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find -print0 | xargs -0 -n 1 -P 4 -I {} sh -c "zcat '{}' | mysql nix"
2009-08-25 15:05:55
User: skygreg
Functions: find sh xargs

this command works with one gziped file per table, and restore 4 tables in parallel.

perl -e 'print scalar(gmtime(1234567890)), "\n"'
echo "0t${currentEpoch}=Y" | /usr/bin/adb
2009-08-25 12:17:01
User: verboEse
Functions: echo

this works on Solaris, so not better than the "only-GNU"-tool :-(

I think, there is no one-liner for this, that will work on all *nix-es

date -d @1234567890
echo "aBcDeFgH123" | tr a-z A-Z
rsync -az /home/user/test [email protected]:/tmp/
2009-08-25 10:45:15
User: peshay
Functions: rsync
Tags: ssh file move

copy files to a ssh server with gzip compression

echo 1234567890 | awk '{ print strftime("%c", $0); }'
2009-08-25 09:37:54
User: alvinx
Functions: awk echo

- convert unixtime to human-readable with awk

- useful to read logfiles with unix-timestamps, f.e. squid-log:

sudo tail -f /var/log/squid3/access.log | awk '{ print strftime("%c ", $1) $0; }

rsync --partial --progress --rsh=ssh [email protected]:remote-file local-file
2009-08-25 09:32:07
User: alvinx
Functions: rsync

resume a partial scp-filetransfer with rsync

bash-hotkey: <CTRL+x+e>
2009-08-25 09:08:54
User: alvinx
Functions: bash

* in bash-shell You can capture the current commandline to a text-editor:

* simply press: CTRL+x+e

* Your current commandline will pe put into Your default text-editor (export EDITOR=vim)

cat nicescript |ssh middlehost "cat | ssh -a [email protected] 'cat > nicescript'"
2009-08-25 08:11:12
User: syladmin
Functions: cat ssh
Tags: ssh scp

middlehost allows ssh access from where you are but not securehost.

Use nice ssh piping to simulate scp through A => B => C

setting up the shell function if left as an exercise for the reader. ;-)

Agent forwarding should avoid password typing.

echo `date +%m/%d/%y%X |awk '{print $1;}' `" => "` cat /proc/acpi/thermal_zone/THRM/temperature | awk '{print $2, $3;}'` >> datetmp.log
2009-08-24 21:26:29
User: ninadsp
Functions: awk cat echo

Uses the data in the /proc system, provided by the acpid, to find out the CPU temperature. Can be run on systems without lm-sensors installed as well.

find /dir | awk '{print length, $0}' | sort -nr | sed 's/^[[:digit:]]* //' | while read dirfile; do outfile="$(echo "$(basename "$dirfile")" | unaccent UTF-8)"; mv "$dirfile" "$(dirname "$dirfile")/$outfile"; done
2009-08-24 21:24:18
User: Patola
Functions: awk basename find mv read sed sort

This command changes all filename and directories within a directory tree to unaccented ones. I had to do this to 'sanitize' some samba-exported trees. The reason it works might seem a little difficult to see at first - it first reverses-sort by pathname length, then it renames only the basename of the path. This way it'll always go in the right order to rename everything.

Some notes:

1. You'll have to have the 'unaccent' command. On Ubuntu, just aptitude install unaccent.

2. In this case, the encoding of the tree was UTF-8 - but you might be using another one, just adjust the command to your encoding.

3. The program might spit a few harmless errors saying the files are the same - not to fear.

tar -cf - /home/user/test | gzip -c | ssh [email protected] 'cd /tmp; tar xfz -'
2009-08-24 18:35:38
User: esplinter
Functions: gzip ssh tar
Tags: ssh file move

Useful to move many files (thousands or millions files) over ssh. Faster than scp because this way you save a lot of tcp connection establishments (syn/ack packets).

If using a fast lan (I have just tested gigabyte ethernet) it is faster to not compress the data so the command would be:

tar -cf - /home/user/test | ssh [email protected] 'cd /tmp; tar xf -'

mirror=ftp://somemirror.com/with/alot/versions/but/no/latest/link; latest=$(curl -l $mirror/ 2>/dev/null | grep util | tail -1); wget $mirror/$latest
2009-08-24 15:58:31
User: peshay
Functions: grep tail wget

to download latest version of "util", maybe insert a sort if they wont be shown in right order.

curl lists all files on mirror, grep your util, tail -1 will gets the one lists on the bottom and get it with wget

tar dfz horde-webmail-1.2.3.tar.gz
ssh [email protected] \ "tcpdump -nn -i eth1 -w -" | snort -c /etc/snort/snort.conf -r -
2009-08-24 14:04:06
User: omish_man
Functions: ssh

I have a small embedded linux device that I wanted to use for sniffing my external network, but I didn't want to recompile/cross-compile snort for the embedded platform. So I used tcpdump over ssh to pass all the traffic as pcap data to a "normal" Linux system that then takes the pcap data and passes it to snort for processing.

sniff_host: tcpdump -nn -i eth1 -w - | nc 666
jot -s '' -r -n 8 0 9
2009-08-24 13:35:20
User: Hal_Pomeranz
Tags: random jot rs

Don't need to pipe the output into rs if you just tell jot to use a null separator character.

curl -s "http://services.digg.com/stories?link=$NEWSURL&appkey=http://www.whatever.com&type=json" | python -m simplejson.tool | grep diggs
find /backup/directory -name "FILENAME_*" -mtime +15 -exec rm -vf {};
mount -t ntfs-3g -o ro,loop,uid=user,gid=group,umask=0007,fmask=0117,offset=0x$(hd -n 1000000 image.vdi | grep "eb 52 90 4e 54 46 53" | cut -c 1-8) image.vdi /mnt/vdi-ntfs
tweet(){ curl -u "$1" -d status="$2" "http://twitter.com/statuses/update.xml"; }
2009-08-23 16:56:24
User: Code_Bleu

Type the command in the terminal and press enter to create the tweet() function. Then run as follows:

tweet MyTwitterAccount "My message goes here"

It will prompt you for password. Make sure that you use escape "\" character in message for showing varialbles or markup.

awk '!a[$0]++' file
2009-08-23 15:28:43
User: voyeg3r
Functions: awk

This create an array 'a' with wole lines. only one occurrence of each line - Not Get lines ++ !

mount -t unionfs -o dirs=/tmp/unioncache=rw:/mnt/readonly=ro unionfs /mnt/unionfs
2009-08-23 14:16:13
User: Cowboy
Functions: mount

First look into /etc/modules if you have unionfs (or squashfs) support. If not, add the modules. UnionFS combines two filesystems. If there is a need to write a file, /tmp/unioncache will be used to write files (first create that directory). Reads will be done where the file is found first.