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sed -n "/^.\{73,\}/p" < /path/to/file
2014-03-20 12:31:57
User: flatcap
Functions: sed

Filter out lines of input that contain 72, or fewer, characters.

"sed -n" : don't print lines by default

"/^.\{73,\}/" : find lines that start with 73 (or more) characters

"p" : print them

cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep BogoMIPS | uniq | sed 's/^.*://g' | awk '{print($1 / 4) }'
echo -n text | hexdump -C
2014-02-21 09:15:15
User: Tomofumi
Functions: echo hexdump
Tags: sed hex ascii

hexdump could be used for conversion too!

quickscript () { filename="$1"; history | cut -c 8- | sed -e '/^###/{h;d};H;$!d;x' | sed '$d' > ${filename:?No filename given} }
2014-02-09 12:19:29
User: joedhon
Functions: cut sed

In order to write bash-scripts, I often do the task manually to see how it works. I type ### at the start of my session.

The function fetches the commands from the last occurrence of '###', excluding the function call. You could prefix this with a here-document to have a proper script-header.

Delete some lines, add a few variables and a loop, and you're ready to go.

This function could probably be much shorter...

sed -n 's/.*\(\(\(^\| \)[0-9]\{1,3\}\.\)\{1\}\([0-9]\{1,3\}\.\)\{2\}[0-9]\{1,3\}\) .*/\1/gp'
2014-01-29 23:18:14
User: smkr
Functions: sed
Tags: sed ip address

looks for IPs at the beginning of the line or prefixed by a space

iconv -f $(file -bi filename.ext | sed -e 's/.*[ ]charset=//') -t utf8 filename.ext > filename.ext
dpkg-query -W --showformat='${Installed-Size}\t${Package}\n' | sort -nr | less
ls --color=never -1| grep -E "[0-9]{4}"|sed -re "s/^(.*)([0-9]{4})(.*)$/\2 \1\2\3/" | sort -r
prepend () { array=("$@"); len=${#array[@]}; file=${array[$len-1]}; text=${array[@]:0:$len-1}; printf '%s\n' 0a "$text" . w | ed -s "$file"; }
2013-12-09 21:59:26
User: zlemini
Functions: ed printf
Tags: sed replace


$ prepend content to add [filename]

Uses ed, so no temp files created.

find -type f -name '*.conf' -exec sed -Ei 's/foo/bar/' '{}' \;
2013-11-21 16:07:06
Functions: find sed

note that sed -i is non-standard (although both GNU and current BSD systems support it)

Can also be accomplished with

find . -name "*.txt" | xargs perl -pi -e 's/old/new/g'

as shown here - http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/223/a-find-and-replace-within-text-based-files-to-locate-and-rewrite-text-en-mass.

wget "us.download.nvidia.com$(wget -qO- "$(wget -qO- "nvidia.com/Download/processFind.aspx?psid=95&pfid=695&osid=19&lid=1&lang=en-us"|awk '/driverResults.aspx/ {print $4}'|cut -d "'" -f2|head -n 1)"|awk '/url=/ {print $2}'|cut -d '=' -f3|cut -d '&' -f1)"
2013-11-21 03:04:59
User: lowjax
Functions: awk cut head wget

Download latest NVIDIA Geforce x64 Windows7-8 driver from Nvidia's website. Pulls the latest download version (which includes beta). This is the "English" version. The following command includes a 'sed' line to replace "english" with "international" if needed. You can also replace the starting subdomain with "eu." "uk." and others. Enjoy this one liner! 1 character under the max :)

wget "us.download.nvidia.com$(wget -qO- "$(wget -qO- "nvidia.com/Download/processFind.aspx?psid=95&pfid=695&osid=19&lid=1&lang=en-us" | awk '/driverResults.aspx/ {print $4}' | cut -d "'" -f2 | head -n 1)" | awk '/url=/ {print $2}' | sed -e "s/english/international/" | cut -d '=' -f3 | cut -d '&' -f1)"
sed -n '/jan\|Jan\|JAN\|JAn\|jAn\|jAN\|jaN/p' data.txt > jan-only-data.txt
grep -lr "foo" . | xargs sed -i "s/foo/bar/g"
2013-10-28 13:02:47
User: sergeylukin
Functions: grep sed xargs

Replace "foo" with "bar" in all files in current directory recursively

sed -i 's/^/ls -l /' output_files.txt
2013-10-07 15:12:53
User: sonic
Functions: sed
Tags: sed replace

The original command is great, but I often want to prepend to every line.

say () { mpv $(sed -E "s;([a-Z]*)( |$);http://ssl.gstatic.com/dictionary/static/sounds/de/0/\1.mp3 ;g" <<< $*); }; say hello world "how is it" going
wget -qO - http://www.asciiartfarts.com/random.cgi | sed -n '/<pre>/,/<\/pre>/p' | sed -n '/<table*/,/<\/table>/p' | sed '1d' | sed '$d' | recode html..ascii
for fil in *.JPG; do datepath="$(identify -verbose $fil | grep DateTimeOri | awk '{print $2"_"$3 }' | sed s%:%_%g)"; mv -v $fil $datepath.jpg; done
2013-08-02 01:42:04
Functions: mv

Requires ImageMagick.

Extracts date taken from image and renames it properly.

Based on StackOverflow answer.

rhost() { if [[ $1 =~ ^[0-9]+$ ]]; then sed -i "$1"d ${HOME}/.ssh/known_hosts; else echo "rhost [n]"; fi }
2013-08-01 21:10:34
User: lowjax
Functions: echo sed

Quickly remove the conflicting line (key) from current users known_hosts file when there is an SSH host conflict. Very nice when you get tired of writing out full commands. Ideally you would place this into your .bash_profile

Usage: rhost [n]

Example: rhost 33 (removes line 33 from ~/.ssh/known_hosts)

Function assumes the $HOME exists, you could alternatively use "~/.ssh/known_hosts"

Mac OSX likes a space for sed -i "$1" d

svn info | sed -n "/URL:/s/.*\///p"
pgrep -lf
dpkg-query --show --showformat='${Package;-50}\t${Installed-Size}\n' `aptitude --display-format '%p' search '?installed!?automatic'` | sort -k 2 -n | grep -v deinstall | awk '{printf "%.3f MB \t %s\n", $2/(1024), $1}'
2013-07-26 23:18:20
User: EvilDennisR
Functions: awk grep sort

The other commands were good, but they included packages that were installed and then removed.

This command only shows packages that are currently installed, sorts smallest to largest, and formats the sizes to be human readable.

Print to screen all the directories above the pwd, showing: mountpoints, symbolic links, and permissions (with colors)
2013-07-25 22:55:08
User: malathion
Functions: screen
Tags: sed namei

Useful for finding out quickly if you're still in the same filesystem or are in a descendant of a symbolic link or mountpoint. For plain text output, unset the color substitutions or strip them from the function.

curl -s $1 | grep -o -i '<a href="//images.4chan.org/[^>]*>' | sed -r 's%.*"//([^"]*)".*%\1%' | xargs wget
2013-07-22 10:33:55
User: bugmenot
Functions: grep xargs

first grep all href images then sed the url part then wget

ps aux | grep $(echo $1 | sed "s/^\(.\)/[\1]/g")
2013-07-16 10:10:51
User: opexxx
Functions: echo grep ps sed
Tags: sed grep ps

grep по ps aux

find . -type d | sed -e "s/[^-][^\/]*\// |/g" -e "s/|\([^ ]\)/|-\1/"
2013-07-16 10:08:34
User: opexxx
Functions: find sed
Tags: sed find

show directory three