Tag Archives: Command Line

Determine DB2 Client Version (aka: level) installed on UNIX box

Sometimes you need to know what version of the DB2 client is installed on a particular unix/linux box. To do so, simple source the client profile and run db2level like so…

. /path/to/db2profile

UNIX: Don’t Show Permission Denied Errors when using find Command

If you’re using the unix find command to search for files with a particular name

find -name theName
find: `./dir/thing': Permission denied
find: `./dir/thing1': Permission denied
find: `./dir/thing2': Permission denied

You might get distracted by all those “Permission denied” errors. The easy way to solve this is to redirect stderr to /dev/null like so…

find -name theName 2>/dev/null

UNIX: No such file or directory but the file exists

Ever have a script that is executing another script and get an error that looks like this?…

/path/stub.ksh[2]: /path/XX/script.ksh: not found [No such file or directory]

Then you make sure that the file does in fact exist, and that you can read it?

So why does it say there’s “No such file or directory”?

Might want to check if the file has Windows line breaks. Easiest way to do that is run the following…

cat -v /path/XX/script.ksh

… and you’ll probably see that your lines end with ^M characters. If so, you have Window’s line breaks and you might want to look into not introducing them in the first place (save in Unix format), or check out the dos2unix command.

Quick apt-get Tutorial

List installed packages…

dpkg --get-selections | grep -v deinstall

List installed packages (but filter based on name)…

dpkg --get-selections | grep -v deinstall | grep filter

Install a package…

sudo apt-get install the-package-name

Uninstall/remove a package…

sudo apt-get remove the-package-name

Update package lists/dependencies (does not actually install anything)…

sudo apt-get update

Apply updates to existing packages based on an “update” call (without removing anything)…

sudo apt-get upgrade

Apply updates to existing packages based on an “update” call and remove obsolete packages…

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

What files are taking up the most space on my LINUX box?

Use du piped to sort for a nice list with the files using the most space at the bottom…

cd /dir/you/care/about
du -a|sort -n

How to tell if a Perl Module is Installed

Want to check if a perl module is installed on your system? There’s a oneliner for that! Here’s an example…

perl -e "use Text::CSV"

… which would of course check if Text::CSV could be loaded. If it can, nothing will be printed. If not, you’ll get an error with some possibly useful information to figuring out why not.

Change permissions on files of a specific type in linux

Need to change all *.ksh files to be executable under a directory, but not having luck with a recursive chmod? The issue is you need to combine chmod with a find and xargs like so…

find /home/user -name '*.ksh' | xargs chmod 744

The first piece lists all the files under the path that match *.ksh and passes them to xargs and chmod. If you want to see an example without changing any permissions, just substitute ls -l like so…

find /home/user -name '*.ksh' | xargs ls -l

How do I send email from the linux command line?

Need to email from your linux command line? Assuming the underlying pieces are configured correctly (run the 1st example to see) here are the basics…

Send a test email

mail -s "Hi there" someone@somewhere.com

Include some body text…

echo "This is some body text" | mail -s "Hi there" someone@somewhere.com

Email the contents of a file to someone…

mail -s "My Subject" someone@somewhere.com < /path/to/your/file.txt

You can find more here

Setting up the ultimate console

If you’ve been coding for any time, chances are you’ve become acquainted with the command line. While some love it and some hate it I think it’s wonderful for getting things done quickly. Unfortunately, the windows command line is crap. With that said I finally got fed up and asked that most important programmer question of “How do I get a better command line”?

That search led me to an open source application called appropriately enough: Console. When I first opened it up and started playing around I have to admit my first reaction was “meh”. Then I asked that import question again, “How can this be made better”? A little Googling and experimentation later I got things working to my satisfaction.

So, here for your one-stop quick-reference is how to setup the ultimate console for Windows…


  • You access the console for all different platforms (not just Windows)
  • You already have putty and its utilities downloaded – and are familiar with their use
  • You already have installed cygwin – and are familiar with its use


  1. Download Console and extract the contents to the folder of your choice
  2. Download ANSICON and extract the following files to the same directory you extracted Console to.
    • ANSI32.dll
    • ANSI64.dll
    • ansicon.exe

Great, now you have Console installed, but this is the configuration I use to make it really rock.


These can all be found under “Edit -> Settings”

  • Appearance
    • Custom color: Change it to an awsome green
  • Appearance -> More…
    • Uncheck “Show toolbar”
    • Select “Alpha” under “Window transparency” and set “Active window” to 25 and “Inactive window” to 40
  • Behavior
    • Check “Copy on select”
    • Uncheck “Clear selection on copy”
  • Hotkeys
    • Set “New Tab 1” to “Ctrl+T”
    • Set “Copy selection” to “Ctrl+C”
    • Set “Paste” to “Ctrl+V”
  • Hotkeys -> Mouse
    • Set “Copy/clear selection” to “None”
    • Set “Select text” to “Left”
    • Set “Paste text” to “Right”
    • Set “Context menu” to “Middle”

Tab Configuration

Now that you have your console looking pretty and being functional, lets hook it into putty and cygwin. You can do this configuration under “Edit -> Settings -> Tabs”. Obviously, the directories you’ve chosen for things will be different (change to your values).

Cygwin: Add a tab and set the shell to:

C:\cygwin\bin\bash.exe --login -i

Putty: Add a tab and set the shell to:

C:\apps\Console2\ansicon.exe "C:\apps\Putty\plink.exe" -load "aSavedSessionName"