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amixer -c 0 set Master 1dB+
2013-07-25 15:28:45
User: chrisp6825
Functions: amixer set

adjusts the 'Master' channel's volume up by 1dB.

Can use command 'amixer' to see other channels :

Simple mixer control 'Master',0


Simple mixer control 'Capture',0

rvm --default use ruby-1.9.3
thunderbird -compose "attachment='file://`pwd`/$*'"
php -r 'echo json_encode( unserialize( file_get_contents( "php://stdin" ) ) );'
for file in `find /var/log/ -type f -size +5000k`; do > $file; done
2009-07-03 17:38:21
User: svg
Functions: file

you don't need to echo, just a plain redirect is enough to empty the file

find ./ -type f -print0 | xargs -0 file -iNf - | grep video | cut -d: -f1
2009-11-19 06:05:36
User: jnash
Functions: cut file find grep xargs

Uses mime-type of files rather than relying on file extensions to find files of a certain type.

This can obviously be extended to finding files of any other type as well.. like plain text files, audio, etc..

In reference to displaying the total hours of video (which was earlier posted in command line fu, but relied on the user having to supply all possible video file formats) we can now do better:

find ./ -type f -print0 | xargs -0 file -iNf - | grep video | cut -d: -f1 | xargs -d'\n' /usr/share/doc/mplayer/examples/midentify | grep ID_LENGTH | awk -F "=" '{sum += $2} END {print sum/60/60; print "hours"}'
gopyrit () { if [ $# -lt 1 ]; then echo $0 '< list of ESSIDs >'; return -1; fi; for i in "$@"; do pyrit -e $i create_essid && pyrit batch; done; pyrit eval }
2010-06-19 01:11:00
User: meathive
Functions: echo eval return

This command will automate the creation of ESSIDs and batch processing in pyrit. Give it a list of WPA/WPA2 access points you're targeting and it'll import those ESSIDs and pre-compute the potential password hashes for you, assuming you've got a list of passwords already imported using:

pyrit -i dictionary import_passwords

Once the command finishes, point pyrit to your packet capture containing a handshake with the attack_db module. Game over.

perl -e "tr/[A-Z]/[a-z]/;" -pi.save $(find . -type f)
perl -e 'printf join ".", map int rand 256, 1 .. 4;'
geoip() { lynx -dump "http://api.hostip.info/get_html.php?ip=$1&position=true"; }

Defines a function to geolocate a given IP address; if none supplied, will default to your external IP address.

perl -MAcme::POE::Tree -e 'Acme::POE::Tree->new()->run()'
IMG="image.img";PART=1;mount -o loop,ro,offset=$(parted $IMG -s unit b print|awk '$1=='$PART' {sub(/B/,"",$2);print $2}') $IMG /mnt/whatever
2011-12-31 14:58:18
User: AndroTux
Functions: awk mount

Mounts a disk-image of a hdd with partitions

import unicodedata; map(unicodedata.name, '\u2022'.decode('ascii'))
paste -sd, <<< $'line1\nline2'
2012-11-13 01:26:05
User: kodango
Functions: paste
Tags: paste

A more simple way to join lines with paste command than sed.

cut -f 2 -d ':' oclHashcat.pot | egrep -oi '[a-z]{1,20}' | sort | uniq > base.pot
mencoder -speed 2 -o output.avi -ovc lavc -oac mp3lame input.avi
exiv2 -M"set Exif.Photo.DateTimeOriginal `date "+%Y:%m:%d %H:%M:%S"`" filename.jpg
equery s | sed 's/(\|)/ /g' | sort -n -k 9 | gawk '{print $1" "$9/1048576"m"}'
2009-07-30 01:12:10
User: Alanceil
Functions: gawk sed sort

On a Gentoo system, this command will tell you which packets you have installed and sort them by how much space they consume. Good for finding out space-hogs when tidying up disk space.

2009-08-17 03:56:05
User: matthewbauer
Tags: wildcard

This is exactly the same as a wildcard - good for times when wildcards are disabled and when you want have a wildcard of a directory that is not your current ({`ls /path/to/dir`}). Does not work on older versions of Bash though.

perl -le 'use Config; foreach $i (keys %Config) {print "$i : @Config{$i}"}'
2009-09-22 22:14:21
User: chuckr
Functions: perl
Tags: perl

This dumps all of your installed perl's config information.

for item in *;do echo -n "$item - ";find "$item" -type f -print0 | xargs -0 file -iNf - | grep video | cut -d: -f1 | xargs -d'\n' /usr/share/doc/mplayer/examples/midentify | grep ID_LENGTH | awk -F= '{sum+=$2} END {print(sum/60)}'; done | grep -v ' - 0$'
2009-11-19 06:28:15
User: jnash
Functions: awk cut echo file grep xargs

I know this has been beaten to death but finding video files using mime types and printing the "hours of video" for each directory is (IMHO) easier to parse than just a single total. Output is in minutes.

Among the other niceties is that it omits printing of non-video files/folders

PS: Barely managed to fit it within the 255 character limit :D

instapaper-add(){ curl -s -d username="$1" -d password="$2" -d url="$3" https://www.instapaper.com/api/add; }
2010-03-21 23:01:38
User: matthewbauer

Adds URL to Instapaper.


instapaper-add user@example.com 12345 http://www.commandlinefu.com/

\cp something toSomeWhereElse
2010-09-25 03:07:04
User: xakon

If the problem is an aliased synonym for a command, you can still execute the original command by pre-pending it with a reverse-slash '\'. This works at least in Bash, but I guess the aliasing system refers definitely to Bash (and not only).

kill -9 `ps xawo state=,pid=|sed -n 's/Z //p'`
2010-10-27 07:38:07
User: AskApache
Functions: kill sed

just a leaner, smaller version. Love the original idea!

gawk 'BEGIN {RS="\n\n"; if (ARGV[1]=="-i")IGNORECASE=1;ARGC=1}{if (IGNORECASE)Text[tolower($0)]=$0;else Text[$0]=$0 };END {N=asort(Text);for(i=1;i<=N;i++)printf "%s\n\n",Text[i]}' -i<Test.txt
2011-05-11 01:03:30
User: IF_Rock
Functions: gawk

Sorts blank line delimited paragraphs. '-i' -- case insensitivity option -- removes redundant paragraphs in a case insensitive way, and then sorts in a case insensitive way.

If you search CommandLineFu with multiple anded terms searches, redundancy can ensue. This sorts the retrieved text (among other kinds of data), and removes the redundancy.