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

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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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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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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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Starting Zsh in ConEmu in specified directory

ConEmu runs zsh under CygWin fine. I want to add a right click option to explorer to "Start ConEmu With CygWin Zsh In This Diretory" ConEmu provides an Integration settings page to set explorer ...
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Clear terminal using keyboard shortcut

I was curious if there is a way to clear the terminal buffer/output through some keyboard shortcut. I am using Ubuntu. I am aware that Ctrl + L clears the terminal, but you can still scroll back to ...
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How do you run Vim in Windows?

I just installed gVim, and tried using the usual "vim myfile.java" technique that usually works for linux to open up a file and edit it. But unfortunately, this doesn't seem to work. I've also tried ...
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zsh with Cygwin

How can I configure zsh to be the default shell under Cygwin?
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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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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 change the Login Shell on Mac OS X from bash to zsh?

I'm trying to change the Login Shell of Mac OS X from bash to zsh. I see it is possible in Mac OS X Leopard, but for OS X Lion I can't find a way. I really hope it is possible to change the Login ...
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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 append a string at the end of all lines?

I'm trying to add a string at the end of all lines in a text file, but I have a mistake somewhere. Example: I've this in a text file: begin--fr.a2dfp.net begin--m.fr.a2dfp.net begin--mfr.a2dfp.net ...
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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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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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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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How to make an application accessible for ISPConfig's shell user?

We are using ISPConfig to manage our VPS. We have created a domain with a shell user assigned to that domain. There is an application installed on the VPS that is called Drush (shell application for ...
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Unix/linux shell scripting floating point division

I have to divide two floating point values and store it in variable. My code below v_missedvol=4003.03 v_allvolume=3003.03 v_vol_temp= $(echo "$v_missedvol / $v_allvolume" | bc -l ) the result ...
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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 character combination to remove it via ...
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ksh Auto-Completion PuTTY Configuration

I'm having a bit of a problem configuring my PuTTY client to work with the auto-completion feature in the ksh shell. I do a listing on the root with the directories /home and /homeroot and it returns ...
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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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How can I use a bash like shell on windows

I use Linux and a Mac. I'll be teaching some command line stuff soon. What can I install on Windows to give me a terminal window most similar to a basic mac/linux bash shell. Would like to be able to ...
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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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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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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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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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How to justify and center text in bash?

Newbie here. I'm looking for bash script to center and justify text. My script only works with one line of text. How would you improve it? #!/bin/bash COLS=$(tput cols) while true; do clear ...
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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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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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How can I find what a Windows PC thinks its name is, given its IP?

How can I find out what a remote Windows PC thinks its host name is, given its IP? From Windows cmd.exe or a Linux shell. I'm not interested what a DNS server thinks the host name is for an IP, just ...
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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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BitLocker missing in Windows 8.1 Pro

This is a TPM-free laptop dual booting to Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows 7 Pro. BitLocker was turned on in Windows 8 Pro (before upgrading to 8.1) via group policy. Everything was fine initially, but ...
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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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Automaticly run xinit from rc.local as different user

I'm working on some tuning of my raspberry pi b+. So I decided that midori should start automaticly after autologin. With startx it works without problems, but X is still to ressource hungry. So I'll ...
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How to execute a command whenever a file changes?

I want a quick and simple way to execute a command whenever a file changes. I want something very simple, something I will leave running on a terminal and close it whenever I'm finished working with ...
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Mac OSX: conventional places where binary files should live

I'm only vaguely familiar with Unix and the filesystem convention for Macs, so sorry if this is a dumb/easy question. I've downloaded an application that is a command-line application, and want to ...
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How to columnize text with tabs (in vim or on the shell)

I have a frequent need to manually manipulate tab-delimited text for data entry and other purposes. When I do this, it helps if the text is aligned properly into columns. For example (assuming 4-space ...
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Mac Terminal showing bash instead of my username

This makes it hard to know what directory I am in. I installed a version of python for school and now it says -bash-3.2$ instead of MyMacbook: ~$. I'm sure this is really simple, but I know nothing ...
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Command Not Found When Executed via PHP shell_exec()

I want to execute following command on my Ubuntu server using php: android create project --target 8 --name $fname --path ./$fname --activity MainActivity --package $fpack 2>&1 The above ...
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How to start a job in the stopped state?

In bash, how can I initiate a job in a stopped state, as if I started it normally and then immediately pressed Ctrl-Z? Or as if I had sent SIGSTOP to the process immediately, but without giving the ...
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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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Stop Windows 7 Explorer from automatically expanding folders

Windows 7 Explorer can be opened in any folder from the command line. But, it automatically expands (on the left nav panel) the Favorites, Desktop, and [Username] folders. This makes it hard to see ...
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How can I do Ctrl-Z and bg in one keypress to make process continue in background?

I follow this pattern of suspending the task and then letting it to continue too often with the Ctrl-Z bg sequence. I was wondering is there any way to compress that to single keypress? My shell is ...