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Flashing window in gnu screen

I really like gnu screen but there is a problem in my environment when I use it. Examle: username@domain:/var/www$ l Display all 130 possibilities? (y or n) when you click [Tab] to perform ...
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Why does redirecting the output of a file to itself produce a blank file?

Why does redirecting the output of a file to itself produce a blank file? Stated in Bash, why do less foo.txt > foo.txt and fold foo.txt > foo.txt produce an empty foo.txt? Since an ...
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Opposite of tail: all lines except the last n lines

How can I discard the last n lines of a file with a unix command line filter? That would be sort of the opposite of tail: tail discards the first n lines but pipes the rest through, but I want the ...
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awk / sed to print only up to the underscore character

How can I use awk or sed to print a string only up to the first underscore character? Before: host100_044 2 host101_045 2 host102_046 2 After: host100 host101 host102
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How can I change the order of GNU Screen “screens”?

I am currently using the GNU Screen tool. Now my question is whether there is a way to organize or rather change the order of the screens/ screen list displayed at the bottom of my console window. I ...
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How do I install 'rev' in Cygwin?

The Unix rev utility reverses lines in a file. How do I get this under Cygwin? Which package do I need to install?
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why doesn't unix's du(1) command support -i for inode measurement?

Is it simply because going from filenames to inode numbers is difficult in userspace, and you can't read inodes from there?
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why do *NIX commands have such “insane” (counterintuitive) defaults (philosophical pondering)? [closed]

Why do most *NIX commands my (experience is Linux mostly and rare encounter with FreeBDS) have such "insane" (unintuitive) default, behaviours, i.e. VERY different from what the "equivalent" GUI ...
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Why is `bc` ignoring my `obase`?

>>> bc bc 1.06 Copyright 1991-1994, 1997, 1998, 2000 Free Software Foundation, Inc. This is free software with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY. For details type `warranty'. ibase = 16 obase = 56 ...
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Count lines fast

I'm running Windows 7 and have GnuWin32. I have a several-gigabyte text file with LF (\n) line endings. I want to know how many lines it has (or alternatively how many LFs it has, which is, let's say, ...
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how to compare contents of video files?

I have many videos with different encoding. I know some of them have the same content. So here's my need: is there a linux tool (command line oriented, with or without graphical front-end, open-source)...
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ls: cannot access file: No such file or directory

I fundamentally do not understand the issues I am having, but will update this post when I do. Let me just show you. Context: I added a drive to my machine, and for whatever reason, I am unable to ...
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Excluding a file from UNIX “find” results based on existence of another file

I have a big bunch of directories, each with a series of .pdf files. Some of these files have successfully converted to .csv, some have not. An example directory listing using find ./: ./test5.pdf....
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How to kill all the processes that have dates older than today?

I issue the command ps -aux | grep tony. It displays the following output tony 10986 0.0 0.0 33532 464 ? S Feb01 0:00 vncconfig -iconic tony 10988 0.0 0.0 86012 512 ? ...
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Identifying a file with “file” in a shell script?

I'm currently writing a shell script that needs to be able to identify the actual type of files (not their extensions) with the unix "file" utility. However, that tool outputs human readable text ...
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Is there an equivalent of the unix 'look' command on Windows?

I'm looking for an equivalent of the unix look command, which searches a text file for lines beginning with a given prefix. In particular, it has an option for a binary search within a pre-sorted text ...
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Adding a line to an XML file after specific Tags

How would you guys go about adding a line to a bunch of XML files after certain tags? Solution can be based in usage of unix tools or name a text editor or utility that could allow me to do this ...
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pronunciation of 'ctl' in commands like 'systemctl' [closed]

There are sorts of commands like 'systemctl', 'hostnamectl', or 'jounralctl'. I realize that 'ctl' is shorthand for control, but I'm wondering what the generally accepted pronunciation of 'ctl' is.
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rTorrent web frontends [closed]

What are the differences between rtgui and rtpg-www as web front ends for rTorrent. I am looking to run rTorrent on a media server connected to my TV and want a gui so that my roommates that are not ...
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How to extract a specific file without its folder structure using the 7za command

I have a zip file (my.zip) consisting of 4 files: mydata_20050523-20130113.csv mydata_20050523-20130113FileHeader.csv my Data Association - Code Values.pdf my Data Association - Readme.pdf out of ...
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Cygwin unix-utils version of rename not functioning as it should

I'm trying to use the rename function, supplied as part of cygwin, unix-utils ( Mar22 2015), and it does not function as advertised. All the examples I've seen indicate this to be the syntax: rename ...
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Why does grep -r --include=*.js * > dirname/.filename not write all .js files to a single file?

I am trying to put all js files in a directory and sub directorys into a single file in lexical order. What did I do wrong?
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Curious about lsusb output

I ran lsusb on my Linux (Ubuntu) machine and here is my result: Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub Bus 001 ...