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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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alias lp="echo -n \"some text to copy\" | pbcopy; sleep 120 && echo -n \"done\" | pbcopy &"
2014-10-05 19:43:49
User: wsams
Functions: alias
Tags: alias pbcopy

This alias is useful if you need to use some text often. Executing the alias will copy the text into your clipboard and then remove it after X seconds.

nslookup www.example.com | tail -2 | head -1 | awk '{print $2}'
2013-09-05 20:26:45
User: wsams
Functions: awk head nslookup tail

I'm not sure how reliable this command is, but it works for my needs. Here's also a variant using grep.

nslookup www.example.com | grep "^Address: " | awk '{print $2}'

svn status | grep "^M" | while read entry; do file=`echo $entry | awk '{print $2}'`; echo $file; svn revert $file; done
2012-06-17 16:01:06
User: wsams
Functions: awk echo grep read

This command allows you to revert every modified file one-by-one in a while loop, but also after "echo $file;" you can do any sort of processing you might want to add before the revert happens.

vim `find . -iname '*.php'`
2011-05-11 01:19:28
User: wsams
Functions: vim

In this case, we'll be editing every PHP file from the current location down the tree.

You can show all the files in the vim buffer with :buffers which outputs something like,


1 %a "./config/config.php" line 1

2 "./lib/ws-php-library.php" line 0

3 "./lib/css.php" line 0

4 "./lib/mysqldb.class.php" line 0

5 "./lib/config.class.php" line 0

6 "./lib/actions.php" line 0

Press ENTER or type command to continue

If you'd like to edit ./lib/mysqldb.class.php for example, enter :b4 anytime you're editing a file. You can switch back and forth.