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Wow, didn't really expect you to read this far down. The latest iteration of the site is in open beta. It's a gentle open beta-- not in prime-time just yet. It's being hosted over at UpGuard (link) and you are more than welcome to give it a shot. Couple things:
rsyncs files to a server excluding listed files
also a file can be used to exclude common exclude rules and/or to exclude a ton of files, like so:
rsync --exclude-from '~/.scripts/exclude.txt'
where exclude.txt has one rule per line:
On the Mac, the format ifconfig puts out is little different from Linux: the IP address is space separated, instead of colon. That makes parsing the IP address easier. See releated command for Linux/Unix:
a quick one-line way to disable caps lock while running X.
Edit the files, each in a separate tab. use gT and gt to move to the left- and right-tab, respectively. to add another tab while editing, type ':tabe filename'
This command will list a CSV list of infected files detected by clamav through squidclamav redirector.
Parses tektronic given csv files for both channel 1 and channel 2 and joins them together. Can be easily used by gnuplot after that.
Replace 'more' command with any command which is in your PATH.
It's pretty common to forgot to commit a files, be it a modification, or a brand new file.
If you did forget something, git add the files you want, and then git commit --amend. It will essentially redo the last commit, with the changes you just added. It seeds the commit message with the last commit message by default.
You probably shouldn't do this if you've already pushed the commit.
Force empties the user trash
This command handles git rm'ing files that you've deleted.
Show only the subdirectories in the current directory. In the example above, /lib has 135 files and directories. With this command, the 9 dirs jump out.
Sort a list of IPV4 addresses in numerical order. Great as a filter, or within vim using !}
Often, when sorting you want the sort to ignore extraneous characters. The b, d, and f tell sort to ignore leading blanks, use 'dictionary order' (ignore punctuation), and ignore (fold) case. Add a "u" if you only want one copy of duplicate lines.
This is a great command to use within vim to sort lines of text, using !}sort -bdf
Finds the string in every file in an entire directory and all its subdirectories and replaces it with a new string. Especially useful when changing a machine's IP address or hostname - run it on /etc.
Old snapshots can cause problems. It's best to remove them when finished. I use this script to remove all snapshots. The "while read" command is necessary because my vm names contain spaces. The "time" command reports how long the process runs.
I use this command on my machines running VMware Server to print out the state of all registered Virtual machines.
rpm, sometimes, is not wildcard friendly. To search files installed from package this could be useful.
change PACKAGENAME to any package do you want to search
Create a persistent SSH connection to the host in the background. Combine this with settings in your ~/.ssh/config:
All the SSH connections to the machine will then go through the persisten SSH socket. This is very useful if you are using SSH to synchronize files (using rsync/sftp/cvs/svn) on a regular basis because it won't create a new socket each time to open an ssh connection.