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In bash, how do I escape an exclamation mark?

I want to do something like bzr commit -m "It works!". I can sort of escape the exclamation mark by doing bzr commit -m "It works\!". However, then my commit message includes the backslash. How do I ...
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In a URL, what is // for? [closed]

Typically, when I see //, it's usualy following some protocol prefix like http: or ftp:. I have never seen it placed anywhere else. For example, http://www.google.com/ is a typical URL. However, ...
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How to read Unix usage

I did some searching, but I cannot find documentation on how Unix usage works. I know something (mostly through trial and error) but, for example, how do I know that /usr/bin/ls ...
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How is \$ being interpreted by grep?

When I write $ grep \$ then whatever I type on terminal, is matched and printed on terminal. How is \$ being interpreted?
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Custom gedit Syntax Highlighting for Dummies?

I want to make (have, actually) a custom syntax highlighting for gedit. There would be just a few different items: A line that begins with 2 tabs. ----- One color. A line that begins with 3 tabs. ...
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Syntax for find on Mac OS X

I have a project directory that contains source code and subdirectories of source code. I want to use the Unix program find to search recursively for the names of files of certain extensions. The ...
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Vim: What do these short names / verbs like <leader>, <C-r> mean?

I'm using Vim for a while now, starting to like it more and more. But when searching for some new features that Vim has in it's goodie bag, I'm often slapped in the face with things like ...
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What bash < < syntax mean?

Ruby Version Manager (RVM) installed like so: bash -s stable < <(curl -s https://raw.github.com/wayneeseguin/rvm/master/binscripts/rvm-installer) I understand what first < mean (feeds bash ...
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How to 'code collapse' wiki syntax on Notepad++ (or any other text editor)?

I'm familiar with Notepad++'s code collapse for certain programming languages but recently I've been working with a plain text file that uses with Wiki syntax. For example: ==Heading1== Content ...
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Explanation of command to uppercase the first letter of a filename

I'm trying to learn to rename files with the command line, and after browsing around a lot of pages I finally found a command that uppercases the first letter of a file, but the problem is that I want ...
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How can I see the available Windows Search Filters?

I've often wondered how to use Windows Search Filters. The available documentation is extremely limited, but its potential uses are quite large. When I type something, the only search filters I see ...
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Program for creating language syntax/grammar “railroad” diagrams?

I'm looking for the program that JSON, SQLite and other projects are using to create the diagrams used for their language syntax, if there is a particular program. All of the diagrams have a similar ...
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How do I pipe a list of numbers straight from the shell into a command?

How do I pipe a list of numbers straight from the shell into a command? For exampe something like this [1,2,3,4] | sort would give 1 2 3 4 EDIT: In response to the answers kindly posted so ...
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How to grep a line start with “*” using grep

How can I use 'grep' to get lines start with '* ' in my file? I tried grep "*" myfile and grep "* " myfile but returns all the lines of my file.
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How can I sort ls by owner and group?

How can I list directories with ls and sort them by their owner and group?
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how do I use tar -C on Snow Leopard when creating an archive?

The man page states -C directory In c and r mode, this changes the directory before adding the following files. However, tar does not change to the directory I specify, but instead reports ...
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crontab day of week vs. day of month?

I added this to /etc/crontab on a few different linux & freebsd systems: # monthly reboot: 3rd Tuesday of every month 56 07 15-21 * 2 root /sbin/shutdown -r now I want a reboot on the 3rd ...
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“Syntax” Highlight a flatfile

I've googled and looked and explored, but it seems most editors configurable syntax highlighting definitions are based on keywords and such. I need one that is based on columns and lines, basically ...
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HTML - Historical or technical reason for target=“_blank” with underscore?

Until today I am wondering why target="_blank" has not become target="blank". I am sure the browsers could understand this as well. Are there any historcal or technical reasons for this decision / ...
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Launch VIM and show, or hide, row numbers

Background Control whether row numbers are displayed after vim starts (in a non-interactive mode). Problem A shell script contains the following code: echo Converting $1 to $1.html... NUMBERS="-c ...
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What does this crontab line do?

What does this crontab entry do? I'm thinking it means run the jobs.sh script every Monday at 11AM. Is this correct? 0 11 * * MON /home/username/jobs.sh
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Matching a number sequence in grep

So I'm trying to match a year number sequence with grep and this should be easy. I'm just a bit stumped that my simplistic regex isn't working. What I'm doing is running a tool which archives some ...
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Fix YAML syntax highlighting in VIM

The YAML syntax highlighting in Vim 7.3 isn't great. Putting an apostrophe in a line of text triggers quote highlighting even when there's no quote. The same thing happens in other files sometimes ...
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Checkbox in Mediawiki syntax?

Is there a way to insert an HTML checkbox in Mediawiki syntax? <input> doesn't appear on their list of blessed tags, so I can't just insert it. (FWIW, this is for a private documentation page ...
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How to set the default language in Notepad++ for Rails View files

Similar question to this but my question goes a step further. I'm developing in rails and would like Notepad++ to automatically use html formatting on files with the extension html.erb. For example ...
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What is the difference between echo $BASH_VERSION and echo ${BASH_VERSION}?

I see a lot of ${VARIABLE} type syntax in scripts. What is the point of the braces?
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How to set syntax specific settings in my VIMRC?

I work with several languages and markups in vim every day (ruby, python, javascript, CSS, HTML, etc), and would like to have different settings for each buffer when I fire up my editor. How can I ...
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cat “input file is output file” while trying to combine multiple files into one

The plan was to collect all source lines of Java into one file, recursively: $ find . -name '*.java' | xargs cat >> all.java But there was an error: cat: ./all.java: input file is output ...
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Make emacs show comments after } else {

This is best described on an example. Let's say you have the following C source file: if (something is true) { meh(); } else if (something else is true) { foo(); } else { // something even ...
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emacs auto-complete behavior with underscores in python mode

In my .emacs I have the following line of code: (modify-syntax-entry ?_ "." python-mode-syntax-table) This is so that commands like forward-word and backward-kill-word stop at any underscores that ...
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How does calling a program in Windows XP from “Run…” with a colon argument work?

I noticed that a certain program works in a special way when sending an argument. The only way to send an argument is by clicking "Start -> Run..." and typing: [programname]:[argument] for e.g ...
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How to use wildcards to find the years between 1900 and now

I want to know the number of times that any year from 1900 through the current year is mentioned in a Word file. I know how to use a wildcard expression to do this in two steps as follows: ...
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Extractor Information program by detecting syntactic patterns

I wonder if there is a program that helps you automatically extract information by setting syntactic patterns and save it in a base data.
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Automating Disk Cleanup on Windows using commandline

I am trying to run Disk Cleanup in the Command Prompt (and through a C# program) and so I went through all the available options from this link: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315246 Whilst I ...
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What is the meaning of pri=42

When mounting a swap partition on Linux, what does the mount option pri=42 mean? fstab: /dev/hda1 swap swap pri=42 0 0
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Commenting Highlighted code in Netbeans

Using the latest version of Netbeans and trying to use the toggle comment button to comment out only the highlighted text, but netbeans ends up commenting out the entire line of CSS code. Is there ...
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Ubuntu Crontab error

I want to list files at 12h01. How can I set my crontab to do this? pedro@Pedro-PC:~/PL/trab4$ crontab -l # 01 12 * * * ls -l
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Concatenation in JS functions [closed]

First question here. I am doing Codecademy's JS basics course and have run into a question concerning concatenation in functions. I have: var greeting = function(name){ console.log("Hello, "+"" ...
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Autohotkey key sequence not detected (win-alt-enter) '#' and '!' getting ignored

I am trying to remap the MCE remote green button that sends win-alt-enter (confirmed same LWin, LAlt, and Enter being sent) to just the windows key (LWin is fine). I found #!Enter:: on several forums ...
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Vim syntax highlighting lost on single file

I have a strange thing happening on a single file. When I open the file under it's original name, the highlighting is lost (":syntax on" does nothing). But if I cp that file with another name and open ...
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Vim region with keywords in syntax patterns

I need to create a custom vim region with determines classes and structs. The code, for example, syn region myCxxClass start="\(class\|struct\)\_[ \t]\+" end="}[^;]*;" transparent The patterns for ...
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What about this Forfiles command syntax is wrong?

I was attempting to issue the following FORFILES command, and I recieved an error that distressed me (listed after the command). C:\Windows\system32>FORFILES /P %WINDIR%\servicing\Packages ...
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wget ftp with credentials for a list of files

This SuperUser question isn't quite what I need. Is there a way to do something like this wget ftp://myname:longpassword@someipddress/images/ -i file_list.txt I want to use the same credentials and ...
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eclipse non-extension file syntax highlight

Computer software question: I have bash files that have no extension. How can I have its syntax highlighted in Eclipse. I already have ShellEd installed. Thanks.
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The correct way to use find prune

Facing the same problem as Why doesn't 'find' prune the way I think it should?, but that accepted answer doesn't work for me: Here are my files: $ find . . ./resources ...
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Vim: is it possible to add a modeline for :syntax sync fromstart in a file?

I'm writing a really long page to document a compiler and I was thinking that it would be nice if the doxygen highlighting would stick around. Only if I do a search to further down the file, it loses ...
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Mysql- Changing file name to include date/time stamp when query is run

SELECT '"Part #"', '"Manu"', '"Qty"', '"partdesc"', '"Rohs status"' UNION all ( SELECT partno, manuf, qtyleft, partdesc, stfifo.ROHScompliance FROM stmaster, stfifo WHERE ...
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Change only the user of a file

I have a textfile with name negin.txt in /home and did the following: Right click → Properties → Permissions → Advanced Permissions → Add Entry → Named User user:wwwrun Is ...
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When creating multiple new lines, Sublime only leaves indented the final the line I end up on, and not those above it

In Sublime, when you hit return, it auto-indents the new line, according to syntax. However, if I hit return more than once, going multiple lines down, the previous lines do not remain indented. They ...
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Bash delete file when variable = x

I'm creating a bash script which reboots the system at each reboot it adds a new line to a text file, I then read the text file before each reboot. Once the variable holding the number of lines ...