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Use the find command to match certain files and summarise their total size in KBytes.
Greps located files for an expression.
Example greps all LaTeX files for 'foo':
locate *.tex | xargs grep foo
To avoid searching thousands of files with grep it could be usefull to test first how much files are returned by locate:
locate -c *.tex
After every line in targetfile (empty lines included) insert in a line from addfile. "Save" results to savefile. Addfile should be longer than targetfile since this doesn't loop back to the top of addfile.
/^/R addfile -- says for every line that matches "has a start of line" output a line from the file addfile.
> savefile (optional) -- redirect output to savefile file.
A variation of a script I found on this site and then slimmed down to just use awk. It displays all users who have attempted to login to the box and failed using SSH. Pipe it to the sort command to see which usernames have the most failed logins.
Quick and dirty command that counts how many words can be typed just using the home row on the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard layout from a dictionary file, in this case /usr/share/dict/words.
According to the regular expression supplied, each word must contain all the keys on the Dvorak home row, and no other characters. For comparison, I've shown how many words are installed in my dictionary, how many can be typed with just the Dvorak home row and how many can be typed with just the QWERTY home row in the sample output. Nearly 10 times the amount.
If you want to see the words, remove the -c switch, and each word will be printed out.
xml with verbose commenting can be difficult to read. remove comments from xml.
converts RAW files from a Nikon DSLR to jpg for easy viewing etc.
requires ufraw package
This will view the console and assumes the screen is 80 characters wide.
Use /dev/vcs2 for the next virtual console.. etc.
Downloads at 12:00
Converts images (maybe from scans) into a PDF
Other logs can be monitored similarly, e.g.
watch "tail -15 /var/log/daemon.log"
When you fill a formular with Firefox, you see things you entered in previous formulars with same field names. This command list everything Firefox has registered. Using a "delete from", you can remove anoying Google queries, for example ;-)
This is useful for remove all packages that are part of a common suite.
This command adds the numbers 10, 12, 14 to a bunch of mp3's in the current working directory. You can then run the command replacing the inital i=10 with i=11 to add 11,13,15 in another directory then mv the files together and the first files interweave with the second group of files. I used this to weave a backlog of a podcast with other podcast so I didn't get sick of one while I was catching up. I started at 10 because printf blows up with 0 padded numbers 08 and 09 which kind of makes the printf command redundant as it was used to pad numbers 1 - 9 so they would come first and not get sorted incorrectly
This is a simple command, but extremely useful. It's a quick way to search the file names in the current directory for a substring. Normally people use "ls *term*" but that requires the stars and is not case insensitive. Color (for both ls and grep) is an added bonus.