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Creating and Running a Bash File

Create bash file


Edit bash file with Hello World

You can edit with anything like Vim, Sublime, etc.

echo Hello World!

Run bash file


This will print out, in your bash:

Hello World!


# Add
echo $((10+10))

# Subtract
echo $((10-10))

# Divide
echo $((10/10))

# Multiple
echo $((10*10))

# Modulo
echo $((10%10))

# Multiple Operations: Divide and Add
echo $((10/10 + 10))

Loops and Conditional

For Loop

for i in 'A' 'B' 'C'
        echo $i

For Loop With Range

This will echo the digits 0 to 10 without explicitly requiring to define the whole range of numbers/alphabets like above.

for ((i=0; i<=10; i++));
        echo $i

If Else Conditional

This is a simple if-else to check if the day of the week is 5, meaning if it is a Friday.

day=$(date +%u)

if [ $day == 5 ];
        echo "Friday is here!"

        echo "Friday is not here :("
        echo "Today is day $day of the week"

Sequentially Running of Python Scripts

This snippet allows you to to run 3 python scripts sequentially, waiting for each to finish before proceeding to the next.




echo "Finished running all 3 scripts in sequence!"

Parallel Running of Python Scripts

python && &&

echo "Finished running all 3 scripts in parallel in sequence"

Reading and Writing Operations

Reading logs and texts

Create a text file called random_text.txt with the following contents

Row 1
Row 2
Row 3
Row 4
Row 5
Row 6
Row 7
Row 8
Row 9
Row 10

Then run the following command to read it in bash then print it.

text_file=$(cat random_text.txt)
echo $text_file
Row 1 Row 2 Row 3 Row 4 Row 5 Row 6 Row 7 Row 8 Row 9 Row 10

Date Operations

Getting Current Date

This will return the date in the format YYYY-MM-DD for example 2019-06-03.

DATE=`date +%Y-%m-%d`
echo $DATE

Getting Current Day of Week

This will return 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 depending on the day of the week.

DAY=$(date +%u)
echo $DAY

Changing System Dates By 1 Day

You can change system dates based on this. Surprisingly, you'll find it useful for testing an environment for deployments in the next day and then shifting it back to the actual day.

sudo date -s 'next day'
sudo date -s 'yesterday'

If you are running some tests via bash and want to disable typing in password you can edit the sudoer file via sudo visudo and adding the following line. Only use sudo visudo and nothing else, as they've a special syntax.

<username> ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: /bin/date

To find out your username, simply just run the command whoami.

Jupyter Utility Commands

Convert Notebook to HTML/Markdown

jupyter nbconvert --to markdown python.ipynb
jupyter nbconvert --to html python.ipynb

Bash Convenient Commands

List directories only

ls -d */

List non-directories only

ls -p | grep -v '/$'

Check IP

ifconfig | sed -En "s/;s/.*inet (addr:)?(([0-9]*\.){3}[0-9]*).*/\2/p"

Check internet speed

ethtool eno1

Check disk space

df -h

Check ubuntu version

lsb_release -a

Check truncated system logs

tail /var/log/syslog

Check CUDA version

nvcc -V

Check cuDNN version

cat /usr/local/cuda/include/cudnn.h | grep CUDNN_MAJOR -A 2

Check username


Untar file

tar -xvzf file_name

Open PDF file

gvfs-open file_name

aria2c -x16 -c url_link

Kill all python processes

ps ax | grep python | cut -c1-5 | xargs kill -9

Install .deb files

sudo apt-get install -f file_name.deb

Empty thrash

sudo apt-get install trash-cli

Conda Commands

Check conda environment

conda env list

Create conda kernel

conda create -n kernel_name python=3.6
source activate kernel_name

Install conda kernel

conda install ipykernel
source activate kernel_name
python -m ipykernel install --user --name kernel_name --display-name kernel_name

Remove conda kernel

conda env remove -n kernel_name

Recovering problematic conda installation

# Download miniconda according to your environment
# Link:

# Backup existing miniconda environment that may have problems
mv miniconda3 miniconda3_backup

# Install miniconda

# Restore old environment settings
rsync -a miniconda3_backup/ miniconda3/

Internet Operations

Checking Internet Availability

This script will return whether your internet is fine or not without using pings.

Pings can often be rendered unusable when the network administrator disables ICMP to prevent the origination of ping floods from the data centre.

if nc -zw1 443;
        echo "INTERNET: OK"
        echo "INTERNET: NOT OK"

Cron Operations

Edit Cron

Formatting follows this syntax with full credits on this beautiful diagram to fedorqui from Stack Overflow:

 ┌────────── minute (0 - 59)
 │ ┌──────── hour (0 - 23)
 │ │ ┌────── day of month (1 - 31)
 │ │ │ ┌──── month (1 - 12)
 │ │ │ │ ┌── day of week (0 - 6 => Sunday - Saturday, or
 │ │ │ │ │                1 - 7 => Monday - Sunday)
 ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓
 * * * * * command to be executed

Edit cron with this command:

sudo crontab -e

List Cron

sudo crontab -l

Status, Start, Stop and Restart

sudo service cron status
sudo service cron stop
sudo service cron start
sudo service cron restart

Cron Debugging

Install postfix for local routing of errors (choose local option):

sudo apt-get install postfix

Restart cron to see for any errors posted (if not errors, there will be no file, be patient before errors are posted):

sudo cat /var/mail/root

Cron Bash Fix

Cron uses /bin/sh as the default shell. Typically you would realize you're using /bin/bash as your shell, so this typically needs to be rectified before you can use cron to schedule commands as if it were your usual bash.

Edit your cron file via sudo crontab -e and paste the following lines at the end of the file prior to your command like so. Take note for PATH, you've to paste the output of echo PATH=$PATH in there instead!

# Your command schedule here!

Cron Conda Environment

This is an example of enabling an anaconda environment, for example the default base, and running a python script.

Take note you need to put your python script in the right directory or simply navigate to that path with cd prior to "$(conda shell.bash hook)".

* * * * 1-5 eval "$(conda shell.bash hook)" && conda activate base && python

Cron Running Processes

Some times you want to see the status of running tasks and may want to get the PID to end it. This is a very handy command.

ps -o pid,sess,cmd afx | egrep -A20 "( |/)cron( -f)?$"

You can get the PID of the cron process and then end it with sudo pkill -s <PID>