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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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print 'g/'delete this line'/delete\nwq' | ex file.txt
2009-07-20 19:15:29
User: mph
Functions: ex

If you've ever wanted to change a text files contents without having to create an intermediate file. This is it. Ex is a part of vim. The command as given will delete ALL lines containing "delete this line" from the file.

More Examples: print '%s/'this is a line'/'that is not the same line'/g\nwq' | ex file.txt will substitute the first string with the second string. print '3a\n'Inserted Line'\n.\n\nwq' | ex file.txt will insert the given line after line 3.

CAVEAT, Some distro's like the print command, others like echo with this command. Also note there are NO error messages on failure, at least that I've ever seen. Ex can also be quite fussy as to how it takes strings, parameters, etc... I use at&t's ksh syntax may very with other shells.