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perl -ne 'print "$. - $_"' infile.txt
2009-12-08 15:27:39
User: netp
Functions: perl

This command prints all lines of a file together with is line number.

curl -s http://twitter.com/users/show.xml?screen_name=username | sed -n 's/\<followers_count\>//p' | sed 's/<[^>]*>//g;/</N;//b'
2010-10-17 16:08:46
User: chrismccoy
Functions: sed
Tags: twitter

replace username with the username you wish to check.

tar cfJ tarfile.tar.xz pathnames
2010-11-18 05:34:17
User: jasonjgw
Functions: tar

The J option is a recent addition to GNU tar. The xz compression utility is required as well.

url=`curl http://proxybay.info/ | awk -F'href="|" |">|</' '{for(i=2;i<=NF;i=i+4) print $i,$(i+2)}' | grep follow|sed 's/^.\{19\}//'|shuf -n 1` && firefox $url
2014-10-04 19:08:13
User: dunryc
Functions: awk grep sed

polls the pirate bay mirrors list and chooses a random site and opens it for you in firefox

grep -n . datafile ;
wget --load-cookies <cookie-file> -c -i <list-of-urls>
alias foo="!!"
2010-08-12 23:42:15
User: smop
Functions: alias

!! will expand to your previous command, thus creating the alias "foo" (does not work consistently for commands with quotation marks)

pbpaste | coffee -bcsp | tail -n +2
2013-09-13 04:50:27
User: roryokane
Functions: tail

This particular combination of flags mimics Try CoffeeScript (on http://coffeescript.org/#try:) as closely as possible. And the `tail` call removes the comment `// Generated by CoffeeScript 1.6.3`.

See `coffee -h` for explanation of `coffee`'s flags.

httpd2 -M
tar xfzO <backup_name>.tar.gz | mysql -u root <database_name>
2011-02-10 22:18:42
User: alecnmk
Functions: tar

`tar xfzO` extracts to STDOUT which got redirected directly to mysql. Really helpful, when your hard drive can't fit two copies of non-compressed database :)

nmap -sP -PR -oG - `/sbin/ip -4 addr show | awk '/inet/ {print $2}' | sed 1d`
2011-07-21 11:50:26
User: l3k
Functions: awk sed

Today many hosts are blocking traditional ICMP echo replay for an "security" reason, so nmap's fast ARP scan is more usable to view all live IPv4 devices around you. Must be root for ARP scanning.

ls -d1a /var/www/*/web | xargs du -hs
2010-10-18 17:16:23
User: DRoBeR
Functions: du ls xargs

Calculate foldersize for each website on an ISPConfig environment. It doesn't add the jail size. Just the "public_html".

grep --color -R "text" directory/
rename *.JPG *.jpg
2014-03-05 14:54:33
User: gtoal
Functions: rename
Tags: batch rename

# Limited and very hacky wildcard rename

# works for rename *.ext *.other

# and for rename file.* other.*

# but fails for rename file*ext other*other and many more

# Might be good to merge this technique with mmv command...

mv-helper() {

argv="`history 1 | perl -pe 's/^ *[0-9]+ +[^ ]+ //'`"

files="`echo \"$argv\"|sed -e \"s/ .*//\"`"

str="`history 1 | perl -pe 's/^ *[0-9]+ +[^ ]+ //' | tr -d \*`"

set -- $str

for file in $files


echo mv $file `echo $file|sed -e "s/$1/$2/"`

mv $file `echo $file|sed -e "s/$1/$2/"`



alias rename='mv-helper #'

httpd2 -V
tar jcpf /home/[usuario]/etc-$(hostname)-backup-$(date +%Y%m%d-%H%M%S).tar.bz2 /etc
2011-04-29 22:53:11
User: mack
Functions: date tar

Simple Compressed Backup of the /etc

Linux compatible

ps afx | grep defunct -B 1 | grep -Eo "[0-9]{3,}" | xargs kill -9
2012-04-27 16:16:34
User: pholz
Functions: grep kill ps xargs

defunct processes (zombies) usually have to be killed by killing their parent processes. this command retrieves such zombies and their immediate parents and kills all of the matching processes.

cat /dev/zero > /dev/sda
2013-09-13 21:47:48
User: fhh
Functions: cat

Exactly the same effect with 3 less characters ;-) (Removes all files/filesystems of a harddisk. It removes EVERYTHING of your hard disk. Be careful when to select a device.)

You can press Ctrl + C after few seconds

(No output)

mtr www.google.com
folder=0;mkdir $folder; while find -maxdepth 1 -type f -exec mv "{}" $folder \; -quit ; do if [ $( ls $folder | wc -l ) -ge 100 ]; then folder=$(( $folder + 1 )); mkdir $folder; fi ; done
2011-02-11 21:28:01
User: Juluan
Functions: find ls mkdir mv wc

If you have a folder with thousand of files and want to have many folder with only 100 file per folder, run this.

It will create 0/,1/ etc and put 100 file inside each one.

But find will return true even if it don't find anything ...

vim -p `ls *.java *.xml *.txt *.bnd 2>/dev/null`
lsof -i
2011-10-03 02:06:30
User: shsingh

This option selects the listing of all Internet and x.25 (HP-UX) network files.

sshostnew () {sed -i "$1d" $HOME/.ssh/known_hosts ; }
2011-11-07 10:33:04
User: _john
Tags: ssh sed

If you work in an environment, where some ssh hosts change regularly this might be handy...

echo "DISPLAY=$DISPLAY xmessage convert db to innodb" | at 00:00
cal | sed -E "2,8s/(^|[^0-9])($(date +%e))( |$)/\1$(echo "\033[0;36m\2\033[0m")\3/g"
2011-04-30 03:16:31
User: iridium172
Functions: cal sed

Colors a the current date in cal output