General :: Why Is Find's Syntax So Strange

Feb 12, 2010

exec, a option of find command, takes a odd format as followsfind ... -exec command {} ;Is there any explaination about why it takes this kind of format, orsome obscure implication?

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General :: Syntax For Find On Mac OS X

Mar 10, 2010

I have a project directory that contains source code and subdirectories of source code. I want to use the Unix program find to search recursively for the names of files of certain extensions. The versions of find on Linux and Mac OS X behave differently.

# Works in Linux
find . -type f -regex ".*.(py|html)$"
# Neither of these works in Mac OS X
find . -type f -regex ".*.(py|html)$"
find . -type f -regex ".*.(py|html)$"

How do I write this command so that it will run on Mac OS X (and hopefully on Linux too)?

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General :: How Would Syntax Of Reverse Find Be

Jun 9, 2010

how would the syntax of reverse find be..i want to type a name and then find it and delete it from a file i have?

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General :: Can't Open File/abcd/configFiles/vim/syntax/syntax.vim?

Mar 7, 2011

When ever i open vim, i get the error that the following error: E484: Can't open file/abcd/configFiles/vim/syntax/syntax.vim There was a .vimrc file in my home folder that i have removed.

Still i keep getting the same error. Presently in my home folder there is no .gvimrc or .vimrc file.

But still i keep getting the same error. I am not too sure where this file is mentioned.

Background info: The SHELL has been changed from tcsh to bash Earlier i had created a .vimrc file in tcsh, i have removed the .vimrc in bash SHELL.

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General :: SUSE 10 Syslog-ng Syntax - Bash: Syntax Error Near Unexpected Token "("

Apr 20, 2011

I am a Novell (now defunct) CNE tring to learn Linux and am having a lot of trouble finding out where the WB 6-6 is wrong in the syntax for adding local4... the the syslog-ng config file. In the instructions there are discrepancies between commas and simi-comma, they are both in the statements in no particular order. there is no pattern to them. Here is what the book shows:

filter f_local4debug { level(debug) and facility(local4); };

When I try to input this in the Gnome terminal window to try and find out where it goes wrong I get the following: -bash: syntax error near unexpected token "(" If I can get the correct syntax I belive I can use the info to get past the rest of this portion of the lesson. I am desperate to learn Linux as the only jobs out there for a Novell CNE are migrations to MS, which really sucks, since MS really really sucks.

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Programming :: Find Syntax Exclude Certain Extensions And Filter By Age

May 26, 2010

I'm trying to find all the files in a specified directory that do NOT end in .archived or .error and are older than 30 mins. Currently I have: Code: find /opt/edi/incoming -type f ! ( -name "*.archived" -name "*.error" ) -cmin 30 But I keep returning files that end in those extensions and I'm not sure if I'm using -cmin correcty? If there is a better way to do this (perl, etc) I'm open to options, this is for a nagios check.

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General :: Why Does Nginx Redirect To A Strange URL

Aug 7, 2010

I had just set up nginx on my server. I have PHP and everything working okay. Except when I try the URL

I get redirected to


but when I try the url

It works just as I want it to. How can I get nginx to treat the slashless url decently?

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General :: Strange Using Pipes With Ssh As Root?

Jan 31, 2011

has anyone seen this before, when running an ssh command as normal user via ssh i get results:

ssh picolo 'ls -d /var/sadm/pkg/* | egrep "Prod|Dev|UAT" |cut -d/ -f5;uname -r;grep -v "^#" /opt/Tivoli/lcf/dat/1/DMXAdaptiveFileSystem.dat'>>sshnotroot
and it creates file
more sshnotroot


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General :: Foreign Characters And Strange Translation

Oct 18, 2010

In this case its the french accented e that is getting translated:[test]$ touch dd touch: cannot touch `351dd': No such file or directory the thing is the folder test is an smb mount. The windows server which is dropping files into it is able to make the file visible but the app running on the linux can't fetch it because the name is 'unexpected'if I create a file anywhere else e.g. in /tmp/ with the name response.txt it is fine. When I ls I see r?sponse.Can you advise me if I should be looking at the smb config AND the host config and give me some pointers as to where to get started trying to solve this.

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General :: AdSense Left Strange Logs?

Jan 13, 2011

I've activated my AdSense account and then I received a confirmation from GoogleJust for curiosity, I connected to my server to snoop the logs and I've found a Russian website doing something :|

Code: - - [12/Jan/2011:14:05:58 -0300] "GET /robots.txt HTTP/1.1" 404 1144 - - [12/Jan/2011:14:05:59 -0300] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 302 -


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General :: Strange Message When Starting Computer?

Sep 20, 2010

This puzzling message pops up during startup and forces a reboot:

Checking root filesystems. fsck.ext3: No such file or directory while trying to open /dev/hda1 The superblock could not be read or does not describe a correct ext2 filesystem. If the device is valid and it really contains an ext2 filesystem, then the superblock is corrupt. This was typed in not copied.

The laptop is running gentoo linux. Here is the fstab file and instead of having "boot" on its own partition I decided to have both "/" and "boot" in the same partition. This has never caused any problems before so I don't understand what the problem is now.


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General :: Sed Syntax To Remove Xml

Mar 13, 2011

I'm trying to sanitize this output from it's metadata to plug this output into GreekTools, but I am getting stuck on sed.

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General :: Run Ps Fax|grep - Strange Grepped Process List

Sep 1, 2011

When I run ps fax|grep grep it shows one process like:

How is that possible?

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General :: Syntax Error In If Loop?

Mar 7, 2011

I have a requirement to check the following conditions..If my folders are not A and B then list files in the directory else no listing the filesso my if loop is some thing like this.

if [ $dirName = "C" && $dirName != "A" && != "B" ] then
ls -la


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General :: Remove Files Which Have A Certain Syntax

Jan 23, 2011

I have a couple of files which follow this syntax:





and delete the others. or maybe move them to a subdirectory to be safe...

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General :: A Point In Syntax In GNU Programs?

Jun 18, 2011

For some commands the command synopsis (syntax) is given like this:

command [a|b] [args ...]

I take mplayer (perhaps not GNU) to illustrate the point:

mplayer [cdda|cddb]://track[-endtrack][:speed][/device] [options]
mplayer [dvd|dvdnav]://[title|[start_title]-end_title] [options]

An item inside square brackets is optional. The pipe sign is the 'or' logical connective (disjunction). But then, what is [cdda|cddb]?
If optional, I can omit it: it makes no sense because there are more the one possible synopsis for the command line.

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General :: LDAP Add - Invalid Syntax (21)

Apr 29, 2011

What is wrong with the following ldif file :

dn: dc=mydomain
objectclass: dcObject
objectclass: organization
o: My Ldap
dc: mydomain

dn: cn=Manager,dc=mydomain
objectclass: organizationalRole
cn: Manager

Because I get following output :
[root@1 ~]# /usr/bin/ldapadd -x -D "cn=Manager,dc=mydomain" -W -f /etc/openldap/basic.ldif
Enter LDAP Password:
adding new entry "dc=mydomain"
ldapadd: Invalid syntax (21)
additional info: objectclass: value #0 invalid per syntax

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General :: Strange Output Form Terminal - Misunderstood Command

Jul 22, 2011

Tried to make a text file and write something in it (a link) quickly as possible, because I was in a rush. So did this:


Now, looking briefly at the output, can't get what's happened lol! I mean, it's html for crying out loud. Not 'scripting' n all. What do you guys reckon has happened?

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General :: Mouse Cursor Strange Background Image Showing

Jan 5, 2010

My mouse cursor has acquired some strange background image showing what looks to be paragraphs of chinese glyphs (they are too small to make out clearly). This background image is contained in rougly a 1 inch square with the mouse cursor hot spot in the upper left-hand corner. The mouse cursor is visible, but whatever is under those glyphs is covered.

I've tried the mouse configuration gui -- but it says nothing of background images for the mouse. I've also deleted and recreated my file to see if that somehow got mangled. I've been searching the web for a couple of hours, but cant seem to find anything related to my problem.

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General :: Enable Syntax Highlighting For .bash_aliases In Vim?

Aug 20, 2010

I'm working on reorganizing my .bashrc. I moved my aliases to .bash_aliases (which is sourced by .bashrc, but I can't figure out how to enable syntax highlighting for this file. vim seems unable to figure out what language the file is in. It works fine for .bashrc.

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General :: MySQL Boot Syntax Error?

May 23, 2011

Mental note: ignore start-up process scroll.

Okay, now MySQL is just being (even more) difficult. Prior to boot's starting MySQL, I notice the line

/etc/rc2.d/S19mysql: line 132: syntax error near unexpected token ')'
Near?? Line 132 consists of


Which is proper, and identical to all the other /etc/rc#.d/S19mysql scripts that don't result in errors. C'mon...!

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General :: Syntax Error Near Unexpected Token

May 4, 2010

find /opt/postfix/mail/ ( -iname * -o -iname .* ) ! -type p -exec grep -i -c {}; -xdev -print
When I do this command I receive this error message:
-bash: syntax error near unexpected token `('

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General :: Syntax Error Near Unexpected Token `else'

Dec 1, 2010

I wrote a script to start portal.

Its start portal (not a problem)

Only getting following message:

This is the else before second logic

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General :: Send A File Using The Sftp Syntax

Mar 24, 2011

I understand how to get a file from an another computer using the sftp syntax

So i can get the file abc from comp2 to comp1

But how can I send a file cba from comp1 to comp2 using the sftp(I am still using comp1)

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General :: Sudoers File: Syntax Error?

Jul 11, 2010

Recently I edited sudoers file and did typing error. Now neither I can do sudo nor change it.

sudo visudo -c
>>> sudoers file: syntax error, line 8 <<<
How I can get correct the sudoers file?

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General :: Syntax Error Near Unexpected Token `in'

Jun 28, 2011

I'm trying to install the Sun Java plugin to use in Chrome. The installation seems to have gone well, but I have hit an error trying to create a symbolic link of the library in the plugins directory of Chrome.

When typing in "in -s /opt/java/jre1.6.0_26/lib/i386/" I get "Syntax error near unexpected token `in' ". I'm not sure what could be wrong, I'm in the right directory.

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General :: Configure The Prompt But Don't Know What The Syntax Is Specifically Doing?

Oct 20, 2010

The following line is in the /etc/bashrc file. It's fedora 8. I know this is meant to configure the prompt but I don't know what the syntax is specifically doing.PROMPT_COMMAND='echo -ne "33]0;${USER}@${HOSTNAME%%.*}:${PWD/#$HOME/~}07"'I think that 33 is the ASCII character for ESC but not sure what ]0 does or anything after the HOSTNAME variable. Are these xterm control characters? All of my Google search results fail to explain it in any kind of meaningful detail.

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General :: Arch Disk Check Keeps Spitting Out Strange Error's After Installing BT / Fix It?

May 10, 2010

I don't know were this goes so I'm just gonna put it here
Basically earlier today i figured i wanted to try out backtrack 4 but I could only have a maximum of 4 partitions on an hd at a time.
So i deleted my partition that contained my arch home directory (didn't really have any data on it and i figured i could just make a new one later) to create an extended partition to put backtrack on. Well all went well except now when I select arch instead of backtrack i get a disk check error.
This is the first part of the error, I can't exactly copy and paste it as its on my laptop. code...

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General :: Syntax Error In Shell Script While Using If Condition?

May 28, 2011

I am writing a simple shell script where it checks the condition using if condition.

if [ $name == "JOHN" ] then admin='YES'; fi
if I use like this I am getting below error


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General :: Bash Script Syntax Fail As Root?

Apr 12, 2011

I'm scratching my head over a very simple netcat-based heartbeat monitoring script i wrote.

here we go:
echo `date --utc "+%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%SZ"` script started


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