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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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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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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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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What are the responsibilities of each Pseudo-Terminal (PTY) component (software, master side, slave side)?

I am trying to figure out how a tty works1 (the work-flow and responsibilities of each elements). I have read several interesting articles about it, but there are still some blurry areas. This is ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Backlight powersaving: Working in X11, but backlight does not turn off on virtual terminal. Gentoo, Asus EeePC 1015bx

I'm facing a puzzling issue on my laptop, an Asus EeePC 1015bx, which has an AMD C-60 APU and is running Gentoo. Although the screen powersave functions are working in X11, the backlight does not ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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set tab color in a tabbed terminal emulator

I would like to set in my terminal emulator (i.e. gnome-terminal) the color of the tabs like in the osx's terminal emulator. Is there this feature in any of the linux terminal emulator plethora? ...
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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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Create clickable links in terminal

It's possible to create grep-command results file names like a link - for open editor? I want click to filenames in grep result and open my editor with selected line $ grep "mServiceIntent" -R ./src/ ...
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Uninstalling *.run file

I just installed a file called SenchaCmd-4.0.2.67-linux-x64.run by executing the following code: ./SenchaCmd-4.0.2.67-linux-x64.run Due to a problem I describe in detail here, I decided to ...
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Command to restore filesystem to state after installation of the OS

How can I wipe all the changes to the filesystem since installing the OS? It's not that I want to destroy the files because they contain sensitive data or anything like that; I just want to start over ...
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Host name on terminal changes when I connect internet : why?

[acme@localhost ~]$ su Password: [root@localhost acme]# Now I connect internet and I get the following: [root@localhost acme]# exit exit [root@localhost acme]# su [root@dhcppc9 acme]# Edit ...
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Why do we need so many terminal emulator packages and what is their use?

This is something that has been so confusing to me for a long time. I am using Linux but I have gaps in my understanding of certain aspects and one is about the terminal. As I came to understand it ...
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How exactly is a Linux desktop/device/display expressed in a terminal?

My plan is to use vpxenc (video encoder) and flac (audio encoder) to record the screen/microphone, but I'm stopped short of entering the input (file) in the command line. How can I exactly address a ...
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Pipe all input and output of terminal to file

I do not know if this is even possible or not, but in an attempt to keep track of many changes I am about to make to my system I want to track all input I type and all output from a terminal I'm ...
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Passing escape sequences to shells within ansi-term in Emacs

In a regular terminal (e.g. iTerm2 on OS X) I can connect to a database, e.g. > psql .... and then, as I type my command in psql, e.g. $ select foo from bar I can move around (as I type psql ...
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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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UTF-8 in Terminator

I use the Terminator terminal emulator, and out of pure boredom, I installed and attempted to run this program: https://github.com/thiderman/doge However, it requires UTF-8 encoding to work. I opened ...
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Zenity refuses to work in background

I'm trying to create a background bash script which creates a popup in certain circumstances, however, my code only works when run manually in a terminal (e.g. not in the background). I've tried ...
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Include colouring in GNU ls time-style

I know, I can specify custom time format for ls like this ls -lAF --time-style="+ %Y-%b-%d %H:%M:%S" --color=always but I would like to "smuggle in" colors inside the time format. For example, I ...
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Mac 10.9.1 // Gerris installation //

I am trying to install Gerris . The website is : http://gfs.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Mac_OSX_Installation I followed the instructions. But I could not install Gerris Dependencies. I installed ...
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Slow terminal print out

Just installed (netinstall) debian wheezy on a second machine newer machine however the terminal print out is noticeable slower than on the old machine although the new have faster CPU, RAM and HDD ...
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remotely connecting to Unix from Mac to use Gerris simulation

I am trying to run a simple file on Gerris software (is like gnu) on a remote Unix machine. I moved the simulation file written in nano into remote machine say dps11. samires-mbp:~ samirebalta$ nano ...