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Wow, didn't really expect you to read this far down. The latest iteration of the site is in open beta. It's a gentle open beta-- not in prime-time just yet. It's being hosted over at UpGuard (link) and you are more than welcome to give it a shot. Couple things:
This one would be much faster, as it's only one executed command.
awk can clear the screen while displaying output. This is a handy way of seeing how many lines a tail -f has hit or see how many files find has found. On solaris, you may have to use 'nawk' and your machine needs 'tput'
Simple but useful little command to unzip all files in a directory.
Save the script as: sort_file
Usage: sort_file < sort_me.csv > out_file.csv
This script was originally posted by Admiral Beotch in LinuxQuestions.org on the Linux-Software forum.
I modified this script to make it more portable.
- for .xsession use -
Advantages of running a urxvt daemon include faster creation time for terminal windows and a lot of saved memory.
You can start new terminals as childs of urxvtd by typing urxvtc. Another advantage is, that background jobs are always owned by the urxvtd and will survive as long the daemon is running.
This command will output 1 if the given argument is a valid ip address and 0 if it is not.
Files containing ascii art (e.g. with .nfo extension) are typically not correctly reproduced at the command line when using cat. With iconv one can easily write a wrapper to solve this:
if [ -z "$@" ]; then echo "Usage: $(basename $0) file [file] ..."
else iconv -f437 -tutf8 "$@"; fi
Beeps on mouse's every move. Bear in mind that, at least on Ubuntu, /dev/input/mice can be read only by root.
I rarely use the system menu to start applications. I use keyboard shortcuts instead. Keyboard shortcuts are convenient time savers. To configure the shortcuts I use gconf-editor or CompizConfig Settings Manager (if I have Compiz turned on). Lately I've been using Chromium as my browser. Since Chromium is under heavy development it occasionally becomes unusable and I have to switch back to Firefox. I was hard-coding the browser command in my keyboard shortcuts. This became problematic with frequent browser hopping. I now use the xdg-open command when defining my keyboard shortcuts. xdg-open opens a file or URL in the user's preferred application. In the metacity keybinging_commands I have
xdg-open http://gmail.com where I used to have
firefox http://gmail.com. Now when switching browsers I don't have to update each keyboard binding command I just change my default browser in Ubuntu by clicking through the menu: System / Preferences / Preferred Applications / Web Browser.
xdg-open is more convenient for this browser hopper.
Infinitely plays beeps with sinusoidally changing sound frequency. Ideal for alarm on an event.
I spent a bunch of time yesterday looking for the xsel package in Cygwin- turns out you can use the /dev/clipboard device to do the same thing.
If you just want to write or append some text to a file without having to run a text editor, run this command. After running the command, start typing away. To exit, type . on a line by itself.
Replacing the >> with a single > will let you overwrite your file.
print multiple increasing years using cal - calendar -. You can also try
seq Start Increment End
It's the same command as submitted, but first with a command to make all characters green. It's the only way it looked "matrix-like" on my gnome-terminal.
Another wall matrix :)
for i in $@; do
if [ "$1" != "$i" ]
echo /newInstall/gem install $1 -v=\"$i\"
/newInstall/gem install $1 -v="$i"
if [ "$?" != "0" ]
echo -e "\n\nGEM INSTALL ERROR: $1\n\n"
echo "$1" > gemInst.err
When you use a "for" construct, it cycles on every word. If you want to cycle on a line-by-line basis (and, well, you can't use xargs -n1 :D), you can set the IFS variable to .
In my job I often have to deal with moving 100,000 files or more. A mv won't do it because there are too many. This will move everything in the current directory to the target path.