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Apr 15, 2010

I've got a text file with a list of .gz files, these .gz files are in various sub directories of one parent directory and I've hacked this little script together to copy them from their current location to a new one and spit out any it can't find to "/home/user/not_found" but for the life of me can't get it to run properly!

The shell script as it currently looks:


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May 26, 2010

Through various Windows reinstalls and switches within Linux distros, I have a massive amount of duplication within my music archive (on the order of 7+ dupes of each file). Now, I found a lovely program called "fdupes" and was able to build a list of all the duplicate files, and I'm trying to use "xargs" to remove then. However, when I try and run the command "xargs -0 --arg-file="dupes.txt" rm" or "xargs -0 rm < "dupes.txt"" it give me the following error: "xargs: argument line too long".

how perhaps a different way of accomplishing the same thing?

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Also, I've tried cat > testfile1.txt (text)

Console reports "bash: text1.txt: No such file or directory. Consfusingly, it works fine in the home-directory. But if I move the file to where I want it, I can no longer view, edit, etc. it.

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Jan 10, 2011

I'm sure I've done this before and am having a brain fart.

I have run into this a couple of time this last month:

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I can echo the file using:

But I cannot remember how to pipe the output into the directory, nor can I find any resources that describe the process.

Interestingly enough, I've had a couple of opportunities to do similar tasks with passwords and privileges and even across the LAN in the last few days. Solving this problem will help me solve the others for next time.

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Apr 18, 2011

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Dec 9, 2010

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May 28, 2011

Yesterday pendrives started to misbehave when files are being copied/moved into them: after each major file (like a few hundred megabyte movie) the copying process freezes, stops and doesn't seem to proceed. After a long while (a few minutes), it unfreezes and proceeeds, only to get stuck again on another large file. Thus copying 5 movie files takes half an hour instead of just a few minutes.

The freeze occurs regardless of copying method used: mc (F5), Dolphin, command line cp or mv. During the freeze the process refuses to react to any signals, for example 'killall cp' or 'killall mc' doesn't kill the process, only 'killall -9 mc/cp' works, and also only after a short delay.

This misbehaviour continues across reboots.

What may be the cause of this? Where should I look for the source of the problem or for solution?

This has never occurred before - since I'm on llinux, copying to external devices has always been going smooth and fast. On current Debian this used to be like that as well since install untill yesterday. I don't recall doing anything special to the system yesterday or right before yesterday (I switched from Ubuntu to Debian (squeeze, AMD 64) a week ago).

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34 this is a another sentence containing various words and spaces

cat file2.txt

2 this is sentence1file2
6 this is sentence2file2
54 this is sentence3file2

I would like to join these 2 files. The result should look as follows :

cat joinedfile.txt

2 this is sentence1file2
6 this is sentence2file2
15 this is a sentence containing various words and spaces
34 this is a another sentence containing various words and spaces
54 this is sentence3file2

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if you execute :

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I was thinking to remove the r attribute from the file and before the script is lunched to put the attribute back, but is not a good solution, the same with immutable attribute.

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Nov 20, 2010

how can i copy and paste selected text from one file to other using vi in RHEL5.i googled and found some methods,like just use m to mark the start, with an arbitrary buffer name (so you might type mx). Move your cursor down to where you want to stop copying, and type y'x (or d'x if you're cutting and pasting). Then move the cursor to the point where you want to paste, and type p. when i do this it pastes the entire line of which a part is selected so in essence it is working as yy. when i open a new file using vi and try to paste it says "nothing in register".what i exactly want to do is copy only the selected text as shown above in red and paste it in a new file.

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Mar 3, 2010

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I am on Ubuntu 11.04 and using Libre Office 3.3.2 to compose new documents and am saving them using .doc, .ppt and .xls files. (due to having to share them with others who are on Windows systems)

I have a lot of doc files and I need to search for text INSIDE these files. I am perplexed with the fact that no search tool is able to search for text INSIDE these file types. "cat" can display them of course, but grep is not able to locate text INSIDE these file types. I even tried to save a .doc file as an .odt file, but no luck. The Applications>Accessories>Search for Files does not search INSIDE doc, xls or ppt with the option "Contains the text".

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