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May
28
comment How do I get 'realpath' to find my symbolic link?
@Avery, did you try my solution? Was there a problem? It wouldn't have required you to add python2 to /usr/bin (though I view adding it as an improvement, to be honest).
May
22
revised Copying files with a specific pattern
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May
22
comment Copying files with a specific pattern
Oh right, that's indeed what it is: If you use a glob and it doesn't match anything, it stays in its glob form. Does it echo the star right before the error? You can add a if [ -e $FNAME ] then ... to suppress the error.
May
21
revised Copying files with a specific pattern
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May
21
answered Copying files with a specific pattern
Apr
27
revised How do I get 'realpath' to find my symbolic link?
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Apr
25
revised How do I get 'realpath' to find my symbolic link?
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Apr
25
revised How do I get 'realpath' to find my symbolic link?
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Apr
25
answered How do I get 'realpath' to find my symbolic link?
Apr
17
comment Does `sl` ever show the current directory?
On OS X, you can get the Finder to show you "filenames" with slashes in them. They really contain colons (:), which were directory separators in the ancestors of OS X; the Finder visualizes them as slashes.
Apr
17
comment How can I get the version of the pgrep & pkill commands?
Object modules (.o) are compiled code, typically C code. main() lives in an object module too. A program may link together several object modules, some of them from libraries. The version you see with -V must be defined in one of the object files too -- but it's made accessible from the command line.
Apr
17
revised How can I get the version of the pgrep & pkill commands?
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Apr
17
comment How can I get the version of the pgrep & pkill commands?
what is an ancient BSD command-- I remember it from literally over a decade ago. I didn't even know OS X had it until I tried. The code group and version is adv_cmds-149 -- obviously not the release tag you were looking for, but that's apparently not embedded in the OS X version.
Apr
17
answered How can I get the version of the pgrep & pkill commands?
Apr
6
comment /bin /etc /lib64 /root /sbin deleted or moved by mv folder/* /* while su
@Patrick, great analysis and synopsis. But LD_LIBRARY_PATH should be ignored by setuid programs, since not to do so would be a huge security hole. (Anyway it's a moot point since /etc/passwd etc. must be present as well.) Recovery boot from a CD is the only way out.
Mar
27
revised Reporting cpu hogs
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Mar
23
revised Is there a simple way to preview the files that rm will remove?
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Mar
23
comment Is there a simple way to preview the files that rm will remove?
@Lee, I'm not sure we're talking about the same thing. Who said anything about distributing? You're right that the second method (.so wrapper) would be vulnerable to a sudden reimplementation of rm, however unlikely this is. I did say I couldn't really trust it. But building and using your own modified version of a program is the very heart of Free Software. (I do agree that sharing your work is also right up there.)
Mar
22
comment How to use USB flash drive as part of filesystem for Chromebook running Linux?
But for large non-OS software like eclipse and latex (which the OP mentioned), there's absolutely no downside to mounting them on a volume that might sometimes be absent. In fact I'd rather do that than put all of /home there. You can always add symlinks from inside your home directory to the USB drive, for things that need a lot of space. But your rc files and desktop should always be available.
Mar
22
comment Cannot mount USB 3.0 Flash drive
hmm, that wasn't clear from your question. So it's only this computer-OS-drive combination that gives the problem. Then I'm guessing flaky/iffy drive (hardware or firmware) that many computers manage to handle, but you hit the jackpot. You could try reformatting (as thoroughly as possible) in case it helps. And have you tried all the different USB *ports on the same computer under Linux?