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cat /dev/sda | pv -r > /dev/null
2011-01-23 22:58:56
User: kerim
Functions: cat

Change your drive letter as you wish.

Using pv command for speed detect.First of all you must install pv command for usage.


[email protected]

find . -type f -iname '*.java.orig' -delete
find . -printf "%T@ %p\n" | sed -e 1d | while read ts fn; do ts=${ts%.*}; if [ $ts -ge ${gts:-0} ]; then gts=$ts; echo `date -d @$gts` $fn; fi; done
2009-08-19 11:59:22
User: slim

Whereas ^V is CTRL-V.

converts a dos file to unix by removing 0x13 characters

ifconfig eth0 | perl -ne 'print $1 if m/addr:((?:\d+\.){3}\d+)/'
makepasswd --char=32
2010-09-29 06:01:32
User: zed

A more robust password creation utility

# Create passwords in batch

makepasswd --char=32 --count=10

# To learn more about the options you can use

man makepasswd
for I in `find . -name "*.php"`; do sed -i "s/old name/new name/g" $I; done
2009-02-16 17:09:09
User: ruedu
Functions: sed

So you have a web site and you've plastered your significant other's name all over it. But you broke up with them and have some new love in your life. How do you find all those instances of their name and replace them?

rhost() { if [[ $1 =~ ^[0-9]+$ ]]; then sed -i "$1"d ${HOME}/.ssh/known_hosts; else echo "rhost [n]"; fi }
2013-08-01 21:10:34
User: lowjax
Functions: echo sed

Quickly remove the conflicting line (key) from current users known_hosts file when there is an SSH host conflict. Very nice when you get tired of writing out full commands. Ideally you would place this into your .bash_profile

Usage: rhost [n]

Example: rhost 33 (removes line 33 from ~/.ssh/known_hosts)

Function assumes the $HOME exists, you could alternatively use "~/.ssh/known_hosts"

Mac OSX likes a space for sed -i "$1" d

curl -s http://www.last.fm/user/$LASTFMUSER | grep -A 1 subjectCell | sed -e 's#<[^>]*>##g' | head -n2 | tail -n1 | sed 's/^[[:space:]]*//g'
git branch -a | grep "remotes/origin" | grep -v master | awk -F / '{print $3}' | xargs -I % git clone -b % git://github.com/jamesotron/DevWorld-2010-Cocoa-Workshop %
TIME=$( { time redis-cli PING; } 2>&1 ) ; echo $TIME | awk '{print $3}' | sed 's/0m//; s/\.//; s/s//; s/^0.[^[1-9]*//g;'
2011-08-11 19:09:49
User: allrightname
Functions: awk echo sed time

Outputs the real time it takes a Redis ping to run in thousands of a second without any proceeding 0's. Useful for logging or scripted action.

watch 'dmesg | tail -15'
2009-12-20 02:00:05
User: Heoa
Functions: tail watch

Useful with new unknown devices or just monitoring, probably useful for the sysadmin. Updates every 2 seconds. More here: http://linuxclisecurity.blogspot.com/2009/12/monitor-kernel-ring-buffer.html.

df /media/mountpoint |egrep -o '^[/a-z0-9]*'
2011-01-24 21:14:55
User: DaveQB
Functions: df egrep
Tags: grep,df

Shorter way to find the device for a given mountpoint

while true; do sleep $(($RANDOM/1000)) && beep -f 2000 -l $(($RANDOM/100)) ; done
lynx "futz.me/xxx hey this is a test"
2009-09-24 19:23:41

Allows you to send yourself notes from the commandline and receive them via email or text message. Also lets you send pics from the web, pics from your computer, and tweets directly to twitter. All without having to log in Ever.

awk 'BEGIN { ARGV[ARGC++]=ARGV[ARGC-1] } NR!=FNR { if(num==0) num=NR-1; if(FNR<num) {print} else { ORS=""; print } } ' abc1.txt > abc2.txt
for i in $(chkconfig --list | grep "4:on" | awk {'print $1'}); do chkconfig --level 4 "$i" off; done
2011-01-25 03:54:43
User: m1cawber
Functions: awk chkconfig grep

works in fedora, centos and presumably other distros that use chkconfig

/System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Versions/A/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user
watch -n 0.5 ssh [user]@[host] mysqladmin -u [mysql_user] -p[password] processlist | tee -a /to/a/file
2009-08-19 14:21:27
User: lunarblu
Functions: ssh tee watch

Locally watch MySQL process list update every 5s on a remote host. While you watch pipe to a file. The file out put is messy though but hey at least you have a history of what you see.

genpass() { local h x y;h=${1:-8};x=( {a..z} {A..Z} {0..9} );y=$(echo ${x[@]} | tr ' ' '\n' | shuf -n$h | xargs);echo -e "${y// /}"; }
2009-10-24 04:05:42
User: twfcc
Functions: echo tr

make password randomly, default 8 char

gwenview `wget -O - http://xkcd.com/ | grep 'png' | grep '<img src="http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/' | sed s/title=\".*//g | sed 's/.png\"/.png/g' | sed 's/<img src=\"//g'`
2010-08-24 22:21:51
User: hunterm
Functions: grep sed

Output the html from xkcd's index.html, filter out the html tags, and then view it in gwenview.

/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu\ Extras/User.menu/Contents/Resources/CGSession -suspend
sudo iptables-restore < /etc/iptables.test.rules
2009-08-19 14:38:08
User: kamiller
Functions: iptables-restore sudo
Tags: iptables

If you don't save the rule set it won't be applied during a reboot