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( ( sleep 2h; your-command your-args ) & )
2009-08-19 17:39:11
User: sitaram
Functions: sleep

doesn't require "at", change the "2h" to whatever you want... (deafult unit for sleep is seconds)

cd !$:h
2009-08-07 00:37:08
User: lingo
Functions: cd

Uses the last argument of the last executed command, and gets the directory name from it.

Use $!:t for the filename alone, without the dirname.

perl -e 'print "P1\n256 256\n", map {$_&($_>>8)?1:0} (0..0xffff)' | display
2009-07-08 17:50:23
User: dstahlke
Functions: perl

OK, not the most useful but a good way to impress friends. Requires the "display" command from ImageMagick.

lsof -c dhcpd
2009-04-17 07:18:38
User: d4n3sh

List all file opened by a particular command based on it's command name.

curl -Is slashdot.org | egrep '^X-(F|B|L)' | cut -d \- -f 2
lynx -accept_all_cookies -cmd_script=/your/keystroke-file
2009-03-17 00:38:36
User: Alanceil

This command will tell lynx to read keystrokes from the specified file - which can be used in a cronjob to auto-login on websites that give you points for logging in once a day *cough cough* (which is why I used -accept_all_cookies).

For creating your keystroke file, use:

lynx -cmd_log yourfile
$ grep -rl oldstring . |xargs sed -i -e 's/oldstring/newstring/'
2009-03-03 20:10:19
User: netfortius
Functions: grep sed
Tags: perl sed

recursively traverse the directory structure from . down, look for string "oldstring" in all files, and replace it with "newstring", wherever found


grep -rl oldstring . |xargs perl -pi~ -e 's/oldstring/newstring'
xset dpms force standby
file -s /dev/sd*
2010-12-28 09:56:03
User: mhs
Functions: file
Tags: file devfs

file(1) can print details about certain devices in the /dev/ directory (block devices in this example). This helped me to know at a glance the location and revision of my bootloader, UUIDs, filesystem status, which partitions were primaries / logicals, etc.. without running several commands.

See also:

file -s /dev/dm-* file -s /dev/cciss/*


diff <(lsusb) <(sleep 3s && lsusb)
2010-12-27 22:46:54
User: Juluan
Functions: diff sleep

I often use it to find recently added ou removed device, or using find in /dev, or anything similar.

Just run the command, plug the device, and wait to see him and only him

rm *.txt <TAB> <TAB>
2010-11-04 13:58:15
User: boschi
Functions: rm

alternative for "echo rm *.txt". Just doubletab the command you are willing to use and it will show you the affected files.

echo $[RANDOM%X+1]
2010-08-07 02:43:46
Functions: echo

If X is 5, it will about a number between 1 and 5 inclusive.

This works in bash and zsh.

If you want between 0 and 4, remove the +1.

PROMPT_COMMAND='if [ $RANDOM -le 3200 ]; then printf "\0337\033[%d;%dH\033[4%dm \033[m\0338" $((RANDOM%LINES+1)) $((RANDOM%COLUMNS+1)) $((RANDOM%8)); fi'
2010-04-01 06:52:32
User: hotdog003
Functions: printf
Tags: bash

Add this to a fiend's .bashrc.

PROMPT_COMMAND will run just before a prompt is drawn.

RANDOM will be between 0 and 32768; in this case, it'll run about 1/10th of the time.

\033 is the escape character. I'll call it \e for short.

\e7 -- save cursor position.

\e[%d;%dH -- move cursor to absolute position

\e[4%dm \e[m -- draw a random color at that point

\e8 -- restore position.

:w !sudo tee > /dev/null %
2010-03-24 20:04:26
User: idemal
Functions: tee
Tags: vim sudo tee

Write a file you edited in Vim but that you do not have the permissions to write to (unless you use sudo.) Same as #1204 but without the echo to stdout that I find annoying.

xkcd(){ wget -qO- http://xkcd.com/|tee >(feh $(grep -Po '(?<=")http://imgs[^/]+/comics/[^"]+\.\w{3}'))|grep -Po '(?<=(\w{3})" title=").*(?=" alt)';}
2009-11-27 09:11:47
User: eightmillion
Functions: grep tee wget

This function displays the latest comic from xkcd.com. One of the best things about xkcd is the title text when you hover over the comic, so this function also displays that after you close the comic.

To get a random xkcd comic, I also use the following:

xkcdrandom(){ wget -qO- dynamic.xkcd.com/comic/random|tee >(feh $(grep -Po '(?<=")http://imgs[^/]+/comics/[^"]+\.\w{3}'))|grep -Po '(?<=(\w{3})" title=").*(?=" alt)';}
read -sn 1 -p "Press any key to continue..."
clfavs(){ URL="http://www.commandlinefu.com";wget -O - --save-cookies c --post-data "username=$1&password=$2&submit=Let+me+in" $URL/users/signin;for i in `seq 0 25 $3`;do wget -O - --load-cookies c $URL/commands/favourites/plaintext/$i >>$4;done;rm -f c;}
2009-09-30 16:43:08
User: suhasgupta
Functions: c++ wget

Usage: clfavs username password num_favourite_commands file_in_which_to_backup

tar -cj /backup | cstream -t 777k | ssh host 'tar -xj -C /backup'
2009-07-02 10:05:53
User: wires
Functions: host ssh tar

this bzips a folder and transfers it over the network to "host" at 777k bit/s.

cstream can do a lot more, have a look http://www.cons.org/cracauer/cstream.html#usage

for example:

echo w00t, i'm 733+ | cstream -b1 -t2

hehe :)

./my-really-long-job.sh && notify-send "Job finished"
2009-05-07 15:50:27
User: root
Tags: notify-send

You will need libnotify-bin for this to work:

sudo aptitude install libnotify-bin
bash -x ./post_to_commandlinefu.sh
lynx -dump http://www.ip-adress.com/ip_tracer/?QRY=$1|grep address|egrep 'city|state|country'|awk '{print $3,$4,$5,$6,$7,$8}'|sed 's\ip address flag \\'|sed 's\My\\'
2009-02-25 17:16:56
User: leftyfb
Tags: bash

I save this to bin/iptrace and run "iptrace ipaddress" to get the Country, City and State of an ip address using the http://ipadress.com service.

I add the following to my script to get a tinyurl of the map as well:

URL=`lynx -dump http://www.ip-adress.com/ip_tracer/?QRY=$1|grep details|awk '{print $2}'`

lynx -dump http://tinyurl.com/create.php?url=$URL|grep tinyurl|grep "19. http"|awk '{print $2}'

man -t UNIX_COMMAND | open -f -a preview
[[ test_condition ]] && if_true_do_this || otherwise_do_that
2009-02-20 21:45:21
User: stallmer

instead of writing:

if [[ "$1" == "$2" ]]; then

echo "$1 is equal $2"


echo "$1 differs from $2"


do write:

[[ "$1" == "$2" ]] && echo "$1 is equal $2" || echo "$1 differs from $2"

find ~ -name '*.sqlite' -exec sqlite3 '{}' 'VACUUM;' \;
2009-02-07 10:45:41
User: ggyy_sun
Functions: find

Compress information DBs of firefox to speed up the launch of browser.