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Anyone know how to avoid title casing some words, like 'to', 'of', 'that', etc.?
This will show you any links that a command follows (unlike 'file -L'), as well as the ultimate binary or script.
Put the name of the command at the very end; this will be passed to perl as the first argument.
For obvious reasons, this doesn't work with aliases or functions.
In a folder with many files and folders, you want to move all files where the date is >= the file olderFilesNameToMove and
This shows every bit of information that stat can get for any file, dir, fifo, etc. It's great because it also shows the format and explains it for each format option.
If you just want stat help, create this handy alias 'stath' to display all format options with explanations.
alias stath="stat --h|sed '/Th/,/NO/!d;/%/!d'"
To display on 2 lines:
( F=/etc/screenrc N=c IFS=$'\n'; for L in $(sed 's/%Z./%Z\n/'<<<`stat --h|sed -n '/^ *%/s/^ *%\(.\).*$/\1:%\1/p'`); do G=$(echo "stat -$N '$L' \"$F\""); eval $G; N=fc;done; )
For a similarly powerful stat-like function optimized for pretty output (and can sort by any field), check out the "lll" function
From my .bash_profile ->
Create a file with actual date as filename
Grab a list of MP3s (with full path) out of Firefox's cache
Ever gone to a site that has an MP3 embedded into a pesky flash player, but no download link? Well, this one-liner will yank the *full path* of those tunes straight out of FF's cache in a clean list.
Shorter and Intuitive version of the command submitted by (TuxOtaku)
Ever gone to a site that has an MP3 embedded into a pesky flash player, but no download link? Well, this one-liner will yank the names of those tunes straight out of FF's cache in a nice, easy to read list. What you do with them after that is *ahem* no concern of mine. ;)
bs = buffer size (basically defined the size of a "unit" used by count and skip)
count = the number of buffers to copy (16m * 32 = 1/2 gig)
skip = (32 * 2) we are grabbing piece 3...which means 2 have already been written so skip (2 * count)
i will edit this later if i can to make this all more understandable
Useful for C projects where header file names must be unique (e.g. when using autoconf/automake), or when diagnosing if the wrong header file is being used (due to dupe file names)
counts the total (recursive) number of files in the immediate (depth 1) subdirectories as well as the current one and displays them sorted.
Fixed, as per ashawley's comment
List all text files in the current directory.
copy files to a ssh server with gzip compression
Useful to move many files (thousands or millions files) over ssh. Faster than scp because this way you save a lot of tcp connection establishments (syn/ack packets).
If using a fast lan (I have just tested gigabyte ethernet) it is faster to not compress the data so the command would be:
tar -cf - /home/user/test | ssh user@sshServer 'cd /tmp; tar xf -'
This command list and sort files by size and in reverse order, the reverse order is very helpful when you have a very long list and wish to have the biggest files at the bottom so you don't have scrool up.
The file size info is in human readable output, so ex. 1K..234M...3G
Tested with Linux (Red Hat Enterprise Edition)
Adds the stdout (standard output) to the beginning of logfile.txt. Change "command" to whatever command you like, such as 'ls' or 'date', etc. It does this by adding the output to a temporary file, then adding the previous contents of logfile.txt to the temp file, then copying the new contents back to the logfile.txt and removing the temp file.
./* is for copying files starting with -
.[!.]* is for copying hidden files and avoiding copying files from the parent directory.
..?* is for copying files starting with .. (avoids the directory ..)
/path/to/dir the path to the directory where the files should be copied
Can also be used as a script. Input argument is /path/to/dir
in tcsh, replace .[!.]* with .[^.]*