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find . | sort | awk 'NR%2==0' | xargs rm $1
2013-07-11 07:36:18
User: sucotronic
Functions: awk find rm sort xargs

If you have a directory with lot of backups (full backups I mean), when it gets to some size, you could want to empty some space. With this command you'll remove half of the files. The command assumes that your backup files starts with YYYYMMDD or that they go some alphabetical order.

find . -iname "*.mp3" | mpg123 -Z --list -
perl -pi -e 's/foo/bar/g' $(grep -rl foo ./*)
2009-03-27 17:21:35
User: dopeman
Functions: grep perl
Tags: perl

This command will replace all instances of 'foo' with 'bar' in all files in the current working directory and any sub-directories.

curl http://my-ip.cc/host.txt
2011-09-01 00:28:49
User: samleb

Additionally it may give your geolocation if it's known by hostip.info

for ff in directory; do numLines=`wc -l $ff`; numLines=$(echo $numLines | sed 's/ .*//g'); min=$(sort -nrk 1 $ff | tail -1); if [ $numLines -gt 100 ]; then echo $min >> minValues; fi;done;
host -t a dartsclink.com | sed 's/.*has address //'
du -sh `ls -p | grep /`
curl http://my-ip.cc/host.xml
2011-09-01 00:30:03
User: samleb

XML version.

Additionally it may give your geolocation if it's known by hostip.info

gunzip -c x.txt.gz >x.txt
cobbler repo add --name=CentOS-5.3-i386-updates --mirror=http://mirror3.mirror.garr.it/mirrors/CentOS/5.3/updates/i386/
2009-04-27 10:18:45
User: w00binda
Tags: cobbler

Add a repo to cobbler. To download all the repository contents the command is:

cobbler reposync
cal -y
2009-09-02 12:57:23
User: andrepuel
Functions: cal

Show today date on a yearly calendar.

netstat -lantp | grep -i establ | awk -F/ '{print $2}' | uniq | sort
2009-09-19 13:54:36
User: ktoso
Functions: awk grep netstat uniq

Can be used to discover what programms create internet traffic. Skip the part after awk to get more details.

Has anyone an idea why the uniq doesn't work propperly here (see sample output)?

curl -s "http://www.google.com/ig/api?weather=New%20York" | sed 's|.*<temp_f data="\([^"]*\)"/>.*|\1|'
2010-02-08 23:06:48
User: matthewbauer
Functions: sed

Will return temperature in Fahrenheit of a location (New York City in example).

Uses a Google API.

cat 1.tar.gz 2.tar.gz | tar zxvif -
2010-05-09 03:50:00
Functions: cat tar

You don't need to create an intermediate file, just pipe the output directly to tar command and use stin as file (put a dash after the f flag).

function titlescroll { _X=0 _TITLEMSG=$1 _WIDTH=${2:-16} _TITLEMSG=`printf "%$((${#_TITLEMSG}+$_WIDTH))s" "$_TITLEMSG"` while `true` do _X=$(((_X+1)%${#_TITLEMSG})) xtitle "${_TITLEMSG:_X:_WIDTH}" done }
2010-01-12 20:48:46
User: romulusnr


titlescroll "message" <width>

Requires command "xtitle" or replace with:

echo -ne "\e]0;TEXT_HERE\007"
find ./ -name Thumbs.db -exec rm -rf '{}' +
expr $(fdisk -s ` grep ' / ' /etc/mtab |cut -d " " -f1`) / 1024
> filename
locate -i yourfilename | sed 's/ /\\ /g' | xargs ls -lah | less
mformat -f 1440 A:
2009-12-10 06:51:20
User: eastwind
Functions: mformat

The 1440 is the number of bytes, and the A: specifies the floppy drive.

find /lib/modules/`uname -r`/ -type f -iname '*.o' -or -iname '*.ko' |grep -i -o '[a-z0-9]*[-|_]*[0-9a-z]*\.ko$' |xargs -I {} echo '# {}' >>/etc/modules.autoload.d/kernel-2.6
2010-01-13 02:12:08
User: paragao
Functions: echo find grep xargs

Whenever you compile a new kernel, there are always new modules. The best way to make sure you have the correct modules loaded when you boot is to add all your modules in the modules.autoload file (they will be commented) and uncomment all those modules you need.

Also a good way to keep track of the available modules in your system.

For other distros you may have to change the name of the file to /etc/modprobe.conf

sshmysql() { ssh -L 13306: -N $* & }
2011-09-01 10:21:55
Functions: ssh

Create a secure tunnelled connection for access to a remote MySQL database.

For example, connect with MySQL Workbench to [email protected]:13306.

locale | grep LANG=
goyoutube() { d=/path/to/videos p=$d/playlist m=$d/*.mp4 f=$d/*.flv if [ "$1" == 'rand' ]; then ls -1 $m $f | shuf >$p else ls -1t $m $f >$p fi mplayer -geometry 500x400 -playlist $p }
2010-04-11 18:53:49
User: meathive
Functions: ls

newly downloaded videos



goyoutube rand

This command assumes you've already downloaded some YouTube .mp4 or .flv video files via other means. Requires 'shuf', or your own stdin shuffler.