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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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curl ifconfig.me
du -b --max-depth 1 | sort -nr | perl -pe 's{([0-9]+)}{sprintf "%.1f%s", $1>=2**30? ($1/2**30, "G"): $1>=2**20? ($1/2**20, "M"): $1>=2**10? ($1/2**10, "K"): ($1, "")}e'
ssh [email protected] "rpm -qa" | xargs yum -y install
lsmod | perl -e 'print "digraph \"lsmod\" {";<>;while(<>){@_=split/\s+/; print "\"$_[0]\" -> \"$_\"\n" for split/,/,$_[3]}print "}"' | dot -Tpng | display -
2011-11-27 14:02:35
User: bandie91
Functions: dot lsmod perl

parse `lsmod' output and pass to `dot' drawing utility then finally pass it to an image viewer

wget http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ -qO- | sed -n "/fmt_url_map/{s/[\'\"\|]/\n/g;p}" | sed -n '/^fmt_url_map/,/videoplayback/p' | sed -e :a -e '$q;N;5,$D;ba' | tr -d '\n' | sed -e 's/\(.*\),\(.\)\{1,3\}/\1/' | wget -i - -O surprise.flv
2011-01-25 04:19:06
User: Eno
Functions: sed tr wget

Nothing special required, just wget, sed & tr!

watch -n 1 'echo "obase=2;`date +%s`" | bc'
lsof -i tcp:80
2009-04-16 14:51:53
User: ar_levi

Sometimes you need to use a port that is already opened by some program , and you don't know who to "kill" for it to release - so, now you do !

leave +15
2009-03-13 06:09:52
User: haivu
Tags: PIM

If you spend most of your time in front of the terminal, leave is a useful reminder. Leave can have absolute form: leave 1555 reminds you to leave at 3:55PM

wget -r -l1 --no-parent -nH -nd -P/tmp -A".gif,.jpg" http://example.com/images
2009-01-27 17:31:22
User: root
Functions: wget

This recursively downloads all images from a given website to your /tmp directory. The -nH and -nd switches disable downloading of the directory structure.

for I in $(mysql -e 'show databases' -s --skip-column-names); do mysqldump $I | gzip > "$I.sql.gz"; done
mkdir -p work/{d1,d2}/{src,bin,bak}
cp /work/host/phone/ui/main.cpp !#$:s/host/target
2011-09-20 06:48:07
User: kev
Functions: cp
Tags: !!

expand to:

cp /work/host/phone/ui/main.cpp /work/target/phone/ui/main.cpp


The entire command line typed so far.

grep ^Dirty /proc/meminfo
2011-08-24 08:48:49
User: h3xx
Functions: grep

Ever ask yourself "How much data would be lost if I pressed the reset button?"

Scary, isn't it?

echo "tee can split a pipe in two"|tee >(rev) >(tr ' ' '_')
2010-08-14 20:38:59
User: axelabs
Functions: echo tee tr

Tee can be used to split a pipe into multiple streams for one or more process to work it. You can add more " >()" for even more fun.

dig +short myip.opendns.com @resolver1.opendns.com
2010-04-02 21:53:26
User: dooblem
Functions: dig

Instead of opening your browser, googling "whatismyip"...

Also useful for scripts.

dig can be found in the dnsutils package.

knock <host> 3000 4000 5000 && ssh -p <port> [email protected] && knock <host> 5000 4000 3000
2009-07-28 14:08:01
User: din7
Functions: ssh

Knock on ports to open a port to a service (ssh for example) and knock again to close the port. You have to install knockd.

See example config file below.


logfile = /var/log/knockd.log


sequence = 3000,4000,5000

seq_timeout = 5

command = /sbin/iptables -A INPUT -i eth0 -s %IP% -p tcp --dport 22 -j ACCEPT

tcpflags = syn


sequence = 5000,4000,3000

seq_timeout = 5

command = /sbin/iptables -D INPUT -i eth0 -s %IP% -p tcp --dport 22 -j ACCEPT

tcpflags = syn

2009-05-12 14:36:42
User: fritz_monroe
Functions: export

History usually only gives the command number and the command. This will add a timestamp to the history file.

Note: this will only put the correct timestamp on commands used after the export is done. You may want to put this in your .bashrc

find . -name "*.[ch]" -exec grep -i -H "search pharse" {} \;
2009-05-06 15:22:49
User: bunedoggle
Functions: find grep
Tags: find grep

I have a bash alias for this command line and find it useful for searching C code for error messages.

The -H tells grep to print the filename. you can omit the -i to match the case exactly or keep the -i for case-insensitive matching.

This find command find all .c and .h files

find ./ -type f -exec chmod 644 {} \;
2009-04-08 21:25:06
User: pyrho
Tags: vim

Very handy to bring the word currently under the cursor into a :s command in Vim.


If the cursor was on the word "eggs":

:s/ ==> :s/eggs

youtube-dl -t --extract-audio --audio-format mp3 YOUTUBE_URL_HERE
2011-11-15 20:11:20
User: menachem
Tags: youtube mp3

youtube-dl has this functionality built in. If you're running an older version of youtube-dl, you can update it using `youtube-dl -U` (although if you have an older version, it probably doesn't download youtube videos anyway.)

youtube-dl --help will show you other options that may come in useful.

find . -type f -newermt "2010-01-01" ! -newermt "2010-06-01"
2011-06-26 09:52:26
User: flatcap
Functions: find
Tags: find dates

Find files in a specific date range - in this case, the first half of last year.

-newermt = modification time of the file is more recent than this date

GNU find allows any date specfication that GNU date would accept, e.g.

find . -type f -newermt "3 years ago" ! -newermt "2 years ago"


find . -type f -newermt "last monday"
diff <(cd dir1 && find | sort) <(cd dir2 && find | sort)
2009-05-21 04:44:29
User: mbirk
Functions: cd diff find
Tags: bash diff find

This uses Bash's "process substitution" feature to compare (using diff) the output of two different process pipelines.

sudo find / -mmin 60 -type f
2009-03-01 23:03:31
User: atoponce
Functions: find sudo

Useful mainly for debugging or troubleshooting an application or system, such as X11, Apache, Bind, DHCP and others. Another useful switch that can be combined with -mmin, -mtime and so forth is -daystart. For example, to find files that were modified in the /etc directory only yesterday:

sudo find /etc -daystart -mtime 1 -type f
mkfifo /tmp/fifo; cat /tmp/fifo | nc -l -p 1234 | tee -a to.log | nc machine port | tee -a from.log > /tmp/fifo
2009-02-20 04:00:15
User: prutser
Functions: cat mkfifo tee

Forwards localhost:1234 to machine:port, running all data through your chain of piped commands. The above command logs inbound and outbound traffic to two files.

Tip: replace tee with sed to manipulate the data in real time (use "sed -e 's/400 Bad Request/200 OK/'" to tweak a web server's responses ;-) Limitless possibilities.