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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.
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Your feedback is appreciated via the form on the beta page. Thanks! -Jon & CLFU Team

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Terminal - Commands by jaymzcd - 4 results
for file in *.iso; do mkdir `basename $file | awk -F. '{print $1}'`; sudo mount -t iso9660 -o loop $file `basename $file | awk -F. '{print $1}'`; done
for file in *.001; do NAME=`echo $file | cut -d. -f1,2`; cat "$NAME."[0-9][0-9][0-9] > "$NAME"; done
2009-07-29 10:04:26
User: jaymzcd
Functions: cat cut file

If you use newsgroups then you'll have come across split files before. Joining together a whole batch of them can be a pain so this will do the whole folder in one.

awk -F\" '{print $4}' *.log | grep -v "eviljaymz\|\-" | sort | uniq -c | awk -F\ '{ if($1>500) print $1,$2;}' | sort -n
2009-05-05 22:21:04
User: jaymzcd
Functions: awk grep sort uniq

This prints a summary of your referers from your logs as long as they occurred a certain number of times (in this case 500). The grep command excludes the terms, I add this in to remove results Im not interested in.

Q="reddit|digg"; F=*.log; awk -F\" '{print $4}' $F | egrep $Q | wc -l
2009-05-05 21:51:16
User: jaymzcd
Functions: awk egrep wc

I use this (well I normally just drop the F=*.log bit and put that straight into the awk command) to count how many times I get referred from another site. I know its rough, its to give me an idea where any posts I make are ending up. The reason I do the Q="query" bit is because I often want to check another domain quickly and its quick to use CTRL+A to jump to the start and then CTRL+F to move forward the 3 steps to change the grep query. (I find this easier than moving backwards because if you group a lot of domains with the pipe your command line can get quite messy so its normally easier to have it all at the front so you just have to edit it & hit enter).

For people new to the shell it does the following. The Q and F equals bits just make names we can refer to. The awk -F\" '{print $4}' $F reads the file specified by $F and splits it up using double-quotes. It prints out the fourth column for egrep to work on. The 4th column in the log is the referer domain. egrep then matches our query against this list from awk. Finally wc -l gives us the total number of lines (i.e. matches).