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 tell echo/printf in Bash to swallow escape codes, based on a condition?

I have a Bash script that is being run interactively and as a cron job. When run interactively it outputs colored text on the terminal. However, when run in cron it doesn't have a terminal and ...
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Make terminal print name of parent process OSX [closed]

Slightly above n00b, but not by much. I made an alias to search for and display all of the processes associated with a specific user account that seem to auto initiate every time I log in, which are ...
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Using globbing/wildcards when Opening Files from Terminal

I have a folder A. Inside the folder, there are some files a,b,c,d and there is a subfolder, B, containing files e,f,g. Suppose I want to open files a,b,c,d: then I just type xdg-open *. However, ...
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Open a text file in a terminal and auto-refresh it whenever it is changed

How do I open a text file in a terminal with instant auto-refresh every time it is changed? I've looked at vim with :set autoread, but it requires some elementary input (such as a keypress inside ...
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Logging interactive input and output without capturing all typed input and control characters

I am trying to log output from an interactive command-line program; units, specifically. I have tried using tee like this: units | tee units.log or script like this: script -c units units.log ...
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How to change permissions from root user to all users?

I created a folder on the command line as the root user. Now I want to edit it and its contents in GUI mode. How do I change the permissions on it to allow me to do this?
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Using Pipeline to Direct Files to Program that Opens Them

I have a Music folder, in which I have some music tracks, which aren't organized too well. Thus, if I want to find a particular track, I usually type: ls Music | grep <keyword>, where ...
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ssh (remote console) between 2 computers from different private networks

I have two computers. Both of them are from different private networks. I'd like to connect from one of them to another (to program on it remotely). I attempted to use some remote desktop software ...
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Is it possible to control xterm (or specifically a process that xterm has started) from another process?

If I start a process with xterm like this (where omxplayer is the process xterm is starting): xterm -fullscreen -fg black -bg black -e omxplayer -o hdmi -r %f Is it possible for me to write to ...
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Linux shell - Sending messages to another user

Is there any command to send messages through the Linux shell to other people on the same network? I'm using write user and then write the message itself. But there's any command that doesn't show my ...
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Can I set a bash timeout only for virtual consoles (ctrl+alt+{f1-f6})

I know that I can set a TMOUT variable to automatically end a bash session after a specified period of inactivity. However, what I want is to apply that only to my 6 built-in virtual consoles, which ...
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'who --message' -> which message?

I found the following in man who: -T, -w, --mesg add user's message status as +, - or ? --message same as -T --writablesame as -T So looked up info who and found -w -T --mesg --message ...
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Unexpected output after switch to root

Does somebody know, why I get -ne (probably param from echo from section of setting PROMPT_COMMAND line 23) after I switch to root? Here is my /etc/bashrc. Bash 3.2.51, OS X 10.9 ...
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Trying to login-in in the Ubuntu tty

I am having some trouble starting the recently upgraded Ubuntu. So, I try to boot in recovery mode, and start a terminal (with Ctrl + Alt + F1). However, when the terminal starts, I get the prompt ...
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Specify rows/columns of a fullscreen X terminal?

For presentations it would be convenient to have a X terminal which supports following workflow: make it fullscreen specify how many columns/rows should be displayed -> the terminal then ...
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Terminal: Use different command on previous file

I know that there is the !! command to reuse the previous command. How would one reuse the file or directory specified in the previous command but use a different command on it? Example: I want to ...
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Ubuntu- How do I change clock speed from terminal? [duplicate]

The title of this question pretty much says it all. What command or program do I need to run in order to change the clock speed to a specific value I want? For example, I'm looking for something like ...
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terminal: displaying special characters

In some programs, such as htop the lines and frames are not displayed correctly. Instead, they are displayed as - and /. But on another machine, they are displayed correctly as proper lines: I ...
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How do I reload ~/.dir_colors?

I copied /etc/DIR_COLORS to ~/.dir_colors because /etc/DIR_COLORS.xterm was being used and colours in ls --color=auto were too dark. Now, how do I get this file to take effect immediately? (i.e. ...
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Why this sort command gives me an empty file? [duplicate]

prova1 is a file with some text. When I run this code prova1 become empty: sort prova1 > prova1 I know that to achieve the effect I can do: sort prova1 -o prova1 I would just know the reason ...
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Keyboard shortcut glossary for terminal apps

I would like to be able to fire up any terminal app (including ones I've never used) and see, on my second monitor (which is actually a second iPad running a terminal emulator) a glossary of keyboard ...
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talkd doesn't print a message

I wanted to use talk with my brother (we both have Debian jessie). So i installed inetutils-inetd, inetutils-talk, and inetutils-talkd. Now i wanted to try wether it works. So i created a testuser ...
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Is there something like a lorem ipsum generator?

Is there something like a 'lorem ipsum generator'? I know it exists in Latex, and even in LibreOffice, but I'm looking for a terminal command. I would like to type something like loremipsum 10 ...
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No Login on created on tty2 to 6

On my Debian Linux no Login is possible on terminals 2 to 6. Login on 1 works fine, xorg-session with XDM and awesome wm works, too. The Error Message shown on these 5 screens is: ...
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python3 traceback error

Whenever I mistype any command in terminal instead of getting Error:Command not found I get this python message error Traceback (most recent call last): File "/usr/lib/python3.3/site.py", line ...
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Idle terminal safe character

I'm using iTerm2 on a Mac to do Linux work. In order to avoid losing terminal connections, I turned on "When idle, sent Ascii code". The default is 0. This works like a charm to keep connections ...
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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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gdb debugging in Terminal OS X (10.8.5) with zsh - zsh doesn't know gdb

For my studies I have to run a binary unix-program called bomb with gdb. Some time ago I followed the steps on ...
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how to make less -S not take up the entire screen

suppose I have this: cat new_file.txt | less -FRSX Then suppose I press the right button in order to scroll to the right This will cause the contents of new_file.txt to move to the top of the ...
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Is it possible to show mathematical symbols in the terminal?

I want to do some program that can help me to check scientific formulars via terminal. It is possible or not if i want to show mathematical symbols (e.g. integral, diff Greek's Alphabets) on Linux's ...
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Linux Mint XFCE, command to launch menu

What is the command that launches the whisker menu in the Linux Mint xfce edition. For another distribution that used xfce it was xfce4-popup-whisker menu but that doesn't seem to work. I would like ...
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Detect if running in a virtual terminal?

I'd like to autologin to tty1 on login and then use vlock to lock it. How can I detect from Bash if the current terminal is a console virtual terminal (e.g. tty1), so that I can put the vlock line ...
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how can we know which pts in /dev/pts mapping to which ip address?

Can anyone explain , how can we detect which ssh session belong to which ip address using /dev/pts directory ?
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Search text in command output on a PuTTY terminal

I would like to know how to search particular text on the terminal. If I do cat of log files, I would like to find certain words like job or summary so that I don't have to read through the entire log ...
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How is replaceable text shown in a terminal? [duplicate]

For example after doing apt-get update, it shows Reading package lists... 82% with the percentage changing in the same line. How is that achieved? Is it possible to use it in a bash script?
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Renaming a Hard Drive

I have a secondary internal HDD to store auxiliary data. I want to give it a better name. How do I do it?
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How do I store long hostnames list for SSH quick usage?

I have an SSH access to a lot of servers. And all that hostnames (and sometimes usernames) are long and hard to remember. Also even if I tweak my Terminal to keep eternal bash history, the using of ...
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Mosh: Retain backscroll beyond terminal window height

I'm experimenting using Mosh instead of raw SSH for remote shell connections. So far I like it, but I've become used to being able to page-up or scroll through backscroll in my terminal window to see ...
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Can't apply brightness to terminal's background color

I have a problem with colors in my terminal emulator. I am using LXTerminal as my terminal emulator and LXDE as my desktop environment. The following command is supposed to print red text on grey ...
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How to restore from a scrambled screen?

My screen is scrambled while reading some unexpected chars, It happens in a local tty, so logging out won't help. Any ideas? Hopefully I don't have to reboot
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What is stored in /dev/pts files and can we open them?

I am curious to know that what is stored in /dev/pts/ files. Can we open these files? According to my knowledge, /dev/pts files are created for ssh or telnet sessions.
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Keeping sudo authentication with gnome-terminal (zsh)

Can sudo sessions be shared across tabs of gnome-terminal, so that once I use sudo in one tab, I won't have to re-enter my password every time I open another tab and use sudo?
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Which terminal type am I using?

I have tested this with both Ubuntu 12.04 and Debian 7. When I do echo $TERM I get xterm But if I use the dropdown menu "help" > "about" then it says gnome terminal 3.4.1.1. Does this mean I am ...
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Getting IO privileges in Linux

I have installed flashrom software. When i try to run sudo flashrom command it gives me "Could not get I/O privileges (Operation not permitted). You need to be root" error. Also I tried su command to ...
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bash PS1 256 colors with bold

I want to list all colors that I can use in bash console. And after it I want to set my prompt to be bold and orange like color. I'm using this to do listing color codes for me: for code in {0..255}; ...
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How does less know the terminal resolution?

Everytime someone set a different size for a virtual console, less recognize window-resolution (I'm assuming that ...); according to that it changes how many lines of text it should visualize. How ...
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how to access root terminal in kali linux

I am currently using Kali Linux but I have a problem. In my Kali OS, when I open root terminal then it simply starts a normal terminal. I cannot access root terminal. When I update my root terminal ...
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A program that runs in a shell (e.g. pine) vs. a shell script

Having a bit of trouble finding the answer to my question, perhaps because I may be asking the wrong question. I understand bash scripts. I write them all the time to do little helpful things ...
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List of 'if' switches anywhere? [closed]

Is there a list of all the if switches for use in bash scripting? Sometimes I see someone using it and I wonder what the switch they're using actually does. Example is the -z in this one. I know how ...
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Scrot command - how to save only thumbnail

I'm using scrot to take screenshots from terminal. However when I want to generate thumbnailed version using parameter -t, I got two files: screenshot.png and screenshot-thumbnail.png. How can I ...