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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.
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I'm Jon, I'll be maintaining and improving clfu. Thanks to David for building such a great resource!

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svn st | grep -e [MA] | egrep -ve '.project|.classpath|.properties|.sh|.number' | awk -F' ' '{ print $2}' | xargs svn ci -m "message"
diff --changed-group-format='differs from line %dF to line %dL|' --unchanged-line-format='' $FILE1 $FILE2 | sed 's/|/\n/'
2011-06-02 15:04:36
User: dullgiulio
Functions: diff sed

Using sed to print newlines as doing it in one line with diff is non-trivial.

mkfifo ._b; nc -lk 4201 0<._b | /bin/bash &>._b;
2011-08-21 05:22:41
User: gt
Functions: mkfifo
Tags: bash nc mkfifo

uses fifo and sets to a specific port. In this case 4201.

echo -n "password" | iconv -t utf-16le | openssl dgst -md4
tshark -qr [cap] -z conv,tcp | awk '{printf("%s:%s:%s\n",$1,$3,$10)}' | awk -F: '{printf("%s %s %s\n",$1,$3,substr($5,1,length($5)-10))}' | sort | uniq -c | sort -nr
Show syscalls for parent and all child threads with execution time
find . -name "\.svn" -exec rm -rf {} ";"
function sepath { echo $PATH |tr ":" "\n" |sort -u |while read L ; do cd "$L" 2>/dev/null && find . \( ! -name . -prune \) \( -type f -o -type l \) 2>/dev/null |sed "s@^\./@@" |egrep -i "${*}" |sed "s@^@$L/@" ; done ; }
2009-09-11 15:03:22
User: mobidyc
Functions: cd echo egrep find read sed sort tr
Tags: bash ksh PATH

search argument in PATH

accept grep expressions

without args, list all binaries found in PATH

psg(){ ps aux | grep -v grep | egrep -e "$1|USER"; }
2014-12-31 22:27:27
Functions: egrep grep ps
Tags: grep function ps

Function that searchs a process by its name and shows in the terminal.

* Shows the Header for reference

* Hides the process 'grep' from the list

* Case sensitive

alias ip4rev "echo \!* | sed 's/^\([0-9]*\)\.\([0-9]*\)\.\([0-9]*\)\.\([0-9]*\)/\4.\3.\2.\1/'"
2009-02-09 17:00:03
Functions: alias

For 'bash'

function ip4rev() { echo $@ | sed 's/^\([0-9]*\)\.\([0-9]*\)\.\([0-9]*\)\.\([0-9]*\)/\4.\3.\2.\1/'; }
comm --nocheck-order -31
find -type f | xargs -I{} du -s "{}" | sort -rn | head | cut -f2 | xargs -I{} du -sh "{}"
2011-01-04 11:10:56
User: glaudiston
Functions: cut du find head sort xargs

Show the top file size in human readable form

cvlc "v4l2:///dev/video0" --sout "#transcode{vcodec=mp2v,vb=800,scale=0.25,acodec=none}:file{mux=mpeg1,dst=/PATH/TO/OUTPUT/FILE}"
ssh [email protected] "cat /remote/music/dir/*.mp3" | mpg123 -
2013-02-15 20:03:21
User: erix
Functions: mpg123 ssh
Tags: ssh Linux mpg123

This is just a quick and dirty way to play remote audio files *locally* in your PC.

The best way is to mount the remote Music directory into the local FS, say by using sshfs:

sshfs [email protected]:/remote/music/dir/ /mnt/other_pc/

ping -n 1 -w 10000
2009-08-26 02:25:07
User: DocGyver
Functions: ping

In the vein of "can you do it better", here is my take on using "ping" to emulate sleep in a DOS/BAT script. If one can use ping at all then the multicast address will be valid but will not respond. By doing only one ping (-n 1) and setting a timeout in milliseconds (-w 10000) you have a fairly accurate timer. This example gives about a 10 second sleep.

ls -l directory | awk 'BEGIN { SUM=0 } { SUM+=$5 } END { print SUM/1024/1024"M" }'
convert -quality 40% original_image reduced_image
for L in `echo :$PATH | tr : '\n'`; do F=${L:-"."}/fileName; if [ -f ${F} -o -h ${F} ]; then echo ${F}; break; fi; done
2009-09-11 16:14:36
User: arcege
Functions: echo tr

Searches in order of the directories of $PATH. Stops after finding the entry; looks for only that fileName. Works in Bourne, Korn, Bash and Z shells.

ffmpeg -i input.flv -vhook '/usr/lib/vhook/imlib2.so -c white -x 250 -y H+(-1.8*N+80) -t Hallo! -A max(0,255-exp(N/16))' -sameq -acodec copy output.flv
sqlite3 -line database.db
2010-10-09 16:10:19
User: pykler
Tags: CSV html sql sqlite

Similar output to using MySQL with the \G at the end of a Query. Displays one column per line. Other modes include:


Query results will be displayed in a table like form, using whitespace characters to separate the columns and align the output.

-html Query results will be output as simple HTML tables.

-line Query results will be displayed with one value per line, rows separated by a blank line. Designed to be easily parsed by scripts or other programs

-list Query results will be displayed with the separator (|, by default) character between each field value. The default.

From inside the command line this can be also changed using the mode command:

.mode MODE ?TABLE? Set output mode where MODE is one of:

csv Comma-separated values

column Left-aligned columns. (See .width)

html HTML code

insert SQL insert statements for TABLE

line One value per line

list Values delimited by .separator string

tabs Tab-separated values

tcl TCL list elements

find -type f -exec du -sh {} + | sort -rh | head
find . -name '*.txt' -exec mv {} {}.sh \ ;
2011-06-02 23:47:19
Functions: find mv

You can replace "." with your folder

MAC=$((date +'%Y%m%d%H%M%S%N'; cat /proc/interrupts) | md5sum | sed -r 's/(..)/\1:/g' | cut -d: -f 1-6)
2011-07-14 13:11:50
User: jazznjam
Functions: cat cut date md5sum sed

I liked vaporub's suggestion, here a little simplification of the sed command.

convert example.png -resize 100x100 output.png
2010-08-08 16:40:21
User: dbbolton

You can also specify width and height of the resized image (in pixels), as an alternative to using a percentage.

find . -name "*.png" | tee images.txt | grep book
2011-06-02 23:55:50
Functions: find grep tee

You can find every file with png extension and redirect its output to file. Later you can find a string inside the file.