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ffmpeg -i "input.mts" -vcodec copy -acodec pcm_s16le "output.mov"
2014-01-24 13:00:07
User: lgarron

This *does not change the video encoding*, so it's fast (almost purely I/O-bound) and results in a file of nearly the same size.

However, OSX (and possibly other programs) will more easily play/seek the file when wrapped as MOV. For example, you can QuickLook the resulting file.

This basically does the same as the commercial ClipWrap program, except using the free program ffmpeg.

touch -r "source_file" "destination_file"
phpunit --log-json php://stdout | awk '$NF ~ '/,/' && $1 ~ /"(test|time)"/' | cut -d: -f2- | sed "N;s/\n/--/" | sed "s/,//"| awk 'BEGIN{FS="--"}; {print $2 $1}' | sort -r | head -n 5
alias t="tee >(pbcopy)"
2014-01-24 12:41:07
User: lgarron
Functions: alias

Very convenient to for sending data to the clipboard for processing.

However, note that tee will affect the buffering of the output (stdout won't be update very live).

rename s/ .php/ .html/ *.html
imv foo
2014-01-24 01:34:01
User: denilsonsa
Tags: mv cp

icp and imv, interactive versions of cp and mv, will prompt the user for the new filename. These tools are from rename-utils package.

netstat -tunlapo
2014-01-23 20:44:31
User: treebeard
Functions: netstat
Tags: netstat

-t TCP

-u UDP

-n NO DNS resolution or PORT/SERVICE resolution

-l state

-a ?

-p PORT show

-o flag (keepalive, off, etc)

diff <(cat /etc/fstab | grep vol | grep -v "^#" | awk '{print $1}') <(df -h | grep vol)
2014-01-23 15:18:08
User: Koobiac
Functions: awk cat df diff grep
Tags: diff fstab df

With this command, you can check the difference between the volumes mounted and the volume in /etc/fstab.

iconv -f $(file -bi filename.ext | sed -e 's/.*[ ]charset=//') -t utf8 filename.ext > filename.ext
for i in rpcbind nfslock lldpad fcoe rpcidmapd; do service $i stop; chkconfig $i off; done
2014-01-23 05:05:22
User: prasad
Functions: chkconfig
Tags: for loop

We will turn off and stop multiple linux services using FOR LOOP.

netstat -t -u -l
2014-01-23 05:01:46
User: prasad
Functions: netstat

This command show listening sockets TCP and UDP. Useful for stop unwanted services from linux.

cp foo{,bak}
2014-01-22 14:09:42
Functions: cp
Tags: cp

Utilizes shell expansion of {} to give the original filename and a new filename as arguments to `cp`. Can easily be extended to make multiple copies.

zipinfo -1 aap.zip | xargs -d '\n' rm
grep -v rootfs /proc/mounts > /etc/mtab
while true; do rsync -vR $(git ls-files | inotifywait -q -e modify -e attrib -e close_write --fromfile - --format '%w') user@host:dest/dir/; done
2014-01-21 10:31:41
User: leucos
Functions: rsync

While edtiing a project under git, it is sometimes nice to sync changes immediately to a test machine.

This command will take care of this if you have inotifywait installed on the developement machine.

Note the -R (relative) in rsync. with

rsync foo/bar/baz user@host:dest/dir/

it will put 'baz' in dest/dir/foo/bar/ which is what we want.

this can be turned into a function for additionnal flexibility :

function gitwatch() {

if [ -z $1 ]; then

echo "You must provide a rsync destination"



while true; do

rsync -vR $(git ls-files | inotifywait -q -e modify -e attrib -e close_write --fromfile -

--format '%w') $1



while [ 1 ] ;do ps aux|awk '{if ($8 ~ "D") print }'; sleep 1 ;done
proot -r /media/user/ubuntu12.10/ cat /etc/motd
2014-01-21 07:50:22
User: totti
Functions: cat

PRoot is a user-space implementation of chroot, mount --bind, and binfmt_misc. This means that users don't need any privileges or setup to do things like using an arbitrary directory as the new root filesystem, making files accessible somewhere else in the filesystem hierarchy, or executing programs built for another CPU architecture transparently through QEMU user-mode. Also, developers can use PRoot as a generic Linux process instrumentation engine thanks to its extension mechanism, see CARE for an example. Technically PRoot relies on ptrace, an unprivileged system-call available in every Linux kernel.


gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.background picture-uri | xargs nautilus
sc query service_name
ls -1 | xargs ruby -e'puts ARGV.shuffle'
find . -type f -regex ".*/core.[0-9][0-9][0-9][0-9]$"
2014-01-17 16:44:47
User: H3liUS
Functions: find

Will find and list all core files from the current directory on. You can pass | xargs rm -i to be prompted for the removal if you'd like to double check before removal.

find . -name '*.sh' -exec bash -n {} \;
2014-01-17 16:20:36
User: tsener
Functions: bash find

Check all bash scripts in current dir for syntax errors WITHOUT running them.

ls -l /usr/share/xsessions/
2014-01-17 05:09:18
User: puresky
Functions: ls

Sometimes there are just no variables such as $DESKTOP_SESSION, $GDMSESSION, or $WINDOWMANAGER.

find . -name "pattern" -type f -exec du -ch {} + | tail -n1