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 can I get weechat to signal gnome-terminal on a highlight?

When using a terminal based client like weechat, weechat does not signal the terminal letting the user know that they have been highlighted. How can this be done? I would like my terminal to blink ...
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How to unfreeze after accidentally pressing Ctrl-S in a terminal?

It's a situation that has happened quite often to me: after I press (with a different intention) Ctrl-S in a terminal, the interaction (input or output) with it is frozen. It's probably a kind of ...
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How can I program vncserver to automatically setup my shells for me?

I use VNC to connect to a hosted machine. Whenever I start a VNC server at some port and connect to it, I first need to setup my shells for me - 5 of them in a particular configuration that I like and ...
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supress error messages sent to console?

How can I suppress error messages sent to a console? On: Ubuntu? Fedora? Debian? CentOS? RedHat?
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'less' width issues

I'm connecting to my Linux boxes (primarily Debian Squeeze) using Putty for Windows. Whenever I run a 'less' command, e.g. on an aptitude search, less truncates the listing to much less than my ...
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Dynamically reformatting man pages on terminal dimension changes

One common workflow of mine is to open a manual page in a terminal, then another terminal in which to test things. The man page is formatted to the initial dimensions of the first terminal. When I now ...
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delete line in vi

How can I delete a line in VI? Here what I am doing right now: Open up the terminal alt + ctrl + t vi a.txt I move my cursor to the line which I wan to delete, then what key-combination is should ...
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why does my emacs whitespace mode add “” to my buffer?

I'm using Putty to ssh into a RedHat box, and I'm running GNU emacs inside the putty ssh window. When I turn on whitespace-mode using M-x whitespace mode, I notice I see a "Â" before each space or ...
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Unix Shell and colours

Can any one please help me understand this code snippet that I found in .profile file echo -en "\e[32;44m $(hostname) \e[m";echo -e "\e[m"
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change terminal title

I want to make a shell alias that starts a certain program and also changes the title of the terminal to the name of the program. How can I do that? In case it matters, I am running the terminal on ...
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Reverse control-code look up for terminals

My understanding is that terminals often use ANSI control-codes to represent non-alphanumeric character sequences. For example, when editing .inputrc for Bash in Linux, it's easy to find code ...
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Terminal and web browser combination

I often use only two applications, terminal and web browser. I like the tmux application which enables to split a terminal window into more regions. I noticed that I can open lynx in another region ...
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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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Overriding the shade of color displayed

I have to work on systems which display some colors that are hard to read. I ssh into these systems, but don't have management permission to change the colors they display. Is there any way I can ...
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Encoding changed after running cat

After running cat on some files I get the infamous 'bushes': ␌⎺└⎻⎼␊⎽⎽␊␍ ├▒⎼ °␋┌␊. B␊├├␊⎼ ┤⎽␊ ├▒⎼'⎽ ≥ which I believe are result of encoding being changed. Is there any way to recover the terminal ...
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Output from ls has newlines but displays on a single line. Why?

I think I may be overlooking a relatively fundamental point regarding shell. Output from the ls command by default separates output with newlines, but the shell displays the output on a single line. ...
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Shell console clearing

Is there a way to clear up what is displayed on the shell console (in ubuntu linux) in just a single key or two? When I get flood of lines from grep and that exceeds the height of the window, I want ...
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How to redirect tty1 to an X11 (KDE) Konsole shell?

I would like to see what is going on at tty1 - the console I was booting from - while I am now on tty7 running X11 with KDE4, without switching back to tty1 (Ctrl+Alt+F1). I would like to see it ...
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How to write the output of live-f1 into a file

I opened terminal and ran live-f1 which displays live feed in terminal (text) that changes every second. Only "Enter" key can be used while this program is running (it exits that program). So you ...
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How to check if bash can print colors

I want to know if there's any way to check if my program can output terminal output using colors or not. Running commands like less and looking at the output from a program that outputs using ...
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Setting a Multi-Terminal Linux Server

So Im a complete newb when it comes to enterprise level linux distros, and linux servers in general. I know my way around Most Linux Desktops, but Im going to be setting up a small Linux Server that ...
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How to change title in gnome-terminal profile

I know how to load a specific terminal profile as well as loading a config file that the terminal reads, but every time I try to set the title and save the config file, it still returns to the ...
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Is it possible to transfer a running process to your terminal? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I pause up a running process over ssh, disown it, associate it to a new screen shell and unpause it? It is fairly easy to disown a process, or make it run ...
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Make diff Use Full Terminal Width in Side-by-Side Mode

Most applications are smart about using the full width of the terminal available to them. My shell does, screen, vim, etc. However, diff in side-by-side mode (-y), does not. This angers me. It uses ...
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Why is Vim eating up Ctrl when used with Ctrl+v and how to fix it?

I'm using Vim /etc/zsh/zshrc to add key bindings for zsh because it doesn't work with inputrc. In my terminal with tmux when I type Ctrl+v then Ctrl+LeftArrow the shell will show ^[OD. However, when ...
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Can a Gnome Terminal profile use UTF-8 by default?

I am on an Ubuntu (I think) system. I don't have root, so I can't change the locale. I want to make my default terminal profile use UTF-8 by default. There should be a way to do this, either in the ...
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Git Server Bash and SSH

I want to use Git over SSH with my Linode VPS running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. Instructions seem pretty easy, in fact given I had already setup my SSH key etc.. All I had to do was instruct my local ...
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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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How can I close a terminal without killing its children (without running `screen` first)?

sometimes I run an app in the gnome-terminal, but then I suddenly have to restart gnome or something. I guess the answer to the question is also useful then I want to disconnect from SSH where ...
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Why curl -O -C on mac fails to download

The following script works on Ubuntu, but not on Mac. Why? How to edit it so that it would work there too? #!/bin/sh v=1.1 test_file="Test10.java" jar_file="dp4j-$v-jar-with-dependencies.jar" curl ...
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Disable screen blanking on text console

I'm running linux clusters, mostly on SLES10. The servers are mostly blades, accessed via remote console. There is a real console in the server room, but switched off. I would like to disable the ...
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Remapping caps-lock to escape, and menu to compose, on the linux console

When running X I use a .xmodmaprc to remap certain keys thusly: ! Make it so that both Caps Lock and Escape do Escape clear Lock keysym Caps_Lock = Escape ! Remap the menu key as Compose keysym Menu ...
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screen + vim — Any way to automatically set screen window name to open vim filename?

I have a pretty nice screen rc file that shows me the open screen windows almost like tabs at the bottom of the terminal. Currently the windows are named according to my prompt which is not so useful. ...
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How to split the terminal into more than one “view”?

From vi, if you issue the command :sp, the screen splits into two "views", allowing you to edit more than one file from the same terminal. Along those same lines, is there a way to have multiple ...
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terminal - having “$” instead of MyComputer:~ me$

Right now in my MacOS X terminal I have MyComputer:~ me$ before all the commands. In some videos I saw they have just $ - that's much less clutter, how is it done?
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Select/Paste Word-Wrap on X-Based Terminals

Is there a sure-fire method to cut & paste word-wrap on X-based terminals? That is, if I select, then paste via button-3, if the text goes to the end of the line and wraps, the paste assumes ...
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Restarting X in CentOS 5

I went to a CentOS terminal, and someone was logged in doing work. I hit Ctrl+Alt+F2 to try to get to my own session so I could check something. When I hit Ctrl+Alt+F1 to get back, X did not come back ...
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Scrolling through ls output without a mouse

In some directories there are quite a few files. When I use ls the output is more than my terminal can handle. Typically I just use one of the following: ls | less ls | more depending on my mood. ...
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vim - but with scrolling, clickable text, and copy-paste

I like vim. I think touching mice is dirty. But sometimes when my hand is already on a mouse, it sure would be nice to be able to scroll the text or click a location in the text and have the cursor ...
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Dtach and Vim over Ssh: Reattach Session

I connected to my server: $ ssh me@example.com While in the server, I open a dtach session with vim: $ dtach -c \tmp\my-dtach-session-pipe vim Then my ssh session dies. I attempt to go back to ...
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Can I spawn a new terminal that is a clone of the current terminal?

So let's say I'm developing code in directory /asdf/qwer/dfgh/wert/asdf/qwer and I've added about three more directories like that to my path and I have a bunch of arcane environment variables set. ...
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GNU Screen: new window name change

I can change the name of a window with Ctrl-a Shift-a. Instead of editing several window names by hand, is there a way to have them automatically named after the current directory?
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How can I turn the behavior of `gedit something & disown` into the default behavior when calling gedit from the command line?

When I gedit files from the command line, it's always locking the terminal, and I'm tired of explicitly commanding a detached process for it. I tried to alias gedit as something like gedit $* & ...
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Can I set my local machine's terminal colors to use those of the machine I ssh into?

I have a color scheme that I like for when I'm in a terminal, but I ssh into the machine I work on from multiple sources (locally, PuTTY, my netbook, etc.) and I want to maintain the same color scheme ...
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What protocol/standard is used by terminals?

I was wondering how the "GUI" of a command line application is communicated over a network. Most of the time, it's quite simple (plain text / input) but sometimes it's more complex (aptitude). Is it ...
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What is the concept behind “tty” in linux?

Where did the terminology "tty" come from in Linux?
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How do I jump to the next or previous word with CTRL + arrow keys in a console?

In terminal emulation applications, pressing CTRL + Left / Right arrows jumps from one word to the previous or next one. Is it possible to have the same functionality in a Linux console, whether it is ...
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Is it possible to boot an x86 Linux kernel using both 80x25 text mode consoles and VESA framebuffer consoles?

The Linux kernel documents that you can choose to boot Linux with VESA framebuffer consoles instead of the default 80x25 text mode consoles. For text application testing purposes, one may need both ...
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How do I permanently increase the font size in mrxvt?

The Ctrl+= hotkey increases the font size for the current session in mrxvt. What configuration option will increase the font size permanently?
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rxvt and Inconsolata (a font)

Is it possible to use the rxvt terminal emulator with Inconsolata? Is it possible to use any TrueType fonts with rxvt? I'd like to use rxvt but would love to use my own fonts.