Script is series of instructions written in plain text file. The script interpreter (i.e. shell, Python, Ruby, etc.) can read this file and act on the instructions as if they were typed at the command prompt. The interpreter also provides a variety of useful programming features to make your scripts ...

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Differences between /bin, /sbin, /usr/bin, /usr/sbin, /usr/local/bin, /usr/local/sbin [duplicate]

I'm running an Ubuntu Server 13.04, but I see the same on a 12.04: I have six directories with command files. These are: /bin /sbin /usr/bin /usr/sbin /usr/local/bin /usr/local/sbin What are the ...
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How can I get a list of all repositories and PPAs from the command line?

I know how to list all packages installed on my system. But how could I get a list of all repositories and PPA's? I know I can look into /etc/apt/sources.list and /etc/apt/sources.list.d, but I'm ...
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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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ssh: automatically accept keys

I've written this small utility script: for h in $SERVER_LIST; do ssh $h "uptime"; done When a new server is added to $SERVER_LIST, the script is stopped with: The authenticity of host ...
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What is the difference between “source” and “.” in bash?

As the question says, what is the difference between executing a script with source command and with . , i.e.: source /some/script and . /some/script
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Can I make the webcam take a picture when an incorrect password is entered?

I am using a laptop . I was thinking to have a support in my Ubuntu machine. When an incorrect password is entered, a picture is taken later revealing who has been trying to gain access. I have ...
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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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How do I create a deb package for a single python script?

I have a single python script that I want to distribute as a deb package. It is a indicator which shows local date in Unity panel. I did follow create a .deb Package from scripts or binaries but I ...
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Repeat a command every x interval of time in terminal?

How can I repeat a command every interval of time , so that it will allow me to run commands for checking or monitoring directories ? There is no need for a script, i need just a simple command ...
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What is the difference between ./ and sh to run a script?

I have written a simple script. When I runsh <myscriptname.sh>, i got the correct output, but when I run ./<myscriptname.sh>, I got an error. What is difference between when I do sh and ...
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How to add a shell script to launcher as shortcut [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I edit/create new launcher items in Unity by hand? How can I create launchers on my desktop? I want to add some shell scripts in my launcher as shortcuts.. ...
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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 I determine whether a shellscript runs as root or not? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can a script check if it’s being run as root? This is something I've been curious about. I make a lot of small bash scripts (.sh files) to do tasks that I routinely ...
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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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'chmod u+x' versus 'chmod +x'

What is the difference between chmod u+x and just chmod +x? I have seen a ton of tutorials that say to use u+x to make scripts executable. However, the u is not mentioned in the chmod help or ...
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How to execute a script just by double clicking like .EXE files in Windows?

How can I make a bash script executable by double clicking just like .exe files in Windows? I tried creating a launcher and assigning the script to it, but there are two consequences: the terminal ...
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bashrc or bash_profile?

I know the difference between the two bash login scripts: .bashrc is run only by "non-login" shells. .bash_profile (or .bash_login or .profile) is executed by "login" shells. Does anyone have some ...
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Beep in shell script not working?

I'd like to use a beep sound in a shell script. Unfortunately none of the methods I found via Google work for me. I tried echo -e '\a' echo -ne '\007' and the command beep after I installed it ...
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Bash remove first and last characters from a string

I have a string like that: |abcdefg| And i want to get a new string called in someway (like string2) with the original string without the two | at the start and at the end of it so that i will ...
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How to make Skype use notify-osd?

How do I make Skype use the default Ubuntu notify-osd to display notifications (incoming messages, users connecting, etc.) instead of the Skype's own "ugly" message box?
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How can I make a script that opens terminal windows and executes commands in them?

I have three scripts I need to run when I start up my Ubuntu machine, they start services I use in my development environment. To do that, I manually open three terminals and type in the commands. ...
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Should I save my scripts with the .sh extension?

I have some functional scripts and I want to copy to /usr/bin I want to use them as normal terminal commands. Is it a good practice to use them with the .sh extension or can I save them without ...
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How to install an init.d script in ubuntu?

I am trying to install an init.d script, to run celery for scheduling tasks. Here is the steps I followed: copied the file celeryd and pasted it in folder /etc/init.d/ created a configuration file ...
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I've downloaded a .sh file - how do I install this?

I'm new to Ubuntu and know installing programs only from window. It is very easy there: Just double-click the setup.exe and the things start. But how do I install a program on Ubuntu? I want to ...
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How can I make cowsay say something every time I close the terminal?

I want cowsay to print something like "have a nice day" when I close the terminal. I know I have to have some kind of script, but I'm not even sure how to write a script or how to use it once it's ...
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How to keep “dot files” under version control?

Etckeeper is a great tool for keeping track of changes to your configuration files in /etc A few key things about it really stand out. It can be used with a wide variety of VCSs: git, mercurial, ...
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How to run an alias in a shell script?

I have an executable file mpiexec, whose full path is ~/petsc-3.2-p6/petsc-arch/bin/mpiexec. Since I want to execute this command in different directories (without having to retype the entire path), ...
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how to execute a command after resume from suspend?

I've got a script that is executed in order to have suspending/resuming working in my laptop. Then I have another series of xinput,xkbset and xmodmap commands that are executed when I initiate a ...
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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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Where should I put my script so that I can run it by a direct command?

Where can (should) I put my (bash) script so that it can be used (forever) by terminal or by a direct command: Alt+F2? I know there is /usr/bin and /sbin & /bindirectories but when should I use ...
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Can I modify a bash script (.sh) file while it is running?

Suppose I have a script script.sh, which takes some time to execute. I execute it, ./script.sh. While it is running in a terminal window, I modify the file script.sh. Will this have any effect on the ...
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Record a programs output with PulseAudio

I would like to record an output of a program with PulseAudio using command line/bash script. It is important not to record every output of the sound card, but only the one of one specific program. I ...
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Upstart script doesn't start

Ubuntu 10.04 I have created this upstart script (/etc/init/pure-ftpd.conf): # pure-ftpd - FTP server description "Pure-FTPd server" start on filesystem stop on runlevel S respawn respawn limit ...
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Script to display all terminal colors

Throughout the internet I have seen many people with scripts that prints out a bunch of stuff in all the colors defined in ~/.Xdefaults. However when I try to use these, I always get error: Bad ...
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How can I make “rc.local” run on startup?

I have a script that I would like to run when my system starts. I have put it on "rc.local", but it doesn't work. How can I enable it to run on startup?
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Command to convert an upper-case string to lower-case?

What is the Bash command I can use to convert an upper-case string to lower-case and vice-versa? Thank you.
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Not able to execute a .sh file: /bin/bash^M: bad interpreter

I wanted to execute a shell script: -rwxr-x--x 1 root root 17234 Jun 6 18:31 create_mgw_3shelf_6xIPNI1P.sh I tried to do a standard procedure, but I am got this error: ...
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At what time does cron execute daily scripts?

If I place a shell script in /etc/cron.daily/, at what time of the day will it be executed?
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Why doesn't “cd” work in a shell script?

What is wrong with this easy script? I just want to write an script which change my directory: A. I put below commands on the file witch its name is pathABC on the /home/alex directory, #!/bin/sh cd ...
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How to determine if a string is a substring of another in bash?

I want to see if a string is inside a portion of another string. e.g.: 'ab' in 'abc' -> true 'ab' in 'bcd' -> false How can I do this in a conditional of a bash script?
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How to run a script during boot as root

I had a script that automatically enables my wifi without using networkmanager, but I don't know how to run the script as root while the system is booting. How do I make the script run automatically ...
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How to start a terminal with certain text already input on the command-line?

Rather than rephrasing my question, let me describe to you the desired user-case: I create a short shell-script to run command "gnome-terminal --someoptionflagname 'my text to be posted'", and ...
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How do I run a script after OpenVPN has connected successfully?

How can I associate a script to OpenVPN so that it runs when the VPN is connected successfully?
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How can I initiate Nautilus file operations from the command line?

How can I start Nautilus's "File Operations" GUI from the command line? My goal is to include this in a Nautilus script.
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Using “while read…” in a linux script

Could somebody please explain how the following code works? echo '1 2 3 4 5 6' | while read a b c do echo $c $b $a done` Specifically, I'd like to know why the output of this loop is 3 4 5 6 2 ...
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How do I tell a start up program to start minimized?

Here is a quesion that has been bugging me. You know how you can set up a program to run on start up right? Well, how can i tell it to start minimized, like you would do in windows? TeamViewer ...
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Add lines to cron from script

Is there a way to add lines to a user's cron via script? I usually do it using crontab -e, but I would like to automate this task with a shell script.
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Execute script before shutting down

When I shut down my computer I want to show some pending tasks that I have to do before leaving the office... I did a local application to manage those tasks, basically I just want to run a command, ...
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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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Showing a “cowsay” fortune in every new terminal session

I wish to display a cowsay message in every terminal window. The command I use is fortune | cowsay Any ideas how to make it appear whenever I start a new terminal session?