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find . -name .svn | xargs rm -rf
curl -s http://api.wunderground.com/auto/wui/geo/ForecastXML/index.xml?query=${@:-<YOURZIPORLOCATION>}|xmlstarlet sel -E utf-8 -t -m //forecast/txt_forecast/forecastday -v fcttext -n
alias kfire='for i in `ps aux | grep [F]irefox `; do echo $i; kill $(($i)); done; '
2010-12-27 01:47:58
User: swerve
Functions: alias echo grep kill

This is an attempt to get a command which I can alias. It's ugly but it works. I'm hoping someone can suggest a cleaner version.

I have tried....

# alias kfire="for i in $( ps aux | grep [F]irefox | awk \'{print $2}\' ); do kill $; done"

# alias kfire=`kill $(ps aux | grep [F]irefox | awk '{print $2}' | tr '\n' ' ')`

# alias kfire='ps au | grep -i [F]irefox | awk \'{ print $2 \'} '

and they all fail in a .bashrc I've tried escaping the quotes and can't find a way to make the single quotes ' that awk wants work. Maybe I'm just stubborn but I don't want to put in a little #!/bin/bash file just so I can kill a firefox process all in one stroke. This script works (it kills the process before it errors out)... it's just ugly and there may be a pretty way to do this.

cat urls.txt | xargs -n1 curl -O --max-time 10 --retry 3 --retry-delay 1
melt dvgrab-010.m2t meta.attr.titles=1 meta.attr.titles.markup=#timecode# -attach data_show dynamic=1
find / -name \*string\*
2009-02-16 08:43:01
User: tini
Functions: find

run as root and use it fo find file you're looking for.

watch -tn1 'bc<<<"`date -d'\''friday 21:00'\'' +%s`-`date +%s`"|perl -ne'\''@p=gmtime($_);printf("%dd %02d:%02d:%02d\n",@p[7,2,1,0]);'\'
2009-03-29 19:53:36
User: penpen
Functions: perl watch
Tags: Linux unix date

An improved version of http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/1772/simple-countdown-from-a-given-date that uses Perl to pretty-print the output. Note that the GNU-style '--no-title' option has been replaced by its one-letter counterpart '-t'.

alias connectAllMachines='Terminal --maximize -e "ssh server1" --tab -e "ssh server2" --tab -e "ssh server3"'
2010-12-27 08:47:08
User: nordri
Functions: alias

Terminal is part of XFCE Desktop. This will open a tab for every node that we pass in the command line. In a single line we'll connect to nodes of our server farm.

:set ic
2013-10-03 09:45:28
User: andreisid

After the option is set, you can use / to search strings(case insensitive)

netstat -alpn | grep :80 | awk '{print $4}' |awk -F: '{print $(NF-1)}' |sort | uniq -c | sort -n
dir="/bin"; man $(ls $dir |sed -n "$(echo $(( $RANDOM % $(ls $dir |wc -l | awk "{ print $1; }" ) + 1 )) )p")
2010-08-20 16:31:50
User: camocrazed
Functions: dir ls man sed
Tags: man sed awk echo wc

Broaden your knowledge of the utilities available to you in no particular order whatsoever! Then use that knowledge to create more nifty one-liners that you can post here. =p

Takes a random number modulo the number of files in $dir, prints the filename corresponding to that number, and passes it as an argument to man.

cat > file_name
2012-03-27 11:38:09
Functions: cat

Write script or commands in notepad/Editplus/MS word etc, copy the contents, type the above command and click on enter now, paste by right click-ing the mouse. Entire contents in the clip-board gets pasted now again click on Enter to go to new line/next line. Press Ctrl+D to close/save the file. Not always required to vi to create a new file.

kinit username
man $(ls /bin | sed -n $((RANDOM % $(ls /bin | wc -l) + 1))p)
2010-08-20 17:15:33
User: putnamhill
Functions: ls man sed wc
Tags: man sed ls wc random

Great idea camocrazed. Another twist would be to display a different man page based on the day of the year. The following will continuously cycle through all man pages:

man $(ls /bin | sed -n $(($(date +%j) % $(ls /bin | wc -l)))p)
yes n | cp something toSomeWhereElse
alias myip='curl -s http://checkrealip.com/ | grep "Current IP Address"'
for f in *;do case "$(echo $f|sed "s/.*\.\([a-z\.]*\)/\1/g")" in zip)unzip -qqo $f&&rm $f;;tar.gz|tar.bz2)tar xf $f&&rm $f;;rar)unrar e -o+ -r -y $f&&rm $f;;7z)7z e -qqo $f;;esac;done
2009-08-17 03:50:50
User: matthewbauer

This will unarchive the entire working directory. Good for torrents (I don't know why they put each file into a seperate archive).

/Applications/Google\ Chrome.app/Contents/MacOS/Google\ Chrome --proxy-server=socks5://HOST:PORT
curl -Ls "http://support.dell.com/support/DPP/Index.aspx?c=us&cs=08W&l=en&s=biz&ServiceTag=$(dmidecode -s system-serial-number)"|egrep -i '>Your Warranty<|>Product Support for'|html2text -style pretty|egrep -v 'Request|View'|perl -pane 's/^(\s+|\})//g;'
2011-02-18 22:29:05
User: din7
Functions: egrep perl

The dates in the output are Start Date, End Date, Days Remaining in warranty, respectively. This will only work if you are running it on a dell machine. You can substitute the dmidecode command with a service tag if you are not using a dell. Also, you have to either allow your user to run sudo dmidecode with no password or run this command as root.

curl -s http://checkrealip.com/ | grep "Current IP Address" | cut -d ' ' -f 4
:rm 1
_llines=100; while [ $_llines -gt 1 ]; do echo $_llines; _llines=$(($_llines-1)); done
2009-04-29 00:19:45
User: romulusnr
Functions: echo

You've opened a terminal window and you've connected off to a remote host that didn't pick up your terminal size, and all your curses and paging apps are screwed up as a result. You need to quickly determine how many lines are in your current terminal view (to feed into "stty rows X").

diff -qr /dirA /dirB
cd $(find -inum inode_no)
2010-09-25 06:04:32
User: emacs
Functions: cd find

First use ls -i to list files and directories with their inode number

Then if you want to change to one of the directories, replace inode_no with its inode then execute the command

mount -o auto -t ntfs /dev/hda1 /windows
2009-02-16 10:45:06
User: RonaldConco
Functions: mount

if the command is successful , you will get no output - only if an error has occurred will there be output