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 do I execute a command if a drive is not mounted?

I am trying to create a shell script to mount a LUKS volume if it is not already mounted. The LUKS password will be in the shell script. The shell script is being stored in a encrypted folder so it is ...
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How can I use fdisk to create a ntfs partition on /dev/sdx?

I would like to know how to create a ntfs partition on /dev/sdx. I could not figure out if I should use partition type 7 86 or 87. What is the full list of commands to use?
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How can the read/write speed of a partition or drive be measured? [duplicate]

How can I preferable from the terminal measure the read and write speeds of /dev/sdx?
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What does root directory mean? [closed]

What does it means when they say "Move into the root directory of the kernel you wish to patch" please explain me in detail cause I'm new to this environment.
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Connect to a Bluetooth device via Terminal

I'm using Mint 15 w/ cinammon. I bought a set of bluetooth speakers and i'm tring to connect to them via terminal. Via GUI i can see them normally and i am connected to them. I want to make a small ...
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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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Making vim the default editor when I double click a file

When I run vim from the start menu, it opens up an xfce terminal window and runs vim. However, when I set vim to be my default text editor and double-click a file, it runs in xterm instead of the xfce ...
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Clear to end of line uses the wrong background color in screen

In ZSH prompt expansion, the command %E is supposed to "Clear to end of line." This works. We see it in the grey bar going all the way across. However, if I call "screen", the %E stops working: ...
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Clear to end of line uses the wrong background color in tmux

In ZSH prompt expansion, the command %E is supposed to "Clear to end of line." This works: However, it does not work in tmux: The issue seems to be with BCE (Background Color Erase). In screen, I ...
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Terminal based Norton Commander program

I am looking for a terminal-based file manager like the good old Norton Commander or Total Commander...but all I have found so far are graphical and hence don't run in terminal. Is there any?
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Scroll by line in terminal rather than by page Shift + PgUp

Is there a keyboard way to scroll the terminal by line the same way we scroll with mouse wheel? Shift+PgUp/PgDown give only by-page scrolling. I would like to scroll slowly as with mouse wheel. My ...
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How is sudo interrupted in xterm on Ctrl-C? [duplicate]

Please explain in detail (including tty related stuff) how is a sudo foreground process on a X terminal emulator actually killed on the Ctrl-C. See the following example please: $ sudo -u test_no_pw ...
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Can't exit i3 because no sensible terminal emulator is installed

I am trying to setup Arch Linux, and after getting the most basic stuff setup I installed and ran i3 with: pacman -S i3 dmenu xorg xorg-xinit startx It finally started, but I can't exit it. After ...
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“Friendly” terminal color names in shell scripts?

I'm aware of libraries in languages such as Ruby and Javascript to make colorizing your terminal scripts easier by using color names like "red". But is there something like this for shell scripts in ...
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common environment variable to set dark or light terminal background

I have written a number of debuggers that all can colorize source code text shown in a terminal session. They all understand that some terminals have a dark background and some have a light background ...
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CentOS 7 Encrypt a PDF

I've recently upgraded our server from CentOS 6 to CentOS 7 and I am having issues getting pdf encryption working on it. On CentOS 6 I installed libgcj and then the pdftk package. I could then ...
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bash: no job control in this shell

I have a minimal Linux system. init is /bin/bash, only bare minimum of libraries in /lib/, /dev/ is populated statically, no daemons running (no udev, ..) When bash starts, I get following error: ...
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Effect of $LANG on terminal

I'm trying to learn how the $LANG variable behaves with gnome-terminal (and its character encoding preference option). I've been using iso8859-1 (latin1) as my main character-set and all my filenames ...
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Set a ZSH shell variable using mintty?

I have configuration files that I use to make my PS1 fancy. The design depends on the presence of a particular font. If the font isn't present, the PS1 looks ugly. I share access to a webmaster ssh ...
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running commands from files [closed]

Let's say that I write some commands in a file let's say cmake although it doesn't need to be cmake run writing some commands in a text file. example filename: cmake_command cmake ...
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Take high quality screenshots of my terminal window

I'm writing a book and sometimes I must show some screenshots taken from my terminal window. Problem is they are not good for print, so I need to increase their quality (resolution). Is there any way ...
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Using Incrond Inotify but having issues with user groups/permissions

In the /etc/incron.allow I added both: root USER_1 Then I edited the incrontab so it looks like this: /var/www/laravel/public/js/main.js IN_MODIFY yui-compressor -o ...
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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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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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How to write a luit command that outputs a file

I need help formatting a luit command so I can write a file that I'm trying to fix the encoding for. What I have write now is luit -encoding gbk cat santi.txt, but I would like this to have the output ...
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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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Remnants of previously closed file displayed in terminal

On several Unix servers, I have seen below behavior: I list all the files using ls -lrt: 3 files are being shown up I open one of the files using vi editor I close the open file Now in some Unix ...
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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 ...
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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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Readline: Binding an ANSI escape sequence to a key

I would like to bind a key with bash / readline, to clear the bottom of my console screen. The ANSI sequence to clear the bottom of the screen is \e[J, so I tried to add the following line to my ...
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A command that takes a single numeric argument and prints out the day of the week based on the formula

days=('Sunday''Monday') days=('Tuesday''Wednesday') days=('Thursday''Friday') days=('Saturday') for numbers in "S@"; do if [ $numbers -ge 0 ]; then result=$(($numbers ...
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How to make vi work in single-user-mode?

When booting FreeBSD (I use 8.4-amd64) in single-user mode, mounting root filesystem in read/write mode and trying to vi some text file, I get all of this file's contents in one line. This makes vi ...
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generate new terminal (any) window from a script

I would like to run a script that detects the current terminal and generates a new terminal window, in the background, with a shell command (e.g. htop) I get the desired outcome at the command line: ...
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How work tunnel to gnome connection manager

Someone using gnome connection manager? (http://kuthulu.com/gcm/?module=home&lang=). I need setup the tunnel for connection but i don't understand how to configure, help please!
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Help with the PS and TTY?

I have this question for you guys: I execute on a different shell 'sleep 600'. I open a different terminal and I executed 'ps' to see my current process , however , I dint see any sleep process. I ...
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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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When I use zip, how can I display the overall progress without flooding the command line?

A fixed-length progress bar, a file or byte count, or better yet a timer showing the estimated time remaining would be ideal. zip's standard behavior seems to be to print a line for every file ...
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How to prevent random console output from breaking the terminal?

There are many questions on SE that show how to recover from terminal broken by cat /dev/urandom. For those that are unfamiliar with this issue - here what it is about: You execute cat /dev/urandom ...
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Script with nested for loops [closed]

This is the code and I need to display in the terminal like this way: (1,1) (1,2) (1,3) (1,4) (1,5) (2,1) (2,2) (2,3) (2,4) (2,5) (3,1) (3,2) (3,3) (3,4) (3,5) (4,1) (4,2) (4,3) (4,4) (4,5) but ...
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Silent GnuPG password request with bash commands

I'm trying to hide the "output" of a gnupg command, but it seems that it is always printed. the command is: echo "thisprogramwørks" | gpg -q --status-fd 1 --no-use-agent --sign --local-user D30BDF86 ...
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What terminal emulators support tmux control mode?

tmux has its control mode, activated with -CC, to allow the terminal emulator to control tmux. iTerm2 uses this to great effect for allowing tmux windows to appear as separate iTerm windows. Are ...
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Open remote BMC console and interact

I have a server running CentOS I will address as the master. I have been reading several solutions for different scenarios. However, I'm still having trouble grasping the idea of what is required to ...
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Bash file is unable to execute on linux terminal: Socket Programming

I have written some codes for socket programming namely socket and plug. To execute them together I am trying to use the below bash file but I get the following errors. I did execute the command ...
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How can I find the common name for a particular glyph?

Sometimes, I'd like to know the name of a glyph. For example, if I see −, I may want to know if it's a hyphen -, an en-dash –, an em-dash —, or a minus symbol −. Is there a way that I can copy-paste ...
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Open file with started vim from outside (in terminal)

I have a started vim. I suspended it (Ctrl+Z). So I was in terminal session and I would like to open some file with the same vim session (new tab). I can open the file in new vim session. Actually, ...
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How to see what accounts connected with ssh are running

Using the question here I can see the users connected with ssh. Is there a way to see (from terminal) what program the users connected with ssh are running? EDIT The ssh users are running commands as ...
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What really is bash? (or any linux shell) [duplicate]

I understand bash as a window where I can type commands to linux. Reading the wikipedia, I've learned that there were various shell applications throughout the history. First, I understood bash as ...
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access to ttyusb0 as normal user

I am trying to access a serial device, which is attached as: "/dev/ttyUSB0". crw-rw---- 1 root dialout 188, 0 Nov 29 15:45 ttyUSB0 For that I created a new udev rule: SUBSYSTEM=="tty", ...
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What is the right way to consistently mangle bash terminal?

I'm on OSX 10.11.1 and occasionally my bash terminal gets mangled. It often happens when I accidentally cat a binary file. The result can be seen on the image below. The output becomes weird, and I ...
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Linux Mint partition doesn't appear in Disk Util (El Capitan).

i have two problems here! I'm pretty new to dual booting on OS X, I'm trying to dual boot with Linux Mint. I've gone through all the recommended route of dual booting. I started with mounting the ...