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Apr
2
awarded  Generalist
Mar
21
comment pam mount - my password prompt now says pam_mount password:
@sim: I replaced the link.
Mar
21
revised pam mount - my password prompt now says pam_mount password:
fixed broken link
Mar
20
revised linux shell utils: convert a list of hex to list of decimals
additional information
Mar
14
revised bash: how to pass command line arguments containing special characters
removed incorrect formatting
Mar
5
comment Vim Stuck In Insert Mode
@PiotrDobrogost: See my answer to "How can I check in bash if a shell is running in interactive mode?"
Mar
5
awarded  Good Answer
Mar
4
comment Vim Stuck In Insert Mode
@PiotrDobrogost: "When an interactive shell that is not a login shell is started, Bash reads and executes commands from ~/.bashrc, if that file exists." .bash_profile is only executed when Bash is a login shell. "So, typically, your ~/.bash_profile contains the line if [ -f ~/.bashrc ]; then . ~/.bashrc; fi"
Mar
4
comment How do I interpret the results of the `ls -l` command?
@NickRetallack: What does size of a directory mean in output of 'ls -l' command?
Feb
27
awarded  Guru
Feb
22
awarded  Good Answer
Feb
10
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
8
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
3
comment Changing the cell range of conditional formatting in LibreOffice Calc
Have you tried using the format painter? I don't know if it would help.
Jan
27
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
26
comment How do I add text to the beginning of a file in Bash?
@itaifrenkel: I'd have to see what you did, but if cat receives a literal backslash n, it won't convert it to a newline. Something else must have done that. Instead of cat, try piping into hexdump -C to see if you're actually sending backslash and n or if it's a newline. You could also try cat -e to show line endings.
Jan
26
comment How do I add text to the beginning of a file in Bash?
@itaifrenkel: In what way?
Jan
21
reviewed Reject Are there keyboard shortcuts to scroll to the top and bottom of a document?
Jan
18
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
7
comment How do I make bash do vim-like tab completion for file names?
@ubiquibacon: Generally speaking, in a terminal there's no difference between Tab and Shift + Tab (or other shifted vs. non-shifted control characters). However, you can use another keystroke to do the reverse stepping. bind '"\C-q" "\e-\C-i"' will cause Ctrl + Q to do this (or add "\C-q" "\e-\C-i" to your ~/.inputrc. You may need to add stty -ixon to your ~/.bashrc file to enable Ctrl + Q (and Ctrl + S). The \e- (Escape minus) is what reverses the direction.