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find . -name "\.svn" -exec rm -rf {} ";"
function sepath { echo $PATH |tr ":" "\n" |sort -u |while read L ; do cd "$L" 2>/dev/null && find . \( ! -name . -prune \) \( -type f -o -type l \) 2>/dev/null |sed "s@^\./@@" |egrep -i "${*}" |sed "s@^@$L/@" ; done ; }
2009-09-11 15:03:22
User: mobidyc
Functions: cd echo egrep find read sed sort tr
Tags: bash ksh PATH

search argument in PATH

accept grep expressions

without args, list all binaries found in PATH

psg(){ ps aux | grep -v grep | egrep -e "$1|USER"; }
2014-12-31 22:27:27
Functions: egrep grep ps
Tags: grep function ps

Function that searchs a process by its name and shows in the terminal.

* Shows the Header for reference

* Hides the process 'grep' from the list

* Case sensitive

alias ip4rev "echo \!* | sed 's/^\([0-9]*\)\.\([0-9]*\)\.\([0-9]*\)\.\([0-9]*\)/\4.\3.\2.\1/'"
2009-02-09 17:00:03
Functions: alias

For 'bash'

function ip4rev() { echo $@ | sed 's/^\([0-9]*\)\.\([0-9]*\)\.\([0-9]*\)\.\([0-9]*\)/\4.\3.\2.\1/'; }
comm --nocheck-order -31
find -type f | xargs -I{} du -s "{}" | sort -rn | head | cut -f2 | xargs -I{} du -sh "{}"
2011-01-04 11:10:56
User: glaudiston
Functions: cut du find head sort xargs

Show the top file size in human readable form

cvlc "v4l2:///dev/video0" --sout "#transcode{vcodec=mp2v,vb=800,scale=0.25,acodec=none}:file{mux=mpeg1,dst=/PATH/TO/OUTPUT/FILE}"
ssh user@remote "cat /remote/music/dir/*.mp3" | mpg123 -
2013-02-15 20:03:21
User: erix
Functions: mpg123 ssh
Tags: ssh Linux mpg123

This is just a quick and dirty way to play remote audio files *locally* in your PC.

The best way is to mount the remote Music directory into the local FS, say by using sshfs:

sshfs user@remote:/remote/music/dir/ /mnt/other_pc/

ping -n 1 -w 10000
2009-08-26 02:25:07
User: DocGyver
Functions: ping

In the vein of "can you do it better", here is my take on using "ping" to emulate sleep in a DOS/BAT script. If one can use ping at all then the multicast address will be valid but will not respond. By doing only one ping (-n 1) and setting a timeout in milliseconds (-w 10000) you have a fairly accurate timer. This example gives about a 10 second sleep.

ls -l directory | awk 'BEGIN { SUM=0 } { SUM+=$5 } END { print SUM/1024/1024"M" }'
convert -quality 40% original_image reduced_image
for L in `echo :$PATH | tr : '\n'`; do F=${L:-"."}/fileName; if [ -f ${F} -o -h ${F} ]; then echo ${F}; break; fi; done
2009-09-11 16:14:36
User: arcege
Functions: echo tr

Searches in order of the directories of $PATH. Stops after finding the entry; looks for only that fileName. Works in Bourne, Korn, Bash and Z shells.

ffmpeg -i input.flv -vhook '/usr/lib/vhook/imlib2.so -c white -x 250 -y H+(-1.8*N+80) -t Hallo! -A max(0,255-exp(N/16))' -sameq -acodec copy output.flv
find -type f -exec du -sh {} + | sort -rh | head
find . -name '*.txt' -exec mv {} {}.sh \ ;
2011-06-02 23:47:19
Functions: find mv

You can replace "." with your folder

MAC=$((date +'%Y%m%d%H%M%S%N'; cat /proc/interrupts) | md5sum | sed -r 's/(..)/\1:/g' | cut -d: -f 1-6)
2011-07-14 13:11:50
User: jazznjam
Functions: cat cut date md5sum sed

I liked vaporub's suggestion, here a little simplification of the sed command.

convert example.png -resize 100x100 output.png
2010-08-08 16:40:21
User: dbbolton

You can also specify width and height of the resized image (in pixels), as an alternative to using a percentage.

find . -name "*.png" | tee images.txt | grep book
2011-06-02 23:55:50
Functions: find grep tee

You can find every file with png extension and redirect its output to file. Later you can find a string inside the file.

cp -dpRx /* /mnt/target/
2011-08-22 14:22:01
Functions: cp

preserve all except context and xattr. useful when moving a running system to a new partition.

vgdisplay -v 2>/dev/null | grep "^ LV Name" | while read A B LVDEV; do echo $LVDEV; done
NFSPATH=/mountpoint TIMEOUT=5; perl -e "alarm $TIMEOUT; exec @ARGV" "test -d $NFSPATH" || (umount -fl $NFSPATH; mount $NFSPATH)
2010-06-04 07:58:53
User: keymon
Functions: mount perl umount

Based on the execute with timeout command in this site.

A more complex script:


# This script will check the avaliability of a list of NFS mount point,

# forcing a remount of those that do not respond in 5 seconds.


# It basically does this:

# NFSPATH=/mountpoint TIMEOUT=5; perl -e "alarm $TIMEOUT; exec @ARGV" "test -d $NFSPATH" || (umount -fl $NFSPATH; mount $NFSPATH)



SCRIPT_NAME=$(basename $0)

for i in $@; do

echo "Checking $i..."

if ! perl -e "alarm $TIMEOUT; exec @ARGV" "test -d $i" > /dev/null 2>&1; then

echo "$SCRIPT_NAME: $i is failing with retcode $?."1>&2

echo "$SCRIPT_NAME: Submmiting umount -fl $i" 1>&2

umount -fl $i;

echo "$SCRIPT_NAME: Submmiting mount $i" 1>&2

mount $i;



cat /etc/passwd | wc -l
iostat -En $(iostat -en|grep c#t|awk '$2 > 0 {print $NF}')
2011-12-09 15:54:28
Functions: awk grep

This helps quickly get information for each disk that is seemingly having hardware issues.

2009-03-25 07:25:33
User: dizzgo
Tags: Ubuntu

release upgrades are major upgrades as from 8.04 to 8.10 or from 8.10 to 9.04

update-manager-core must be installed:

sudo apt-get install update-manager-core

in some cases you must edit '/etc/update-manager/release-upgrades' and set 'Prompt=normal'

recoll -t -q "keyword" | grep message/rfc822 | sed -s 's,^.*\('$MAILDIR'[^]]*\)\].*$,\"\1\",' | xargs ln -sft $MAILDIR/bingo/cur/