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ls -rl --time-style=+%s * | sed '/^$/,/^total [0-9]*$/d' | sort -nk6
echo src::${PATH} | awk 'BEGIN{pwd=ENVIRON["PWD"];RS=":";FS="\n"}!$1{$1=pwd}$1!~/^\//{$1=pwd"/"$1}{print $1}'
2009-09-09 04:03:46
User: arcege
Functions: awk echo
Tags: awk echo PATH

Removes trailing newline; colon becomes record separator and newline becomes field separator, only the first field is ever printed. Replaces empty entries with $PWD. Also prepend relative directories (like ".") with the current directory ($PWD). Can change PWD with env(1) to get tricky in (non-Bourne) scripts.

for FILE in `ls -1`; do if [ -L "$FILE" ]; then cp $(readlink "$FILE") ${FILE}_rf; rm -f $FILE; mv ${FILE}_rf "$FILE"; fi; done
echo "Xc" | tr "Xo" "\033\017
kquitapp plasma
2009-02-16 21:27:16
User: raphink
Tags: KDE

KDE4 is great, but still a bit buggy, and sometimes plasma requires to be restarted. Instead of quitting it with "killall plasma", which might loose your preferences (widgets, etc.), kquitapp will cleanly quit it. Tip: you can type this in the "Alt+F2" window, and then type "plasma" in Alt+F2 again to restart plasma (be patient though...).

find $DIR -name *.php -exec vim -u NONE -c 'set ft=php' -c 'set shiftwidth=4' -c 'set tabstop=4' -c 'set noexpandtab!' -c 'set noet' -c 'retab!' -c 'bufdo! "execute normal gg=G"' -c wq {} \;
2011-04-08 11:42:45
User: ruslan
Functions: find vim

The sample command searches for PHP files replacing tabs with spaces.

-u NONE # don't use vimrc

Instead of


one may pass

retab! 4

for instance.

Look at this http://susepaste.org/69028693 also

2013-08-16 20:37:44
User: evilsoup
Tags: vim

Here's the other way of doing it in vim: setting a recursive macro. 'gg' brings you to the top of the buffer, 'qqq' clears the 'q' macro, 'qq' starts recording a macro called 'q', '/^$' moves the cursor to the next empty line, 'dd' deletes the line that the cursor is on, '@q' calls the 'q' macro (currently empty because of 'qqq'), and 'q' stops recording the macro. '@q' calls the macro.

It will run until it cannot find another blank line, at which point it will throw up an error and cease.

While this is longer than the regex, you can use it without having to move your thoughts from 'vim-mode' to 'regex-mode'.

setenv GREP_COLOR '1;37;41'
find . -type d -name DIR -print0 | xargs -r0 rm -r
2009-03-04 14:49:21
User: miguelbaldi
Functions: find rm xargs
Tags: svn cvs

You can use this command to delete CVS/svn folders on given project.

$class=ExampleClass; $path=src; for constant in `grep ' const ' $class.php | awk '{print $2;}'`; do grep -r "$class::$constant" $path; done
curl -s http://whatthecommit.com/ | tr -s '\n' ' ' | grep -so 'p>\(.*\)</p' | sed -n 's/..\(.*\)..../\1/p'
2010-08-02 03:20:32
User: sragu
Functions: grep sed tr

#Sample Usage:

# git commit -m"Jira #404 - `whatthecommit`"


for d in $(find . -maxdepth 1 -type d -name '[^.]*'); do cd "$d"; svn up; cd ..; done
2010-05-28 10:09:19
User: udog
Functions: cd find

If you have a directory with many working copies of various subversion projects and you want to update them all at once, this one may be for you.

ls -i1 filename
awk '/^--- Day changed (.*)/ {st=""; for (i=0;i<ar[date];i++) {st=st"*"} print date" "st; date=$7"-"$5"-"$6} /> emergency/ {ar[date]++} END {st=""; for (i=0;i<ar[date];i++) {st=st"*"}; print date" "st}' #engineyard.log
2010-02-24 23:10:03
User: MarcoN
Functions: awk

This awk command prints a histogram of the number of times 'emergency' is the first word in a line, per day, in an irssi (IRC client) log file.

passpdf(){ for i; do qpdf --password=<YOUR PASSWD> --decrypt "$i" "new$i"; done; }
2010-02-25 01:21:00
User: sputnick
Tags: pdf qpdf

You should install qpdf.

That way, you can have a copy without any password required.

find -D rates . -name "*.mp3" -type f
alias cn='cat > /dev/null'
2011-09-16 00:00:28
Functions: alias

cn stands for "Cat Null"


The idea is that sometimes you run across something on maybe a webpage - like commandlinefu - that you want to try out on your terminal. You could put a '#' in and then paste it, but what if it is several lines?


This command will echo the pasted characters to the screen and divert them to the bit bucket.


Put this simple alias in your .bashrc, hit cn, paste away, and hit a ctrl+c or a ctrl+d when you are done to get your prompt back.

for i in `grep -n "SomeRegEx" foo.txt | sed 's/:/ /' | awk '{print $1}'`; do echo "head -n `echo "$i+4" | bc` foo.txt | tail -n 5"; done > headsandtails.sh
2010-07-01 05:48:02
User: reklis
Functions: awk echo sed

Finds the line number matching the regex, then passes that to BC for some math, passes that to head, and uses tail to trim off the unwanted section at the top. The whole thing is spit out to a script that can then be shared or run. Comes in handy for reading select sections from error logs.

cgrep() { GREP_COLOR="1;3$((RANDOM%6+1))" grep --color=always "$@" }
2011-03-04 18:45:58
User: derekschrock
Functions: grep
Tags: grep

Randomize GNU grep's colors 31-36 excluding black and white.

alias acs='apt-cache search'
wget -H -r ?level=1 -k -p http://www.domain.com/folder/
2009-12-27 05:23:27
User: svnlabs
Functions: wget

wget ? server to server files transfer

kded --version | awk -F: 'NR == 2 {print $2}' | sed 's/\s\+//g'
2012-01-17 17:44:23
User: voyeg3r
Functions: awk sed

kded --version return this

Qt: 3.3.8b

KDE: 3.5.10

KDE Daemon: $Id: kded.cpp 711061 2007-09-11 09:42:51Z tpatzig $

awk -F: ................. Awk Field separator

NR == 2 ................. Register Number, second line

{print $2} ............... second field

sed 's/\s\+//g' .......... remove one space or more \s\+ changing by nothing

long_command; say I am all done
2010-01-27 19:03:01
User: haivu
Tags: audio osx

I often run some command that takes a while to finish. By putting the say command afterward, I get an audio notification.

Please note that this command (say) only works on Mac OS X and not Linux.

ls | while read filename; do tar -czvf "$filename".tar.gz "$filename"; rm "$filename"; done
2010-03-29 08:10:38
User: Thingymebob
Functions: ls read rm tar

Compresses each file individually, creating a $fileneame.tar.gz and removes the uncompressed version, usefull if you have lots of files and don't want 1 huge archive containing them all. you could replace ls with ls *.pdf to just perform the action on pdfs for example.

cryptmount -m <name>
2012-01-17 18:02:47
User: totti

In order to create a new encrypted filing system managed by cryptmount,

you can use the supplied 'cryptmount-setup' program, which can be used

by the superuser to interactively configure a basic setup.

Alternatively, suppose that we wish to setup a new encrypted filing

system, that will have a target-name of "opaque". If we have a free

disk partition available, say /dev/hdb63, then we can use this directly

to store the encrypted filing system. Alternatively, if we want to

store the encrypted filing system within an ordinary file, we need to

create space using a recipe such as:

dd if=/dev/zero of=/home/opaque.fs bs=1M count=512


cryptmount --generate-key 32 opaque


cryptmount --prepare opaque


mke2fs /dev/mapper/opaque


cryptmount --release opaque


mkdir /home/crypt


cryptmount -m opaque


cryptmount -u opaque

For detail see sample output