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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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Terminal - Commands by lingo - 11 results
cat input.txt | sed 's/\\\033[^a-zA-Z]*.//g'
gpg --list-sigs | sed -rn '/User ID not found/s/^sig.+([a-FA-F0-9]{8}).*/\1/p' | xargs -i_ gpg --keyserver-options no-auto-key-retrieve --recv-keys _
2011-07-22 16:31:25
User: lingo
Functions: gpg sed xargs
Tags: GPG sed fetch

For instance, if people have signed your key, this will fetch the signers' keys.

git diff --numstat | awk '{if ($1 == "0" && $2 == "0") print $3}' | xargs git checkout HEAD
2009-09-17 22:12:50
User: lingo
Functions: awk diff xargs

I sometimes (due to mismanagement!) end up with files in a git repo which have had their modes changed, but not their content. This one-liner lets me revert the mode changes, while leaving changed-content files be, so I can commit just the actual changes made.

git diff --numstat -w --no-abbrev | perl -a -ne '$F[0] != 0 && $F[1] !=0 && print $F[2] . "\n";'
2009-08-19 05:07:58
User: lingo
Functions: diff perl

Only shows files with actual changes to text (excluding whitespace). Useful if you've messed up permissions or transferred in files from windows or something like that, so that you can get a list of changed files, and clean up the rest.

git show --relative --pretty=format:'' --name-only HASH
2009-08-14 03:36:03
User: lingo
Tags: git files list

Lists ONLY the files changed by the given HASH/HEAD/list of hashes, etc. The message, commit ID, author, etc. is not included

rename 's/^/prefix/' *
2009-08-14 03:26:45
User: lingo
Functions: rename

Best to try first with -n flag, to preview

cd !$:h
2009-08-07 00:37:08
User: lingo
Functions: cd

Uses the last argument of the last executed command, and gets the directory name from it.

Use $!:t for the filename alone, without the dirname.

for I in $(mysql -e 'show databases' -s --skip-column-names); do mysqldump $I | gzip > "$I.sql.gz"; done
cat files.txt | xargs tar -cv | tar -x -c $DIR/
2009-08-06 22:55:21
User: lingo
Functions: cat tar xargs

If you want certain files out of a directory hierarchy, this will copy just the listed files, but will create the directory hierarchy in the new location ($DIR/)

/usr/sbin/apache2ctl -S
2009-07-21 10:52:49
User: lingo

Simply shows virtualhosts enabled, root access not needed (assuming apache2ctl is non-root executable).

/usr/sbin/apache2ctl -S 2>&1 | perl -ne 'm@.*port\s+([0-9]+)\s+\w+\s+(\S+)\s+\((.+):.*@ && do { print "$2:$1\n\t$3\n"; $root = qx{grep DocumentRoot $3}; $root =~ s/^\s+//; print "\t$root\n" };'
2009-07-21 10:51:30
User: lingo
Functions: perl

Lists virtualhosts currently enabled for apache2, showing the ServerName:port, conf file and DocumentRoot