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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htop displays incorrectly on different vps

When I use "htop" command for linux (+F5), layout on 2 my vps different: Why on my first server I see broken tree?
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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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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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Function key mappings in telnet session to Universe Application

Our client uses Termtek terminals to connect to their Universe platform. More terminals needed and we can't get any. The alternative is to get winboxes and run wintegrate or try and get a Linux ...
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Why using cat on binary files messed up the terminal and how?

If I understand correctly the cat manual: concatenate files and print on the standard output cat will take files as argument and print them on standard output. What I don't get is if I use the ...
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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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vim and tmux on the same line

I would like to figure out a way to get my vim statusline and tmux statusline on the same line if such a thing is possible and not immensely difficult (ideally, the vim prompt, or whatever it's called ...
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In OS X Darwin, why can I interfere with text input across user sessions using cat?

OS X Darwin: Disrupting Terminal Sessions Across User Identities How, in Brief: with cat < /dev/ttys_, in Terminal. My Question This OS X 10.9.2 Darwin behaviour seems odd to me, and I would ...
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Booting from command line

I have a desktop version of #! installed on my laptop. I am quite new to Linux, but learning more everyday. I would like to know if it is possible to choose on start-up to boot into the Desktop, as ...
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How can I get `cacafire` to show up in the original gnome-terminal, instead of a separate window?

If I am in a Linux virtual terminal (pressing Control-Alt-F1 on Ubuntu), and I use the command cacafire, I get the flames inside the actual terminal. However, if I am in the gnome environment, and I ...
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Why Putty inserting ~ into my Fedora bash shell

Recently while working in Putty logged into my Fedora system I have started getting random ~ characters on my shell. Additionally, while I am editing in VIM I'll have characters randomly change to ...
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Terminal Root Command Warning

Is it possible to write a script (or change some file) in order to warn the user that they are using a command that is normally reserved for root? And if so, how? I'm currently the administrator of ...
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Center Mutt pager horizontally

Is there a way to horizontally center emails when reading them in a larger terminal using mutt? I'm not interested in centered justification of the text in the email, but I am interested in forcing ...
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Can't terminate PHP daemon process

I've started a PHP daemon process via SSH with php ./my-script.php --daemon Now I want to quit this process, but I can't. It's still active in the foreground of my shell and I've hit CTRL + C ...
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Can zsh access the stdout of last run program?

I often use find or locate to find out about paths. (~) locate foobar.mmpz /home/progo/lmms/projects/foobar.mmpz The next step is often to open or otherwise manipulate the files. In a happy case ...
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key bindings table?

Do we have a key bindings table that translates all the various ways of referring to a key press? I'm using zsh, but I presume that if there was such a table it would work for any shell. The reason I ...
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How to have longer key bindings for stty

If I want to have more than 2 key sequence for binding to the suspend signal, how would I do that? To clarify, Ctrlz is for suspending. But if I want Ctrlz and a k with the previous 2 keys depressed ...
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Connect to pseudoterminal (same user) from lost session [duplicate]

I was running several large processes at once, and my PC froze (I suspect due to heat, its a laptop, and the fan was at maximum for several minutes just prior to locking up). The mouse cursor moved, ...
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How to clear terminal completely?

When we use clear command or Ctrl+L in terminal, it clears terminal but we can still scroll back to view the last used commands. Is there a way to completely clear the terminal?
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Start scrolling command prompt when filled until a particular fraction

I'm using the default terminal command prompt on Ubuntu 12.04. When I'm doing something on the prompt (as opposed to editing in VI) the scrolling starts when the text reaches bottom of the screen. I ...
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How to find out the escape sequence my keyboards sends to terminal?

Let's say we have a generic keyboard with some unknown keys which may send escape sequences to terminal. The keyboard is connected to an xterm terminal emulator running on a generic BSD/Linux. To ...
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How to show console color in Emacs shell

When I run a command by smart-compile, I get string like this. [32mYour bundle is complete![0m [32mIt was installed into ./vendor/bundle[0m I think [32m and [0m represent color in console. Is ...
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What is the exact difference between a 'terminal', a 'shell', a 'tty' and a 'console'?

I think these terms almost refer to the same thing, when used loosely: terminal shell tty console What exactly does each of these terms refer to?
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Copy & paste in a terminal without SHIFT

In all terminal emulators that I know of, Ctrl is used for sending control codes such as Ctrl+C and Ctrl+Z. On most systems this conflicts with common keyboard shortcuts. Thus on all those systems ...
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Command-line editing vim style [duplicate]

I recently discovered terminal's feature, you can set the keys emacs or vi style I prefer the second. so if you do set -o vi You can use k j l h keys to navigate on the command line. And you can ...
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How do I temporarily make Weechat's message area “full width” like irssi?

Coming from irssi, I'm used to being able to copy and paste messages from the message view of my terminal (PuTTY) running irssi with relative ease without having hard wraps on the text. This works ...
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Ctrl-space not getting through ssh

I am on windows 8 using GIT bash to access a remote server via ssh. When I press Ctrl+Space in emacs running locally in console (emacs -nw), everything works as expected. However, when going over ssh, ...
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How to send/receive Messages on RFCOMM Terminal

I have connected to another Bluetooth device via RFCOMM. Now i want to send/receive Messages, but just typing them into the Console won't send them.. where to do that?
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What does a bash sequence '\033[999D' mean and where is it explained?

I have come across bash sequences such as \033[999D and \033[2K\r which are used to do some manipulation on a printout on a terminal. But what do these sequences mean? Where can I find a list/summary ...
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Del key in AIX ksh over PuTTY telnet

At the place where I work we're developing under AIX with ksh and connecting to it via telnet. Most people use ArcTel to connect, while I prefer PuTTY. The only problem I have with PuTTY is that the ...
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How to automatically record all your terminal sessions with script utility

What I want to achieve is be able to record my terminal sessions to file automatically whenever I use Yakuake/Konsole. It's easy to achieve if at the start of my session I do: script -f ...
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logname not working under X session

I would like to find out the name of the user at the end of a sudo-chain. The exact tool for this is logname or also who am i works as well. My problem is that while over SSH or tty1 (Ctrl+Alt+F1) ...
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unable to open openmpi ? Terminal / OSX 10.9.1

Hi I am trying to simulate an example of a software using terminal on OSx 10.9.1. When I execute examples the terminal said Bus error:10 and some errors abput openmpi. I downloaded Openmpi versions ...
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What drawbacks does xterm has?

Why there are so many terminal emulators claim that they were designed to replace 'xterm'? What disadvantages does xterm has? Tell me as simply as you can,a few words is enough,I don't want to read ...
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Zsh: Automatically modify executed command

I've recently installed grc (generic colorizer) to my system via MacPorts, giving me the ability to get colorized output for plenty of commands which by default don't support it (see screenshot ...
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How to change the cursor theme in CLI?

I want to change the cursor to be block-shaped. All applications (nano,vi,vim,…) should should have a square-style cursor like the picture above.
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How to change a font/background color in transparent windows?

When you select something, the color of the selection usually changes to the font color, and the font color is being set to backgroud color. So, if you have a black background in a terminal, and the ...
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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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What linux server settings allow my long running processes to keep running after the terminal is closed/terminated?

In previous jobs and experiences, I used screen or nohup to run my long running jobs from my terminal screen. Most, if not all of my previous jobs' servers dropped you if it didn't detect any ...
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Clear old prompt lines in bash to save scroll space

My terminal theme used to be like this, But I thought the prompt wasted so much space. And later I got an idea that I could clean the prompt every time I ran a command. I was using bash, one of ...
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Repeating a text-output terminal command, in a scrollable ncurses-like interface?

man ps says: If you want a repetitive update of the selection and the displayed information, use top(1) instead. ... however, in some cases, I don't like the output of top - I would instead like ...
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How can I pipe commands to any terminal?

I often use more than one terminal (or terminal emulator) at a time; and while in X I can copy-paste commands, besides not being very practical, it obviously does not work on the real TTY. The first ...
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Which process is occupying a certain pseudo terminal pts/X?

On Linux: Normally pseudo terminals are allocated one after the other. Today I realized that even after a reboot of my laptop the first opened terminal window (which was always pts/0 earlier) ...
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Cat and Less give different output

I executed the following command # top > /home/user/top_output.txt Nothing Happened for a while and then i pressed Ctrl+C. When i checked the file that was created, it had the contents in it. So ...
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Why 'echo $0' gives different result for two different terminals?

I opened a terminal on Ubuntu using Ctrl+Alt+T and a different terminal by going to a directory and then right clicking and choosing "Open in Terminal". I did an echo $0 in both cases. In the ...
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Why the duplications in the command line output

Entering the following command prints duplicates as shown below. Not all lines print twice but some do. What gives? XXXX:~ XXXX$ man -k pid pid(ntcl) - Retrieve process identifiers ...
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What's the problem with terminals vs colors?

I'm a long time linux/unix user, as almost anyone working with this kind of OSs I use the terminal or a terminal emulator a lot, but I never understood why it's so hard for any GNU/Linux distribution ...
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Incrementing a variable each time the system boots up

The idea is to initialize a variable and set it to 0. Then create a script that executes on boot and increments that variable by 1 each time the system boots up again. Sounds simple enough right?
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How to merge two files with different number of rows in shell?

I have file1 like this: CHR SNP TEST A1 A2 GENO O(HET) E(HET) P 0 AFFX-SNP-000541 ALL 0 0 0/0/0 ...
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Bash script for copying text currently entered to prompt

I'm trying to minimize using of mouse. Copying text in terminal is the mostly inconvenient activity for mouse avoiding. Now, tmux helping me to obtain this purpose. However, I regularly needs to copy ...