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How to run --args AFTER Google Chrome is already open

How do run --args after Google chrome is already open? open -a Google\ Chrome --args --"profile-directory"="Profile 1" ONLY works when Google chrome is not running and I would like to know how to ...
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Linux: How to pass a file content as an argument to a command?

this is the content of the packageList file: base-files busybox dnsmasq dropbear firewall hotplug2 iptables iptables-mod-conntrack-extra iptables-mod-filter iptables-mod-ipopt iw jshn kernel kmod-ath ...
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Unable to get ls to recognise LS_OPTIONS or LS_COLORS?

Trying to get --color=auto as the default ls argument. $ ls --version ls (GNU coreutils) 8.21 … $ echo $LS_COLORS ...
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How to pass a terminal command as an argument to another command

I want to run this command: ls -arth Test*log | tail -1 ... and pass its output as an argument to: open /Applications/Utilities/Console.app <previous output> I would like to do this all in ...
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How to escape the arguments correctly when calling cygwin bash -c?

I am trying to call the scanimage command (from the SANE tool) from inside cygwin though I think that my problem is one of general escaping so maybe what I am calling doesn't matter. Anyway... The ...
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Change attributes of all symlink targets in a directory

How to change attributes of all symlink targets inside a directory ? /usr/bin/find /mydir -type l | xargs /bin/readlink | /usr/bin/chattr +s piping three commands wont works. Thanks.
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Differences in bash scripts between $@ and $*

Which are the differences between $@ and $* ? For example I see no differences here: #! /bin/bash echo with star: $* echo with at sign: $@
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Passing multiple sets of arguments to a command

instances contains several whitespace separated strings, as does snapshots. I want to run the command below, with each instance-snapshot pair. ec2-attach-volume --instance $instances --device ...
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Unix tools: what if a file is named minus something?

I'm always wondering: most GNU/Unix tools take options in the form "minus something", sometimes followed by an argument. What if you got a file named minus something? $ ls -f $ rm -f $ ls -f $ mv -f ...
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How to preserve white space in Bash arguments

I use the command: cm1 cm2 arg1 arg2 'argument 3' It first goes to cm1, which will then redirect arg1 arg2 'argument 3' to another file. /usr/bin/cm1: #! /bin/bash # some script here shift cm2 $@ ...
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How can I use two parameters at once with xargs?

I need to convert videos but I don't know where are they, so I need to find them. How can I give the result and an output file name to ffmpeg with xargs ? I already find out that I can construct the ...
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Pass an option syntax string as filename

I somehow got a file named --no-recursion in a directory. How can I get cat to show what it contains? Not like this, since the argument gets interpreted as an option: root@nagini [/home/lalilulelo]# ...
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Passing two arguments to a command using pipes

Usually, we only need to pass one argument: echo abc | cat echo abc | cat some_file - echo abc | cat - some_file Is there a way to pass two arguments? Something like {echo abc , echo xyz} | cat ...
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passing on command line options in bash

I have a question. I have a script, a kind of long script written in bash aprox. 370 lines. That has several functions and in those functions the user has to enter information which is then stored in ...
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Launch VIM and show, or hide, row numbers

Background Control whether row numbers are displayed after vim starts (in a non-interactive mode). Problem A shell script contains the following code: echo Converting $1 to $1.html... NUMBERS="-c ...
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How can I get a specific argument from a previous command in bash?

In bash, you can use !* to get all the arguments from the previous command. As an example, if you did cp /some/path /some/other/path and then did mv !*, the second command would be expanded to mv ...