commandlinefu.com is the place to record those command-line gems that you return to again and again.
Delete that bloated snippets file you've been using and share your personal repository with the world. That way others can gain from your CLI wisdom and you from theirs too. All commands can be commented on, discussed and voted up or down.
If you have a new feature suggestion or find a bug, please get in touch via http://commandlinefu.uservoice.com/
You can sign-in using OpenID credentials, or register a traditional username and password.
First-time OpenID users will be automatically assigned a username which can be changed after signing in.
Every new command is wrapped in a tweet and posted to Twitter. Following the stream is a great way of staying abreast of the latest commands. For the more discerning, there are Twitter accounts for commands that get a minimum of 3 and 10 votes - that way only the great commands get tweeted.
Use your favourite RSS aggregator to stay in touch with the latest commands. There are feeds mirroring the 3 Twitter streams as well as for virtually every other subset (users, tags, functions,…):
Subscribe to the feed for:
Maybe not the quicker because of the sort command, but it will also look in other man sections.
updated with goodevilgenius 'shuf' idea
I just wanted a simple DNS request.
Because host and nslookup commands are not on all systems, we use getent instead.
Thanks aulem for that tip.
Gets the authors, sorts by number of commits (as a vague way of estimating how much of the project is their work, i.e. the higher in the list, the more they've done) and then outputs the results.
There is a common command for outputting a field or list of fields from each line in a file. Why wouldn't you just use cut?
Most systems (at least my macbook) have system users defined, such as _www and using "users" for example will not list them. This command allows you to see who the 'virtual' users are on your system.
I've been using it in a script to build from scratch proxy servers.
Simple and easy. No regex, no search and replace. Just clean, built-in tools.
This is helpful if you connect to several networks with different subnets such as 192 networks, 10 networks, etc. Cuts first three octets of ip from ifconfig command and runs nmap ping scan on that subnet.
Replace wlan0 with your interface. Assumes class c network, if class b use: cut -d "." -f 1-2 and change nmap command accordingly.
This is an easy way to quickly get a status for a device in multipath on SLES systems, as long as the server is configured based on Novell's standards, where multipathed disks are referred to by /dev/disk/by-... tree. Make sure to replace name_of_vg with your Volume Group name.
omit "> ~/Desktop/MyAppList`date +%s.txt`" if you don't want to print it to a file on your desktop and instead only want to display to console
created and tested on:
ProductName: Mac OS X
This is a simple solution to running a remote program on a remote computer on the remote display through ssh.
1. Create an empty 'commander' file in the directory where you intend on running these commands.
2. Run the command
3. Hop on another computer and ssh in to the PC where you ran the command
4. cd to the directory where the 'commander' file is.
5. Test it by doing the following: echo "xeyes" > commander
6. If it worked properly, then xeyes will popup on the remote computer.
Combined with my other one liner, you can place those in some start-up scripts and be able to screw with your wife/daughter/siblings, w/e by either launching programs or sending notifications(my other one liner).
Also, creates a log file named comm_log in working directory that logs all commands ran.
Run this command when you are physically at the computer you wish to send pop-up messages to. Then when you ssh in to it, you can do this: echo "guess who?" > commander
guess who? will then pop up on the screen for a few moments, then disappear. You will need to create the commander file first. I mess with my wife all the time with this. i.e. echo "You have given the computer a virus. Computer will be rendered useless in 10 seconds." > commander