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find . | cpio -pumdv /destination
2009-04-28 22:08:30
User: nutria
Functions: cpio find
Tags: find cpio

Copy every file from current directory to destination preserving modification time.

echo "screen -DR" >> ~/.bash_profile
2009-04-28 20:45:37
User: sud0er
Functions: echo
Tags: screen

From screen's manpage: "Attach here and now. In detail this means: If a session is running, then reattach. If necessary detach and logout remotely first. If it was not running create it and notify the user. This is the author's favorite."

Toss this in your ~/.bash_profile so that you never have that "oh crap" moment where you wanted to run something in screen and didn't.

shred targetfile
2009-04-28 19:57:43
User: sud0er
Functions: shred

GNU shred is provided by the coreutils package on most Linux distribution (meaning, you probably have it installed already), and is capable of wiping a device to DoD standards.

You can give shred any file to destroy, be it your shell history or a block device file (/dev/hdX, for IDE hard drive X, for example). Shred will overwrite the target 25 times by default, but 3 is enough to prevent most recovery, and 7 passes is enough for the US Department of Defense. Use the -n flag to specify the number of passes, and man shred for even more secure erasing fun.

Note that shredding your shell history may not be terribly effective on devices with journaling filesystems, RAID copies or snapshot copies, but if you're wiping a single disk, none of that is a concern. Also, it takes quite a while :)

sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 1
sudo installer -pkg /Volumes/someapp/someapp.mpkg -target /
2009-04-28 19:43:56
User: sud0er
Functions: sudo
Tags: osx

Installing most OSX apps is just a matter of dropping it in /Applications, either GUI-wise or with cp -r. However, many packages are distributed in "mpkg" format, and those have to be installed with an installer. If you don't want to go to the trouble of firing up VNC to install an mpkg, you can use the "installer" command.

This will install an application from a .mpkg it to /Applications system-wide. To install a program for just one user, replace "-target /" with "-target username".

hdiutil attach somefile.dmg
2009-04-28 19:41:42
User: sud0er
Tags: osx

To unmount, replace "attach" with "eject"

dpkg-query -l| grep -v "ii " | grep "rc " | awk '{print $2" "}' | tr -d "\n" | xargs aptitude purge -y
2009-04-28 19:25:53
User: thepicard
Functions: awk grep tr xargs

This will, for an application that has already been removed but had its configuration left behind, purge that configuration from the system. To test it out first, you can remove the last -y, and it will show you what it will purge without actually doing it. I mean it never hurts to check first, "just in case." ;)

vim ~/.purple/pounces.xml
2009-04-28 19:11:39
Functions: vim
Tags: vim pidgin

So you keep getting buzzes sounding from pidgin but you can't remember which buddy pounce is causing the beep. Well, cat/edit the ~/.purple/pounces and find out!

ls | sed -n -r 's/banana_(.*)_([0-9]*).asc/mv & banana_\2_\1.asc/gp' | sh
2009-04-28 17:53:58
User: log0
Functions: ls sed
Tags: sed mv rename

A powerfull way to rename file using sed groups.

& stand for the matched expression.

\1 referes to the first group between parenthesis. \2 to the second.

screen -d -m [<command>]
2009-04-28 12:35:25
User: cammarin
Functions: screen
Tags: screen

Start screen in detached mode, i.e., already running on background. The command is optional, but what is the purpose on start a blank screen process that way?

It's useful when invoking from a script (I manage to run many wget downloads in parallel, for example).

rm ~/.mozilla/firefox/<profile_dir>/.parentlock
2009-04-28 12:15:58
User: cammarin
Functions: rm
Tags: firefox rm

Sometimes Firefox crashes or is bad finished and the message the process is still running appear while it's not. This also works when you sharing account from a NIS server and try to open the browser on multiple computers.

lshw -C display
2009-04-28 11:49:08
User: gwir

Use the lshw command to display information about your video card. Give more ouput when run as root.

sudo aptitude purge `dpkg --get-selections | grep deinstall | awk '{print $1}'`
alias dfr='df;free'
2009-04-28 11:30:31
User: ximo88
Functions: alias

A short way to give us relevant report in a moment done about quantities on disk usage, memory and swap in our Linux Systems.

alias h='history'
2009-04-28 11:20:03
User: ximo88
Functions: alias

typing history it's a long way but typing only h it's my way it works in whatever distro or OSes or shells that you use, you know, only for easyness :)

sudo apt-get remove --purge `dpkg -l | awk '{print $2}' | grep gnome` && apt-get autoremove
2009-04-28 10:34:42
User: kelevra
Functions: awk grep sudo
Tags: awk apt-get dpkg

Useful for removes a package and its depends, for example to remove the gnome desktop environment, also configuration files will be removed, you should be carefully and sure that you want to do this.

lspci |grep VGA
2009-04-28 08:34:42
User: CafeNinja
Functions: grep lspci
Tags: video Ubuntu

Displays only the VGA adapter/chipset being used for the graphics. In this case, it gave me the "M22" and "Mobility Radeon x300" that I needed to research a graphics issue I was having.

ifconfig en1 | awk '/inet / {print $2}' | mail -s "hello world" [email protected]
2009-04-28 06:01:52
User: rez0r
Functions: awk ifconfig mail

This is useful if you have need to do port forwarding and your router doesn't assign static IPs, you can add it to a script in a cron job that checks if you IP as recently changed or with a trigger script.

This was tested on Mac OSX.

date -d '2 weeks ago'
2009-04-28 03:09:23
User: Buzzcp
Functions: date

Use date to find the date at other days and times.

ls -S -lhr
2009-04-28 01:28:57
User: rez0r
Functions: ls

This command list and sort files by size and in reverse order, the reverse order is very helpful when you have a very long list and wish to have the biggest files at the bottom so you don't have scrool up.

The file size info is in human readable output, so ex. 1K..234M...3G

Tested with Linux (Red Hat Enterprise Edition)

netstat -an | grep ESTABLISHED | awk '{print $5}' | awk -F: '{print $1}' | sort | uniq -c | awk '{ printf("%s\t%s\t",$2,$1) ; for (i = 0; i < $1; i++) {printf("*")}; print "" }'
2009-04-27 22:02:19
User: knassery
Functions: awk grep netstat sort uniq

Written for linux, the real example is how to produce ascii text graphs based on a numeric value (anything where uniq -c is useful is a good candidate).

history -d
2009-04-27 20:19:09
User: sud0er
Tags: bash

If you're a moron like me, sometimes your fingers get away from you and you, for example, enter your password when you're already authenticated to ssh-agent, sudo, etc., and your password ends up in shell history. Here's how to get it out.

svn log $url -r $revision -v | egrep " [RAMD] \/" | sed s/^.....//
2009-04-27 19:50:06
User: nitehawk
Functions: egrep sed

url can be a working copy or url to a svn repository, revision is any valid revision number for that branch.

inkscape -f file.svg --verb=org.inkscape.color.grayscale --verb=FileSave --verb=FileClose
2009-04-27 18:59:31
User: prayer
Tags: inkscape

It requires inkscape 0.46 and lxml packages