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A shell script is a script written for the shell, or command line interpreter, of an operating system.

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Exited with code: 1 Error with launchd

I am trying to run a job with launchd which runs a shell script that creates a zip file I then backup. I am receiving the error: 6/26/13 5:04:37.992 PM com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[162]: ...
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UNIX-Shell Scripting

While executing the below script, I'm getting an error: Syntax error at line 1 : `(' is not expected. sudo su - user1 -c "cd $HOME ; tar -cvf $HOME/mine.tar `cat /tmp/$LOGNAME/List` " where List ...
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Trying to find any home directory that is writable by anyone

I am trying to locate any user home directories and their files that are writable by anyone. I wrote this: find /home -type d -perm -200 | grep . || echo no world-writable directories here ...
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How to launch X11 program at start up and have it execute custom scripts when the X session is closed?

I need to run a script at the end of each user session, and this seems like the best way to do it. I have no experience making X11 programs, so how exactly do I go about doing this?
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run a bash script at logoff, shutdown, and restart on Linux

I need to run a bash script each time a Debian-esque thick client logs off, shuts down, or restarts. Outside of that, it can be any distro, desktop environment, window manager, or otherwise ...
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How to merge ls commands colors with the output of find or du?

I have a simple alias to list the size of files&folders in cwd. ( including dotfiles in this case , ignoring zero sizes ) du -sh .[!.]* * | sort -hr | grep -v '^0' which can be achieved ...
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How to run my script on VM

I have script on my Virtual machine that i would like to run without []$ ./myscript [studentuser@CentosStudentSvr ~]$ myscript -bash: iduser: command not found otherwise it errors: -bash: iduser: ...
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Capturing output of .bat script in VMWare Fusion 'runProgramInGuest'

I've recently started a new job where we run virtualized copies of Windows inside VMWare Fusion (Mac OSX is the host). Among other things, we have a few utility .bat files that get run regularly. I'd ...
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Delete old log files in AIX

I am trying write a script to delete old log files in \var\log\applog\nmon on my AIX system. We usually get alerts that the file system is almost full and at the moment delete old files by hand. So ...
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Unzip file from source to destination within user directory across multiple versions of windows

I have a source zip file which is located in a user's "My Documents" directory. It is guaranteed to always be there. I'm looking for a way to create a batch or script which will let me unzip that file ...
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Creating unique template HTML files for all MP4 files in a directory

I've prepared a number of video files that will each have their own HTML page. (I'm making a series of lecture videos and trying to keep things simple since I'm a chemist, not a coder.) I'd like ...
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Changing the case of the Nth character of a filename using Bash?

I have a folder of files and I want to change the case of one of their characters at the 5th position. From this: ABC-xyz DEF-xyz GHI-xys To this: ABC-Xyz DEF-Xyz GHI-Xys You'll notice the X ...
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A way to paste predefined list of text in bash script to browser?

I am looking for a way in bash to paste a few lines (which will be selected in a loop) to a form on a webpage at a certain location (i.e to a specific field on a page). Is this possible? Hope I've ...
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Get USB key manufacturer serial number

I am looking for a batch command to retrieve an USB key manufacturer serial number. I need a command that works in both Windows XP and Windows Seven. This is for a hardware follow-up. I have a script ...
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Queue commands to last subshel even if one of them launches new shell

I want to automate something writing simple script launching consecutively few scripts one after another. And then setting some aliases at the top shell. Problem: few of these commands launch new ...
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SSH and SCP giving error

I am doing the same steps (Perform SSH and SCP Without Entering Password on openSSH). But it keep asking password prompt while scp or 'ssh -l' command run. Same steps i did few days back, it was ...
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Auto backup photos to network drive

My wife's ultrabook is getting full of pictures. I have a NAS that all our pictures are on. What I want to do is store EVERY picture on the NAS (easy) but keep all the photos from the last 12 months ...
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Merging two folders with the same or different names

How can I merge two folders with the same or different names with subdirectories, using shell script or terminal. Also, if there is a file with the same name, then it should skip.
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Can you switch into Single User Mode Without Rebooting?

Is it possible to switch into single user mode WITHOUT rebooting and holding CMD+S. For example, can I write a shell script to switch into single user mode? If so, for which operating systems?
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How to rename to existing folder

i am not able to rename the folder name. i tried these ways. please correct me, [testuser@backupdev1-lnx backup]$ cd /opt/backup/ [testuser@backupdev1-lnx backup]$ ls -l total 8 drwxrwxr-x 2 ...
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How to perform zipped mirroring on Windows?

My source is a directory hierarchy. I need to auto-copy the files in the source to a destination directory, but to have each file individually zipped inside the destination sub-directories. ...
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Launching a Shell Script via .desktop in Raspbian Wheezy

I am trying to launch OMXplayer and play a sequence of videos on loop on a RaspberryPi running Raspbian Wheezy. I have got a working shell script which launches and plays the videos courtesy of ...
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bad interpreter shell script

Hi I'm trying to write a shell script for plotting with gnuplot however I keep running into the error: bash: ./plot.sh: usr/bin/gnuplot: bad interpreter: No such file or directory I have checked the ...
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Averaging subsets of images with imagemagick, iteratively

I have a hundred images and I want to average them 5 at a time. The imagemagick command for the first 5 is: convert -background transparent %d.jpg[1-5] -average output1.jpg The imagemagick ...
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Script to copy files to x locations of rules are met

I would like to create an automator script that will ask me for a specified folder, and on selection I would like it to search for the following and do x tasks if files is .mkv and does not contain ...
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Linux tool to autodownload and build from SourceForge?

Has anyone made anything (even just a script) to automatically download, untar, and make projects off of SourceForge in Linux? How could I do that? I am using Ubuntu 12.10, specifically.
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Is there a cross OS (win/mac) scripting languagee? [closed]

I use Autohotkey for all my Windows scripting, but would like to use something that could apply to a Mac as well. Without having to write it in multiple languages. And having it compatible with ...
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How to run apache server if it not already running

I wonder if it is possible to check whether or not apache2 is running. If it is not running I want to execute it using shellscript Currently I have added a function which I named run_apache which ...
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Loop through folder with higher space usage in shell? [duplicate]

I would like to create an script where give me a report of which folders have the higher usage space and keep doing that until there's no folder anymore. Today I do this manually, with: sudo du -h ...
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parse log file with heavy output

I'd like to monitor my vsftpd logs and pull information from the logs to process the files that have been uploaded. Up till now everything was great and worked fine: tail -n0 -F /var/log/vsftpd.log | ...
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parse vsftpd log with shell script

I try to parse this line with vsftpd: Sun Apr 7 07:23:33 2013 [pid 23590] [cam02430] OK UPLOAD: Client "206.132.183.209", "/20130407/07/20130407_072324D.avi", 496846 bytes, 383.38Kbyte/sec with: ...
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multiple conditionals in shell script

This is driving me insane. There are many posts on this but nothing is working for me. I want to check if a file is not an avi or mpg then I want to exit. Here is a simple example: #!/bin/sh ...
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Exclude files in a for loop

I want to delete the /lib directory inside apk files. I managed to do this with: for DIR in ~/ABC ~/ABD do cd $DIR for APK in * do if test -f "$APK" then zip -d $APK ...
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Comparing zip files

We need to compare the contents in each of 2 .zip files we have. Each .zip file has of different file extensions. Each .zip file also contains another .zip file and a couple of subdirectories. We ...
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how to compare negative floating points in bash

We tested our script and it fails on negative floating points comparison in bash. What are we doing wrong ? $F1=10000000000 $F2=300 FLP=$(bc <<< "scale=5; ($F2 - $F1)/$F2 * 100") if [ $FLP ...
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Shell script detecting errors from command called by script

I am calling applications from my shell script, which performs a number of important steps in sequence, one step being below: for database in $( echo 'show databases;' | mysql ...
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*nix shellscript: Get disk usage on multiple OSs

I am trying to get the usage-percentage for a given disk in a system. The program I have to write will be a bash shell script. The script has to work on Debian, Arch, and Mac OS X. My current ...
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Keep a fixed number of files in a directory

We have a Linux directory where files and directories are being added to it daily. We like to control this list of files and subdirectories in the directory by fixing the list to 50 most recent files ...
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How to find all zero byte files in directory

How to find all zero bytes files in directory and even in subdirectories i done this #!/bin/bash lns=`vdir -R *.* $dir| awk '{print $8"\t"$5}'` temp="" for file in $lns do if test $file = "0" then ...
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Calculate % difference and file sizes between two files

We have two zip files and would like to compare them. We're also interested in calculating the percentage difference between them and the file size. Is there a tool that can do this quickly?
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Using Xargs with hocr2pdf

I'm trying to use tesseract and hocr2pdf on a series of .tif files in a folder. Using ls *.tif | xargs -I% tesseract % % -l fra hocr produces the html files which have the same file name but with ...
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wget downloads empty files even with proper referer and cookies

I'm trying to scrape Brenda Enzymes for a bunch of molecule files with a script. If I just download by file URL (it's a PHP redirect), I get a 0Kb file, so I think they're checking for cookies and/or ...
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Rotate Outgoing Ip in Postfix, script not working

I've found what it seems to be a nice piece of code meant to rotate postfix IP but I really can't get it to work. when I run it I get this error: rotate_postfix_ip.sh: 2: Syntax error: "(" unexpected ...
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How do I make a batch file that looks exactly like a command prompt?

I want to make a batch file that, when run, looks and works exactly the same as a command prompt, except that I can do something with everything the user enters (e.g. logging it). How can I do this?
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comparing two directories and getting the output with absolute path

was trying to compare two directories. one directory is the reference directory(dir1) and the other is the directory where modifications(dir2) are being done I need the list of files which are ...
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Remove IP with ip command in linux

If I add two IPs like this: ip addr add 1.1.1.1/24 dev eth2 ip addr add 1.1.1.2/24 dev eth2 and then I try to delete one of like this: ip addr del 1.1.1.2/24 dev eth2 BOTH IPs will be deleted ...
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bash call command on $var value

I am new to shell scripting and stepped through this quick guide: http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Bash-Prog-Intro-HOWTO.html which was helpful but left a lot of questions about working with variables ...
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Shell Script : How use find expression in a for?

I would like to use the find command in a for. So I did this: for logs in `find $BACKUP_FOLDER -exec ls -la {} \; | awk '{ if ( $8==2011) printf $0"\n" }'`; do // some command here done; But it ...
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How to SSH multiple service with a for in SHELL?

I would like to access some server via SSH, run some commands and exit. Do this for lots of servers. I know I can do this for one machine only, with this script : ssh **IP** << EOF chown -R ...
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Control awesome window manager from console

I would like to accomplish the follwing: determine current tag X in awesome window manager sleep for 10 seconds Jump to tag X no matter what the current tag is. I know i can control awesome via ...