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ruby -i.bkp -pe "gsub(/search/, 'replace')" *.php
2009-06-16 12:35:40
User: gustavgans

Search for the string "search" and replace it with the string "replace", on all files with the extension php in the curret folder. Do also a backup of each file with the extension "bkp".

perl -ne '$sum += $_ for grep { /\d+/ } split /[^\d\-\.]+/; print "$sum\n"'
2009-06-16 06:39:08
User: obscurite
Functions: grep perl split

Good for summing the numbers embedded in text - a food journal entry for example with calories listed per food where you want the total calories. Use this to monitor and keep a total on anything that ouputs numbers.

opendiff <file1> <file2>
2009-06-16 03:22:52
User: claytron

This command will open up the two files in FileMerge on OS X. You can also compare two directories.

opendiff directory1 directory2

NOTE: FileMerge is a part of the OS X Developer Tools, available on the install disc.

sort -k1.x
2009-06-16 00:04:21
User: leper421
Functions: sort

Tells sort to ignore all characters before the Xth position in the first field per line. If you have a list of items one per line and want to ignore the first two characters for sorting purposes, you would type "sort -k1.3". Change the "1" to change the field being sorted. The decimal value is the offset in the specified field to sort by.

(uuencode foo.txt foo.txt; uuencode /etc/passwd passwd.txt)|mailx -s "Pandaren!" [email protected]
2009-06-15 11:34:51
User: LrdShaper
Functions: mailx uuencode

If you're users have ever asked your script to email their reports in separate attachments instead of tar'ring them into one file, then you can use this. You'll need the mailx package of course. In Unix you'd want to add an additional parameter "-m"

(uuencode foo.txt foo.txt; uuencode /etc/passwd passwd.txt)|mailx -m -s "Hooosa!" [email protected]

killall -2 mpg321
2009-06-15 03:04:00
User: dattaway
Functions: killall

Uses process signal to play next selection

2009-06-14 21:17:40
User: Josay
Tags: completion ESC

Pressing ESC then * will insert in the command line the results of the autocompletion.

It's hard to explain but if you look the sample output or do

echo ESC *

you will understand quickly.

By the way, few reminders about ESC :

- Hold ESC does the same thing as tab tab

- 'ESC .' inserts the last argument of last command (can be done many times in order to get the last argument of all previous commands)

(Command too long..See sample Output..)
2009-06-14 20:34:37
User: mohan43u
Tags: bash sed echo tr od

curl doesn't provide url-encoding for 'GET' data, it have an option '--data-urlencode', but its only for 'POST' data. Thats why I need to write down this commandline. With 'perl', 'php' and 'python', this is one liner, but just I wrote it for fun. Works in Ubuntu, will work in all linux varients(I hope it will work in unix varients also).

sed -e "s/\[{/\n/g" -e "s/}, {/\n/g" sessionstore.js | grep url | awk -F"," '{ print $1 }'| sed -e "s/url:\"\([^\"]*\)\"/\1/g" -e "/^about:blank/d" > session_urls.txt
2009-06-14 15:08:31
User: birnam
Functions: awk grep sed

This will extract all of the urls from a firefox session (including urls in a tab's history). The sessionstore.js file is in ~/.mozilla/firefox/{firefox profile}

curl -u <user>:<password> -d status="Amarok, now playing: $(dcop amarok default nowPlaying)" http://twitter.com/statuses/update.json
2009-06-14 02:42:34
User: caiosba

Share your "now playing" Amarok song in twitter!

svn diff <file> | vim -R -
2009-06-13 22:00:49
User: caiosba
Functions: diff vim
Tags: svn vim diff color

Simple way to achieve a colored SVN diff

mysql -uadmin -p` cat /etc/psa/.psa.shadow` -Dpsa -e"select mail_name,name,password from mail left join domains on mail.dom_id = domains.id inner join accounts where mail.account_id = accounts.id;"
find `echo "${PATH}" | tr ':' ' '` -type f | while read COMMAND; do man -f "${COMMAND##*/}"; done
2009-06-13 19:56:24
User: mohan43u
Functions: find man read tr
Tags: man find read while tr

Obviously, you can replace 'man' command with any command in this command line to do useful things. I just want to mention that there is a way to list all the commands which you can execute directly without giving fullpath.

Normally all important commands will be placed in your PATH directories. This commandline uses that variable to get commands. Works in Ubuntu, will work in all 'manpage' configured *nix systems.

man ls | col -b > ~/Desktop/man_ls.txt
2009-06-13 11:49:33
User: vigo
Functions: col ls man

You can convert any UNIX man page to .txt

unrar e file.part1.rar; if [ $? -eq 0 ]; then rm file.part*.rar; fi
2009-06-13 11:11:43
User: mrttlemonde
Functions: rm

It's also possible to delay the extraction (echo "unrar e ... fi" |at now+20 minutes) wich is really convenient!

a=`printf "%*s" 16`;b=${a//?/{0..1\}}; echo `eval "echo $b"`
chronic () { t=$1; shift; while true; do $@; sleep $t; done & }
2009-06-13 05:57:54
User: rhythmx
Functions: sleep

Chronic Bash function:

chronic 3600 time # Print the time in your shell every hour chronic 60 updatedb > /dev/null # update slocate every minute

Note: use 'jobs' to list background tasks and fg/bg to take control of them.

for i in *.tar.gz; do tar -xzf $i; done
2009-06-13 03:58:48
User: kureikain
Functions: tar
Tags: tarball

You can flexibly change file pattern(*.tar.gz) and uncompress command to other job!

Example, remove all files :

for i in *.tar.gz; do rm $i; done

(Just for example, because if you really want to remove file, simply use wildcard like this rm *.tar.gz)

egrep -r '(render_message|multipart).*('`find app/views -name '*.erb' | grep mailer | sed -e 's/\..*//' -e 's/.*\///' | uniq | xargs | sed 's/ /|/g'`')' app/models
ldapsearch -h ldapserver.willeke.com -p389 -b "" -s base -D cn=admin,ou=administration,dc=willeke,dc=com -w secretpwd "(objectclass=*)" chainings removeEntryOps referralsReturned listOps modifyRDNOps repUpdatesIn repUpdatesOut strongAuthBinds addEntryOps
2009-06-12 13:28:18
User: jwilleke
Tags: ldap

Find statistics for an Edirectory server form LDAPsearch.

We have a lot more examples at:


The full command got shut off it is:

ldapsearch -h ldapserver.willeke.com -p636 -e C:\mydata\treerootcert.der -b "" -s base -D cn=admin,ou=administration,dc=willeke,dc=com -w secretpwd "(objectclass=*)" chainings removeEntryOps referralsReturned listOps modifyRDNOps repUpdatesIn repUpdatesOut strongAuthBinds addEntryOps compareOps wholeSubtreeSearchOps modifyEntryOps searchOps errors simpleAuthBinds inOps oneLevelSearchOps inBytes abandonOps bindSecurityErrors securityErrors unAuthBinds outBytes extendedOps readOps dsaName directoryTreeName vendorVersion vendorName

mysqldump [options] |gzip ->mysqldump-$(date +%Y-%m-%d-%H.%M.%S).gz
2009-06-12 12:42:59
Functions: date gzip

Performs a mysqldump and gzip-compresses the output file with a timestamp in the resulting dump file. Inspect the file for integrity or fun with this command afterward, if you desire:

zcat mysqldump-2009-06-12-07.41.01.tgz | less
sed '/MARKER/{N;s/THIS/THAT/}'
2009-06-12 02:29:50
User: mungewell
Functions: sed
Tags: sed gnuplot

I've been auto-generating some complex GnuPlots; with multiplots the first plot of each group needs to be a 'plot' whereas the others need to be 'replots' to allow overplotting/autoscaling/etc to work properly.

This is used to replace only the first instance of 'replot'.

function my_irc { tmp=`mktemp`; cat > $tmp; { echo -e "USER $username x x :$ircname\nNICK $nick\nJOIN $target"; while read line; do echo -e "PRIVMSG $target :$line"; done < $tmp; } | nc $server > /dev/null ; rm $tmp; }
2009-06-11 22:14:48
User: Josay
Functions: cat echo read rm
Tags: netcat irc nc
command | my_irc

Pipe whatever you want to this function, it will, if everything goes well, be redirected to a channel or a user on an IRC server.

Please note that :

- I am not responsible of flood excesses you might provoke.

- that function does not reply to PINGs from the server. That's the reason why I first write in a temporary file. Indeed, I don't want to wait for inputs while being connected to the server. However, according to the configuration of the server and the length of your file, you may timeout before finishing.

- Concerning the server, the variable content must be on the form "irc.server.org 6667" (or any other port). If you want to make some tests, you can also create a fake IRC server on "localhost 55555" by using

netcat -l -p 55555

- Concerning the target, you can choose a channel (beginning with a '#' like "#chan") or a user (like "user")

- The other variables have obvious names.

mkdir phrack66; (cd phrack66; for n in {1..17} ; do echo "http://www.phrack.org/issues.html?issue=66&id=$n&mode=txt" ; done | xargs wget)
2009-06-11 21:42:42
Functions: cd echo mkdir xargs

Nice reading in the morning on the way to work, but sadly the .tar.gz for the whole issue 66 is not on phrack's website yet. So use wget to download.

cd <YOUR_DIRECTORY>; for i in `ls ./`; do tar czvf "$i".tar.gz "$i" ; done
2009-06-11 18:33:27
User: ElAlecs
Functions: cd tar

Very simple and useful, you need to change the word "directory" for your directory