Bash is the shell used in Ubuntu's command-line interface.

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How do I run .sh files in Terminal?

Whenever I open a .sh file, it opens it in gedit instead of the terminal. I can't find any option similar to Right Click → Open With → Other Application... → Terminal. How do I open this file in the ...
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How do I create a permanent Bash alias?

I would like to create an alias to rm command in order to have a confirmation message after executing this command. So I am creating an alias like this alias rm='rm -i'. But as far as I know this is a ...
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How can I run this sh script without typing the full path?

I'm still very new to Ubuntu. I'm using 12.04, and I'd like to know if there is a way to run this program/shell script without typing: /opt/idea/bin/idea.sh It's kinda tedious and I'm quite lazy. ...
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Running programs in the background from terminal

How do I run a program in the background of a shell, with the ability to close the shell while leaving the program running? Lets say my UI is having problems or for some reason, I need to boot up a ...
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What is the CVE-2014-6271 bash vulnerability (Shellshock) and how do I fix it?

Recently, there have been news going around regarding "CVE-2014-6271" (See USN-2362-1), which is a vulnerability in Bash. How do I know if I am affected by this, how can I fix it, and why should I ...
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How do I restrict my kids' computing time?

Access to our computer (not only to the internet) needs to be restricted for the accounts of my kids (7, 8) until they are old enough to manage this by themselves. Until then we need to be able to ...
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How do I rebuild a corrupt dpkg status file?

Whenever I type sudo apt-get remove and then press the Tab key for auto-completion I get the following message: grep-status: /var/lib/dpkg/status:15945: expected a colon . I don't see anything ...
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How can I shorten my command line (bash) prompt?

Currently it is: michael@Castle2012-Ubuntu-laptop01:~/Dropnot/webs/rails_v3/linker/spec/controllers$ Outside of renaming my machine and directory structure... How could I make it be something ...
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Differences between doublequotes “ ”, singlequotes ' ' and backticks ´ ´ on commandline?

I often see tutorials on the web or posts on this site which make heavy use of the following characters at the command line. Often it seems that they are used for pretty similar purposes. What are the ...
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Why ~/.bash_profile is not getting sourced when opening a terminal?

Problem I have an Ubuntu 11.04 Virtual Machine and I wanted to set up my Java development environment. I did as follows sudo apt-get install openjdk-6-jdk Added the following entries to ...
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Bash history search, partial + up-arrow

I have searched, but not found anything on this. I am looking for a functionality in bash, using a terminal. Way back when, I had a user on a debian system, and a friend set me up with a convenient ...
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'sudo su -' vs 'sudo -i' vs 'sudo /bin/bash' - when does it matter which is used, or does it matter at all?

When I'm doing something that requires root be typed in dozens of times in a row, I prefer to switch my session to a root session. In the various tutorials and instructions I have used on the ...
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How can I tell what date Ubuntu was installed?

is there a command which will output the date that ubuntu (or any distribution) was installed?
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Is #!/bin/sh read by the interpreter?

In bash or sh, I guess anything which starts with # is a comment. But in bash scripts we write: #!/bin/bash And in Python scripts, there is: #!/bin/python Does this mean that # by itself is a ...
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UEFI machine doesn't boot Ubuntu through NVRAM bootcatalog. How to fix?

An answer posted here should: Avoid to require the user to download and install additional packages or PPAs. Be as quick and simple as possbile. (I tried boot-repair and it didn't ...
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trim the terminal command prompt working directory

When using the terminal in a deep folder structure sometimes the prompt can take up most of the line. Is there any way in which I can trim the working directory? I know I can do PS1="\W >" to only ...
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Run simple bash script to start applications at login

I want to run a simple bash script automatically when I log in. For example #!/bin/bash echo "start spotify" gnome-terminal -e spotify --title spotify When I run this command, one gnome-terminal ...
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How can I capture text from a specific terminal and redirect it to a log file while simultaneously working? [duplicate]

I viewed this question to redirect text to file while displaying the output. My question is how can I redirect it while working AND without constant | tee command. My plan is to use this question to ...
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Hide current working directory in terminal

As a default, the terminal prompt shows something like: user@system:/folder1/folder2/folder3/folder4$ the deeper you go into the filesystem, the less space is left for typing in commands. Can I ...
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How to clear bash history completely?

I want to clear all before command from history of my server. I use history -c it seems all things are cleared but when I ssh to the server,all commands are still there. How can I clear them ...
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How to copy files via terminal?

I have read about copying files with terminal but these examples will help me a lot. So here is what I want to do: Examples: I have a file in /home/levan/kdenlive untitelds.mpg and I want to copy ...
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How can I tell if my system was booted as EFI/UEFI or BIOS?

How do I determine whether a particular running Ubuntu system was booted using EFI/UEFI, or BIOS?
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How to avoid duplicate entries in .bash_history

The same command is listed in my history again and again. How can I avoid this? I know it's possible via HISTCONTROL but I haven't found the right way.
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How to run a command or script at screen lock/unlock?

I am looking for a way to store lock/unlock screen times. A=$(date) echo $A >> $HOME/time_xprofile What did I try: $HOME/.bashrc $HOME/.bash_logout $HOME/.bash_prompt $HOME/.xprofile Then ...
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How to list all variables names and their current values?

Including not only $HOME, $PWD etc but any other you have defined.
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How do I modify my PATH so that the changes are available in every Terminal session

I want to add a directory to search my search path. I know I have to modify the $PATH environment variable. However, I want the change to be permanent, so that it is always in effect, for every ...
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Scripts in /etc/profile.d Being Ignored?

I'm new to Ubuntu. I'm running 13.10 Desktop. I wanted to set some system wide aliases and a custom prompt for bash. I found this article: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/EnvironmentVariables ...
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Can I enable bash-completion for the new apt command?

The new apt command, present in Ubuntu since 14.04, seems to be a really useful intersection of functionality between apt-get and apt-cache but the current version of bash-completion doesn't know ...
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How to use variables in 'sed' command?

I try the fallowing code and it does nothing var1=QQ sed -i 's/$var1/ZZ/g' $file However this code replaces QQ with ZZ sed -i 's/QQ/ZZ/g' $file How to use variables in sed?
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Command to append line to a text file without opening an editor

Assuming i have a line that i want to add to a file without opening an editor. How could i append this line alias list='ls -cl --group-directories-first' to this file config.fish
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Home directory not being created

I am trying to understand system administration on Ubuntu. So, as an example, I create a dummy user using sudo useradd -d /home/linda linda and passwd to create the password. I check that an entry ...
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Sequence of scripts sourced upon login

I would like to concentrate all my login config in my ~/.bash_profile. There was a ~/.bashrc there by default but I replaced it with a ~/.bash_profile. However, when I log in, something before my ...
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Where can I find a complete reference for the $PS1 variable?

The default PS1 variable on my machine (Kubuntu 13.10) is this: \[\e]0;\u@\h: \w\a\]${debian_chroot:+($debian_chroot)}\u@\h:\w\$ I'm looking for a reference for how the $PS1 variable works that, at ...
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Bash auto_completion with Xubuntu and xrdp from windows

I'm using Xubuntu and connecting over RemoteDesktop with Windows 7. Everything works fine, but the auto_completion in my bash doesn't work. I checked the .bashrc file in my home directory and also ...
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How do I insert a line at the top of a text file using the command line?

I want to insert text at the top of an already existing file. How can I achieve this. I tried echo and tee but was not successful. I was trying to insert repo line at the top of sources.list file ...
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Which one is better: using ; or && to execute multiple commands in one line?

In tutorials and how-to's I often see commands combined. For instance, sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install pyrenamer There seem to be four possible connectors: &, &&, || ...
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What is difference between #!/bin/sh and #!/bin/bash?

if I write, #!/bin/bash echo "foo" or #!/bin/sh echo "foo" both yields same. I have seen some scripts starting with #!/bin/sh or #!/bin/bash. Is there any difference between them?
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What are login and non-login shells?

It is said that settings for non login shell to go into .bashrc file and login shell settings to go into .profile file. What is really meant by login and non-login shells? Please explain without ...
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Delete all files except files with the extension pdf in a directory

I have a directory that contains the following: x.pdf y.zip z.mp3 a.pdf I want to delete all files apart from x.pdf and a.pdf. How do I do this from the terminal? There are no subdirectories so no ...
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How can I create a select menu in a shell script?

I'm creating a simple bash script and I want to create a select menu in it, like this: ./script echo "Choose your option:" 1) Option 1 2) Option 2 3) Option 3 4) Quit And according to ...
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How can a script check if it's being run as root?

I'm writing a simple bash script, but I need it to check whether it's being run as root or not. I know there's probably a very simple way to do that, but I have no idea how. Just to be clear: What's ...
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How can I create an alias for cd and ls?

I frequently run the ls command after running the cd command. How can I create an alias (like cs) for this operation?
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How do I use wget/curl to download from a site I am logged into?

Some parts of wikipedia appear differently when you're logged in. I would like to wget user pages so they would appear as if I was logged in. Is there a way I can wget user pages like this ...
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How do I clean or disable the memory cache?

After the system starts, in a few minutes my memory cache fills up and it starts using the swap. Here's a screenshot of /proc/meminfo. However, if I can disable this process / clean the cache once ...
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Search for duplicate file names within folder hierarchy?

I have a folder called img, this folder has many levels of sub-folders, all of which containing images. I am going to import them into an image server. Normally images (or any files) can have the ...
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How (and where) can one change 'user@host $:' pattern in gnome-terminal?

When I start terminal in Ubuntu, I see: ilya@HOST:~$ I need to add a timestamp to this, something like: 2011-10-09T09:32:00 ilya@HOST:~$ How can I configure this?
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How does one open the HUD from the command line.

Alt is used to open the HUD in 12.04. I'd like to use alt to execute a second action as well as open the HUD by having alt execute an executable script. So Alt = script, that does HUD and other ...
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How to execute sudo commands with Expect & send commands in bash script?

Can any body let me know how to execute sudo commands with expect. I tried the following but this is not working. Can anyone give me suggestion please? set login "sasuke" set addr "hostname" set pw ...
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Script to Mute an Application

My goal is to be able to mute the Spotify application, not the entire system. Using the command: ps -C spotify -o pid= I am able to find the process ID of Spotify, in this case the ID is "22981". With ...
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What is the difference between 'su -' , 'sudo bash' and 'sudo sh'?

I would like to know what is the difference between su - sudo bash sudo sh I cannot login as root while doing su - because I do not have the root password - I mean I have my user password with ...