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jd() { cd **/"$@"; }
2011-10-05 11:47:57
User: sharfah
Functions: cd

Usage: jd dir

Requires globstar. To set globstar use:

shopt -s globstar
cat data.json >data.yml
2013-04-25 04:09:58
User: Mozai
Functions: cat
Tags: json yaml

Valid JSON is a subset of YAML; no transformation is necessary; however, YAML has many syntax features that are not valid JSON, so you can't do the reverse as easily.

2010-03-13 17:42:54
User: dtolj

Create a shortcut on your desktop and insert the above command.

vim -
2009-11-10 22:25:36
User: tmsh
Functions: vim

I don't know if you've used sqsh before. But it has a handy feature that allows you to switch into vim to complete editing of whatever complicated SQL statement you are trying to run.

But I got to thinking -- why doesn't bash have that? Well, it does. It's called '|'!


Seriously, I'm pretty sure this flow of commands will revolutionize how I administer files. And b/c everything is a file on *nx based distros, well, it's handy.

First, if your ls is aliased to ls --color=auto, then create another alias in your .bashrc:

alias lsp='ls --color=none'

Now, let's say you want to rename all files that begin with the prefix 'ras' to files that begin with a 'raster' prefix.

You could do it with some bash substitution. But who remembers that? I remember vim macros because I can remember to press 'qa' and how to move around in vim. Plus, it's more incremental. You can check things along the way. That is the secret to development and probably the universe. So type something like:

lsp | grep ras

Are those all the files you need to move? If not, modify and re-grep. If so, pipe it to vim.

lsp | grep ras | vim -

Now run your vim macros to modify the first line. Assuming you use 'w' and 'b' to move around, etc., it should work for all lines. Hold down '@@', etc., until your list of files has been modified from






mv ras_a.h raster_a.h

mv ras_a.cpp raster_a.cpp

mv ras_b.h raster_b.h

mv ras_b.h raster_b.cpp

then run :%!bash

then run :q!

then be like, whaaaaa? as you realize your workflow got a little more continuous. maybe. YMMV.

complete -W "$(echo `cat .bash_history | egrep '^ssh ' | sort | uniq | sed 's/^ssh //'`;)" ssh
2009-07-24 09:48:46
User: kulor

Could use your ssh bash history if your known_hosts are hashed and you want to keep it hashed

dd if=/dev/<device location> | gzip -c /<path to backup location>/<disk image name>.img.gz
passwd -d $USER
2010-05-07 07:15:09
User: TheFox
Functions: passwd

-d, --delete

Delete a user?s password (make it empty). This is a quick way to disable a password for an account. It will set the named account passwordless.

find -name *.\[c\|h\] | xargs wc -l
2011-05-02 21:18:35
User: pescio
Functions: find wc xargs

it recursively searches your project's directories and sum the lines of every source [.c or .h]. Then it gives you the total.

gzip -cd file.gz | ssh user@host 'dd of=~/file'
2010-09-20 11:44:19
User: twfcc
Functions: gzip ssh

It is an easy method unzip a file and copy it to remote machine. No unziped file on local hard drive

10,30,50 * * * * ping -q -c1 -w3 | grep '1 received' - || mail -ne -s'Host not reachable' admin@example.com
2012-02-06 10:42:46
User: knoppix5
Functions: grep mail ping

Every 20 minutes test if host with IP is 'dead' or not reachable.

The line should be put in your crontab file.

wmic -U DOMAIN/user --password='password' //IP_HOST "select Caption,CSDVersion,CSName from Win32_OperatingSystem" | grep Windows
2010-09-20 14:23:37
User: dr_gogeta86
Functions: grep
Tags: windows wmic wmi

Get windows version with servicepack and hostname

2013-01-08 18:32:57
User: Zulu
Tags: vim

Paste what you previously wrote in INSERT MODE, for example:

1. Write 'foo' in INSERT MODE

2. Return to NORMAL MODE

3. Press "." and it will paste 'foo'

wget http://cmyip.com -O - -o /dev/null | awk '/\<title/ {print $4}'
awk '{ printf "%.2f", $2/1024/1024 ; exit}' /proc/meminfo
ls |while read line ; do mpg321 -w "$line.wav" "$line" ; done
cobbler check
2009-04-27 10:28:29
User: w00binda

A script that checks if your environment is correctly configured for using cobbler.

for z in */*.pdf; do gs -q -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sOutputFile="$z new" -c .setpdfwrite -f "$z" mv "$z new" "$z"; done
echo "Hello world" | base64
2009-04-27 15:00:08
User: P17
Functions: echo
Tags: encoding

Also works with files:

cat file

Hello world

base64 file


To decrypt use the -d option:

echo SGVsbG8gd29ybGQK | base64 -d

Hello world

pkill -U MYWIFE
2009-02-05 22:10:07
User: HansReiser

Kills all processes owned by user MYWIFE (replace MYWIFE with username or ID of your choice)

(Thanks, porges, for the better command)

ipconfig /flushdns
for i in *ext; do mv $i ${i%.ext}; done
2011-11-13 03:58:08
User: paulochf
Functions: mv

For those files in current folder that would be shown in `ls *ext`, for some extension ext, move/rename that file removing the .ext suffix from the file name.

It uses Bash's parameter substitution, as seen in


(for analog use in prefix, see http://tldp.org/LDP/abs/html/parameter-substitution.html#PSOREX2 )

for i in $(find . -iname '*.html'); do sed '/String/d' $i > $i-tmp; mv $i-tmp $i; done
2010-09-21 14:35:18
User: cadu
Functions: find mv sed
Tags: sed find

Search in all html files and remove the lines that 'String' is found.

pgrep rouge-process | xargs sudo kill -9
2010-05-09 22:30:05
User: mheadd
Functions: kill sudo xargs
Tags: xargs pgrep

Find and kill multiple instances of a process with one simple command.

while true; do /bin/true; done
2009-02-18 22:08:18
User: deepc0re

Loads your CPU, run a instance for each CPU/CORE.

ls -shF --color
2009-09-03 05:45:33
User: Viperlin
Functions: ls

use manpages, they give you "ultimate commands"

"ls -SshF --color" list by filesize (biggest at the top)

"ls -SshFr --color" list by filesize in reverse order (biggest at the bottom)