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echo wikileaks.com | sudo tee -a /etc/hosts
2010-12-13 03:31:07
User: matthewbauer
Functions: echo sudo tee

This one is a little bit easier for those of us that aren't always root.

wmctrl -l -p | while read line; do ps -o cmd= "$(echo "$line" | awk '$0=$3')"; done > ~/.windows
2010-07-04 22:11:24
User: matthewbauer
Functions: ps read

This will save your open windows to a file (~/.windows).

To start those applications:

cat ~/.windows | while read line; do $line &; done

Should work on any EWMH/NetWM compatible X Window Manager.

If you use DWM or another Window Manager not using EWMH or NetWM try this:

xwininfo -root -children | grep '^ ' | grep -v children | grep -v '<unknown>' | sed -n 's/^ *\(0x[0-9a-f]*\) .*/\1/p' | uniq | while read line; do xprop -id $line _NET_WM_PID | sed -n 's/.* = \([0-9]*\)$/\1/p'; done | uniq -u | grep -v '^$' | while read line; do ps -o cmd= $line; done > ~/.windows
get-ipsw(){ curl -s -L http://phobos.apple.com/version | sed -rn "s|[\t ]*<string>(http://appldnld\.apple\.com\.edgesuite\.net/content\.info\.apple\.com/iPhone[0-9]?/[^/]*/$1$2_$3_[A-Z0-9a-z]*_Restore\.ipsw)</string>|\1|p" | uniq; }
2010-06-22 02:34:15
User: matthewbauer
Functions: get sed


get-ipsw device-name generation-string firmware-version

For example:

get-ipsw iPod 2,1 4.0

Different generation strings:

iPhone 3G: iPhone 1,2

iPhone 3GS: iPhone 2,1

iPod touch 2G: iPod 2,1

iPod touch 3G: iPod 3,1

This can be used with idevicerestore (I haven't tried it though).


Based on:


echo "savedefault --default=2 --once" | grub --batch; sudo reboot
2010-05-02 03:06:23
User: matthewbauer
Functions: echo sudo
Tags: grub Reboot os

This will reboot as the Grub 2 option.

cat /sys/devices/virtual/dmi/id/board_name
2010-04-22 03:21:40
User: matthewbauer
Functions: cat

Prints the type of computer you have.

I think this should be used more in distros and other applications because it is so easy to get. This can also be asked by tutorials as an easy way to get your base hardware.

Some alternatives:

sudo dmidecode -s system-product-name


sudo smbios-sys-info-lite | sed -n 's/^Product Name: *\(.*\)/\1/p'
change-homepage(){ sed -ri 's|( "homepage": ").*(",)|\1'"$@"'\2|' .config/chromium/Default/Preferences; }
bitpim -p $PHONE_PORT ls
2010-04-09 02:20:53
User: matthewbauer
Tags: ls list phone cdma

This will list your phone's filesystem with bitpim. (works on many LG, Samsung, and Sanyo)

See http://www.bitpim.org/help/phones-featuressupported.htm for full list.

instapaper-add(){ curl -s -d username="$1" -d password="$2" -d url="$3" https://www.instapaper.com/api/add; }
2010-03-21 23:01:38
User: matthewbauer

Adds URL to Instapaper.


instapaper-add [email protected] 12345 http://www.commandlinefu.com/

metascore(){ curl -s "http://www.metacritic.com/$@" | sed -rn 's|\t*<!-- metascore --><div id="metascore" class=".*">([^<]*)</div>|\1|p'; }
2010-03-18 21:49:13
User: matthewbauer
Functions: sed

This will fetch a metascore from metacritic.com.

It requires a url from metacritic without the http://www.metacritic.com/


metascore games/platforms/wii/supermariogalaxy


metascore tv/shows/marriageref


metascore video/titles/newmoon

Would be cool to use this in some sort of a graph.

export-opml(){ curl -sH "Authorization: GoogleLogin auth=$(curl -sd "Email=$1&Passwd=$2&service=reader" https://www.google.com/accounts/ClientLogin | grep Auth | sed 's/Auth=\(.*\)/\1/')" http://www.google.com/reader/subscriptions/export; }
(echo "plot '-' with lines"; for x in $(seq 1 100); do curl -s "http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/services/search/web?v=1.0&q=$(echo $x bottles of beer on the wall|sed 's/ /%20/g')"|sed 's/.*"estimatedResultCount":"\([^"]*\)".*/\1\n/';done)|gnuplot -persist
2010-03-17 21:04:36
User: matthewbauer
Functions: echo sed seq

Will create a graph of the results for "x bottles of beer on the wall".

Requires Gnuplot.

Inspired by an xkcd comic: http://xkcd.com/715/

For sample output see: http://tr.im/xbottlesofbeer

pronounce(){ wget -qO- $(wget -qO- "http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/$@" | grep 'soundUrl' | head -n 1 | sed 's|.*soundUrl=\([^&]*\)&.*|\1|' | sed 's/%3A/:/g;s/%2F/\//g') | mpg123 -; }
pronounce(){ wget -qO- $(wget -qO- "http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/$@" | grep 'return au' | sed -r "s|.*return au\('([^']*)', '([^'])[^']*'\).*|http://cougar.eb.com/soundc11/\2/\1|") | aplay -q; }
2010-03-12 17:44:16
User: matthewbauer
Functions: aplay grep sed wget

The original was a little bit too complicated for me. This one does not use any variables.

detectlanguage(){ curl -s "http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/services/language/detect?v=1.0&q=$@" | sed 's/{"responseData": {"language":"\([^"]*\)".*/\1\n/'; }
2010-03-08 03:24:56
User: matthewbauer
Functions: sed
Tags: language


detectlanguage <phrase>


detectlanguage hola
translate(){ wget -qO- "http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/services/language/translate?v=1.0&q=$1&langpair=$2|${3:-en}" | sed 's/.*"translatedText":"\([^"]*\)".*}/\1\n/'; }
2010-03-08 03:15:48
User: matthewbauer
Functions: sed wget


translate <phrase> <source-language> <output-language>


translate hello en es

See this for a list of language codes:


espeak "$USER" --stdout | sox - -t mp3 - reverse | mpg123 -
curl -sL xkcd.com | grep '<img [^>]*/><br/>' | sed -r 's|<img src="(.*)" title="(.*)" alt="(.*)" /><br/>|\1\t\2\t\3|' > /tmp/a; curl -s $(cat /tmp/a | cut -f1) | convert - -gravity south -draw "text 0,0 \"$(cat /tmp/a | cut -f2)\"" pdf:- > xkcd.pdf
2010-03-03 03:41:31
User: matthewbauer
Functions: cat cut grep sed
Tags: pdf xkcd caption

Saves to a PDF with title and alt text of comic.

As asked for on http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=91100

Change xkcd.com to dynamic.xkcd.com/comics/random for a random comic.

while true; do xdotool getmouselocation | sed 's/x:\(.*\) y:\(.*\) screen:.*/\1, \2/' >> ./mouse-tracking; sleep 10; done
2010-02-27 04:00:13
User: matthewbauer
Functions: sed sleep

Will track your mouse and save it to a file.

You can use gnuplot to graph it:

gnuplot -persist <(echo "unset key;unset border;unset yzeroaxis;unset xtics;unset ytics;unset ztics;plot './mouse-tracking' with points lt 1 pt 6 ps variable")
spellcheck(){ curl -sd "<spellrequest><text>$1</text></spellrequest>" https://www.google.com/tbproxy/spell | sed 's/.*<spellresult [^>]*>\(.*\)<\/spellresult>/\1/;s/<c \([^>]*\)>\([^<]*\)<\/c>/\1;\2\n/g' | grep 's="1"' | sed 's/^.*;\([^\t]*\).*$/\1/'; }
curl -s -u $username:$password | grep '<td>.* </td>' | sed 's|\t<td>\(.*\) </td>\r|\1|' | tr '\n' ';' | sed 's/\([^;]*\);\([^;]*\);/\2\t\1\n/g'
2010-02-16 02:27:11
User: matthewbauer
Functions: grep sed tr

Will create a sample etc host file based on your router's dhcp list.

Now I know this won't work on most routers, so please don't downvote it just because it doesn't work for you.

username=matthewbauer; curl -s http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/by/$username/json | tr '{' '\n' | grep -Eo ',"votes":"[0-9\-]+","' | grep -Eo '[0-9\-]+' | tr '\n' '+' | sed 's/+$/\n/' | bc
2010-02-14 04:32:36
User: matthewbauer
Functions: grep sed tr

This will calculate the your commandlinefu votes (upvotes - downvotes).

Hopefully this will boost my commandlinefu points.

curl -s http://www.google.com/ig/api?weather=$(curl -s "http://api.hostip.info/get_html.php?ip=$(curl -s icanhazip.com)" | grep City | sed 's/City: \(.*\)/\1/' | sed 's/ /%20/g' | sed "s/'/%27/g") | sed 's|.*<temp_f data="\([^"]*\)"/>.*|\1\n|'
echo "$@" | sed 's/ /%20/g;s/!/%21/g;s/"/%22/g;s/#/%23/g;s/\$/%24/g;s/\&/%26/g;s/'\''/%27/g;s/(/%28/g;s/)/%29/g;s/:/%3A/g'
curl -s -H "Authorization: GoogleLogin auth=$auth" "http://www.google.com/reader/api/0/unread-count?output=json" | tr '{' '\n' | sed 's/.*"count":\([0-9]*\),".*/\1/' | grep -E ^[0-9]+$ | tr '\n' '+' | sed 's/\(.*\)+/\1\n/' | bc
2010-02-11 00:42:57
User: matthewbauer
Functions: grep sed tr

Get Google Reader unread count from the command line.

You'll have to define your auth token with $auth

Or use:

curl -s -H "Authorization: GoogleLogin auth=$(curl -sd "Email=$email&Passwd=$password&service=reader" https://www.google.com/accounts/ClientLogin | grep Auth | sed 's/Auth=\(.*\)/\1/')" "http://www.google.com/reader/api/0/unread-count?output=json" | tr '{' '\n' | sed 's/.*"count":\([0-9]*\),".*/\1/' | grep -E ^[0-9]+$ | tr '\n' '+' | sed 's/\(.*\)+/\1\n/' | bc
curl -s "http://www.google.com/ig/api?weather=New%20York" | sed 's|.*<temp_f data="\([^"]*\)"/>.*|\1|'
2010-02-08 23:06:48
User: matthewbauer
Functions: sed

Will return temperature in Fahrenheit of a location (New York City in example).

Uses a Google API.