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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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alias cd='pushd'; alias cd-='popd'
2010-11-30 16:44:46
User: conan
Functions: alias

You know there 'cd -' to go to the previous directory you were standing before, but it will no record more than one. With these alias you can now record all your directory changes and go back whenever you need it. However you will have to get accustomed to use 'cd ~' from now on to go to your home directory.

w=`whereis <command> | awk '{print $2}'`; p=`pacman -Qo $w | sed -e 's/.*is owned by \([[:alpha:]]\+\).*/\1/'`; pacman -Ql $p | grep 'bin'
2010-10-01 04:28:04
User: conan
Functions: awk grep sed
Tags: archlinux

Sometimes when I find a new cool command I want to know:

1.- which package owns it, and

2.- are there any other cool commands provided by this package?

Since I don't necessarily need to know always both, I don't use this version, but I bundle it into two separate functions:

# get command package owner

# it can work without the full path, but sometimes fails, so better to provide it with whereis command

owner () {

pacman -Qo `whereis $1 | awk '{print $2}'`


whatelse () {

package=`owner ${1} | sed -e 's/.*is owned by \([[:alpha:]]\+\).*/\1/'`

pacman -Ql $package | grep 'bin'