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tail() { thbin="/usr/bin/tail"; if [ "${1:0:1}" != "-" ]; then fc=$(($#==0?1:$#)); lpf="$((($LINES - 3 - 2 * $fc) / $fc))"; lpf="$(($lpf<1?2:$lpf))"; [ $fc -eq 1 ] && $thbin -n $lpf "$@" | /usr/bin/fold -w $COLUMNS | $thbin -n $lpf || $thbin -n $lpf...
2012-03-23 19:00:30
User: fpunktk
Functions: tail
-1
tail() { thbin="/usr/bin/tail"; if [ "${1:0:1}" != "-" ]; then fc=$(($#==0?1:$#)); lpf="$((($LINES - 3 - 2 * $fc) / $fc))"; lpf="$(($lpf<1?2:$lpf))"; [ $fc -eq 1 ] && $thbin -n $lpf "$@" | /usr/bin/fold -w $COLUMNS | $thbin -n $lpf || $thbin -n $lpf "$@"; else $thbin "$@"; fi; unset lpf fc thbin; }

This is a function that implements an improved version of tail. It tries to limit the number of lines so that the screen is filled completely. It works with pipes, single and multiple files. If you add different options to tail, they will overwrite the settings from the function.

It doesn't work very well when too many files (with wrapped lines) are specified.

Its optimised for my three-line prompt.

It also works for head. Just s/tail/head/g

Don't set 'thbin="tail"', this might lead to a forkbomb.

qlmanage -p "yourfilename"
2009-02-16 07:15:03
User: vaporub
-1

Where "docname" is the document you want OS-X to image... file.txt, file.pdf, file.mov, etc

cvlc <somemusic.mp3>
while :; do :; done
translate () {lang="ru"; text=`echo $* | sed 's/ /%20/g'`; curl -s -A "Mozilla/5.0" "http://translate.google.com/translate_a/t?client=t&text=$text&sl=auto&tl=$lang" | sed 's/\[\[\[\"//' | cut -d \" -f 1}
2014-07-10 18:26:34
User: 2b
Functions: cut sed
-1

Change lang from ru to something else.

Curl version - Mac OS etc, any system w/o wget.

find . -exec grep foobar /dev/null {} \; | awk -F: '{print $1}' | xargs vi
mp32ogg file.mp3
2009-11-16 20:22:48
User: nickleus
-1

why would you want to convert mp3's to ogg? 1 reason is because ardour doesn't support mp3 files because of legal issues. this is really the only reason you would do this, unless you have really bad hearing and also want smaller file sizes, because converting from one lossy format to another isn't a good idea.

jot -b '#' -s '' $COLUMNS
2010-04-13 22:03:39
User: dennisw
Tags: tr tput printf
-1

For BSD-based systems, including OS X, that don't have seq.

This version provides a default using tput in case $COLUMNS is not set:

jot -b '#' -s '' ${COLUMNS:-$(tput cols)}
sed -i 's/[ \t]\+$//g' file.txt
2011-09-07 01:47:44
User: elder
Functions: sed
Tags: sed regex
-1

This command is useful when you are programming, for example.

net user USERNAME /domain
wget -r --wait=5 --quota=5000m --tries=3 --directory-prefix=/home/erin/Documents/erins_webpages --limit-rate=20k --level=1 -k -p -erobots=off -np -N --exclude-domains=del.icio.us,doubleclick.net -F -i ./delicious-20090629.htm
2009-07-02 01:46:21
User: bbelt16ag
Functions: wget
-1

just a alternative using a saved html file of all of my bookmarks. works well although it takes awhile.

cat /proc/cpuinfo
ash prod<tab>
2012-05-12 19:51:02
User: c3w
-1

http://github.com/c3w/ash

. a Ruby SSH helper script

. reads a JSON config file to read host, FQDN, user, port, tunnel options

. changes OSX Terminal profiles based on host 'type'

USAGE:

put 'ash' ruby script in your PATH

modify and copy ashrc-dist to ~/.ashrc

configure OSX Terminal profiles, such as "webserver", "development", etc

run "ash myhostname" and away you go!

v.2 will re-attach to a 'screen' named in your ~/.ashrc

ls
curl -k https://Username:[email protected]/v1/posts/all?red=api | xml2| \grep [email protected]' | cut -d\= -f 2- | sort | uniq | linkchecker -r0 --stdin --complete -v -t 50 -F blacklist
2013-05-04 17:43:21
User: bbelt16ag
Functions: cut sort uniq
-1

This commands queries the delicious api then runs the xml through xml2, grabs the urls cuts out the first two columns, passes through uniq to remove duplicates if any, and then goes into linkchecker who checks the links. the links go the blacklist in ~/.linkchecker/blacklist. please see the manual pages for further info peeps. I took me a few days to figure this one out. I how you enjoy it. Also don't run these api more then once a few seconds you can get banned by delicious see their site for info. ~updated for no recursive

find . -name "*.php" -exec grep -il searchphrase {} \;
2010-01-16 05:09:30
Functions: find grep
-1

This is very similar to the first example except that it employs the 'exec' argument of the find command rather than piping the result to xargs. The second example is nice and tidy but different *NIXs may not have as capable a grep command.

du -s * | sort -nr | head
ffmpeg -r 12 -i img%03d.jpg -sameq -s hd720 -vcodec libx264 -crf 25 OUTPUT.MP4
find . -type f -exec grep -qi 'foo' {} \; -print0 | xargs -0 vim
2009-09-03 17:55:26
User: arcege
Functions: find grep xargs
Tags: vim find grep
-1

Make sure that find does not touch anything other than regular files, and handles non-standard characters in filenames while passing to xargs.

pear config-set http_proxy http://myusername:[email protected]:8080
2010-05-13 14:44:03
User: KoRoVaMiLK
-1

Useful since

"export http_proxy=blahblah:8080"

doesn't seem to work with pear

aptitude show $PROGRAM | grep Vers
2009-02-27 23:24:37
User: aabilio
Functions: grep
-1

Output: Version 3.2-0 (for example if you type # aptitude show bash | grep Vers

Depends on the language of your distribution, because the name of the word "Version" in other languages may be different.

xrandr -q | grep -w Screen
file=orig.ps; for i in $(seq `grep "Pages:" $file | sed 's/%%Pages: //g'`); do psselect $i $file $i\_$file; done
2010-09-24 19:44:32
User: damncool
Functions: file sed seq
-1

splits a postscript file into multiple postscript files. for each page of the input file one output file will be generated. The files will be numbered for example 1_orig.ps 2_orig.ps ...

The psselect commad is part of the psutils package

watch -n 10 free -m
2014-01-04 10:10:15
User: Darkstar
Functions: free watch
-1

This command shows a high level overview of system memory and usage refreshed in seconds. Change -n 10 to you desired refresh interval.

readlink -f /proc/<pid>/cmdline
2009-05-26 10:09:03
User: naseer
Functions: readlink
-1

Uses the pid to get the full path of the process. Useful when you do not which command got picked from the path