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xv() { case $- in *[xv]*) set +xv;; *) set -xv ;; esac }
2010-02-14 20:57:29
User: cfajohnson
Functions: set

Turn shell tracing and verbosity (set -xv) on/off in any Bourne-type shell

If either -x or -v is set, the function turns them both off.

If neither is on, both are turned on.

function setx(){ sed '/[xv]/!Q2' <<< $- && { set +xv; export PS4=">>> "; } || { export PS4="`tput setaf 3`>>> `tput sgr0`"; set -xv; }; }
2010-02-14 01:25:44
User: AskApache
Functions: export sed set

Running this command turns shell tracing and shell verbose debugging on or off. Not only does it do that, it also uses your terminals builtin method of setting colors to make debugging much easier.

It looks at the current shell options contained in the $- special bash variable and that lets this function set the opposite of the current value. So from the shell you could do a:

setx; echo "y" | ( cat -t ) | echo "d"; setx

and it will turn on debbuggin.

This is an amazingly useful function that is perfect to add system-wide by adding it to /etc/profile or /etc/bashrc.. You can run it from the shell, and you can also use it in your shell scripts like my .bash_profile - http://www.askapache.com/linux-unix/bash_profile-functions-advanced-shell.html

2010-02-06 18:35:10
User: drewk

Bash has a great history system of its commands accessed by the ! built-in history expansion operator (documented elsewhere on this site or on the web). You can combine the ! operator inside the process redirection

Very handy.

find /path/to/dir -type f -printf "%T@|%p\n" 2>/dev/null | sort -n | tail -n 1| awk -F\| '{print $2}'
newest () { find ${1:-\.} -type f |xargs ls -lrt ; }
newest () { DIR=${1:-'.'}; CANDIDATE=`find $DIR -type f|head -n1`; while [[ ! -z $CANDIDATE ]]; do BEST=$CANDIDATE; CANDIDATE=`find $DIR -newer "$BEST" -type f|head -n1`; done; echo "$BEST"; }
2010-02-04 12:40:44
User: shadycraig
Functions: echo head

Works recusivley in the specified dir or '.' if none given.

Repeatedly calls 'find' to find a newer file, when no newer files exist you have the newest.

In this case 'newest' means most recently modified. To find the most recently created change -newer to -cnewer.

fbemailscraper YourFBEmail Password
2010-01-31 00:44:35
User: dabom

(Apparently it is too long so I put it in sample output, I hope that is OK.)

Run the long command (or put it in your .bashrc) in sample output then run:

fbemailscraper YourFBEmail Password

Voila! Your contacts' emails will appear.

Facebook seems to have gotten rid of the picture encoding of emails and replaced it with a text based version making it easy to scrape!

Needs curl to run and it was made pretty quickly so there might be bugs.

echo alias xkcd="gwenview `w3m -dump http://xkcd.com/|grep png | awk '{print $5}'` 2> /dev/null" >> .bashrc
2010-01-30 20:38:16
User: GinoMan2440
Functions: alias echo

Add an alias to your .bashrc that allows you to issue the command xkcd to view (with gwenview) the newest xkcd comic... I know there are thousands of them out there but this one is at least replete with installer and also uses a more concise syntax... plus, gwenview shows you the downloading progress as it downloads the comic and gives you a more full featured viewing experience.

define(){ local y="$@";curl -sA"Opera" "http://www.google.com/search?q=define:${y// /+}"|grep -Eo '<li>[^<]+'|sed 's/^<li>//g'|nl|/usr/bin/perl -MHTML::Entities -pe 'decode_entities($_)';}
2010-01-30 13:08:03
User: gthb
Functions: grep sed

This version works on Mac (avoids grep -P, adding a sed step instead, and invokes /usr/bin/perl with full path in case you have another one installed).

Still requires that you install perl module HTML::Entities ? here's how: http://www.perlmonks.org/?node_id=640489

cp -arv ~/Documents/{foo,bar} --target-directory=~/buzz/
rename 's/ /_/g' *
2010-01-29 21:15:03
User: tuxilicious
Functions: rename
Tags: bash

It's the rename-tool from debians perl-package.

for f in *;do mv "$f" "${f// /_}";done
2010-01-29 19:57:16
User: ethanmiller
Functions: mv
Tags: bash

I realize there's a few of these out there, but none exactly in this form, which seems the cleanest to me

define(){ local y="$@";curl -sA"Opera" "http://www.google.com/search?q=define:${y// /+}"|grep -Po '(?<=<li>)[^<]+'|nl|perl -MHTML::Entities -pe 'decode_entities($_)' 2>/dev/null;}
2010-01-29 05:01:11
User: eightmillion
Functions: grep perl

This function takes a word or a phrase as arguments and then fetches definitions using Google's "define" syntax. The "nl" and perl portion isn't strictly necessary. It just makes the output a bit more readable, but this also works:

define(){ local y="$@";curl -sA"Opera" "http://www.google.com/search?q=define:${y// /+}"|grep -Po '(?<=<li>)[^<]+';}

If your version of grep doesn't have perl compatible regex support, then you can use this version:

define(){ local y="$@";curl -sA"Opera" "http://www.google.com/search?q=define:${y// /+}"|grep -Eo '<li>[^<]+'|sed 's/<li>//g'|nl|perl -MHTML::Entities -pe 'decode_entities($_)' 2>/dev/null;}
a="www.commandlinefu.com";b="/index.php";for n in $(seq 1 7);do echo -en "GET $b HTTP/1.0\r\nHost: "$a"\r\n\r\n" |nc $a 80 2>&1 |grep Set-Cookie;done
2010-01-28 14:19:43
User: vlan7
Functions: echo grep seq
Tags: bash cookies

The loop is to compare cookies. You can remove it...

Maybe you wanna use curl...

curl www.commandlinefu.com/index.php -s0 -I | grep "Set-Cookie"
svn add $(svn st|grep ^\?|cut -c2-)
2010-01-28 09:48:46
User: inkel
Functions: cut grep
Tags: bash svn grep cut

This version makes uses of Bash shell expansion, so it might not work in all other shells.

<ALT> .
2010-01-27 19:52:51
User: wincus

hit BACKSPACE more than once to delete more words

2010-01-24 17:59:52
User: ringlerun

for example if you did a:

ls -la /bin/ls


ls !$

is equivalent to doing a

ls /bin/ls
<ALT> .
<ESC> .
removedir(){ read -p "Delete the current directory $PWD ? " human;if [ "$human" = "yes" ]; then [ -z "${PWD##*/}" ] && { echo "$PWD not set" >&2;return 1;}; rm -Rf ../"${PWD##*/}"/ && cd ..; else echo "I'm watching you" | pv -qL 10; fi; }
echo -e "swap=me\n1=2"|sed 's/\(.*\)=\(.*\)/\2=\1/g'
alias PS1="man bash | sed -n '/ASCII bell/,/end a sequence/p'"
2010-01-15 23:39:28
User: haivu
Functions: alias
Tags: bash prompt ps1

I use this command (PS1) to show a list bash prompt's special characters. I tested it against A flavor of Red Hat Linux and Mac OS X

exipick -zi | xargs exim -Mrm