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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

Commands by mobidyc from sorted by
Terminal - Commands by mobidyc - 9 results
netstat -in
find /dev/vg00 -type b |while read L; do lvextend -m 1 $L /dev/disk/<disk> ; done
newest () { find ${1:-\.} -type f |xargs ls -lrt ; }
echo "$(</etc/issue)"
2009-09-14 09:44:35
User: mobidyc
Functions: echo

another replacement for cat.

echo "foo" > /dev/tcp/
2009-09-12 16:48:05
User: mobidyc
Functions: echo

this command will send a message to the socket 25 on host in tcp.

works on udp and icmp

understand only IP address, not hostname.

on the other side (, you can listen to this socket and test if you receive the message.

easy to diagnose a firewall problem or not.

find . \( ! -name . -prune \) \( -type f -o -type l \)
2009-09-12 15:58:56
User: mobidyc
Functions: find

you must be in the directory to analyse

report all files and links in the currect directory, not recursively.

this find command ahs been tested on hp-ux/linux/aix/solaris.

function nowrap { export COLS=`tput cols` ; cut -c-$COLS ; unset COLS ; }
function sepath { echo $PATH |tr ":" "\n" |sort -u |while read L ; do cd "$L" 2>/dev/null && find . \( ! -name . -prune \) \( -type f -o -type l \) 2>/dev/null |sed "s@^\./@@" |egrep -i "${*}" |sed "s@^@$L/@" ; done ; }
2009-09-11 15:03:22
User: mobidyc
Functions: cd echo egrep find read sed sort tr
Tags: bash ksh PATH

search argument in PATH

accept grep expressions

without args, list all binaries found in PATH

function catv { egrep -v "^$|^#" ${*} ; }
2009-09-11 14:58:47
User: mobidyc
Functions: egrep

better integration.

works on all Unices

works one bash and ksh.