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Simple Compressed Backup of the /etc
defunct processes (zombies) usually have to be killed by killing their parent processes. this command retrieves such zombies and their immediate parents and kills all of the matching processes.
Exactly the same effect with 3 less characters ;-) (Removes all files/filesystems of a harddisk. It removes EVERYTHING of your hard disk. Be careful when to select a device.)
You can press Ctrl + C after few seconds
If you have a folder with thousand of files and want to have many folder with only 100 file per folder, run this.
It will create 0/,1/ etc and put 100 file inside each one.
But find will return true even if it don't find anything ...
This option selects the listing of all Internet and x.25 (HP-UX) network files.
If you work in an environment, where some ssh hosts change regularly this might be handy...
Colors a the current date in cal output
I love CiteULike. It makes keeping a bibtex library easy and keeps all my papers in one place. However, it can be a pain when I add new entries and have to go through the procedure for downloading the new version in my browser, so I made this to grab it for me! I actually pipe it directly into a couple of SED one liners to tidy it up a bit too. Extremely useful, especially if you make a custom BibTeX script that does this first. That way you can sort a fresh BibTeX file for each new paper with no faf.
To use just replace with your CiteULike user name. It doesn't download entries that you've hidden but I don't use that feature anyway.
urls.txt should have a fully qualified url on each line
to clear the log
change curl command to
curl --head $file | head -1 >> log.txt
to just get the http status
without sed, but has no problems with files with spaces or other critical characters
Simple Google Chrome profile manager using zenity for profile name input. Place this in a shell script and then use the path to it as the command field in a gnome/kde shortcut. When you start it you will be prompted for a profile to use, if you leave it blank you should get the default profile.
Can be useful to rip a CD.
This adds all new files to SVN recursively. It doesn't work for files that have spaces in their name, but why would you create a file with a space in its name in the first place?
Change the number to change the number of spaces. Leaving it out defaults to 8. Leaving out the filename defaults to stdin.
And to do it in reverse, you can use the unexpand command.
This function is used to set environmental variables from a list of alternatives depending on what's installed on the system. It returns the first program found in the list.
export BROWSER=$(find_alternatives chromium-browser google-chrome opera firefox firefox-bin iceweasel konqueror w3m lynx)
export EDITOR=$(find_alternatives vim nano pico emacs kate)
export PAGER=$(find_alternatives vimpager less most more pg)