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find /usr/include/ -name '*.[c|h]pp' -o -name '*.[ch]' -print0 | xargs -0 cat | grep -v "^ *$" | grep -v "^ *//" | grep -v "^ */\*.*\*/" | wc -l
2013-06-17 08:37:37
Functions: cat find grep wc xargs

Count your source and header file's line numbers. This ignores blank lines, C++ style comments, single line C style comments.

This will not ignore blank lines with tabs or multiline C style comments.

find /usr/include/ -name '*.[c|h]pp' -o -name '*.[ch]' -print0 | xargs -0 wc -l | tail -1
find /usr/include/ -name '*.[c|h]pp' -o -name '*.[ch]' -exec cat {} \;|wc -l
2011-12-01 19:58:52
User: kerim
Functions: cat find wc

Count your source and header file's line numbers

For example for java change the command like this

find . -name '*.java' -exec cat {} \;|wc -l

MIN=10;for ((i=MIN*60;i>=0;i--));do echo -ne "\r$(date -d"0+$i sec" +%H:%M:%S)";sleep 1;done
2011-02-20 11:56:28
User: flatcap
Functions: echo sleep

Countdown clock - Counts down from $MIN minutes to zero.

I let the date command do the maths.

This version doesn't use seq.

MIN=10 && for i in $(seq $(($MIN*60)) -1 1); do printf "\r%02d:%02d:%02d" $((i/3600)) $(( (i/60)%60)) $((i%60)); sleep 1; done
Check the Description below.
2010-10-07 04:22:32
User: hunterm

The command was too long for the command box, so here it is:

echo $(( `wget -qO - http://i18n.counter.li.org/ | grep 'users registered' | sed 's/.*\<font size=7\>//g' | tr '\>' ' ' | sed 's/<br.*//g' | tr ' ' '\0'` + `curl --silent http://www.dudalibre.com/gnulinuxcounter?lang=en | grep users | head -2 | tail -1 | sed 's/.*<strong>//g' | sed 's/<\/strong>.*//g'` ))

This took me about an hour to do. It uses wget and curl because, dudalibre.com blocks wget, and wget worked nicely for me.

wget -qO - http://i18n.counter.li.org/ | grep 'users registered' | sed 's/.*\<font size=7\>//g' | tr '\>' ' ' | sed 's/<br.*//g' | tr ' ' '\0'
while [[ COUNTER -le 10 && IFS=':' ]]; do for LINE in $(cat /tmp/list); do some_command(s) $LINE; done; COUNTER=$((COUNTER+1)); done
2010-09-01 15:09:59
User: slashdot
Functions: cat

At times I find that I need to loop through a file where each value that I need to do something with is not on a separate line, but rather separated with a ":" or a ";". In this instance, I create a loop within which I define 'IFS' to be something other than a whitespace character. In this example, I iterate through a file which only has one line, and several fields separated with ":". The counter helps me define how many times I want to repeat the loop.

function countdown { case "$1" in -s) shift;; *) set $(($1 * 60));; esac; local S=" "; for i in $(seq "$1" -1 1); do echo -ne "$S\r $i\r"; sleep 1; done; echo -e "$S\rBOOM!"; }
2010-06-30 12:20:01
User: kniht
Functions: echo seq set sleep
Tags: timer counter

The biggest advantage over atoponce's nifty original is not killing the scrollback. Written assuming bash, but shouldn't be terribly difficult to port to other shells. S should be multiple spaces, but I can't get commandlinefu to save/show them properly, any help?

MIN=1 && for i in $(seq $(($MIN*60)) -1 1); do echo -n "$i, "; sleep 1; done; echo -e "\n\nBOOOM! Time to start."
2010-06-20 15:19:12
User: atoponce
Functions: echo seq sleep
Tags: timer counter

Simple countdown clock that should be quite portable across any Bourne-compatible shell. I used to teach for a living, and I would run this code when it was time for a break. Usually, I would set "MIN" to 15 for a 15-minute break. The computer would be connected to a projector, so this would be projected on screen, front and center, for all to see.

finit "1 2 3" 3 2 1 | while fnext i ; do echo $i; done;
2010-06-17 10:20:49
User: mechmind
Functions: echo
Tags: echo for counter

For this hack you need following function:

finit() { count=$#; current=1; for i in "$@" ; do echo $current $count; echo $i; current=$((current + 1)); done; }

and alias:

alias fnext='read cur total && echo -n "[$cur/$total] " && read'

Inspired by CMake progress counters.