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service --status-all | grep running
2009-03-27 19:53:30
User: Williebee
Functions: grep

A quick way to list services running

2009-03-27 18:56:36
User: jnash

Python comments begin with a #. Modify to suit other languages.

Other uses: Instead of m0 use m$ for end of file or d for deleting all comments.

perl -pi -e 's/foo/bar/g' $(grep -rl foo ./*)
2009-03-27 17:21:35
User: dopeman
Functions: grep perl
Tags: perl

This command will replace all instances of 'foo' with 'bar' in all files in the current working directory and any sub-directories.

perl -pi -e 's/foo/bar/g' $(grep -l foo ./*)
2009-03-27 17:18:08
User: dopeman
Functions: grep perl

This command will replace all instances of 'foo' with 'bar' in all files in the current working directory.

rename 's/.*/[it]$&/' *.pdf
iptables -F && iptables -X && iptables -P INPUT ACCEPT && iptables -OUTPUT ACCEPT
2009-03-27 15:03:54
User: lme
Functions: iptables
Tags: Linux iptables

This turns your iptables packet filter to a "Allow any from any to any" filter, so you can rule out any filtering issues when you have a problem to enable a connection from or to your host.

To re-enable it, run /etc/init.d/iptables restart

vlc -vvv http://mafreebox.freebox.fr/freeboxtv/playlist.m3u --sout '#transcode{vcodec=mp2v,vb=384,scale=0.5,acodec=vorbis,ab=48,channels=1}:standard{access=http,mux=ogg,url=:12345}' -I ncurses 2> /dev/null
2009-03-27 14:29:27
User: pronoiaque

You can watch channels of your freebox, everywhere. With " vlc http://your-ip:12345 " on the client and ncurses vlc interface on the host. et voila

find ./ -name '*.JPG' -type f -execdir rename -f 'y/A-Z/a-z/' {} \+
2009-03-27 13:49:56
User: pronoiaque
Functions: find rename

Change files case, without modify directories, recursively.

... fucking vfat

find ./ -iname "*.mp3" -type f -printf "mv '%p' '%p'\n" | sed -e "s/mp3'$/mp3'/I" | sh
2009-03-27 13:42:40
User: jnash
Functions: find sed

Extensible to other ugly extensions like *.JPG, *.Jpg etc..

Leave out the last pipe to sh to perform a dry run.

mogrify -format jpg -quality 80 -resize 800 *.jpg
2009-03-27 13:30:26
User: pronoiaque

To resize photos without changing exif datas, pretty cool for gps tagging.

(Require ImageMagick)

netstat -an | grep -i listen
wget -qO- whatismyip.org
on the listening side: sudo nc -lp 2022 | sudo tar -xvf - and on the sending side: tar -cvzf - ./*| nc -w 3 name_of_listening_host 2022
2009-03-27 09:59:33
User: smcpherson
Functions: sudo tar
Tags: netcat

This is useful for sending data between 2 computers that you have shell access to. Uses tar compression during transfer. Files are compressed & uncompressed automatically. Note the trailing dash on the listening side that makes netcat listen to stdin for data.

on the listening side:

sudo nc -lp 2022 | sudo tar -xvf -

explanation: open netcat to -l listen on -p port 2022, take the data stream and pipe to tar -x extract, -v verbose, -f using file filename - means "stdin"

on the sending side:

tar -cvzf - ./*| nc -w 3 name_of_listening_host 2022

explanation: compress all files in current dir using tar -c create, -v verbose, -f using file, - filename - here means "stdout" because we're tar -c instead of tar -x, -w3 wait 3 seconds on stream termination and then end the connection to the listening host name_of_listening_host, on port 2022

while true; do X=$Y; sleep 1; Y=$(ifconfig eth0|grep RX\ bytes|awk '{ print $2 }'|cut -d : -f 2); echo "$(( Y-X )) bps"; done
function svnundopoint() { if [ -d .undo ]; then r=`svn info | grep Revision | cut -f 2 -d ' '` && t=`date +%F_%T` && f=${t}rev${r} && svn diff>.undo/$f && svn stat>.undo/stat_$f; else echo Missing .undo directory; fi }
2009-03-27 07:14:31
User: codeape
Functions: cut echo grep info
Tags: bash svn

Allows you to save progress without committing.

To revert to an undo point, svn revert then apply the undo point with patch.

svn revert -R . && patch -p0 < .undo/2009-03-27_08:08:11rev57

Similar: http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/373/archive-all-files-containing-local-changes-svn

setarch i386 [command [args]]
2009-03-27 05:49:08
User: GinoMan2440

The above was done using the i386 flashplayer plugin, and was installed on a AMD64 machine running an AMD64 kernel and AMD64 programs. the resulting plugin install ultimately didn't work for swiftfox (but worked for iceweasel) without also covering it with a nspluginwrapper which took a bit of fenangaling to get to work (lots of apt-getting) but it is a nice feature to be able to trick installers that think you need i386 into running on a amd64, or at least attempting to run on amd64. Enjoy

eval "`dircolors -b`"
2009-03-27 05:37:04
User: isaacs
Functions: eval
Tags: ls

If you put this in your .bashrc, you might also want to add this to make it use the colors by default:

alias ls="ls --color=auto"
svn status | egrep '^(M|A)' | egrep -o '[^MA\ ].*$'
2009-03-27 05:18:24
User: isaacs
Functions: egrep
Tags: svn

This is useful for piping to other commands, as well:

svn status | egrep '^(M|A)' | egrep -o '[^MA\ ].*$' | xargs $EDITOR
alias tree="tree -CAFa -I 'CVS|*.*.package|.svn|.git' --dirsfirst"
2009-03-27 05:13:39
User: isaacs
Functions: alias
Tags: tree

I got really tired of having tree always show me tons of .svn and .git stuff that I don't care about. With this alias, "tree" uses pretty colors, snazzy line graphics, and ignores any source control and package mumbojumbo. (Customize the *.*.package glob, of course.)

cat *.mpg > all.mpg
2009-03-27 04:49:18
User: smcpherson
Functions: cat

Good old cat & output redirection. Using this method you can combine all kinds of things - even mpeg files. My video camera makes a series of .mpeg files that are broken into 4gb chunks. Using this command I can easily join them together. Even better, combined with the cp command the files can be copied and joined in one step.

while true ; do scripts/bootstrap.py ; ./manage.py runserver ; done
2009-03-27 04:43:54
User: taurus
Functions: true

I wrote a script called bootstrap.py to delete the database, then load a new database with initial values. With this single-line shell loop, when I need to make a schema change (which happens often in the early stages of some projects), I hit ctrl-C to stop the running Django server, then watch bootstrap.py do its thing, then watch the server restart.

mv `find .zip ./` .
2009-03-27 04:42:48
User: smcpherson
Functions: mv
Tags: find

This is useful if you have a collection of files in folders (for example, a bunch of .zip files that are contained in folders) and you want to move them all to a common folder.

ffmpeg -i "/path/to/file.mp4" "/path/to/file.avi"
mencoder "/path/to/file.wmv" -ofps 23.976 -ovc lavc -oac copy -o "/path/to/file.avi"
git log --pretty=oneline
2009-03-27 04:16:43
User: smcpherson

Assuming you are working within a git repository, you can run the above command & see what has changed in reverse chronological order, with one commit per line. Other formatting variations to 'oneline' include 'short', 'medium', 'full', 'fuller', 'email' or 'raw'.