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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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cat user_public_key.pub | ssh root@<host> "cat | su -c 'mkdir -m 700 -p ~/.ssh && cat >> ~/.ssh/authorized_keys && chmod 600 ~/.ssh/authorized_keys' <user>"
vboxmanage startvm --type gui $(vboxmanage list vms | sed -e 's/"//g' | cut -f1 -d ' ' | dmenu -i -p "VMs")
stsadm -o addalternatedomain -url http://paperino.paperopoli.com -urlzone Internet -incomingurl http://quiquoqua.paperopoli.com
2011-07-09 11:32:45
User: 0disse0

How to add an "alternate access mapping" from the command line and avoid passing on Friday evening following the interpretation of the all-too-terse "log" of SharePoint?

for i in * ; do cp $i $i.bak; done
2009-02-05 15:15:40
User: swinz
Functions: cp

quick in directory backup of all files in this directory. Adds the .bak extension to all copies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

BASH: Print shell variable into AWK

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

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

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

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

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