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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:

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Terminal - All commands - 12,388 results
2013-10-09 08:40:06
User: knoppix5
Tags: man search

Will highlight search term i.e. "foo" across entire man page (scroll up or down to see)


That is how to find things ;)


(slash+empty string+Enter) will jump to the next occurence of previous searched item.

echo $EPOCH|awk '{print strftime("%c",$1)}'
tar zxvf package.tar.gz --strip 1
2010-05-18 21:01:23
User: voyeg3r
Functions: tar

if I need get olnly script.sh from "folder/script.sh"

alias ping='ping -n'
i=0; while [ $i -lt 100 ]; do echo "test, ttest, tttest-${i}" >> kk.file; i=`expr $i + 1`; done
2012-09-13 21:46:18
User: kaushalmehra
Functions: echo

while commandt






{commandt is executed and its exit status tested.}

for i in 1 2 3

> do

> echo $i

> done

ls | wc -l
2013-01-22 03:35:35
User: Sebasg
Functions: ls wc

ls -1 shows one file per line (update: -1 was not really needed)

wc -l counts the lines received from the previous command

find . -type f -exec grep StringToFind \{\} --with-filename \;|sed -e '/svn/d'|sed -e '/~/d'
2009-03-31 18:09:31
User: f241vc15
Functions: find grep sed

Look for a string in one of your codes, excluding the files with svn and ~ (temp/back up files). This can be useful when you're looking for a particular string in one of your source codes for example, inside a directory which is under version control (e.g. svn), removing all the annoying files with ~ (tilde) from the search. you can even change the command after -exec to delete (rm) or view (cat) files found by 'find' for example

df | grep -w /media/KINGSTON | awk {'print $1'}
2011-01-20 09:07:19
Functions: awk df grep

most usefull when creating batch scripts using several usb drives and some commands like mkntfs needs a device name

the -w option for grep is here to filter lines when you have multiple drives with the same volume label. Without this option, the grep command will return




xml2asc < inputfile > outputfile
2011-02-23 12:22:18
User: forcefsck

For reverse, there's asc2xml

asc2xml < entitiesfile > utf8file

They come as a part of the html-xml-utils debian package.

PS. Tried to submit sample data, but the site autoconverted the non ascii to html entities. So a bit of imagination is needed.

export DISPLAY=":0.0" && import -window root screenshot.png
2010-02-17 12:13:49
User: fraktil
Functions: export

Like the given command, but combines _DISPLAY=":0.0"_ with _export DISPLAY_ to get _export DISPLAY=":0.0"_ and only imports if DISPLAY is set successfully.

awk '{total+=$0}END{print total}' file
find . -type f -exec ls -s {} \; | sort -n -r | head -5
python -c "import platform; print platform.node()"
paste -sd'+' file|bc -l
for i in $(seq 300) ; do ethtool -s eth0 autoneg on ; sleep 2 ; done
2010-10-31 18:15:54
User: christian773
Functions: seq sleep

use this comand to see which switch port your network interface is using.

but remind, there is no network traffic for 10 minutes or how long you run the comand.

if you start the comand via ssh, port will come up again after the "for loop" has endet

echo "1+2+3+4" | bc
2011-02-24 03:08:00
User: twjolson
Functions: echo

Works for any mathematical operation, even converting numbers from one base to another.

schtasks /delete /tn * /f
tac [FILE]
netstat -l -p --tcp | egrep -e 'www.*[0-9]{3,4}\/(apache2|httpd)' | awk '{print$7}'
curl -s -O http://s3.amazonaws.com/alexa-static/top-1m.csv.zip ; unzip -q -o top-1m.csv.zip top-1m.csv ; head -1000 top-1m.csv | cut -d, -f2 | cut -d/ -f1 > topsites.txt
2010-11-01 01:25:53
User: chrismccoy
Functions: cut head
Tags: curl unzip cut

this will dump a list of domains one per line into a text file

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/