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echo 'mkcd() { mkdir -p "$@" && cd "$_"; }' >> ~/.bashrc
2010-01-13 09:37:56
User: phaidros
Functions: cd echo mkdir
-3

combines mkdir and cd

added quotes around $_, thanx to flatcap!

for i in $(find . -iname '*.html'); do sed '/String/d' $i > $i-tmp; mv $i-tmp $i; done
2010-09-21 14:35:18
User: cadu
Functions: find mv sed
Tags: sed find
-3

Search in all html files and remove the lines that 'String' is found.

pgrep rouge-process | xargs sudo kill -9
2010-05-09 22:30:05
User: mheadd
Functions: kill sudo xargs
Tags: xargs pgrep
-3

Find and kill multiple instances of a process with one simple command.

while true; do /bin/true; done
2009-02-18 22:08:18
User: deepc0re
-3

Loads your CPU, run a instance for each CPU/CORE.

ls -shF --color
2009-09-03 05:45:33
User: Viperlin
Functions: ls
-3

use manpages, they give you "ultimate commands"

"ls -SshF --color" list by filesize (biggest at the top)

"ls -SshFr --color" list by filesize in reverse order (biggest at the bottom)

lynx --dump icanhazip.com
alias o='xdg-open "$@" 2>/dev/null'
2011-12-26 08:52:22
User: Bonster
Functions: alias
-3

use xdg-open without looking at error messages

examples msg:

(nautilus:3955): Gtk-WARNING **: Theme parsing error: Notebook.css:21:15: Junk at end of value

xcopy D:\*.* /s/e/f E:\
2009-09-20 12:36:52
User: eth0
-3

Replace D drive with mounted ISO virtual drive and Replace E with your USB drive letter.

rm strangedirs -rf
2009-06-30 15:10:31
User: ioggstream
Functions: rm
Tags: rm safe
-3

avoid rm to be recursive until you complete the command: put the -rf at the end!

less file.lst | head -n 50000 > output.txt
2011-09-05 05:26:04
User: Richie086
Functions: head less
-3

Useful for situations where you have word lists or dictionaries that range from hundreds of megabytes to several gigabytes in size. Replace file.lst with your wordlist, replace 50000 with however many lines you want the resulting list to be in total. The result will be redirected to output.txt in the current working directory. It may be helpful to run wc -l file.lst to find out how many lines the word list is first, then divide that in half to figure out what value to put for the head -n part of the command.

find `pwd` -type f \( -iname thumb.php -or -iname timthumb.php \) -exec grep -HP 'define ?\(.VERSION' {} \;
2011-12-27 11:33:54
User: djkee
Functions: find grep
-3

Good for finding outdated timthumb.php scripts which need to be updated, anything over 2.0 should be secure, below that timthimb is vulnerable and can be used to compromise your website.

ifconfig | grep "inet addr" | cut -d":" -f2 | cut -d" " -f1
lspci
svn revert .
play $audio_file
2009-03-17 11:30:02
User: mpb
-3

"play" is part of "SoX"

SoX - Sound eXchange, the Swiss Army knife of audio manipulation.

For details, see: man sox

O=$IFS;IFS=$'\n'; D=$(for f in *;do [[ -d $f ]] && du -sh "$f";done | sort -gr);F=$(for f in *;do [[ -f $f ]] && du -sh "$f";done | sort -gr);IFS=$O;echo "$D";echo "$F"
2009-09-03 11:39:50
User: Viperlin
Functions: du sort
-3

biggest->small directories, then biggest->smallest files

function duf { du -k $@ | sort -rn | perl -ne '($s,$f)=split(/\t/,$_,2);for(qw(K M G T)){if($s<1024){$x=($s<10?"%.1f":"%3d");printf("$x$_\t%s",$s,$f);last};$s/=1024}' }
vim file1 file2
echo -e '#!/bin/bash\nssh [email protected] $0 "$@"' >> /usr/local/bin/ssh-rpc; chmod +x /usr/local/bin/ssh-rpc; ln -s hostname /usr/local/bin/ssh-rpc; hostname
2011-12-28 17:43:34
User: mechmind
Functions: chmod echo hostname ln
Tags: ssh rpc
-3

It's useful mostly for your custom scripts, which running on specific host and tired on ssh'ing every time when you need one simple command (i use it for update remote apt repository, when new package have to be downloaded from another host).

Don't forget to set up authorization by keys, for maximum comfort.

taskkill /F /im notepad.exe
w: !mailx -s "Some subject" [email protected]
(set -e; while true; do TEST_COMMAND; done) | tee log
2011-09-06 12:29:11
User: wipu
Functions: set tee
Tags: tee while set
-3

If you need to fix a randomly failing test (race condition), you need to run it until you get that hard-to-reproduce failure.