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May 19, 2015 - A Look At The New Commandlinefu
I've put together a short writeup on what kind of newness you can expect from the next iteration of clfu. Check it out here.
March 2, 2015 - New Management
I'm Jon, I'll be maintaining and improving clfu. Thanks to David for building such a great resource!

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Psst. Open beta.

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 open beta is running a copy of the database that will not carry over to the final version. Don't post anything you don't mind losing.
  • » If you wish to use your user account, you will probably need to reset your password.
Your feedback is appreciated via the form on the beta page. Thanks! -Jon & CLFU Team

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while :; do acpi -t | osd_cat -p bottom ; sleep 1; done &
2011-01-14 13:57:45
User: John_W
Functions: acpi sleep

There is no need for variables. I also added sleep to reduce cpu usage, however I didn't test it.

find . -empty -type f -delete
yes '' | head -n100
ls /dev/disk/by-uuid/ -alh
xkcd() { wget -qO- http://xkcd.com/ | sed -n 's#^<img src="\(http://imgs.[^"]\+\)"\s\+title="\(.\+\?\)"\salt.\+$#eog "\1"\necho '"'\2'#p" | bash ; }
2010-08-25 15:44:31
User: John_W
Functions: bash sed wget

This function displays the latest comic from xkcd.com. One of the best things about xkcd is the title text when you hover over the comic, so this function also displays that after you close the comic.

To get a random xkcd comic use the following:

xkcdrandom() { wget -qO- http://dynamic.xkcd.com/comic/random | sed -n 's#^<img src="\(http://imgs.[^"]\+\)"\s\+title="\(.\+\?\)"\salt.\+$#eog "\1"\necho '"'\2'#p" | bash; }

These are just a bit shorter than the ones eigthmillion wrote, however his version didn't work as expected on my laptop for some reason (I got the title-tag first), so these build a command which is executed by bash.

sed -i 's/^\s\+//' <file>
rename 's/\b((?!(a|of|that|to)\b)[a-z]+)/\u$1/g' *
2010-08-22 15:00:33
User: John_W
Functions: rename

All words of the filenames except "a", "of", "that" and "to" are capitalized.

To also match words which begin with a specific string, you can use this:

rename 's/\b((?!hello\b|t)[a-z]+)/\u$1/g' *

This will capitalize all words except "hello" and words beginning with "t".

rename 's/\b([a-z])/\u$1/g' *
find ./ -name Thumbs.db -delete
dig +short @resolver1.opendns.com myip.opendns.com
2010-07-30 15:32:21
User: John_W
Functions: dig

Faster than the curl/wget-approaches.