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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:
The large context number (-C 1000) is a bit of a hack, but in most of my use cases, it makes sure I'll see the whole log output.
Scans the file once to build a list of line numbers that contain non-printable characters
Scans the file again, passing those line numbers to sed as two commands to print the line number and the line itself. Also passes the output through a tr to replace the characters with a ?
-P displays a progress meter
-z tells rsync to use compression
My variant on this common function. Some highlights:
Allows you to override the default ps args of "aux"
Uses bracket trick to omit the grep process itself without having to use a second grep
Always prints the correct header row of ps output
Limitations: Ugly ps error output if you forget to quote your multi word grep argument
trap is the bash builtin that allows you to execute commands when the current script receives a particular signal.
Uses $0 for the script name, $$ for the script PID, tee to output to STDOUT as well as a log file and ps to log other running processes.
unsets variables used by the one-liner
sets up the IFS bash variable to not be affected by whitespace and disables extra glob expansion
uses read to slurp the results of the find command into an array
selects an element of the array at random to be passed as an argument to mplayer
If you use Mac OS X or some other *nix variant that doesn't come with ssh-copy-id, this one-liner will allow you to add your public key to a remote machine so you can subsequently ssh to that machine without a password.