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head -c $((<pw-lenght>-2)) /dev/urandom | uuencode -m - | sed -e '1d' -e '3d' | sed -e 's/=.*$//g'
2009-03-24 20:05:16
User: P17
Functions: head sed uuencode
-2

Replace < pw-length > with the desired password-length.

The password-length is not always correct, but wayne...

ifconfig | grep eth | awk '{print $5}'
2011-02-02 20:42:22
User: diacus
Functions: awk grep ifconfig
-2

This command is useful when you want to check your nic's mac address, if you're interested in your wireless interface, use its ID instead "eth".

This command was tested under Ubuntu and Slackware GNU/Linux.

svn log -q | grep -v "^-" | cut -d "|" -f 2 | sort -u
find . -type f -print0 | xargs -0 chmod a-x
2012-06-11 07:28:30
User: jlaunay
Functions: chmod find xargs
-2

Using xargs is usually much quicker as it does not have to execute chmod for every file

diff -qr <dir1> <dir2>
kudzu -p
2009-05-12 10:34:59
Functions: kudzu
-2

Kudzu is available on CentOS, used for configuring and detecting new hardware device installed, is also usefull for device listing.

find . -type f -exec ls -s \{\} \; | sort -n
2010-06-02 11:03:31
User: Insti
Functions: find ls sort
-2

Finds all files below the current directory.

Orders the result from smallest to largest.

Good for finding the largest files in the tree.

alias myip='curl -s www.wieistmeineip.de | egrep -o "[0-9]{1,3}\.[0-9]{1,3}\.[0-9]{1,3}\.[0-9]{1,3}"'
egrep -i "somepattern" `find . -type f -print`
VAR="foo" ; awk '{ print '"$VAR"' }'
2011-04-15 07:56:20
User: FRUiT
Functions: awk
Tags: bash awk print
-2

BASH: Print shell variable into AWK

kill -9 $$
2009-02-17 15:10:29
User: chanux
Functions: kill
-2

Kill -9 immediately kills the given process number. $$ is the process ID of the process you are in.

sed -n '/jan\|Jan\|JAN\|JAn\|jAn\|jAN\|jaN/p' data.txt > jan-only-data.txt
du -shc .[^.]* * | grep [MG]
2010-07-06 10:13:18
User: rubo77
Functions: du grep
-2

shows only folders, that are MB or GB in total size

links2 -dump http://checkip.dyndns.com| egrep -m1 -o '[0-9]{1,3}\.[0-9]{1,3}\.[0-9]{1,3}\.[0-9]{1,3}'
find . -type f -name '*' -exec md5sum '{}' + > hashes.txt
export PS1='[\[\e[36;1m\]\u@\[\e[32;1m\]\h \[\e[31;1m\]\w]# \[\e[0m\]'
echo 00:29:36 | sed s/:/*60+/g | bc
for a in $(ls /usr/sbin /usr/bin); do ps -fC $a;done|grep -v PPID
2015-04-27 18:15:56
User: knoppix5
Functions: grep ls ps
-2

Thanks to pooderbill for the idea :-)

wget -O- -q http://www.nomachine.com/download-package.php?Prod_Id=2067 | sed -n -e 'H;${x;s/\n/ /g;p;}' | sed -e "s/[Hh][Rr][Ee][Ff]=\"/\n/g" | cut -d "\"" -f1 | sort -u | grep deb$
complete -W "$(echo `cat ~/.ssh/known_hosts | cut -f 1 -d ' ' | sed -e s/,.*//g | uniq | grep -v "\["`;)" ssh
alias ':q'='exit'; alias ':e'='vim';
2012-08-12 12:35:10
User: expelledboy
Functions: alias
Tags: vim alias
-2

This was me just succumbing to the habits, but now I rarely use quit or vim directly, so beware! :)

ps -e | grep SearchStringHere
wget http://checkip.dyndns.org && clear && echo && echo My IP && egrep -o '([[:digit:]]{1,3}\.){3}[[:digit:]]{1,3}' index.html && echo && rm index.html
pgrep <name>
2010-02-28 22:59:33
User: alesplin
Tags: grep ps
-2

You'll need to install proctools. MacPorts and Fink have this if you're running Mac OS X, check your Linux distribution's repositories if it isn't installed by default.

kill -9 `ps -u user -o "pid="`