Questions relating to the execution (running) of a file (usually a compiled binary) or a command.

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How do I run executable scripts in Nautilus?

When I double-click on a script in Nautilus to run it, the script just opens in my text editor with no option to run it. Using Nautilus, how do I run executable text files and/or scripts?
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Why doesn't rc.local run all my commands, and what can I do about it?

I have the following rc.local script: #!/bin/sh -e # # rc.local # # This script is executed at the end of each multiuser runlevel. # Make sure that the script will "exit 0" on success or any other # ...
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What does this “… | ps `cat`” command do?

On my Internet research, I found the following command as solution to find the process name of a window: xprop _NET_WM_PID | sed 's/_NET_WM_PID(CARDINAL) = //' | ps `cat` I just do not understand ...
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How do I change the launcher commands?

I'd like to change the behaviour of the launcher, so that if I click on the firefox icon, it runs the command $ optirun firefox Does anyone know how to change it? Thank you
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Execute command from file in current shell

I want to executed command from file (which is script) in current shell in terminal. Example: I have file ch_dir contains following: #!/bin/bash cd /usr Now if I execute file usually as following ...
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Needed simple script/loop/command for input command, execute and output within textfiles

Suppose I have list of commands in text file as below (cat cmdlist.txt):- cut lshw top awk sensors Now I want to get simple information on that command by whatis cut, whatis lshw etc. respectively ...
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How do I run executable scripts in Nautilus rather than open them in Gedit text editor? [duplicate]

When I double-click on a script in Nautilus in order to run it, the script opens in my text editor with no option to do so. Using Nautilus, how do I run executable text files and/or scripts?
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How to run - from Firefox context menu - terminal commands selected in web pages?

Instead of copying it from the web and pasting it in the terminal, I want to be able to select a command displayed in a web page and with right click context menu to add it and run it in terminal. ...
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Add to path only sh file not a dir

I have a bin folder with a bunch of sh files. For example "server-run.sh", "server-stop.sh", "server-do-something.sh". And I want to run file "server-stop.sh" from anywhere. I could add this bin ...
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What is the difference between `command` and `./command`?

I found that sometime I use the command to run a command, but sometime I use the ./command to run another command. What is the difference?
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How to automate execution of sequence of commands in ubuntu?

I am new to LINUX operating system. I am using ROS (Robotic Operating System) where I type few commands in separate terminal windows for doing the setup. ie Before I run my program, I have to ...
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vim command does not work

I am trying to open vim on my Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit by entering the command in the terminal : vim But i get the response : The program 'vim' can be found in the following packages: * vim * ...
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What is use of command: `command`?

Recently I found command: command which has no manual entry but help displays as follows: $ help command command: command [-pVv] command [arg ...] Execute a simple command or display information ...
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Is there any difference between run command in terminal & ALT+F2

For running direct command, there is two way. Either run in Terminal Or run with Ctrl+Alt+F2 Then, Is there any difference between them? (working same & shell) or redirects to same?
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Moving file from folder 1 to folder 2 in terminal

I am trying to move a text file from folder 1 to folder 2 via terminal. I'm doing this for a school project to show what actually happens when you copy paste. I'm doing cp/home/rits/desktop/folder1 ...
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How to make /bin/ps, called with aux as its argument, write to a file?

Is there a command line argument I can pass to /bin/ps -aux to make it write its output to a file? edit: To resimulate my issue: Open firefox Enable developer preferences (or as shortcut install ...
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Execute command before shutdown/reboot

I have a machine running a couple of vagrant VM. The problem I have is that sometimes I forget to shutdown those VM before I shutdown or reboot my machine. Because of that my machine get stuck with ...
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not able to execute .sh file

I downloaded modelsim install file which contained .sh file in it -setup.sh I did the following two things Right click->properties->permision->allow executing file as program ->double clicked the ...
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root@mickey:/#su goofy && ssh goofy.com — why does this fail?

mickey (who is logged in as root) tries to use goofy's account to ssh into goofy.com. root@mickey:/#su goofy && ssh goofy.com however this fails to login goofy on goofy.com, instead: ...
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Where are key press scripts stored?

When I hit the Volume Up multimedia key, I receive the following output from xev. KeyRelease event, serial 38, synthetic NO, window 0x4200001, root 0x91, subw 0x0, time 100844850, (1037,434), ...
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Unable to change execute permissions of .sh file [duplicate]

I'm out with a new problem. I've downloaded a jdk7.sh file. Now I'm unable to change the permission of the file to allow executing the file as a program. I mark the check box and again it disappears.
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What is the difference between -exec with '{}' ';' and -exec with {} /;?

While trying my hand at writing some bash scripts I've come across various usage of the -exec parameter. In my context, I'm using it after the find command. This guide states to use {} /; after the ...
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How to start a program without interrupting my current session?

I'am working on some code or document and I need an additional program like IntellJ e.g. How can I start this program in the background without popping up and interrupting me on my work? Often I start ...
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Bash script for execute one command for many files

I just tried to clear my holiday video stuff and found program for stibilizng vision. There are a lot of files so I made script to stabilize all. Firstly I need to run command: transcode -J ...
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Help creating a messagebox notification with yes/no options before an application runs

I started using Ubuntu alongside Windows about 2 months ago. I've slowly been adding all of the programs that I use regularly to Ubuntu, so that I will eventually be able to do everything in Ubuntu ...
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write a bash which open firefox on every ten minute

Is it possible to write an script which do a specific command every ten minute? I do not know if this is a loop? For example Every ten minute delete a file name foo on the home directory? or every ...
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rc.local not executing command

I was trying to make my laptop running Ubuntu 13.10 remember the brightness from the last time and set it automatically on start-up. I was thinking about using xbacklight to set the brightness. So, as ...
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how can I add a command in terminal to open a file

I save a file Logisim2.7.1.jar in my directory at /home/danny/Application. Whenever I want to run this file in terminal, i have to type these following line in terminal: cd /home/danny/Application ...
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How to run executables directly from nautilus? [duplicate]

When I write C codes in geany and the build and then run the program from there using the buttons there, it works fine. Again I can run the compiled executables using ./file_name command from terminal ...
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Is there a command to scroll?

Other than using xdotool is there a way to scroll down by a set amount using a command. In other words, what is the scrolling command? I'm not looking for a keyboard shortcut, I want a command for ...
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How do I execute a program with default variables?

How can I execute a program (specifically a bash alias) with the default environment variables? Consider this example: export test="something I dont want to exist" alias _xterm='xterm -fn 7x13 -fa ...
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Open terminal output in sublime2

I want to open the output of terminal commands in sublime2. e.g. when I do $ list , it lists all files/folders in terminal. I want that when I run this command a temporary text file should be created ...
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rc.local won't execute the script

This is my rc.local #!/bin/sh -e # # rc.local # # This script is executed at the end of each multiuser runlevel. # Make sure that the script will "exit 0" on success or any other # value on error. # ...
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Admin name appears twice if it asks for admin password. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

I was trying to apply some given items at this page to secure my Ubuntu 12,04. After applying item number 4; my user name which is the only admin, appears twice if system asks for an admin password as ...
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How to execute a program periodically? & disply difeerence in output [duplicate]

I want to run command repeatedly and display their output. Example: I want to run ls command repeatedly and display output so-that I can see changes in directory contents. Also facility to ...
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Is there a command to get the location of a file which I have clicked and am dragging?

I want to be able to drag a file to the edge of the screen, and a command that gets the location of the file I'm holding. I know how to get it to run the command when at the edge, I just don't know ...
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how change file attributes to make it executable [duplicate]

I want to execute a text file, but I need to change the file preferences so that when I open it, it will actually run the file instead displaying it. However, I don't know how to change the file ...
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Resources to learn Ubuntu commands [duplicate]

I am newly installed Ubuntu 13.10 but I want to learn all Ubuntu terminal commands are there any free book or good tutorial for this ?
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In ubuntu matlab execution file cannot be run

I have stored my matlab installation in one of the partitions.But ubuntu doesn't recognize the matlab file as an executable file even after executing chmod +x command. Kindly help me to resolve the ...
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find command does not find string in subfolders

I have a file structure something like this: /apps/base/logs1 and /apps/base/logs2 Both logs1 and logs2 folders have .log files with some other files as well. I am trying to do this From /apps ...
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Run command on another(new) terminal window

How to run any command in another terminal window? Example: I opened one terminal window and if I run command like apropos editor, then it run and out-puts on that window. But I want to run same ...
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Extract A Squashfs To An Existing Directory

I have an Ubuntu installation backed up as a .squashfs file. I would like to extract it to the root of a partition, but when I try gives me an error saying the directory exists. I can extract just ...
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Path to shell script in aliases with ./

I'm trying to make an alias for my shell script which is saved in ~/Dokumente/music.sh Therefore, I added following line to ~/.bash_aliases: alias music='.//home/robin/Dokumente/music.sh' After ...
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Terminal commands not recognized as an internal or external command

I tried: startx and it didn't work saying: startx is not recognized as an internal or external command And tried: sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop But I get: sudo is not recognized as an ...
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Pausing a long running program in the terminal?

Is there a keyboard key combination that I can use to pause a program running in the terminal? In case it matters, I don't intend to run anything else inside that terminal while to program is paused. ...
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How can I keep something running but run other terminal commands? [duplicate]

I'm sure this is a really stupid question and it's probably already been asked a dozen times on this site, and I just don't know which keywords to search. I'm still really new to managing a server and ...
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Run a command after a specific USB was plugged in [duplicate]

I want my usb to run a command or a script --like autorun-- when it is plugged in. I've also searching and found out that autorun was not present because of some security reason(s). How do you run a ...
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Unable to execute .out file

I have recently installed Ubuntu 14.04 and I am not able to execute .out files in my folder. I am adding the output of various commands that I have tried. The file name is a_lena.out $ls -l ...
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Find and exec in found folder

I'm trying to find files containing *.nef and move them to a subdirectory name NEF of the folder in which the file is found. I've started testing with the following command, but this always copies to ...
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don't have permission or doesn't exist

I'm trying to configure an Oculus rift and I have a configuration script that needs to be executed: GLADOS@deathbox:~/Desktop/OculusSDK/Tools/OculusConfigUtil$ ./OculusConfigUtil_i386 bash: ...