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Show syscalls for parent and all child threads with execution time
zgrep -i "string" log.tar.gz
2014-09-12 20:31:13
User: elfinkind
Functions: zgrep

accomplishes the same thing without unzipping the whole file, and while i have never seen a log.tar.gz file that was a binary, i will concede that it might happen, so add the -a in there:

zgrep -ia "string" log.tar.gz

it's still shorter/easier to type...

cp -p file.txt{,.bak}
2014-09-12 13:49:26
User: RedFox
Functions: cp

Use shell expansion to create a back-up copy (file.txt.bak) of a file (file.txt) and keep the original last modified date and time.

wget -N --content-disposition http://www.adminer.org/latest.php
ps -efL | grep <Process Name>
ifconfig | egrep -A2 "eth|wlan" | tr -d "\n"| sed 's/\-\-/\n/g'|awk '{print "mac: "$5 " " $7}' | sed 's/addr:/addr: /g'
EXT=MOV; for i in *.$EXT; do HandBrakeCLI -Z Normal --optimize --use-opencl --width 1280 --height 720 -i "${i}" -o "${i//.$EXT}.mp4"; done
for I in *.CR2; do if [ `exiv2 pr -p a -u $I | grep 'xmp.Rating' | awk '{ print $4 }'` == "1" ]; then echo $I; fi; done
perl -MPOSIX -le 'print strftime "%F", localtime 1234567890'
iptables -L -vnx --line-numbers; iptables -t nat -D <chain-name> <number>
mysql -u{user} -p{password} -Ne "select distinct concat( \"SHOW GRANTS FOR '\",user,\"'@'\",host,\"';\" ) from user;" mysql | mysql -u {user} -p{password} | sed 's/\(GRANT .*\)/\1;/;s/^\(Grants for .*\)/## \1 ##/;/##/{x;p;x;}'
dbus-send --system --print-reply --dest="org.freedesktop.login1" /org/freedesktop/login1 org.freedesktop.login1.Manager.Suspend boolean:true
alias noc="awk 'NF && ! /^[[:space:]]*#/'"
2014-09-07 00:50:57
User: pooderbill
Functions: alias

The shortest and most complete comment/blank line remover...

Any line where the first non-whitespace character is # (ie, indented # comments), and all null and blank lines are removed. Use the alias as a filter:

noc /etc/hosts


grep server /etc/hosts | noc

Change to nawk depending awk versions.

convert input.png -alpha set -channel A -fx 0.5 output.png
tar -cpf - ./sourceFile | tar -xpf - -C ./targetDir/
ifconfig | head -n 2 | tr -d '\n' | sed -n 's/.*\(00:[^ ]*\).*\(adr:[^ ]*\).*/mac:\1 - \2/p'
git stash save --keep-index
( eval $(grep -z '^DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS' /proc/$(pgrep -u $USER plasma-overlay)/environ); export DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS; kquitapp plasma-overlay )
2014-09-01 12:49:58
User: mig_hg
Functions: eval export grep

So this first obtains address of the DBUS session, as it's not available by default over SSH. Then it tells plasma-overlay to exit. `kquitapp` is pretty much an equivalent of the qdbus calls.

SIZE=1; dd if=/dev/zero bs=1M count=$((SIZE*1024)) | pv -pters $((SIZE*1024*1024*1024)) | openssl enc -aes-256-ctr -pass pass:"$(dd if=/dev/urandom bs=128 count=1 2>/dev/null | base64)" -nosalt > randomfile
2014-08-30 01:46:51
User: kennethjor
Functions: dd

SIZE is the number of gigabytes and the file name is at the end. Random data is generated by encrypting /dev/zero, similar to other techniques posted on here.

find -type f -exec ffprobe -i "{}" -show_entries format=duration -v quiet -of csv="p=0" \; | paste -sd+ | bc
2014-08-29 23:45:09
User: Hype
Functions: find paste

Recursive. Ignores non-media files. Requires ffprobe, paste, and bc.

function findOlderThan () { find . -mmin -$((($(date "+%s") - $(stat -c %Y $1))/60)) -type f ; }
2014-08-29 17:52:34
User: RobertDeRose
Functions: date find stat
Tags: find date stat

This function will find the modification time in unix_time of the given file, then calculate the number of minutes from now to then and then find all files modified in that range.

while true; do ps aux | sort -rk 3,3 | head -n 11 | cut -c -120 | netcat -l -p 8888 2>&1 >/dev/null; done &
2014-08-29 07:10:57
User: manumiu
Functions: cut head ps sort

If you want to see your top ten cpu using processes from the browser (e.g. you don't want to ssh into your server all the time for checking system load) you can run this command and browse to the machines ip on port 8888. For example

for i in chmod chown; do sudo "$i" --reference=/home/user/copyfromfile /tmp/targetfile; done
2014-08-28 15:08:32
User: zlemini
Functions: chmod sudo

Copy both perms and owner group from one file to another.

curl -sSi <URL> | sed '/^\r$/q'
2014-08-27 15:47:05
User: cbuckley
Functions: sed
Tags: curl http

Similar to the following:

curl -I <URL>

but curl -I performs a HEAD request, which can yield different results.