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How can I append text in the middle of a pipeline?

With cat its possible to append a file to the data passing through a pipeline: foo | cat - somefile.txt | bar Is there a command that lets me append text without using an intermediate file? foo | ...
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Change the sudo su shell

Whenever I run sudo su from my normal zsh (which uses the oh-my-zsh framework), I'm forced to use the old Bourne shell (sh) by default (obviously; this is standard behaviour on most *nix-like ...
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Is there a way to open a website URL from a text file that lists 600+ URIs via a batch file?

How could I write a Windows batch script that could allow me to open an URL, with a browser—Firefox or Chrome—from a txt file containing all the URIs? The point is: I would like the script to open ...
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sh -c in background

Original version: How to run sudo sh -c "command" in back ground In a terminal sudo sh -c "command" & starts in background but as soon as I press enter, the process exits [test@localhost ...
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Remove linux file named with set of shell responsive characters

I've created a file named \;:$"\' to test a software of mine. I ended up with an error because I cannot delete the file property. I'm trying to find a precise char combination to remove via rm, but I ...
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Is there a way to have sh/bash/zsh “case” use a variable for a test value?

I'd like to have something like the following: #!/bin/sh # ... other stuff ... # some relatively static possibilities (srsp): srsp='this|or|that|the|other' # more other stuff case $something in ...
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How do I save a string of numbers from an ongoing command to a list in a shell script?

I am trying to make a shell script for recording macros via recording the individual keycodes of each button press. The command for it looks like this: xev | grep -A2 --line-buffered '^Key*' | sed ...
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How to extract a substring and add it to original string with sed?

I am trying to write an sh script witch receives a string as input, extracts a particular substring and adds it after an specified expression to the input string. I tried a lot with sed -i'N ... but ...
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Which command in the Linux/UNIX sh shell returns my current directory?

Using the sh shell (not bash), which command in Linux/UNIX prints out my current directory? $ *showmewhereiam* /sys/kernel/debug $
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How do I prepend a string to program output without waiting for the whole line?

I have a script that runs a command on a remote server using SSH. I want to prepend the string Remote: to every line of the output, but I don't want each line to be delayed until the whole line is ...
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Configure a default shell script environment

Is there any way to change the default environment when running sh -c <command>? It appears that .cshrc is not called when running command with a -c flag.
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costumising sh behavior using prerunning script (like rc file)

my university has a linux server which we (students) can connect to and run staff. the default shell for this server is configured to be 'sh' (chsh command says "user does not exist in /etc/passwd" ...
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Make .sh file executable

I have a .sh file which is not becoming an executable. I tried doing it in the properties but as soon I ticked the checkbox, the tick vanished in a second. I then tried sudo chmod +x filename.sh ...
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cd to newest directory

Not strictly bash, but rather Bourne shell if possible. How can I programmatically cd to the newest directory? I want to install the latest package of whatever software, which is located in the newest ...
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Trying to find dbus session, doesent work

Trying to use notify-send with cron, it needs dbus, what im i doing wrong? var= $(set | grep '^DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS=') export DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS=$var #!/bin/sh { ...
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Bash executing command

Can anyone please give me the list generated by this : -{ for i in {1..100}; do lynx -dump -nonumbers -listonly [http]://www.dailymotion.com/user/MTDCafe/$i ...
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Bash scripts executed together don't kill background processes

I have a number of shell scripts that work very similarly to this question. Each script fires up a few background tasks, remembers their PIDs with $!, does some testing, and then kills the background ...
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Evaluating false in bash with multiple commands without a subshell

Bash evaluates the logical operators such that && always takes precedence. So for example: false || echo 1 && echo 2 1 2 and true || echo 1 && echo 2 2 Ok. So lets say I ...
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How to display current path in command prompt in linux's sh (not bash)?

I would like to display current path in sh prompt (not bash shell), which currently just shows "#", I tried with introducing this env PS1="$(whoami)@$(hostname):$(pwd)" and set ...
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Most efficient log “echo date”?

My coworkers write scripts with lines like this: echo "nightly $MACHINE restart begins at" `date` Which outputs something like this: nightly whitestar restart begins at Mon Oct 13 22:05:01 EDT ...
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Is there a way to “source” a sh script from the fish shell?

I like to put many of my environment variable definitions in the .profile script. If I am using a POSIX-compatible interactive shell like bash, I can use the source command to re-export the ...
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Running sh.exe in windows cmd.exe: command not found

For some reason I need to run a (hopefully simple) sh file under Windows and be able to do so from another application. I can do that using cygwin, but for various reasons I need this operation to be ...
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Pipe standard error to file and keep it on standard error?

I have a script (fragment) for which I'm logging output and standard error: #!/bin/sh #... { date "+%Y-%m-%d %T" cd $workdir ls -ltr validfile badfile #example command that provides stdout, ...
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Background Jobs from cron

I am running a cron on every two minutes. From the cron I am running other shell scripts in background with "&". After cron exits spawned shell script process still runs, this is desired behavior. ...
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Bash - list files within date range

So far I've been basing my efforts around this blog and have come up with: startdate=”201407010000? enddate=”201408010000? touch -t $startdate ./startdatefiles touch -t $enddate ./enddatefiles find ...
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unable to execute: Too many levels of symbolic links

By mistake, I executed these commands : sudo ln -sf bash /bin/sh sudo ln -sf bash /bin/bash When I rebooted the Linux server in recovery mode I got this message: init : Failed to spawn ...
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why following script is failing?

#!/bin/sh declare -a LIST= ('a' 'b' 'c' ) is failing on Ubuntu on which /bin/sh is softlink to /bin/dash How can I declare list which will be supportable on all kind of shell ?
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Autostarting a script at boot doesn't recognize the function “function”

I'm trying to get a script containing a function to run just after root autologin on TinyCore 5.3. The script works fine if I launch it from the prompt after login like this ./script.sh But when I add ...
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How to find length of string in shell

i need to calculate it using pure sh shell only. What happening is /bin/sh is actually a soft link to bash or other shell.Hence ${#STRING} gives length of string as it is advance bash feature. Can ...
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How to write `dmenu` wrapper script?

I could not find how to set global default options for dmenu(actually dmenu2). So I tried to write wrapper script. #!/bin/sh dmenu -l 10 -fn "Noto Sans-20:bold" -y 200 -i "$@" < /dev/stdin But ...
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two processes are listed for one shellscript?

I have a shell script which does somewhat simple. #!/bin/sh do something boring... When I execute the shell script like this, $ nohup sh mysh.sh > /null/dev/ 2>&1 & I see there are ...
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Memory usage of a process in a shell script

I want to find out the memory usage of a process in a shell script.I tried to use this piece of code : while[process] do if [ -e /proc/$pidno/statm ]; then m=`awk '{OFS="\t";print ...
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sh + how to run command and set it into parameter ( VAL )

please take look on the following commands down, ( the shell is sh ) something not clearly for me when I run - eval echo \$arr$n , I get the value a as expected so why: VAL=eval echo \$arr$n , ...
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Getting errors trying to run shell script (Linux)

I'm trying to run the following script. I have run it before without issue, but now I encounter an error. #!/bin/bash # init function pause(){ read -p "$*" } echo & echo "(Website):" ...
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Bash error while running script

I have a CentOS 6.5 64-bit dedicated server. The only thing I done on it is yum install java7, so I have not installed any other stuff. So in the directory /root I made this file (test.sh) ...
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shell script to replace a keyword in a file with the contents of another file

I'm to create a .sh to replace a specific keyword in a file using the contents of an other file. template.html contains a unique string "PLACEHOLDER" it must be replaced with the contents of file ...
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Make a script identify DBUS session address and use it

I'm using cron with notify-send to display some notifications, but it requires DBUS session to run Here is the script: export DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS=[session] #!/bin/sh { DISPLAY=:0 ...
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CD into directory with “-” in the beginning

I have a problem with cd-ing into folder named "--Recovery Files" and can't remember how to escape dashes in the filename. Any ideas?
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What is the risk when editing crontab file without the “crontab -e” command?

I developed a script in which I add lines to the crontab file with echo command and I remove lines with sed command. I do not know the risk of that especially that I find in some web site that we ...
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Idle timeout Bourne-style shell

Is there any way to timeout idle users in Bourne-style shell (/bin/sh). man sh does not talk about it. http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?sh TIMEOUT or TMOUT shell env variables in /etc/profile ...
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Record bash_history to private database for all users?

I want to be able to setup a MySQL database and record all commands issued on my server by username and command. Is this possible, and if so, how would I set it up?
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Copy shell configuration from one machine to another?

I've got login to another server where shell configurations are not like I would want. For example I don't see my username and CWD on prompt, and when I press arrow key, instead of giving last entered ...
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what cygwin packages do I need to install to be able to run commands from cmd.exe on windows?

I am trying to install JSCover, I snooped around and figured that to run .sh files on windows, the easiest option is to install cygwin. Which cygwin packages do I need to install to be able to run ...
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How can I resume a stopped job in Linux?

How can I resume a stopped job in Linux? I was using emacs and accidentally hit ctrl-z which blasted me back to the console. I can see it when I type 'jobs' [*****]$ jobs [1]+ Stopped ...
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How do I change my default shell to bash if I don't have access to chsh nor /etc/passwd?

I'm working on a university remote Linux account, and the default shell is sadly csh without tab completion. How can I change my account's default shell to bash? chsh is not available.
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Loop until user presses 'C' in sh file

What I want is as follows: At first when user runs .sh file it displays following: Review id: You id is:XXX000YYY Do you want to change it?[Press Y to change, C to continue]: Now If user presses Y ...
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Redirect stdout/stderr of a background job from console to a log file?

I just run a job (assume foo.sh). ./foo.sh [Press Ctrl-Z to stop] bg # enter background And it generate output to stdout and stderr. Is there any method to redirect to stdout and stderr to other ...
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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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How can I encode an url for wget?

I am looking for a way to convert a string to a clean url. For example : wget http://myurl.com/toto/foo bar.jpg This is going to download http://myurl.com/toto/foo and http://bar.jpg. I want to ...
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How to find out environment variables set after logging into a shell session

How can I find out the environment variables set after logging into a shell session? My two dummy solutions have been so far as follows: _VariableName1="VarValue1";export _VariableName1; ...