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for i in {1..256};do p=" $i";echo -e "${p: -3} \\0$(($i/64*100+$i%64/8*10+$i%8))";done|cat -t|column -c120
2014-04-04 16:54:53
User: AskApache
Functions: cat column echo
5

Prints out an ascii chart using builtin bash! Then formats using cat -t and column.

The best part is:

echo -e "${p: -3} \\0$(( $i/64*100 + $i%64/8*10 + $i%8 ))";

From: http://www.askapache.com/linux/ascii-codes-and-reference.html

netstat -tup -W | column -t
2014-01-08 22:39:01
User: b_t
Functions: column netstat
3

The -W switch of netstat makes it print complete URL of the connections, which otherwise by default

is truncated to fit its default column size.

Now to compensate for irregular column sizes, pipe the output to column (-t switch of column prints in tabular form). The only downside to this part is that the very first row, the header, goes pear shape.

bind -P | grep -v "is not" | sed -e 's/can be found on/:/' | column -s: -t
2013-12-19 12:30:19
User: leni536
Functions: column grep sed
0

Shows all available keyboard bindings in bash. Pretty printing.

for i in {0..255}; do echo -e "\e[38;05;${i}m\\\e[38;05;${i}m"; done | column -c 80 -s ' '; echo -e "\e[m"
history | awk '{CMD[$4]++;count++;} END { for (a in CMD )print CMD[a] " " CMD[a]/count*100 "% " a }' | sort -nr | nl | column -t | head -n 10
for code in $(seq -w 0 255); do for attr in 0 1; do printf "%s-%03s %bTest%b\n" "${attr}" "${code}" "\e[${attr};38;05;${code}m" "\e[m"; done; done | column -c $((COLUMNS*2))
2013-01-13 18:23:44
User: claudius
Functions: column printf seq
Tags: bash color colors
0

Shows the ?rendering? for each of the 256 colours in both the bold and normal variant. Using seq is helpful to get even lines, passing $((COLUMNS*2)) to column sort-of-handles the nonprintable characters.

sed 's/#.*//' /etc/fstab | column -t
fdisk -l /dev/sda | grep -E sda[0-9]+ | sed s/*// | awk '{printf ("%s %f ",$1,$2/512); if($2%512){ print "BAD" }else {print "Good"} }' | column -t
2012-05-18 08:34:36
Functions: awk column fdisk grep sed
1

To get most of you HDD/SSD driver you need to make sure you partition are aligned, if not the speed penalty can be up to 50% slower!

this simple one liner will check to see if each partition start sector is divided by 512

you need to change sda with your driver

if you find the one of your partitions is not aligned use gparted to move the start sector of the partition to be divided of 512

sudo ps aux --sort:rss | awk '{print $2"\t"$11": "$6/1024" MB"}' | column -t | less
curl -u username --silent "https://mail.google.com/mail/feed/atom" | awk 'BEGIN{FS="\n";RS="(</entry>\n)?<entry>"}NR!=1{print "\033[1;31m"$9"\033[0;32m ("$10")\033[0m:\t\033[1;33m"$2"\033[0m"}' | sed -e 's,<[^>]*>,,g' | column -t -s $'\t'
2011-10-15 23:15:52
User: frntn
Functions: awk column sed
2

Just an alternative with more advanced formating for readability purpose. It now uses colors (too much for me but it's a kind of proof-of-concept), and adjust columns.

cat file.csv | perl -pe 'if($. == 1) {@h = split(/;/); $i = 1 ; map { $_ = $i; $i++ } @h; print join(" ;", @h) , "\n"} ; s/(^|;);/$1 ;/g' | column -ts\; | less -S
column -tns: /etc/passwd
2011-08-31 10:47:04
User: bashrc
Functions: column
Tags: column
23

-n switch keeps empty columns

If your distribution does not ship with a recent column version that supports -n you can use this alternative:

perl -pe 's/(^|;);/$1 ;/g' file.csv | column -ts\; | less -S

Change the delimiter to your liking.

cat /etc/passwd | column -nts:
pacman -Qi $(pacman -Qq)|grep 'Name\|Size'| cut -d: -f2 | paste - - | column -t | sort -nk2
df -PH|column -t
df -P | column -t
2011-04-09 13:12:46
User: fossilet
Functions: column df
17

-P uses the POSIX output format, which makes information on each file system always printed on exactly one line. "column -t" makes a table from the input.

egrep '__NR_' /usr/include/asm/unistd_`getconf -a | awk '$1~/^WORD/{print $2}'`.h | sed -e 's/^#define __NR_//' | column -t
awk -F $'\t' '{printf $1 LS $2 LS $3 LS $4 LS $5; for (i = 7; i < NF; i++) printf $i "\t"; printf "\n--\n";}' LS=$'\n' 'Ad report.tsv' | column -t -s $'\t'
2011-02-28 10:52:16
User: zhangweiwu
Functions: awk column printf
-1

The exported TSV file of Google Adwords' first five columns are text, they usually should collapse into one cell, a multi-line text cell, but there is no guaranteed way to represent line-break within cells for .tsv file format, thus Google split it to 5 columns.

The problem is, with 5 columns of text, there are hardly space to put additional fields while maintain printable output.

This script collapses the first five columns of each row into one single multi-line text cell, for console output or direct send to printer.

l=10;for((i=0;i<$l;i++));do eval "a$i=($(pv=1;v=1;for((j=0;j<$l;j++));do [ $i -eq 0 -o $j -eq 0 ]&&{ v=1 && pv=1; }||v=$((pv+a$((i-1))[$((j))]));echo -n "$v ";pv=$v;done;));";eval "echo \"\${a$i[@]}\"";done | column -t;
paste <(pacman -Q | awk '{ print $1; }' | xargs pacman -Qi | grep 'Size' | awk '{ print $4$5; }') <(pacman -Q | awk '{print $1; }') | sort -n | column -t
for i in {0..255}; do echo -e "\e[38;05;${i}m${i}"; done | column -c 80 -s ' '; echo -e "\e[m"
2010-07-21 17:30:36
User: cout
Functions: column echo
7

I like the other three versions but one uses nested loops and another prints every color on a separate line. Both versions fail to reset colors before giving the prompt back.

This version uses the column command to print a table so all the colors fit on one screen. It also resets colors back to normal before as a last step.

statt(){ C=c;stat --h|sed '/Th/,/NO/!d;/%/!d'|while read l;do p=${l/% */};[ $p == %Z ]&&C=fc&&echo ^FS:^;echo "`stat -$C $p \"$1\"` ^$p^${l#%* }";done|column -ts^; }
2010-06-11 23:31:03
User: AskApache
Functions: column read sed
3

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

http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/5815/advanced-ls-output-using-find-for-formattedsortable-file-stat-info

From my .bash_profile ->

http://www.askapache.com/linux-unix/bash_profile-functions-advanced-shell.html

alias sorth='sort --help|sed -n "/^ *-[^-]/s/^ *\(-[^ ]* -[^ ]*\) *\(.*\)/\1:\2/p"|column -ts":"'
3

Once you get into advanced/optimized scripts, functions, or cli usage, you will use the sort command alot. The options are difficult to master/memorize however, and when you use sort commands as much as I do (some examples below), it's useful to have the help available with a simple alias. I love this alias as I never seem to remember all the options for sort, and I use sort like crazy (much better than uniq for example).

# Sorts by file permissions

find . -maxdepth 1 -printf '%.5m %10M %p\n' | sort -k1 -r -g -bS 20%

00761 drwxrw---x ./tmp

00755 drwxr-xr-x .

00701 drwx-----x ./askapache-m

00644 -rw-r--r-- ./.htaccess

# Shows uniq history fast

history 1000 | sed 's/^[0-9 ]*//' | sort -fubdS 50%

exec bash -lxv

export TERM=putty-256color

Taken from my http://www.askapache.com/linux-unix/bash_profile-functions-advanced-shell.html

alias dateh='date --help|sed -n "/^ *%%/,/^ *%Z/p"|while read l;do F=${l/% */}; date +%$F:"|'"'"'${F//%n/ }'"'"'|${l#* }";done|sed "s/\ *|\ */|/g" |column -s "|" -t'
21

If you have used bash for any scripting, you've used the date command alot. It's perfect for using as a way to create filename's dynamically within aliases,functions, and commands like below.. This is actually an update to my first alias, since a few commenters (below) had good observations on what was wrong with my first command.

# creating a date-based ssh-key for askapache.github.com

ssh-keygen -f ~/.ssh/`date +git-$USER@$HOSTNAME-%m-%d-%g` -C 'webmaster@askapache.com' # /home/gpl/.ssh/git-gplnet@askapache.github.com-04-22-10

# create a tar+gzip backup of the current directory

tar -czf $(date +$HOME/.backups/%m-%d-%g-%R-`sed -u 's/\//#/g' <<< $PWD`.tgz) . # tar -czf /home/gpl/.backups/04-22-10-01:13-#home#gpl#.rr#src.tgz .

I personally find myself having to reference

date --help

quite a bit as a result. So this nice alias saves me a lot of time. This is one bdash mofo. Works in sh and bash (posix), but will likely need to be changed for other shells due to the parameter substitution going on.. Just extend the sed command, I prefer sed to pretty much everything anyways.. but it's always preferable to put in the extra effort to go for as much builtin use as you can. Otherwise it's not a top one-liner, it's a lazyboy recliner.

Here's the old version:

alias dateh='date --help|sed "/^ *%%/,/^ *%Z/!d;s/ \+/ /g"|while read l;do date "+ %${l/% */}_${l/% */}_${l#* }";done|column -s_ -t'

This trick from my [ http://www.askapache.com/linux-unix/bash_profile-functions-advanced-shell.html bash_profile ]

phonelogs() { grep "$1" /var/log/asterisk/cdr-csv/Master.csv | cut -d',' -f 2,3,11,12 --output-delimiter=" " | sed 's/"//g' | cut -d' ' -f 1,2,3,4,6 | column -t; }
2010-03-28 08:30:46
Functions: column cut grep sed
Tags: asterisk
3

Prints a log of phonecalls placed from/to an asterisk server, formated into an easily readable table.

You can use partial number/queue matches, or use .* to match everything.