display my ...
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Understanding what is happening when I dump a terminal character sequence with Ctrl-v?

If I want to bind a key-mapping to a function or widget in zsh I have learnt that I first have to hit Ctrl+v - at a prompt, then enter the key sequence I want to use, then use the output in my key-...
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Use PSF font in X11 terminal emulator

I want to use a specific console font (/usr/share/consolefonts/Uni3-Fixed16.psf.gz) in a X11 terminal emulator (for example Terminator or gnome-terminal). I've stumbled over similar questions, but ...
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stty on old AT&T unix: how to add End-key for “end of line”?

How I can use the ctrl+e keyboard combination in emacs mode to go to the end of the line, but also be able to use the End key to do the same? How do I set that with stty? I have tried this combination ...
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What are these strange characters in wifi-menu and alsamixer?

I have a fresh install of Arch. When I run wifi-menu or alsamixer, both of which I think use dialog, the display in the shell is not correct. The border, for example, is drawn with the wrong ...
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Colored output?

When I execute a command from a terminal that prints coloured output (such as ls or gcc), the coloured output is printed. From my understanding, the process is actually outputting ANSI escape codes, ...
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Ubuntu login loop, amongst other issues!

Before I explain the issue, please bear in mind that I am a complete newbie to using Ubuntu on a desktop. I have some Ubuntu Server experience and know the basics of terminal/CLI. Seems like this is ...
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How safe is it to cat an arbitrary file?

Sometimes when I cat a binary file by mistake, my terminal gets garbled up. Nothing a quick reset can't fix, but couldn't an attacker theoretically create a file that, when displayed on a terminal, ...
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How to get the opened pty for a given background process (without login) in AIX

Using this answer http://unix.stackexchange.com/a/283521/114939 which allow us to find processes that keep an given pty opened without login (who command cannot show them), caused me to ask the ...
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working with filenames in a different encoding over ssh

I'm ssh'ing to a remote system where a different encoding for the filenames (and for the users' locales) has been used. And this causes some problems. Problems solved by matching the locale settings ...
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Broadcast messages don't appear on gnome-terminal, but appear on xterm

I'm curious about the behavior of broadcast messages by $ sudo wall myfile the message from myfile appears on all /dev/ttyN devices (the ones to which I can switch by pressing Ctrl+Alt+fN), it also ...
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Why are some pts in AIX never reused?

In an AIX system (AIX p740 1 7) that is running for about several months, some pts aren't reused anymore. This was noticed using the "who" command, with the following "awk" expression, running it ...
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Stopping infinit loop from php script run in linux terminal

I am currently following a tutorial that teaches how to create a queue in php. An infinite loop was created in a php script. I simplified the code in order to focus on the question at hand: while(1) {...
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Question about behavior of control key shortcuts

I am confused about how Ctrl-key combinations work in terminal. In bash man page, there are various combinations such as: C-e - go to end of the line C-f - go one character forward etc. But then ...
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Writing output to file, similar to “script” command?

Is there anything that's similar to "script" but does not require the terminal to be open? I want to save the results from my program into a file, however I have some issues. I need to work ...
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Terminal: remember working directory [duplicate]

I have git repos stored in different directories which have long paths /opt/too/long/path/to/type/every/time/git-repo and it's kind of difficult to remember plus to cd to the directory every time is a ...
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How to install MIT Photonic Bands software package on Debian [closed]

How do I install the MIT Photonic Bands software package using Debian?
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How are terminal length and width forwarded over SSH and telnet?

When I view the length and width of my terminal emulator with stty size then it is 271 characters long and 71 lines tall. When I log into another server over SSH and execute stty size, then it is also ...
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How do I get my arrow keys working in the at> prompt

Whenever I try to use the arrow keys in the at> prompt (after, for example, running at now) it just shows control codes, eg. ^[[D for ←. This makes pasting and editing long commands difficult ...
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Mark descriptor as terminal for the -t test

One can test if a descriptor is connected to terminal with -t test. if [ ! -t 0 ]; then echo "Stdin is not from terminal" fi Having a descriptor X, pointing to a file or to a process (with >(...
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How to force `screen` to clear the terminal after commands like `htop`

I have recently started using screen in order to be able to split my terminal vertically and horizontally. However, it does not clear the terminal automatically. For example, when I open a file using ...
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MOZREPL output showing up in terminal window

I have a very a annoying problem. I've using Mac Terminal over SSH to write Perl script with vim on a local virtual Debian machine. The Perl script uses the WWW::Mechanize::Firefox module which in ...
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centos7 terminal can't have image as background?

I previously used ubuntu, I can set a image as my terminal background. Yet, in centos 7, I don't see a place for setting image as the terminal background. What can I do to achieve this? It's ...
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Mount a folder from server in network on mn the local machine permanently

I have a remote server which is connected to my wi-fi modem. So I can access this server by 192.158.188.45 I want to mount a folder from this server on my local machine permanently. I wrote \\192.168....
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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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What is the problem with the output of plink?

On my Windows7 machine, I'm traversing to the installed path of PuTTy Application and running: plink <hostname> to connect to my remote Linux host. I see some unrecognized characters in the ...
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Process login vs user login

In a Ubuntu 14.04 system, who has the following output: user1 :0 2016-05-02 14:49 (:0) user1 pts/4 2016-05-02 15:10 (:0) So apparently just the pts/4 is used. But, for example, ...
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List all connected SSH sessions?

I just SSH'd into root, and then SSH'd again into root on the same machine. So I have two windows open both SSH'd into root on my remote machine. From the shell, how can I see a list of these two ...
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When opening a terminal does not require a login?

Speaking about Linux and in particular Ubuntu (from 14.04) systems: Case 1 - As pointed out in this answer, processes that allocate a pseudo-terminal don't need to make a login: for example, cups. ...
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What is the -c [start-directory] in “tmux new-session” command? [duplicate]

In the manual new-session -c option is listed as use to specify [start-directory] with no further explanation. I have a few question to help me understand: What is start-directory used for? Does ...
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Do any open source Linux terminals and fonts support ligatures?

The PragmataPro Font has some really killer examples where they render == as a single character and clean up a lot of other stuff. Would any Linux terminals support this? And are there any ...
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SSH inside SSH fails with “stdin: is not a tty”

I'm trying to connect to machine one with ssh and then connect to another machine two with ssh, but I get this error. ssh user@computerone.com 'ssh otheruser@computertwo.com' stdin: is not a tty ...
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Using fasd to open a file or directory in emacsclient

I'm trying to open files found with fasd in emacsclient. I'm using fasd -e emacsclient -c -a '' set to an alias. Nothing happens when I call the alias, I just get a new prompt. I've tried using Emacs ...
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UTF-8 characters are not displayed correctly in Debian

Short description of my problem: I ran into an issue lately where I am unable to make bash/nano/irssi/etc display "special" UTF-8 characters like the german umlauts (äüö), the euro sign (€) and some ...
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What can cause my shell to look like this? [duplicate]

I'm currently developing a home automation framework for my apartment. This involves getting JSON over Serial from an Arduino. When the JSON can't be parsed (usually only on startup) I log it as an ...
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What exactly is scrollback and scrollback buffer?

What are "scrollback" and "scrollback buffer" in programs like bash and screen, and how do they relate to the tty, the programs being run, and stdin/ stdout/ stderr? Here is the only definition of "...
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Modifying Audio System Settings via console in OpenSUSE 13.1

My PC has an internal speaker and every time when I reboot linux, the output of the (integrated) sound card changes to this internal speaker. But I want to use my external speakers (via the green jack ...
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It seems like my inputrc file is being ignored by the terminal. When I hit ctrl+arrow it returns ;5C

This is my /etc/inputrc file. And I also have a ~/.inputrc file with the same content: set meta-flag on set input-meta on set convert-meta off set output-meta on $if mode=emacs "\e[1~": beginning-...
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Endless data loop from dev/ttyUSB while sending AT commands

I have problem sending AT commands to my USB modem. At first I tried php-serial class, but when i was reading data, I got endless loop with strange data. Then I tried to debug problem and opened putty ...
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How to read from another terminal?

I opened two terminals (/dev/pts/1 and /dev/pts/2) and started my application from /dev/pts/1. I want to read in real time from /dev/pts/2 but my code doesn't work: actually some of the symbols are ...
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How can I quickly check exactly how many columns my terminal has? [duplicate]

After window resizing, font size changes, etc., how can I easily and quickly check what is the current display width of my terminal?