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How to replace vim screen buffer with previous bash activity after quitting?

I'm trying to find out what a bash (or vim) feature is. Here's the scenario. I'm in a bash terminal, then edit something with vim, then exit back to bash. In some terminals, the vim session screen ...
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Using SQLite3 with Cygwin

I'm trying to use sqlite3.exe command shell with a mintty terminal in cygwin. I tried the program from a windows command prompt and it works. When I try to use it from the cygwin mintty terminal it ...
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Calling a script with ./bla.sh vs. . bla.sh

Can anybody explain to me what the shell does in the two examples A) and B) below? It obviously behaves differently, but I can't find out why the output is different. Example: Let's have a script in ...
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Creating an alias containing bash history expansion

I often forget to run a command with sudo, so I find myself often typing sudo !! immediately afterwards. I tried aliasing this, but bash chokes on the !! part. Is there some way to represent this ...
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colouring output of ls according to file extension

I am working on some C++ files all of which are in a single folder. When I do ls both the .cpp and the .h files show up in the same colour. Is there a way to tell the bash shell that I want to ...
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How do you remove nested empty directories using a Bash script on Linux?

I want to be able to run a script that will remove all my empty directories. The problem is some of them are nested, i.e. directories that only have empty directories in them, so the script needs to ...
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downloading complete web pages (not sites)

I often use offline time (e.g. when on the car/train/plane) to read articles pulled from the web. To store the content, I currently use Firefox's Save Page As. (Note that's not recursively downloading ...
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How to reorder folders? (as displayed in `ls -U`)

I've got a number of unordered folders on a memory stick, which my car stereo shows in order of their real position on the stick (i.e. same as ls -U) What's the easiest way of physically reordering ...
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sudo permission denied

I ran this code: sudo cat <<EOF | sudo sed -e "s,%,$,g" >/etc/init.d/dropbox echo "Hello World" EOF But even though, I get "permission denied", cause you have to be root to make changes ...
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Difference between / and // directories in bash OSX

I was working in the bash terminal on my system (OSX 10.8.3 / bash version 3.2.48(1)-release (x86_64-apple-darwin12)) and I accidentally typed "cd //" instead of "cd /" to get back to the root ...
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Terminal new window always shows -bash: Searching: command not found

When open terminal, it always shows -bash: Searching: command not found. It does not affect other functions, just each time, even though open a new terminal window, it still pops up at the top of the ...
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Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts for terminal

After googling for some Mac OS X terminal shortcuts, I wanted to find how can I go back characters on a line on the terminal or words or similar. I found ALT + B but it does not work. Do you know ...
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In bash, how do I escape an exclamation mark?

I want to do something like bzr commit -m "It works!". I can sort of escape the exclamation mark by doing bzr commit -m "It works\!". However, then my commit message includes the backslash. How do I ...
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Bash: Spaces in alias name

I am trying to create an aliases in bash. What I want to do is map ls -la to ls -la | more In my .bashrc file this is what I attempted: alias 'ls -la'='ls -la | more' However it does not work ...
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Command: sudo su -

I understand what su - does logs you into root with the root environment (as opposed to su which logs you into root with your environment) And I understand what sudo does you are root for one ...
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I want to change DPI with ImageMagick without changing the actual byte-size of the image data

In GIMP there is a very simple way to do what I want. I only have the German dialog installed but I’ll try to translate it. I’m talking about going to Picture -> PrintingSize and then adjusting the ...
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Environment variables in bash_profile or bashrc?

I have found this question [blog]: Difference between .bashrc and .bash_profile very useful but after seeing the most voted answer (very good by the way) I have further questions. Towards the end of ...
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Copy list of files

I have a list of files separated by spaces in a file list.txt. I'd like to copy them to a new folder. I tried to do: cp `cat list.txt` new_folder but it did not work. How would you do this ? ...
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How to get real-time network statistics in Linux with KB/MB/Bytes format and for specific port or application processID

I used IPTraf, Iftop, vnstat, bwm-ng, ifconfig -a. None of them is helping me to find real-time packets that is getting send/received from my application in KB or MB format. The reason is i am writing ...
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How can I get bash to perform tab-completion for my aliases?

I have a bunch of bash completion scripts set up (mostly using bash-it and some manually setup). I also have a bunch of aliases setup for common tasks like gco for git checkout. Right now I can ...
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Rename a group of files with one command

If I have a group of files with a .htm extention, how can I rename them all to .html? mv *.htm *.html does not work.
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In bash, how can I rename a file without repeating the path? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Reuse text on a bash command If I want to rename a file a few directories deep, how can I avoid repeating the path? For example: mv path/to/old_filename.txt path/to/...
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A command before every bash command

Does anyone know a mean of putting a 'time' command before every command in a bash session?
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How do I reload .inputrc using a bash script?

This question explains how to reload .inputrc using C-x C-r. But how would one reload it using commands in a bash script?
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How can I do a recursive find and replace from the command line?

Using a shell like bash or zshell, how can I do a recursive 'find and replace'? In other words, I want to replace every occurrence of 'foo' with 'bar' in all files in this directory and its ...
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Difference between “a=b” and “export a=b” in bash

What's the difference between: a=b and export a=b In bash? I understand that they both define environment variables, but I don't fully understand the difference.
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How to gzip multiple files into one gz file?

I have 100 files: cvd1.txt cvd2.txt ... cvd100.txt How to gzip 100 files into one .gz file so that after I gunzip it, I should have cvd1.txt, cvd2.txt ... cvd100.txt separately? Thanks for your ...
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In bash, how to sort strings with numbers in them?

If I have these files in a directory cwcch10.pdf cwcch11.pdf cwcch12.pdf cwcch13.pdf cwcch14.pdf cwcch15.pdf cwcch16.pdf cwcch17.pdf cwcch18.pdf cwcch1.pdf cwcch2.pdf cwcch3.pdf cwcch4.pdf cwcch5.pdf ...
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Finding the definition of a bash function

I work in an environment that has a lot of legacy shell script magic lying around. One thing used heavy from the command line are bash functions that get sourced from some file included from some ...
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Creating and formating a partition using a bash script

Is there any way to create and format a partition using a bash script? I think it can be done with fdisk but I don't know how to feed commands from the bash script into the fdisk shell then exit the ...
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Newlines in sed on Mac OS X

I find that \n doesn't work in sed under Mac OS X. Specifically, say I want to break the words separated by a single space into lines: # input foo bar I use, echo "foo bar" | sed 's/ /\n/' But ...
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How to retrieve the absolute path of an arbitrary file from the OS X

I'm looking for a simple command that can be used within Bash to find the absolute and canonicalized path to a file on an OS X (similar to `readlink -f' under Linux). The following sample bash ...
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Sudo - is there a command to check if I have sudo and/or how much time is left?

(Originally posted on Stack Overflow. They suggested I try here instead. Here's the original post: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3858208/sudo-is-there-a-command-to-check-if-i-have-sudo-and-or-...
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Why do we have login, non-login, interactive, and non-interactive bash shells?

So the bash man pages explain what login and interactive shells are: A login shell is one whose first character of argument zero is a -, or one started with the --login option. An ...
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How to remove/reset Windows Subsystem for Linux on Windows Insider Build 14316

I installed the Windows Subsystem for Linux on Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14316. Now I would like to remove it or, better, revert to its factory defaults i.e. as it was when just installed. I ...
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Writing “tail -f” output to another file

As a continuation from my last post where I have used grep & tail -f to find occurences of "rare" events. I would like to record this in another file. I've tried turning tail -f log.txt | ...
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Bash command to focus a specific window

Is there a way, in bash command line, to give focus to a specific window of a running process. Assume I know the process' name, number, and anything else I need. For instance, if I have a single ...
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How to automatically restart a linux background process if it fails?

I have a process which is executed by init.d script on the background. Eg: case "$1" in start) /bin/myprocess & stop) killall myprocess restart) killall ...
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How can I pipe output of ffmpeg to ffplay?

How can I pipe the output of ffmpeg to ffplay? At the moment I use a workaround in bash : mkfifo spam (ffplay spam 2> /dev/null &) ; capture /dev/stdout | ffmpeg -i - spam
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Finding all symbolic and hard links to a file on UNIX

If I have a specific file in a UNIX filesystem, is there a way to use bash to find all links to that file, both symbolic and hard? If I need different commands for each, what are they?
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Avoid unwanted path in Zip file

I'm making a shell script to package some files. I'm zipping a directory like this: zip -r /Users/me/development/something/out.zip /Users/me/development/something/folder/ The problem is that the ...
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Run part of a bash script as a different user

Is there a way to make part of a script run as a different (non-root) user? If it helps , the part to be run as a different user occurs at the end of the script Edit : OS -> Ubuntu 9.04
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Bash: is there a way to search for a particular string in a directory of files? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Search for a text pattern in linux In bash, I was wondering if there were any commands that would let you know if a particular string you are looking for exists within the ...
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Open hidden configuration files without using Terminal

I made some changes to my .profile which corrupted the Terminal app. I can launch terminal but I no longer get a prompt. I can't show hidden files in order to delete the .profile or .bashrc files. ...
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Access Finder's “Open With” menu from the commandline (for tab completion)

On Mac OS X, I know one can open a file from the commandline with its default application with open, and with other applications with open -a <application name>. Thus, open movie.avi open -a ...
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Messed up keys in vim when running inside tmux

I have been playing with tmux and I'm loving it. However, there's an annoying issue when running vim inside it. Somehow the arrow keys get remapped, but only on certain times, like when firing up ...
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How to rehash executables in $PATH with bash

The subject says it all, how to rehash the available executables available within one of the $PATHs after having changed things: e.g. removed a binary from one $PATH which is available in another $...
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Measure script execution time

In bash shell, is there a simple way for me to monitor the time taken to run a script and output the time taken?
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Bash Man Page: kill <pid> vs kill -9 <pid>

My man page does not document the difference between kill <pid> and kill -9 <pid> Since these do different things why is the -9 not documented in the kill manpage? I thought maybe ...
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Bash history loss

I like to keep a lot of history, so I have histappend set in my .bashrc. Most of the time everything works fine, with history built up from many shells appending. However, every once and a while, I'll ...