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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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for i in $( find . ); do echo zipping file: $i zip $i.zip $i done
2009-04-07 20:37:49
User: archlich
Functions: echo find

Note that this will not work with files with spaces or characters that need to be escaped. Feel free to leave any comments to improve upon this command, and I'll add it in.


ls -l|awk '{print $6,$8}'|sort -d
2009-03-13 19:00:18
User: archlich
Functions: awk ls sort

Can pipe to tail or change the awk for for file size, groups, users, etc.

lsof|grep /somemount/| awk '{print $2}'|xargs kill
2009-03-12 18:42:19
User: archlich
Functions: awk grep xargs

This command will kill all processes using a directory. It's quick and dirty. One may also use a -9 with kill in case regular kill doesn't work. This is useful if one needs to umount a directory.

ls `echo $PATH | sed 's/:/ /g'`
2009-03-09 19:01:41
User: archlich
Functions: ls sed

If run in bash, this will display all executables that are in your current $PATH

fsutil file createnew FILENAME filesize(inbytes)
2009-02-05 17:36:33
User: archlich
Functions: file

This command creates a file of arbitrary size in a windows environment.

units "2048 bytes" "kibibytes"
2009-02-05 16:36:25
User: archlich

Easily convert units of similar measurement. May also be invoked alone, units.

pkill -f foo
2009-02-05 16:12:53
User: archlich

Be careful when issuing this command, it may kill unwanted processes!

To only search on the process name don't use the argument -f, pkill foo