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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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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:

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curl -s www.google.com/ig/api?weather=$(curl -s api.hostip.info/get_html.php?ip=$(curl -s icanhazip.com) | sed -e'1d;3d' -e's/C.*: \(.*\)/\1/' -e's/ /%20/g' -e"s/'/%27/g") | sed 's|.*<t.*f data="\([^"]*\)"/>.*|\1\n|'
2010-02-14 19:44:54
User: o0110o
Functions: sed

Check your local temperature based on geolocation.

x="1" && z="`ls -l * | wc -l`"; for y in *.mp3; do `id3v2 --TRCK "$x/$z" "$y"`; x=$[$x+1]; done
2011-11-17 18:52:59
User: robotmachine
Tags: Linux mp3 id3

Assumes that the files are named in numerical order (ie. 01 Filename.mp3). It will set the track number as tracknumber/totaltracks (ie. 1/14). This will write both ID3v1 and ID3v2 tags.

Note: This only writes the track numbers.

for i in `cat /proc/cpuinfo |grep processor|awk '{print $3}'`;do cpufreq-set -g ondemand $i;done
2011-12-31 01:44:18
User: godmachine81
Functions: awk grep

Save as a bash script and run as root to set the ondemand cpu frequency governor for all cpu cores. Name the file ondemand. Change 'ondemand' in the argument to performance or your preferred governor to do the same thing but set all cpu cores to use the performance governor (or your preferred governor)

find . -ls | sort -k 7 -n
pacmd set-sink-volume 0 0x10000
2012-07-17 15:02:56
User: andycandet

This command sets the volume for the main PulseAudio "sink" (usually the ALSA output interface) to the maximum, 100% (the 0x10000 in the command). To set it to an arbitrary volume, replace 10000 with the volume you want times 100 (so 75% becomes 7500).

lynx -useragent=Opera -dump 'http://www.facebook.com/ajax/typeahead_friends.php?u=521826202&__a=1' |gawk -F'\"t\":\"' -v RS='\",' 'RT{print $NF}' |grep -v '\"n\":\"' |cut -d, -f2
for file in `ls -t \`find . -name "*.zip" -type f\``; do found=`unzip -c "$file" | grep --color=always "PATTERN"`; if [[ $found ]]; then echo -e "${file}\n${found}\n"; fi done
2012-11-12 15:43:15
User: vladfr
Functions: echo file grep

for file in `ls -t \`find . -name "*.zip" -type f\``; do

found=`unzip -c "$file" | grep --color=always "PATTERN"`;

if [[ $found ]]; then echo -e "${file}\n${found}\n"; fi


curl 'AudioStream' | ffmpeg -i - -acodec libvorbis file.ogg
2014-03-31 02:07:20
User: snipertyler

This encodes it in ogg format.

Does on-the-fly encoding of the incoming stream.

Great for radio streams as they're often flv format.

postqueue -p | grep -A 1 "over quota" | grep @ | sort | uniq | tr --delete ' '
svn status | grep '^\?' | sed -e 's/^\?//g' | xargs svn add
2009-02-28 03:00:28
User: dollyaswin
Functions: grep sed xargs

These part of the command:

svn status | grep '^\?' => find new file or directory on working copy

sed -e 's/^\?//g' => remove "^" character on the first character of file name

xargs svn add => add file to subversion repository

You can modify above command to other circumtances, like revert addition files or commit files that have been modified. ^_^

getent passwd|cut -d: -f1|xargs -n1 passwd -e
2009-11-18 19:46:15
User: romulusnr
Functions: cut getent passwd xargs

Alternately for those without getent or only want to work on local users it's even easier:

cut -d: -f1 /etc/passwd|xargs -n1 passwd -e

Note that not all implementations of passwd support -e. On RH it would be passwd -x0 (?) and on Solaris it would be passwd -f.

[ -n "$SSH_CLIENT" ] && export DISPLAY=$(echo $SSH_CLIENT | awk '{ print $1 }'):0.0
2010-04-14 08:19:37
User: GouNiNi
Functions: awk echo export

In some case, you need to use remote gui on servers or simple machines and it's boring to see "cannot open display on ..." if you forgot to export your display. Juste add this line in .bashrc on remote machine. Dont forget to allow remote client on your local X server :

xhost +
for i in $(lsdev -Cc disk | grep EMC | cut -f 1 -d " " ); do if lsattr -a reserve_lock -El $i | grep -q "reserve_lock yes"; then chdev -a reserve_lock=no -l $i; fi; done
2010-05-14 11:48:39
User: keymon
Functions: cut grep lsattr

It will change the reserve_lock attribute to all AIX EMC disk attached.

pgrep -c cat
<ctrl+h> and <ctrl+j>
sudo usermod -a -G adm "$(whoami)"
awk '{command="echo "$2"|md5sum" ;command | getline $2; close(command);sub(/[[:blank:]].*/,"",$2); print $0}'
find . -type f |egrep '^./.*\.' |sed -e "s/\(^.*\.\)\(.*$\)/\2/" |sort |uniq
2012-11-12 17:17:55
User: dvst
Functions: egrep find sed sort

find files recursively from the current directory, and list the extensions of files uniquely

while read line; do export $line; done < <(cat input)
2013-03-15 08:14:04
User: dario
Functions: cat export read

This exports all lines of input file as environment variables, assuming each line is like these:



for i in *.CR2; do dcraw -c -a -h $i | ppmtojpeg > `basename $i CR2`JPG; echo $i done; done
2013-07-25 14:58:15
User: optyler
Functions: echo

This command takes all CR2 files in the current directory and convert them into JPG

/usr/bin/java -Xmx256M -XstartOnFirstThread -Dcom.android.sdkmanager.toolsdir=android-sdk/tools -classpath android-sdk/tools/lib/sdkmanager.jar:android-sdk/tools/lib/swtmenubar.jar:android-sdk/tools/lib/x86_64/swt.jar com.android.sdkmanager.Main avd
find . -type f -name '*.html' -exec grep -H HACKED {} \; > hacklog.txt
2009-02-16 08:57:25
User: nullrouter
Functions: find grep

This will check all .HTML file contents for the word "Hacked" and dump it to hacklog.txt. This is great for located all those files affected by nasty Joomla exploits. Change the .HTML to any other extension you wish to check, and of course the word "HACKED" for other searches.

cal -y | tr '\n' '|' | sed "s/^/ /;s/$/ /;s/ $(date +%e) / $(date +%e | sed 's/./#/g') /$(date +%m | sed s/^0//)" | tr '|' '\n'
for file in `find /var/log/ -type f -size +5000k`; do echo " " > $file; done
2009-07-03 16:26:36
User: jemmille
Functions: echo file

Empties all files in /var/log over 5000k. Useful if /var goes crazy or if you just haven't cleaned up in a while.

apt-key list
2009-09-03 19:32:11
User: 0disse0
Functions: apt
Tags: apt-key

For example: check the APT security keys to make sure the Google digital signature was imported correctly