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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Access Log Timespan

How can I output first and last time of an access_log so that I can quickly check which time range access_log keep records between? Output may look like: [21/Aug/2014:06:29:41 -0400] :::: ...
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Terminal is highlighting files and directories green [on hold]

Alright, I just decrypted my home directory, and followed a guide to do it. I basically created a backup of my home directory, removed my current home directory, uninstalled ecryptfs, restored my home ...
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How to unfreeze after accidentally pressing Ctrl-S in a terminal?

It's a situation that has happened quite often to me: after I press (with a different intention) Ctrl-S in a terminal, the interaction (input or output) with it is frozen. It's probably a kind of ...
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Determin if the currnet terminal has a dark or light theme [duplicate]

I have several (Bash) scripts that uses ASCII color codes. They look good on my dark themed terminal, however on my colleagues light themed terminal the colors I selected don't look that good. Is ...
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why there are six getty processes running on my desktop?

My desktop system is: $ uname -a Linux xmachine 3.0.0-13-generic #22-Ubuntu SMP Wed Nov 2 13:25:36 UTC 2011 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux By running ps a | grep getty, I get this output: 900 tty4 ...
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Broadcast messages don't appear on gnome-terminal, but appear on xterm

I'm curious about the behavior of broadcast messages by $ sudo wall myfile the message from myfile appears on all /dev/ttyN devices (the ones to which I can switch by pressing Ctrl+Alt+fN), it also ...
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Error with gedit can't save any file

meraj@meraj-SATELLITE-C850-A785:~$ sudo gedit /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini (gedit:16243): Gtk-WARNING **: Calling Inhibit failed: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.ServiceUnknown: The name ...
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Scroll inside Screen, or Pause Output

I use screen for my command-line tasks while managing the servers where I work. I usually run small commands (mostly file-system tasks) but sometimes I run more extensive tasks (like DBA). The output ...
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How to turn off the beep only in bash tab-complete

I find the beep useful for some things, so I only want to turn it off for tab completion (I'm not asking how to completely turn it off, that has already been answered in a different question on ...
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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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16 Colors in ZShell

I only seem to be able to call 8 colors in my zshell prompt. Example: PROMPT="[%n@%{$fg[magenta]%}%m%{$reset_color%} %.] %# " Works fine. However, ...
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How to scroll in a terminal using keyboard?

How can I scroll in bash using only the keyboard? If it's not possible in bash, are there any other shells that support this?
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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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How to set the prompt and tab-title on Gnome-Shell (Gnome 3, centos 7)

This is embarrassing, but I don't seem to be able to set the command-prompt or the shell title. I'm using Gnome3 on centos 7. PROMPT I've added the following to ~/.bashrc: export PS1="\w \$ " The ...
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Dynamic text wrapping of terminal output

I am specifically looking for is dynamic formatting of output. In every terminal emulator I can remember having used in Linux, when some program prints to the screen, the output gets formatted to fit ...
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Download yad with bash script

i'm building a simple deb package (single binary) for a little project i've been working on. Now I want to build a nice interface around it and used zenity for a couple of times, but this time I ...
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Seeing SSH debug messages in Terminal/console

I am seeing "debug3: Received SSH2_MSG_IGNORE" appear in the terminal on a RHEL 6 Linux server. I thought maybe rsyslog had a console entry, but it doesn't. sshd_config has logging at AUTHPRIV, and ...
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How to configure up arrow to get to the previous command in maxima?

If I press Up in a shell, then normally it brings up the previous command I entered. In maxima it's all different. Pressing Up just prints out ^[[A. The same thing happens when I try to move the ...
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Multiple terminals at once without an X server

There is a way to visualize multiple terminals at the same time without running a Xorg session ? I have a really low profile machine that could be great for some basic stuff but has an horrible ...
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Activating colors in links2 (text mode)

I can't seem to see colors in links2 (text mode), even after playing with my TERM settings. The links2 manpage and README.Debian don't specifically address this issue. Also, command-line options like ...
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Why some packages don't get upgraded?

I upgrade packages in terminal using this command apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade -y --show-progress && apt-get autoremove -y && apt-get check && apt-get ...
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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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Standard Terminal Font Aspect Ratio

What is the aspect ratio of a mono font that's made for terminal use, or more specifically, the size of the cell that any single character would fill? I've read that a standard terminal is 80x24 ...
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Save views in multiple screen terminals

As I do in default single view screen terminal of ubuntu; gnome-terminal \ --tab-with-profile=Default --working-directory="some dir" --title="some title" \ --tab-with-profile=Default ...
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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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How to get rid of special characters in the output of make on centos

I installed centos6.3. When I run gcc, it outputs errors but the function names are surrounded by special characters like this ‘setup_connection’: This same is repeated with variable names. I ...
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Show error messages and information that a program was killed on another terminal [duplicate]

If I open a program, say evince, from the GNOME GUI, it is not attached to a terminal. If I send it a signal, it acts accordingly but nothing shows up in my terminal. If I were to open it in a ...
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What’s the difference between a “raw” and a “cooked” device driver?

Does this concept only apply to terminal drivers (which is what most sites cover) or to any driver in general?
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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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Show status lines of 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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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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Output file contents while they change

I want to output a file's contents while they change, for example if I have the file foobar and I do: magic_command foobar The current terminal should display the file's contents and wait until, I ...
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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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Who does the linewrap and how to deactivate?

If I connect to a linux device via serial adapter (no matter if pyserial, screen or minicom), and no matter how I change settings like stty when I enter a long command it gets line wrapped ...
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How to use grep to find all instances of one .txt file in another?

How would I use grep to compare if any line from one .txt document occurred in another? Further how would I use grep to find out the opposite? Would it be grep -v?
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How to switch X windows from the command-line?

How can I create a script that automatically switches windows? I'm trying to do the same thing Alt+Tab does.
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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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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?