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May 19, 2015 - A Look At The New Commandlinefu
I've put together a short writeup on what kind of newness you can expect from the next iteration of clfu. Check it out here.
March 2, 2015 - New Management
I'm Jon, I'll be maintaining and improving clfu. Thanks to David for building such a great resource!

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Psst. Open beta.

Wow, didn't really expect you to read this far down. The latest iteration of the site is in open beta. It's a gentle open beta-- not in prime-time just yet. It's being hosted over at UpGuard (link) and you are more than welcome to give it a shot. Couple things:

  • » The open beta is running a copy of the database that will not carry over to the final version. Don't post anything you don't mind losing.
  • » If you wish to use your user account, you will probably need to reset your password.
Your feedback is appreciated via the form on the beta page. Thanks! -Jon & CLFU Team

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pgrep -u username php5-fcgi | xargs kill -9
git-createrepo() { repos_path='/srv/git/'; mkdir $repos_path$1; cd $repos_path$1; git init --bare; echo "Repository location: ssh://$USER@`cat /etc/HOSTNAME``pwd`"; cd -; }
2013-05-09 21:44:24
User: batandwa
Functions: cd echo init mkdir
Tags: git

Creates a git repository in a predefined location.

find /Users/jpn/.ievms/ -type f -print0| xargs -0 du -sh
2013-10-16 09:54:19
Functions: du find xargs

When you do a ls -1 | xargs rm it wouldn't workd because those files have spaces. So you must use

find -print0 and xargs -0

for f in `find ./ -name "*.zip"` ; do p=`pwd`; d=`dirname $f`; cd $d; b=`basename $f`; unzip $b; cd $p; done
2009-05-30 03:42:53
User: packetloss
Functions: cd
Tags: find unzip

unzips all zip files in any subdirectory under the current directory. The zip files are unzipped in their respective subdirs

du -hs /example/folder/
lsb_release -a
tar -cf - file1 dir1/ dir2/ | md5sum
2014-04-17 14:33:44
User: snipertyler
Functions: tar

Doesn't create a file

Make sure to list the files / directories in the same order every time.

sudo dpkg -P $(dpkg -l | grep -i adobeair)
cat /proc/cpuinfo
apt-show-versions -u
2009-02-06 17:56:13
User: cowholio4
Functions: apt

apt-show-versions is a program that shows what packages in the system may be updated and several useful information. The -u option displays a list of upgradeable packages:

From: http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/apt-howto/ch-helpers.en.html

mysql -? | grep ".cnf"
2011-04-02 15:45:52
User: DarkSavant
Functions: grep
Tags: mysql

This will show the locations, in order of preference, that MySQL will look for a configuration file

> [filename]
2011-05-18 14:59:02
User: bbbco

Ever need to erase the contents of a file and start over from scratch? This easy command allows you to do so. Be warned! This will immediately erase all the contents of your file and start you over from scratch (i.e. your file will be at 0 bytes, like if you touch a file).

echo "string" | sed -e 's/.*match1//' -e 's/match2.*$//'
2009-04-01 15:01:27
User: P17
Functions: echo sed

But who knows to delete the rest of the lines?

I want only "string".

ifconfig eth0 | grep 'HWaddr' | awk '{print $5}' | tr 'a-z' 'A-Z' | sed -e 's/://g'
2010-06-26 05:35:03
User: minigeek
Functions: awk grep ifconfig sed tr

This will get the mac address of the eth0 and change lowercase to uppercase.

The sed command removed the colons.

lame rec01.wav rec01.mp3
sudo sox <file name>.wav -r 8000 <file name>.gsm
du -sh *
ls -l `ls -l |awk '/^l/ {print $8}'`
2009-11-23 16:02:18
User: yooreck
Functions: awk ls

ls -l may vary depending on operating system, so "print $8" may have to be changed

sudo sox <file name>.wav -r 8000 <file name>.gsm
TODAY=`date +"%b %d"`;ls -l | grep "$TODAY" | awk '{print $9}'
copy(){ cp -v "$1" "$2"&watch -n 1 'du -h "$1" "$2";printf "%s%%\n" $(echo `du -h "$2"|cut -dG -f1`/0.`du -h "$1"|cut -dG -f1`|bc)';}
curl -s http://urlxray.com/display.php?url=http://tinyurl.com/demo-xray | grep -o '<title>.*</title>' | sed 's/<title>.*--> \(.*\)<\/title>/\1/g'
2010-09-30 10:25:18
User: karpoke
Functions: grep sed
Tags: sed grep curl

We can put this inside a function:

fxray() { curl -s http://urlxray.com/display.php?url="$1" | grep -o '<title>.*</title>' | sed 's/<title>.*--> \(.*\)<\/title>/\1/g'; }; fxray http://tinyurl.com/demo-xray
tar -C <source_dir> -cf . | tar -C <dest_dir> -xf -
ifconfig | grep "inet\ " | grep -v "127.0" | sed -e 's/inet\ addr://g' | sed -e 's/Bcast:/\ \ \ \ \ \ \ /g' | cut -c 1-29 | sed -e 's/\ //g'
cd $(ls -1t --color=never | head -1)