A shell is software that lets users interact with the operating system, usually by typing at a command-line.

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git rebase --interactive throws an error

I'm relatively new to git. Could anyone, please, help running git rebase --interactive properly? It throws an error when I try to execute it. Note: I don't want to uninstall Xcode unless it's ...
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Escape-backspace behavior in fish shell like in other shells

I recently started using the fish shell for some things and generally like it. However I've run across one situation that would be great if there were a workaround. Say I typed a command like this: ...
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How do I start the taskbar after changing the “shell” registry key that runs at login

So, I have made a version of windows that looks like it isn't running windows (no logos or common windows tropes), so that it looks like it is only the software I choose that is running, sort of like ...
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Append text to first occurrence of a pattern using sed

Say there is a text file as below: Hello world types="" Mario types="Game" What I want to do is find the first occurrence of type="" and append with word "program". I need output as: Hello world ...
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Extract version string from filename

We have a list of filenames in file a.txt with their version string embedded in them. Eg: gson-2.1 xmlParserAPIs-2.4.0 acrobat-1.1 orai18n-mapping-12.1.0.2 jdbc-se2.0 eclipse-core-runtime-20070801 ...
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Disable audio output of a program

To disable text output we use > dev/null, for example, make > /dev/null But how to similarly disable audio output? For example, skype A>&1 /dev/null or whatever. EDIT: If it's ...
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Can't run default shell

What to do if I uninstalled my default shell (/opt/local/bin/bash)? I can't open terminal under my account unless my default shell is valid or at least exists. Are there any elegant ways to fix it? ...
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"bin/sh: can't access tty; job control turned off” error while installing

I am installing CernVM Software appliance in VirtualBox in Ubuntu. After I start the virtual machine, it starts to install but in the midway gives the following error bin/sh: can't access tty; job ...
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OSX - Custom lockscreen incorrect password script

As you probably know, in Mac OS X you can enable a lock screen when waking from sleep, where the user enters their password. I am looking for a way of running an Automator.app workflow when an ...
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Why can't I use my newly created user with chown?

So I am attempting to create a new user and group, and then change ownership of a directory to that new user/group. However, when I do, chown comes back with an "illegal user name" message. Here's a ...
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Including a fallback in default shell

I have an account on a network, and my shell is set to zsh, but when I log onto a computer that doesn't have zsh installed on it, a terminal I launch tries to run zsh and fails, so I get an empty ...
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How do I undo this terminal command?

The following was supposed to stop my f8 key from automatically opening my itunes on my Mac. "#!/usr/bin/env python import sys, os, subprocess launch = True blocker = "" apps = ["Spotify", ...
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How to run elevated shell from within console2 (Windows 8.1)? Possible?

I come from Linux, and for days I have been pulling my hair out trying to run an elevated shell (powershell, ipython interpreter, and bash) from within Console2. However, it always pops open a new ...
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Fish Shell STDERR not outputted by default

I am using the fish shell, which until this moment had been a perfect replacement of the good old bash, but I came across the following problem. fish does not forward STDERR to STDOUT. Of course if I ...
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Mac OSX restart from command line and close all windows

I want to use command line to restart my mac OSX, I'm using: sudo shutdown -r now But i want to restart without the reopen windows option, I've looked at the documentation here but with no luck, ...
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Search for files created at specific time in folder OS X

I have a folder with 2000+ image files in it from a time lapse camera. I want to find/select all the images that were taken at the time 10:00 and 15:00. The find function has a "date created" but I ...
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How to check if a file exists after a specific interval of time

I want to check if a directory contains a file (for example sample.txt). If it doesn't contain that file in 5 hrs then I would need to perform some action. How can I do this in a script? I tried ...
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How to set a time length of ssh and redirect the error message

I have a hostlist and there are several hosts. I want to use ssh to connect to them. I want to see whether the host is available or not by the time length of ssh takes. If it take long than 5s (which ...
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How does OS X's Terminal pass the new tab's dir to login or bash?

In OS X, you can add a shell to /etc/shells and set it as a user's default shell, such that when they open the terminal they are presented with that shell. In addition, When you have the option to ...
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Android ADB Shell sendevent Not Working

I want to simulate pressing the power button on a rooted Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 GT-P5100 running Android 4.0.4 using the ADB shell. To do this I changed the relevant permissions using: adb shell su ...
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What triggers notifications of the form “Bell in session Shell” in KDE?

I'm running KDE on Debian Testing. From time to time, programs running in a terminal (Konsole) trigger system notifications of the form "Bell in session Shell". What triggers these notifications? ...
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Git Bash on Windows 8 open to specific directory except when using Git Bash Here context menu

When I right click and choose Git Bash here it works as expected and the shell launches in the correct window. When clicking just the icon, despite changing the Start In settings, the directory is ...
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Where does device mode and state output come from, and how do I disable it?

Whenever I change my wlan broadcasting details with hostapd I get some output like this: [ 6706.929857 ] device wlan0 entered promiscuous mode [ 6707.986991 ] br0: port 2(wlan0) entered forwarding ...
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Edit xml file using shell script / command

I need to do this using unix script or command There is a xml file in /home/user/app/xmlfiles like <book> <fiction type='a'> <author type=''></author> ...
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What is CMPRS in this top command output?

Processes: 264 total, 2 running, 9 stuck, 253 sleeping, 1229 threads 2015/04/13 17:17:48 Load Avg: 1.00, 1.22, 1.24 CPU usage: 6.36% user, 21.81% sys, 71.81% idle SharedLibs: 14M resident, 16M data, ...
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Make shell script rerun command on certain user input

I'm writing a shell script that randomizes my hostname but prints the random hostname and prompts me if I want to use this hostname for example NEXTHOST=$(sed `perl -e "print int rand(99999)"`"q;d" ...
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Is there a folder-specific .bashrc or .bash_profile?

Is it possible to have a bash script (like a .bashrc or .bash_profile, basically) that is executed only upon cd’ing into a specific folder?
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Looping through files and collecting data

Ok, I have a problem that I think you guys can help with. I have 24 folders. Labeled Angle1, Angle2, ... , Angle24 Each folder has a file name output.txt In each file named output.txt, I want to ...
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Controlling tty / terminal output from other session / shell

We are told that a tty can control at most one session and furthermore that ttys can be controlled not to allow background process groups within its controlled session to write or read from it, the ...
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How to clear screen on Python 3.4.2 shell?

I am trying to clear the screen on python 3.4.2 shell, I used clear screen, clear(), cls, clrscr etc. But no one is working, Please let me know the command to clear the screen.
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How to show path in shell, but only a fixed number from pwd?

Basically, I want to display something like: me@host.serv.com:../projects/1234/source$ cd cpp me@host.serv.com:../1234/source/cpp$ instead of: ...
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Can I change my PATH dynamically based on my cwd?

I would like to change my $PATH environment variable dependent on my current working directory. Say I'm in /foo/bar/baz and I have the directories /foo/node_modules/.bin and ...
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When in ~ directory, why doesn't ls show /usr/ directory?

I can cd /usr/, but why doesn't ls -a or ls -d or ls -d */ show me that the usr directory is there? I have already seen this question, but ls -d */ yields ls: cannot access */: No such file or ...
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Hiding internal work outputs by shell script

I make a shell script that can update a tools. I want that when i run the root@host:# sh script.sh then the output will be Its installing Its done But now my script look like root@host:# sh ...
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Find history event by prefix with a hyphen

I often have to use commands that have a hyphen in their names and differ only in the part following the hyphen. I am used to using bang-history expansion, but there is a problem with how zsh handles ...
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Prevent fork bomb when using interactive commands (like script) in .bashrc

I've often wanted to log the output of Terminal. So I tried to set script to run at startup; in my .bashrc file I put: script ~/Logs/$(date "+%Y-%m-%d.%H-%M-%S") Because the commands in my .bashrc ...
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chown -R root:root .* in /root performs chown on /

When running the command in the title from /root it somehow jumps up to / and changes ownership for ALLfiles, i only noticed because error messages for /proc popped up. Maybe i'm getting old but ...
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Navigate to the biggest directory in a directory in windows cmd

I am inside a directory which contains two directories - "games" and "music" and I want to descend into either "games" or "music" depending on which one has a bigger size.
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How to pass the command to the other server using ssh

#!/bin/bash ENV=stg NODE=node4 KEYFILE=************ USERNAME=ubuntu PORT=22 HOST=********** CASSANDRA_HOME=/ebs/var/lib/cassandra KEYSPACE=*** TABLE1=RegisterUser TABLE2=EmailSyncMetadata ...
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Custom Windows shell hosted on the network

We have a custom kiosk-style executable that we are using as a shell on Windows 8.1 machines. We'd like to host it on the network so that it's easy to update as desired. The problem we have is that ...
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How do you write to a file within the command line?

Specifically mac, but for future reference for those that come across this post, this could be on any OS. So am learning the command line, and one utility (perhaps the only one) which seems to be ...
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Is it possible to delete directory when in the directory in shell

I have a directory which I run a program in. /usr/bin/my-dir I need to run the program from within the directory So I must go cd /usr/bin/my-dir ./my-program I have a script that from a ...
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Launch interactive shell command as an emacs buffer

I'd like to run a shell command that asks a few interactive questions before proceeding, from within Emacs. The functionality I'm looking for is like xterm -e <command>, only with an Emacs ...
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What is the best policy for running GUI programs from CLI to silence non-error messages?

When, on Linux, running graphical programs (such as Sublime Text for example) from the Terminal, the program runs fine but logs on the console messages that are not exactly failures, nor useful log ...
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Bash history deduplication causing dangerous multi-shell behaviour

I am using the following code in my .bash_profile to filter and de-duplicate my bash history: shopt -s histappend HISTSIZE=100000 HISTFILESIZE=100000 HISTCONTROL=ignoredups:erasedups ...
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How can I safely remove timeout from a script?

I started a script with timeout --signal 2 --kill-after 10 14400 and now decided that it should rather run as long as it must, so I need to remove that timeout from the running script. top -p ...
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How to stop tail -f except using kill

I want to write a shell script to detect if my program starts up successfully. There is a log file created by the program. When the log file contains a new line: Server startup in, then stop the bash ...
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How to call environment variables in runas command for right click context menu

I am having trouble with using environmental variables with using runas when using the command in the registry for a right click context menu command. I have tried different methods of escaping the ...
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How To Quickly Switch Paths (in Bash)

Sometimes, usually when installing packages with brew, I want to disable/remove certain parts of my path, and then later restore them. I haven't been able to find an easy way to do this, and while I ...
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My host offers SFTP only, not SSH. Can I still use private key authentication? i.e., does SFTP use SSH implicitly?

I'm using WP Engine as my host. They are a managed host and they never offer shell access. However, they do allow setup of SFTP accounts. My (limited) understanding is that SFTP still uses an SSH ...