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for i in *.flv *.mkv *.avi; do mplayer -ao null -vo null -ss 0 -endpos 1 >/dev/null "$i" 2> >(grep -qi error && echo >&2 "$i seems bad"); done
2013-08-20 22:23:11
User: sputnick
Functions: echo grep

If you want avoid to be annoyed when playing your favourite video files with your video player, first run this command to stash wrong files (and test tricks to play these wrong files).

dd if=/dev/zero of=testfile.txt bs=1M count=10
2009-06-17 17:06:16
User: mstoecker
Functions: dd
Tags: dd size test file

This will create a 10 MB file named testfile.txt. Change the count parameter to change the size of the file.

As one commenter pointed out, yes /dev/random can be used, but the content doesn't matter if you just need a file of a specific size for testing purposes, which is why I used /dev/zero. The file size is what matters, not the content. It's 10 MB either way. "Random" just referred to "any file - content not specific"