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utime(){ perl -e "print localtime($1).\"\n\"";}
2009-11-06 12:58:10
User: MoHaG
Functions: perl

A shell function using perl to easily convert Unix-time to text.

Put in in your ~/.bashrc or equivalent.

Tested on Linux / Solaris Bourne, bash and zsh. using perl 5.6 and higher.

(Does not require GNU date like some other commands)

wget -q -O - checkip.dyndns.org|sed -e 's/.*Current IP Address: //' -e 's/<.*$//'
GeoipLookUp(){ curl -A "Mozilla/5.0" -s "http://www.geody.com/geoip.php?ip=$1" | grep "^IP.*$1" | html2text; }
2009-11-06 00:32:27
User: sputnick
Functions: grep
Tags: sed curl

That makes a function you can put in your ~/.bashrc to run it when you need in any term with an IP as argument

read -sn 1 -p "Press any key to continue..."
umount -a -t nfs
ifconfig | awk '/HW/ {print $5}'
2009-11-05 18:00:50
User: Cont3mpo
Functions: awk ifconfig

Simple MAC adrress, thanks to ifconfig.

mount | awk '/:/ { print $3 } ' | xargs sudo umount
ip link show eth0 | grep "link/ether" | awk '{print $2}'
2009-11-05 17:06:15
User: maxmanders
Functions: awk grep link
Tags: mac

...or for a particular interface...

find ~/Maildir/ -mindepth 1 -type d | egrep -v '/cur$|/tmp$|/new$' | xargs
sed -n 's/^model name[ \t]*: *//p' /proc/cpuinfo
2009-11-05 10:59:31
User: jgc
Functions: sed
Tags: sed cpuinfo

Alternative command to retrieve the CPU model name and strip off the "model name : " labels.

htlatex MyFile.tex "xhtml,ooffice" "ooffice/! -cmozhtf" "-coo -cvalidate"
2009-11-05 10:12:28
User: eastwind

require the tex4ht package . You can open the file with openoffice , I use it much for correct my spelling and grammar .

grep "model name" /proc/cpuinfo
2009-11-05 05:23:30
User: getkaizer
Functions: grep
Tags: grep cpuinfo

Extracts the model name of the CPU and displays it on screen.

speaker-test -D plug:surround51 -c 6 -l 1 -t wav
2009-11-05 02:57:46
User: alperyilmaz

Useful tool to test if all speaker channels are working properly. speaker-test is part of alsa-utils package

lynx --dump http://ip.boa.nu|sed -e 's/^[[:space:]]*//' -e 's/*[[:space:]]$//'|grep -v ^$
2009-11-04 22:23:45
User: xeor
Functions: grep sed

For those of us that still uses lynx :)

wget -O - -q ip.boa.nu
curl whatismyip.org
ip link | grep 'link/ether' | awk '{print $2}'
2009-11-04 19:41:26
User: markdrago
Functions: awk grep link
Tags: mac

I much prefer using /sbin/ip over /sbin/ifconfig for most everything. I find the interface and output to be much more consistent and it has many abilities that ifconfig, route, etc. do not. To get the mac address for only one interface, add 'show dev [interface]' to the 'ip link' part of the command: ip link show dev eth0 | grep 'link/ether' | awk '{print $2}' . Also, both this command and the ifconfig one do not require root access to run, so the sudo is not necessary.

sudo ifconfig -a | grep eth | grep HW | cut -d' ' -f11
ps -ec -o command,rss | grep Stainless | awk -F ' ' '{ x = x + $2 } END { print x/(1024) " MB."}'
2009-11-04 19:01:22
Functions: awk grep ps

Adds up the total memory used by all Stainless processes: 1 Stainless, 1 StainlessManager and 1 StainlessClient per tab open.

eval $(curl -s http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/matching/external/ZXh0ZXJuYWw=/sort-by-votes/plaintext|sed -n '/^# Get your external IP address$/{n;p;q}')
2009-11-04 16:58:31
User: jgc
Functions: eval sed

This command uses the top voted "Get your external IP" command from commandlinefu.com to get your external IP address.

Use this and you will always be using the communities favourite command.

This is a tongue-in-cheek entry and not recommended for actual usage.

IFS=$'\n';cl=($(curl -s http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/matching/external/ZXh0ZXJuYWw=/sort-by-votes/plaintext|sed -n '/^# Get your external IP address$/{n;p}'));c=${cl[$(( $RANDOM % ${#cl[@]} ))]};eval $c;echo "Command used: $c"
2009-11-04 16:55:44
User: jgc
Functions: sed

There's been so many ways submitted to get your external IP address that I decided we all need a command that will just go pick a random one from the list and run it. This gets a list of "Get your external IP" commands from commanlinefu.com and selects a random one to run. It will run the command and print out which command it used.

This is not a serious entry, but it was a learning exercise for me writing it. My personal favourite is "curl icanhazip.com". I really don't think we need any other ways to do this, but if more come you can make use of them with this command ;o).

Here's a more useful command that always gets the top voted "External IP" command, but it's not so much fun:

eval $(curl -s http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/matching/external/ZXh0ZXJuYWw=/sort-by-votes/plaintext|sed -n '/^# Get your external IP address$/{n;p;q}')
tty > /dev/null 2>&1 || { aplay error.wav ; exit 1 ;}
2009-11-04 16:18:00
User: johnraff
Functions: aplay exit tty
Tags: shell script

If your script needs to be run in a terminal, this line at the top will stop it running if you absent-mindedly double-click the icon, perhaps intending to edit it. (Of course this won't help with scripts that run in the background.)

curl -s "http://www.geody.com/geoip.php?ip=$(curl -s icanhazip.com)" | sed '/^IP:/!d;s/<[^>][^>]*>//g'
2009-11-04 07:15:02
User: getkaizer
Functions: sed
Tags: sed curl

Not my script. Belongs to mathewbauer. Used without his permission.

This script gives a single line as shown in the sample output.

NOTE: I have blanked out the IP address for obvious security reasons. But you will get whatever is your IP if you run the script.

Tested working in bash.

svn ci `svn stat |awk '/^A/{printf $2" "}'`
watch -n 1 'echo "obase=2;`date +%s`" | bc'