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Is there a way to make bash more TAB friendly?

I use bash on both my Mac and as my cygwin shell. Overall, I'm quite pleased with it. My one complaint however is that its TAB completion isn't as good as Windows Command Line TAB completion. For ...
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How do I log out of `sudo su`?

I'm using sudo su to start mysql and do some homework with it. When I finish with mysql (or any other command), then I'm still in sudo. How do I "log out", so my prompt changes back from # to $?
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How can I know the absolute path of a running process?

If I have multiple copies of the same app on the disk, and only one is running, as I can see with ps, how can I know the absolute path to distinguish from the others?
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Is there a linux command like mv but with regex?

For example I want to mv (.*?).sql $1.php, is there a command that lets me specify renaming patterns?
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Mac OSX - Why is /dev/rdisk 20 times faster than /dev/disk

According to the rasbery pi documentation, You can load your OS to a flash card with either /dev/disk or /dev/rdisk. rdisk stands for raw disk. /dev/disk is a block level device, why would rdisk ...
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How do I check whether I am using KDE or Gnome?

or maybe something else? I am using Redhat OS.
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Is there a one line command to make chmod interactive?

I am looking for something like: ls | ask_yes_no_for_each_file | chmod +x the_files_approved Or similar syntax. Also could work on other commands that you want individual confirmation for.
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What is the Linux command that encapsulates almost all of the other commands?

I remember that for Linux running in embedded systems, due to size limitations, it can't pack as many commands as in ordinary workstations. So there is a do-it-all command that can mimic almost all ...
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How do I get the size of a Linux or Mac OS X directory from the command-line?

What command do I use to find the size of all the files (recursively) in a Linux or Mac OS X directory?
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Sudo su vs su linux

If I enter in the password to su when prompted, it doesnt work while sudo su does. Also, when a command is executed using sudo (command), does sudo automatically execute it by root by default (since ...
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Give write permissions to multiple users on a folder in Ubuntu

There is a folder that is owned by user tomcat6: drwxr-xr-x 2 tomcat6 tomcat6 69632 2011-05-06 03:43 document I want to allow another user (ruser) write permissions on document folder. The two ...
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How to type special characters in Linux?

In windows there is possibility to type from keyboard special signs by holding alt key and typing a few numbers, that depends on with sign you want to use. Does it work with linux in the same way?
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how do you view all threads running on Linux? [closed]

I've used 'top', but I need a tool that can give me an arbitrary-time history of threads that have executed on my system (CentOS 5.4)?
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What problems does udev actually solve?

For that matter, what exactly was wrong with a bunch of static files in /dev? It's apparently unsatisfactory enough for developers to have reinvented this wheel by my count 3 times now (devfs -> udev ...
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How do I find (and kill) process running on a certain port? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Finding the process that is using a certain port in Linux I'm using Ubuntu Linux 11.04. How do I write a shell script expression that will find the process running on ...
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Why doesn't Gzip compression eliminate duplicate chunks of data?

I just did a little experiment where I created a tar archive with duplicate files to see if it would be compressed, to my awe, it was not! Details follow (results indented for reading pleasure): $ dd ...
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Looping Through Subdirectories and Running a Command in Each

I have a set of repositories sorted into directories based on their VCS (Git, Mercurial, SVN). With Subversion I was able to run svn update * in the parent directory and it would loop through each ...
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In Linux, how do I truncate command-line output?

If I grep -nr sumthin * in my source code directory, it also spews out very long lines from minified JavaScript or CSS files. I want to get just the first 80 characters per line. For example, a ...
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How to track LAN usage? (AKA 'top for LAN')

There's an evil application that is eating ALL my upload bandwidth (I'm brazilian, it's only ~35kbps) for like 80% of the time my PC is turned on. I would like to know if there's any way to track ...
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List files bigger than filesize specified

How can I make ls (or any other particular command) to list me only files bigger than a specific file size?
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What is the difference between grep, pgrep, egrep, fgrep?

I'd like a walk through on the differences between grep, pgrep, egrep, and fgrep and how I would use them.
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How do I increase VirtualBox resolution past 800x600 in Linux? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Ubuntu on VirtualBox can only show resolution of 800x600 - how to change it? No matter what I do I cannot get the resolution past 800x600. If I am using a Windows ...
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How do I create a relative symbolic link in Linux?

I need a symlink that resolves relative to the directory it is placed in. What command is used to create such a thing?
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Any Linux BitTorrent client with support for Magnet links? [closed]

Is there any Linux application (bonus points for being console/headless) that supports Magnet links - like the ones provided now by some famous "bay" for pirate BitTorrent users?
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Flow chart software for Linux? [closed]

Been using Visio at work to do flowcharts, and I'm liking how easy it is to do overall, notably creating and linking shapes. I'm trying to find something for Linux that works the same way, or at ...
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Show only current directory name (not full path) on bash prompt

The way my bash prompt is currently configured, it shows the whole path to the current directory. This is annoying when I'm deep inside a directory tree, as the prompt becomes so long that every ...
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Linux: Is there something similar to “top” for I/O?

My disk often is utilized, but top (and htop, a custom replacement) show nothing suspicious. Is there a way to sort processes by I/O (more specific: disk) utilization? EDIT Found out using iotop ...
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Which is more efficient - tar or zip compression? What is the difference between tar and zip?

I'm working in Linux environment and want to know about tar and zip commands. Which is more efficient - tar or zip? I also need to know the differences between the tar and zip commands. Can anyone ...
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why run a Linux shell command with &?

I am using Red Hat Linux Enterprise version 5. I've noticed people sometimes running commands with a couple of & options. For example, in the below command, there are two & signs. What is the ...
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How do I do a binary diff on two identically sized files under Linux?

I have two identically sized files, and I need to do a binary diff to check whether they're the same. I'm currently runnnig diff file1.img file2.img but it's taking quite a while to process my ...
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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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Maximize window in tmux

tmux shows screen like this: [root@wpc-fc2 init]# |············ |············ ...
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Subverting the execute flag on Linux systems. Why is this possible?

Whilst reading this, I found the following exploit: % cp /usr/bin/id ~ % chmod -x ~/id % ls -al ~/id -rw-r--r-- 1 edd edd 22020 2012-08-01 15:06 /home/edd/id % ~/id zsh: permission denied: ...
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Linux: Continuously synchronize files, one way

Scenario: An IDE is set up on a Linux desktop box, editing PHP files locally. Every time I save a file, I want this change to appear on the linux server where Apache is running. The server has ssh ...
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How to show output on terminal and save to a file at the same time?

I am using: user@unknown:~$ sudo command -option > log to save the results of "command" to the file "log", but I'd like to also get the result on the terminal, is this possible? I am using ...
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scp between two remote hosts from my local

I have two remote hostes. host1-> 10.3.0.1 host2-> 10.3.0.2 Both are installed with ssh and scp. In my scanario, ssh and scp listen to port 22 in host1 and in host2 it is port 6969. Now, using my ...
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How can I view results of my cron jobs?

I see so many guides on how to run crontab, but what I need right now is to learn how to Find log files about cron jobs Configure what gets logged
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Linux keylogger without root or sudo! Is it real?

Somebody on Youtube claims to have a keylogger on Ubuntu that was neither executed nor installed as root. The link below shows a demo of it working. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1fZAZTwyPQ ...
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Is it possible to install the Helvetica font on linux?

I don't know too much about the licensing issues surrounding fonts, but I would like to install Helvetica on my machine for my own personal use. I haven't been able to find a whole lot about this on ...
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Pomodoro timer for linux [closed]

Is there good Pomodoro desktop timer for Linux without a lot of dependencies. I know about pomodairo, but it's made with Adobe Air, which I don't want on my Linux (even if it exists for Linux).
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Can I hibernate Linux without a swap partition?

I hadn't set up a swap partition on my PC, because a) I have plenty of RAM (8 GB) and b) I have large harddrives that I didn't want to chop into tiny pieces, so my smallest partitions are 50 GiB, and ...
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Can unexpected power loss harm a Linux install?

I am developing an application on a Linux embedded board (runs Debian) e.g. Raspberry Pi, Beagle Board/Bone, or olimex. The boards works on an environment that the electricity is cut unexpectedly (it ...
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What's the difference between “su” with and without hyphen?

I'm quite new to Linux terminal and I'm not quite sure what the difference between su with a hyphen and su without a hyphen is, for example: su - username vs. su username. I looked into the ...
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Learning the basics of Linux/Unix [closed]

I would like to learn the basics of Linux; In contrast to tutorials that teach how to do common tasks with Ubuntu or something. I'm looking for a structured introduction, not a reference. Also I would ...
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What is /dev/mem?

Presumably it's somehow related to memory? What would sudo cat /dev/urandom > /dev/mem do? Trash all RAM? All non-kernel virtual memory? None of the above?
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How do I patch the shellshock vulnerability on an obsolete Ubuntu system that I can't upgrade?

I have a system that I administer remotely (2 timezones away) that runs Ubuntu 9.04, Jaunty. For various reasons, mainly that I'm really leery about trying to do a distribution upgrade from so far ...
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Save multiple gnome-terminal layout?

I have multiple gnome-terminal windows open. Is there a way to save the settings (window position, no. of tabs, title etc). across OS reboots ?
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What do ALSA devices like “hw:0,0” mean? How do I figure out which to use?

I've searched over and over and can't find any explanation of what "hw:0,0" means. How do I determine the number of my USB audio card? MPD requires me to enter something like this: audio_output { ...
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Ubuntu's /etc/alternatives mechanism

I'm trying to better understand Ubuntu's /etc/alternatives mechanism. The basics are easy: it allow for multiple "providers" to be installed on the same machine, and configures which is the default. ...
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Enable Emacs-like keybindings scheme for all QT applications

As for GTK apps under Gnome environment it's possible to set all applications to use Emacs-like input scheme: $ gconftool --set -t string /desktop/gnome/interface/gtk_key_theme Emacs $ gconftool ...