Hide

What's this?

commandlinefu.com is the place to record those command-line gems that you return to again and again.

Delete that bloated snippets file you've been using and share your personal repository with the world. That way others can gain from your CLI wisdom and you from theirs too. All commands can be commented on, discussed and voted up or down.


If you have a new feature suggestion or find a bug, please get in touch via http://commandlinefu.uservoice.com/

Get involved!

You can sign-in using OpenID credentials, or register a traditional username and password.

First-time OpenID users will be automatically assigned a username which can be changed after signing in.

Hide

Stay in the loop…

Follow the Tweets.

Every new command is wrapped in a tweet and posted to Twitter. Following the stream is a great way of staying abreast of the latest commands. For the more discerning, there are Twitter accounts for commands that get a minimum of 3 and 10 votes - that way only the great commands get tweeted.

» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu
» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu3
» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu10

Subscribe to the feeds.

Use your favourite RSS aggregator to stay in touch with the latest commands. There are feeds mirroring the 3 Twitter streams as well as for virtually every other subset (users, tags, functions,…):

Subscribe to the feed for:

Hide

News

2011-03-12 - Confoo 2011 presentation
Slides are available from the commandlinefu presentation at Confoo 2011: http://presentations.codeinthehole.com/confoo2011/
2011-01-04 - Moderation now required for new commands
To try and put and end to the spamming, new commands require moderation before they will appear on the site.
2010-12-27 - Apologies for not banning the trolls sooner
Have been away from the interwebs over Christmas. Will be more vigilant henceforth.
2010-09-24 - OAuth and pagination problems fixed
Apologies for the delay in getting Twitter's OAuth supported. Annoying pagination gremlin also fixed.
Hide

Tags

Hide

Functions

Commands by GinoMan2440 from sorted by
Terminal - Commands by GinoMan2440 - 7 results
function quietly () { $* 2> /dev/null > /dev/null; };
2011-10-02 05:02:48
User: GinoMan2440
1

Suppresses all output to /dev/null. This could be expanded to check for a -l command line option to log the stderr to a file maybe -l file or -l to log to default quietly.log. I'm finding that I use it more often than one would think.

wget -nd -nH -r -A pdf -I library/mac/documentation/ http://developer.apple.com/library/mac/navigation/#section=Resource%20Types&topic=Reference
2011-10-02 04:56:25
User: GinoMan2440
Functions: wget
Tags: mac os x
-2

download every last pdf reference Doc from the Apple Developer Connection, takes a half hour on a fast connection. enjoy!

cat file1 ... fileN > combinedFile;
2010-04-17 01:00:04
User: GinoMan2440
Functions: cat
Tags: cat bash Linux
-4

the last person who posted used the most roundabout way to concatinate files, there's a reason there's a "conCATinate" command... Using this method, you also get to choose the order of the files, below another person just did *.txt > combined.txt which is fine but the order depends on the implementation of "cat" which is probably alphabetical order of filenames.

echo alias xkcd="gwenview `w3m -dump http://xkcd.com/|grep png | awk '{print $5}'` 2> /dev/null" >> .bashrc
2010-01-30 20:38:16
User: GinoMan2440
Functions: alias echo
-5

Add an alias to your .bashrc that allows you to issue the command xkcd to view (with gwenview) the newest xkcd comic... I know there are thousands of them out there but this one is at least replete with installer and also uses a more concise syntax... plus, gwenview shows you the downloading progress as it downloads the comic and gives you a more full featured viewing experience.

if [ $(synclient -l | grep TouchpadOff | awk '{print $3}') = "2" ]; then synclient TouchpadOff=1; elif [ $(synclient -l | grep TouchpadOff | awk '{print $3}') == "1" ]; then synclient TouchpadOff=2; else synclient TouchpadOff=2; fi
2010-01-26 07:52:55
User: GinoMan2440
Functions: awk grep
-3

This command toggles the touchpad on and off, when it's on, the right side scroll strip (annoying) and the tap-clicking are disabled, you can change this by changing occurances of 2 in the command to 0. this whole command can then be given a keyboard shortcut so that the touchpad is disableable without using a special fn key (which linux doesn't recognize on some computers) or a seperate button.

sudo vi /etc/fstab; Go//smb-share/gino /mnt/place smbfs defaults,username=gino,password=pass 0 0<esc>:wq; mount //smb-share/gino
2009-04-02 16:04:35
User: GinoMan2440
Functions: mount sudo vi
4

the middle command between the ; and ; is the vi commands that insert that line into the last line of the file, the esc with the carets is literally hitting the escape key, you have to have the smbfs package installed to do it, I use it to access my iTunes music on my mac from my linux PC's with amarok so I can play the music anywhere in the house. among other things, it allows you to access the files on that share from your computer anytime you're on that network.

setarch i386 [command [args]]
2009-03-27 05:49:08
User: GinoMan2440
2

The above was done using the i386 flashplayer plugin, and was installed on a AMD64 machine running an AMD64 kernel and AMD64 programs. the resulting plugin install ultimately didn't work for swiftfox (but worked for iceweasel) without also covering it with a nspluginwrapper which took a bit of fenangaling to get to work (lots of apt-getting) but it is a nice feature to be able to trick installers that think you need i386 into running on a amd64, or at least attempting to run on amd64. Enjoy