Bash is a free shell for Unix-like operating systems from the GNU Project.

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Bash partial glob expansion

I have a question similar to this one, but different: I want bash to use a glob expansion in auto-completion, if possible. For example, I would like $ ls *2.<TAB> To give me: $ ls mydoc2. ...
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Gnu screen, using the exec command in .screenrc

I have added the following lines to my .screenrc bind -c music u exec amixer sset Master,0 5+ >& /dev/null bind -c music d exec amixer sset Master,0 5- >& /dev/null bind -c music t exec ...
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Top -l returning always 0.0 CPU usage when requesting single PID

On Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) & 10.10 Yosemite I’m unable to get the correct CPU usage for a single process using the top -l command for example top -l 1 -ncols 3 -pid <pid> Even though I ...
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Unable to run script, which emails me results, as super user. (returns: send-mail: 550 5.1.0 Not our Customer)

I have been trying to debug this for 2 days now, without success. This is the script I'm trying to run: #!/bin/bash emailaddress='my_username@gmail.com' output=`sudo rsync -av --delete ...
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Alternative ways of passing PS1 env variable into Ubuntu for SSH session

I know that there are twenty thousand answers, none of them worked as expected, I'm more surprised than you are, so please consider reading the story first. I'm trying to achieve what appears to be a ...
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PuttyCyg not starting correctly: “Must be connected to a terminal” error message

My computer is running Windows 7 SP1 64 bits with CygWin 64 bits installed and updated (as for 16-Nov-2014). I need to run the screen program of CygWin in a text console. I am trying PuttyCyg, a ...
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Can I use ProxyCommand to run arbitrary commands on a target server via a jumpbox/middle server?

At work, we have a number of servers that we can only SSH into from our jumpbox server. Every now and then I need to execute a command on these servers. For example, if I want to execute df -H on ...
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What triggers dropbox on fedora to upload files?

I am writing a computer simulation on a Fedora system, but wants to postprocess the data using MATLAB on a windows installation. My method for transferring files is Dropbox since the two computers are ...
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smbclient fails silently to copy file in bash script

I have the following script: #!/bin/sh BACKUP=/respaldoBD NOW=$(date +"%d_%m_%Y") SMBCLIENT="$(which smbclient)" DBS="zabbix" for db in $DBS do FILE="mysql_$db.$NOW.gz" echo $FILE PARM="prompt; ...
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curl won't shut up (--silent does nothing)

I'm writing a quick shell script, and I cannot for the life of me get curl to suppress the progress bar. The relevant line looks like this: curl http://website -o $temp >/dev/null 2>&1 ...
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popd and pushd behavior with “-n” option

I've been experimenting with pushd and popd in bash (Cygwin, man page says "GNU bash 4.1") and the man page doesn't quite seem to match the behavior. For pushd, the command % pushd +1 both ...
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FFmpeg unable to find a suitable output format when run from script

I'm trying to write bash script, which I can use to start encode of my video for web player, and also log to file when it started / finished. It looks like this: #!/bin/bash ...
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Recursive search occurs instead of last command when using up arrow.

I'm using an internal product "shell" based on spring shell. When I press the up arrow to get my last command, instead I get (reverse-i-search)`': Retrieving the last command works for all my ...
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Dtrace shows posix_spawn called with only 3 argument. Trying to launch by hand

I ran dtruss on a process that launches another one: the League of Legends Launcher starts the main game process with certain arguments that I can't seem to pass via the command line. What caught my ...
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Reusing _kill completion in .bashrc fails

I'm trying to extend bash completion alias perf-connect-process="perf record -p"; alias pperf=perf-connect-process; complete -F _kill perf-connect-process; complete -F _kill pperf; by reusing the ...
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OSX OSX Mavericks: Cannot login: Corrupt password file: Recovery mode bash not working for resetpassword script

Running OSX Mavericks on Macbook Air SDD disk. The system has corrupted the password file so none of my six identities can log in - password invalid. Following discussions and tests with apple ...
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File or folder not found error, but the file exists

I downloaded the android ADT bundle for Linux(my distro is Elementary OS), and after I unzipped it, I opened the folder sdk/platform-tools on terminal, and tried running the adb file. When running the ...
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Unable to access samba file share after mounting on Mac

I am trying to automate mounting, copying a file to a samba shared folder and then unmounting the drive from my Mac. I wrote a simple bash script to do it #!/bin/bash echo "Mounting Drive" mkdir ...
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How can I get Homebrew and MAMP (Pro) to play nicely together?

I am using MAMP Pro for most of my local application development and am trying to install ruby , etc via homebrew however homebrew will give me the following warning: Warning: "config" scripts exist ...
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Terminal's bin/bash not responding

I have Googled through several instances of this issue but cannot get Terminal to open up with bash. I restarted the program, the computer and even logged in through another Administrator account but ...
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Path slashes disappear on coloured bash prompt

So in my .bashrc, I set my prompt to be colourful by setting PS1 to \[\e]0;\u@\h: \w\a\]${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\[\033[01;32m\]\u@\h\[\033[00m\]:\[\033[01;34m\]\w\[\033[00m\]$ For some ...
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What is the different between “sudo su” and “sudo bash”?

In Ubuntu 13.10, for the default setting, the following command in Terminal user@host:~/path$ sudo su results in entering an prompt root@host:/home/user/path# And this command ...
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execl: couldn't exec `/bin/sh'

I accidentally moved the whole bin, boot, dev and etc directory. After moving everything back I get the following error email from various cron jobs: execl: couldn't exec `/bin/sh' execl: No such ...
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Bash MinGW ignoring Ctrl+O key combination

In Bash MinGW on Windows 7, I would like to use Ctrl+O to perform a history search backward. However, I can't get this work -- i.e., this line in my ~/.inputrc does nothing (although it does work on ...
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find command with exec sh doesn't work in shell script but in commandline (raspberrypi)

I want to find "old" folders in /volume1/photo/ipcam which are named like "????-??-??" and move corresponding folders within dropbox (with the same directory structure /ipcam/...) to the subfolder ...
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Cron deamon written in shell

I'm looking for a script in bash or ksh, that would do ... more or less ... the same as crond. The situation is, that our system administrator suddenly denied the use of crontab to all regular users ...
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mergecap fails to create output file when run from crontab

I have created a script to merge pcap files using 'mergecap -w '. The script doesn't work as the output file is not already present. So I tried to use 'touch outputfile.pcap' before the mergecap ...
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Tab completion that honors $CDPATH

I've installed bash_completion and set my $CDPATH. I can successfully cd to subdirectories of those in my $CDPATH. What I'd like to do from here is for tab completion to bring up files in those ...
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Unintended autocomplete or alias in Terminal

There is a "strange" autocomplete function in my macbook. If I try to type "ps -aux" in terminal (iTerm or TotalTerminal) with the hit of "s" in ps, automatically this happens: "ps -p $$ # Tells the ...
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Writing CPU usage by core and RAM/CPU usage by process to a logfile in OS X

I am writing a script that writes memory and CPU usage to a log file, every hour on a cronjob. The logfile will look something like this: "/n====CPU usage by core====" Core0: 59.05% used ...
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Msys cd .. command takes me to home directory instead of parent

I'm using Msys on Windows 7 with what I believe to be a Bash shell. I want to navigate the following directory structure: Drive (M:) +--- Coding +--- CPP +--- projects +--- ...
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Ncat throws errors while being run from crontab

I have a simple script set up on my OpenWrt box to check if one of the computers in a local network is streaming, and if it does, the script starts wget | madplay to play the stream. Script works ...
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shell script for finding the unix noun phrase

one entry in the on database is: LPE-1*story#1/1 of pearl#1/2*historia de la perla*storia della perla* histoire de la perle* história da pérola*istoria perlei*TOPIC The fields are separated by ...
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Running a symlink locally

I am running the same program multiple times over a linux platform. It is compiled at another server, and frequently updated, and it's uploaded over through rsync to all "hosting" servers, which do ...
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Script to port specifc data from doc1 (notepad++) to specific place(s) in doc2

I really appreciate your help with a windows script or regex function that ports specific data from doc1 (xml in notepad++) to specific place(s) in doc2 (notepad++). I'm running win8. Thank you in ...
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“Script” command in Bash on Mac OSX

quick question regarding the "script" command in Bash on a Mac OSX 10.8.4 system. In any other bash environment on Fedora, CentOS, etc; when I use the script command it just begins recording with no ...
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iWork Keynote: Automate video export with custom settings for multiple files

I have a couple of Apple iWork Keynote presentations and exporting it to Quicktime with my customized settings from within Keynote is straightforward. But here's my problem: How do I manage to ...
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xdotool : close all windows except the one that is active (infront)

I would like to execute a command that will close all windows except the one that is currently active. i would likely to place this command in the gnome-panel which means when i click on the button, ...
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Automatically closing idle windows in Gnome

Can open windows automatically close themselves if they have not been used for X seconds in Gnome? For example, right now I have some Firefox windows and some other file browser windows etc open ...
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How to kill process under cygwin after using kill -9 which does not work

I am using cygwin on Windows7. I tried to kill process on cygwin using kill -9, but it said 'No such process'. $ ps PID PPID PGID WINPID TTY UID STIME COMMAND 3976 ...
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Bash Terminal keeps clearing / overwriting itself

My bash terminal on Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit keeps clearing itself partially when the output is too big. If I do a ls -al in a directory with many files. The terminal prints the result, inbetween it ...
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How to make tab completion work within parentheses

On my Ubuntu machine, I can do this emacs $(which first-part-of-executable<tab> and bash will tab-complete the full executable name. I enabled this myself by adding complete -c which to ...
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Bash Shell doesn't recognize the letter “t”

I have Cygwin running on a Windows 7 Box. In what is a relatively new (and strange) development, the bash shell stopped recognizing the lowercase "t". For example: I type echo cat, output is ...
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Getting bash history-complete-backwards/fowards and vi-mode to work with tmux

I'm using bash on Ubuntu 12.04 my inputrc contains: "\e[A": history-search-backward "\e[B": history-search-forward set show-all-if-ambiguous on set completion-ignore-case on"" for my history ...
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Can't seem to connect to Win 7 share with smbclient 3.5.5 on Haiku

I did the registry mods mentioned here but cannot seem to connect. I say seem to, because there's no error message. smbclient \\\\WIN7MACHINE\\ -U myusername smbclient \\\\WIN7MACHINE\\ -U% ...
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bash autocompletion is slow, freezing my desktop

sometimes when working with a custom kernel, pressing tab in the bash autocompletes at a horrible pace. It freezes the whole desktop. Then comes back after awhile. This is the only quirk that I've ...
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bash add array to plist

I'm making a installable package via Cydia that will write com.intelliborn.intelliscreenx to this: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" ...
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USB Modem not getting connected after resetting using usb_modeswitch

I have a requirement that I need to first unmount and then mount again the 3G internet modem on ubuntu 12.04 without removing it physically. The modem model is Huawei E173u. So far, I have tried this ...
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android base64 cli conversion utilities

I want to encode a file into android base64. Android's sdk has a utility method that does this. I should be able to avoid doing any Android programming to solve this. There are utilities for windows ...
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Is this a bug in top?

This command line: top -l 3 -n 10 -o "vprvt" For some reason there are two processes that consistently creep up in the second sample's output regardless of their actual VPRVT size, and they do not ...