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curl -s "http://smacie.com/randomizer/borat.txt" | shuf -n 1 -
2014-12-16 04:18:48
User: benjabean1
2

Turns out smacie.com has a text file containing every single one of the borat quotes, each one on a newline. This makes it very convenient, as this can be done without any sed-parsing, and uses less bandwitdth!

Note that borate quotes are quite offensive, much more so than "fortunes-off"!

apt-cache pkgnames linux-
2014-12-14 06:48:57
User: benjabean1
Functions: apt
1

In this case, linux- is the prefix; simply running

apt-cache pkgnames

would list every package APT knows about.

The default APT config assumes -g, --generate; to use the cache as/is, you could similarly run:

apt-cache --no-generate pkgnames [prefix]

Adding --all-names, like so:

apt-cache --no-generate --all-names pkgnames [prefix]

would print all the packages APT knows about, using the cache as/is, including virtual packages and missing dependencies.

This command was shamelessly stolen from the apt-cache(8) man-page.

cd -P .
scp -r `ls | grep -vE "(Pattern1|Pattern2)"` user@remote_host:/location
rsync -v --ignore-existing `ls | head -n 40` root@localhost:/location
ls -l | head -n 65535 | awk '{if (NR > 1) total += $5} END {print total/(1024*1024*1024)}'
echo something | awk '{ total += gsub(/yourstring/,"") } END { print total }'
2014-12-16 20:58:42
User: bugmenot
Functions: awk echo
0

Count how many times a pattern is present into a stream. It can be one or more lines. No overlapping. It means searching for aa on aaa will output 1 not 2.

awk '{ total += gsub(/yourstring/,"") } END { print total }' yourfile
2014-12-16 21:00:45
User: bugmenot
Functions: awk
0

Count how many times a pattern is present into a file. It can be one or more lines. No overlapping. It means searching for aa on aaa will output 1 not 2.