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 repeat the last command without using the arrow keys?

I know I can use Up to iterate through previous commands. Running the last command simply involves Up+Enter. However, I was thinking of buying the Happy Hacking Keyboard as I spend a lot of time in ...
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Installing Steam on Debian Wheezy

I downloaded the .deb file from the steam website, but couldn't install it as it complained about having and "outdated" version of libc6. I look around and apparently I have to add jessie sources to ...
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How to append multiple lines to a file with bash

I am writing a bash script to look for a file if it doesn't exist then create it and append this to it: Host localhost ForwardAgent yes So "line then new line 'tab' then text" I think its a ...
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Using VI keys to edit shell commands in UNIX

I used to have a co-worker who was really good at UNIX. He showed me how to use Vi key bindings to edit my shell commands. He placed the command in a file that ran every time I logged in. Since ...
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X11 Path Issues and Confusion for Installed Packages

I am using GMT (generic mapping tools) and SAC (Seismic Analysis Code), and each use X11 (or XQuartz on 10.9.4 Mavericks) to display graphics. When I want to display postscript using ghostview, I get ...
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Fix terminal title after SSH remote logging to another machine

right now I am using an one-line perl code to change titles of my terminal bars, print("\e]0;@ARGV\7"); but every time after I ssh to another remote machine, the title will be modified by the host ...
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Vintage terminal for Ubuntu

So I have just been introduced to Cathode for OSX and I am completely fascinated by how classic it looks with it's 1970s retro style. Does anyone know of any programs/packages I can download to get my ...
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How can I recreate a VT100 environment and connect an Esprit 250C Terminal?

I have an Esprit 250c Modular Color RS/232 Terminal "Intelligence Unit" ( overview here, and pdf of features here ) I would like to make it work as a text-based tty terminal, maybe VT100 as it ...
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Is it possible to change what tty a terminal emulator is connected to?

If I have a terminal emulator (say, xterm) by default it connects to a pseudoterminal like /dev/pts/3 What I would like to know is if it is possible to connect it directly to, say, tty1? Could I ...
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Poor TTY resolution with nVidia driver

The resolution of the TTY1-6 is poor ~ 640×480 Ubuntu 11.10 | Grub2 | nVidia | NVIDIA GT215 Board I went through the process on this site and after the edit the GRUB menu appears in the correct ...
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Using X11 Displays through Terminal.app commands : generic mapping tools

I am trying to figure out why I can't use ghostscript or ghostview (or any other X11 applications) when I try to call them in the Terminal. I am using bash, and I also used Fink to get the packages I ...
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is there a pastebin service that supports terminal escape sequences?

Is there a pastebin service that supports colors? I understand some of them have syntax hilighting, but I'd like to do arbitrary coloring, preferably using the terminal escape sequences. Example, i'd ...
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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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logging session with 'script' - how later read it?

I log my terminal session with script. As we know, it contains all characters that were send to terminal, including control ones, like backspaces etc. This makes output file a kind of unreadable, ...
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How to draw a single pixel in a terminal?

Until now I used characters to draw images, shapes etc in a terminal. Is it possible to draw a single pixel? Let's say: foo 1 1 red This will draw a red pixel at the coordinate (1, 1). Is there ...
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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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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 can I clear another tty from C? [migrated]

In a terminal I can clear another terminal by running: echo -e "\033\0143" > /dev/pts/14 However, if I try this from my C program by doing: system("echo -e '\033\0143' > /dev/pts/14"); it ...
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How safe is it to cat an arbitrary file?

Sometimes when I cat a binary file by mistake, my terminal gets garbled up. Nothing a quick reset can't fix, but couldn't an attacker theoretically create a file that, when displayed on a terminal, ...
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Suse 11 vs. Suse 10 difference impacting terminal colors?

I have my dotfiles versioned on github (shameless fork of other people's fine work). At work, I have them on a central linux server (SuSE Enterprise Linux 10). I rsync them from a central management ...
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Change size of pantheon terminal

I haven't found any settings with regard to terminal size and I hate to keep resizing every time I want to use it. How can I change the size of the terminal?
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How can I open a new terminal in the same directory of the last used one from a window manager keybind?

I'm using a tiling window manager and I switched from gnome-terminal with multiple tabs to multiple urxvt instances managed by the window manager. One of the features I miss is the ability to open a ...
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Play .wav when text scrolls in terminal

After watching a TV show, I came up with a fun idea. Is there a way to take that cheesy high-pitched sound effect they play every time text scrolls down a command-line screen on TV and play it when ...
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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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use mosh without giving up local scrollback / history?

Is there a way to use mosh without giving up the local scrollback? Basically, in some circumstances, IP-roaming is indeed useful and needed, but the extra terminal emulation and key prediction seems ...
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What exactly is 'scrollback' and 'scrollback buffer'?

What are "scrollback" and "scrollback buffer" in programs like bash and screen, and how do they relate to the tty, the programs being run, and stdin/ stdout/ stderr? Here is the only definition of ...
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How to change the width of remote serial console?

I followed this tutorial and now I'm able to connect to serial line. Now I want to change the width of terminal. How can I do this by using screen or minicom or something else?
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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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How to control network bandwidth using Linux [closed]

Currently my Internet is really slow. But I want to allocate all resources to a browser that is loading a movie. How do I do that?
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Stop printer jobs from terminal

I am working with an old CentOs version (5.0) that is not really my machine. Recently, for some dark reasons, I have problems in printing. The jobs rest in queue, and I cannot cancel them from the ...
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What is the problem with the output of plink?

On my Windows7 machine, I'm traversing to the installed path of PuTTy Application and running: plink <hostname> to connect to my remote Linux host. I see some unrecognized characters in the ...
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Corrupted gnu-screen session not displaying UTF-8 correctly

(Edited to clarify the role of Emacs in the problem with the display.) My current gnu-screen session has gotten corrupted somehow, and Emacs fails to display UTF-8 characters properly. I've ...
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Garbage characters appear on screen when typing

When typing, garbage characters somehow appear on the screen for all the letters that I type. The garbage character is a small rectangle box, and this prevents me from executing any commands on the ...
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What does typing a single apostrophe do in terminal? [duplicate]

I typed in a single ' by accident and I got this as a result and exited out of it after typing ' in again. ' > > ' : command not found What does this do?
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Control + L not clearing screen

When I try to clear my terminal screen on OSX: computer@ ~ () $ ^L And when I hit Enter after that it just shows: -bash: : command not found Any ideas on how this happens? My .bash_profile, ...
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Copy a long single-line text from a terminal with undesired change-line

locate ... | less outputs a long path, which is shown as several lines in the terminal, although it is actually a single line. I copy the path from the terminal by selecting the text with mouse and ...
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How to permanently change both STDOUT and STDERR color to grey?

This question is similar to Can I configure my shell to print STDERR and STDOUT in different colors? But I am looking for a solution that will allow me to change both STDOUT and STDERR to ONE color. ...
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What is the point of CTRL-s?

CTRL+s stops all output to the terminal which can be restarted with CTRL+q. But, why does CTRL+s exist in the first place? What problem was trying to be solved by putting that control sequence in ...
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disable CTRL-D window close in terminator (terminal emulator)

I am often logged in through multiple SSH sessions. To logout from my sessions, I press CTRL+d, until I am back on my local machine. However, sometimes I press once too many, and my terminal exits. ...
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Copy/paste across vim without X

In vim, "+p pastes from the system clipboard. However, when working remotely over SSH on a non-GUI box, this is not available. Is it possible to implement copy/paste in this environment? Merely ...
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unable to open X server

I am trying to generate a screenshot of a firefox window in my terminal, but I keep getting an error: root@host [~]# DISPLAY=:1 firefox http://www.cnn.com & sleep 5 && DISPLAY=:1 import ...
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Running Custom commands in a Terminal Application [duplicate]

I'm running a terminal application in /dev/pts/X terminal that has its own console as:         What I need is to run commands specific to this application but from ...
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Xubuntu 12.04: slow login

I'm running Xubuntu 12.04, and after I ran the update, my login started slowing down big time. I've dabbled a little bit with the programs in Settings -> Settings Manager -> Session and Startup, and ...
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How to change terminal character encoding

Today I uninstalled the GUI packages on my home CentOS installation. Now, when the machine starts, I get the login prompt. It acts finicky. Sometimes pressing enter just once after answering each ...
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How do I start all shell sessions in a directory other than $HOME?

When I open my non-login shell in Ubuntu, my present working directory is /home/user_name (my $HOME environment variable), but I want to change this such that when I start my terminal I am in some ...
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Using variables to store terminal color codes for PS1?

In my .bashrc, I use ANSI terminal color codes to colorize various bits. It looks like this: PS1='\u@\h:\w\[\033[33m\]$(virtual_env)\[\033[32m\]$(git_branch)\[\033[0m\]$ ' where virtual_env and ...
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Is it possible to switch the user logged in to desktop environment via the terminal?

Is there any possibility to login as a different user while changing also the environment (or how do you say the wallpaper, shortcuts,...) via terminal command like su, ssh or login? Like when you ...
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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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vi setting for new window

I'm using Terminator for my terminal emulator. Whenever I open it, the initial workspace comes with the setting I defined in the config file. But whenever I split the workspace, the new workspace ...
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Why do I have to execute bash programs with ./? [duplicate]

Why is it that some bash programs will only run on my system when I type ./ before their name? An example: In my [...]/android/sdk folders I have to execute adb like this: ./adb devices Why not ...