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May 19, 2015 - A Look At The New Commandlinefu
I've put together a short writeup on what kind of newness you can expect from the next iteration of clfu. Check it out here.
March 2, 2015 - New Management
I'm Jon, I'll be maintaining and improving clfu. Thanks to David for building such a great resource!

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Psst. Open beta.

Wow, didn't really expect you to read this far down. The latest iteration of the site is in open beta. It's a gentle open beta-- not in prime-time just yet. It's being hosted over at UpGuard (link) and you are more than welcome to give it a shot. Couple things:

  • » The open beta is running a copy of the database that will not carry over to the final version. Don't post anything you don't mind losing.
  • » If you wish to use your user account, you will probably need to reset your password.
Your feedback is appreciated via the form on the beta page. Thanks! -Jon & CLFU Team

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find . -iname '*.mp3' | while read song; do mpg321 ${song} -w - | oggenc -q 9 -o ${song%.mp3}.ogg -; done
2010-03-14 11:34:35
User: renich
Functions: find mpg321 read
Tags: ogg mpg321

This is not recommended... lossy -> lossy = lossier.

Still, you can do it! ;)

pattern='regexp_pattern'; find . -type f -perm +220 ! -name '*.bak' -print0 | xargs -0 egrep -lZ $pattern | xargs -0 sed -i.bak -e "/$pattern/d"
find . -name '*.[c|h]pp' -o -name '*.[ch]' -type f
2010-03-11 01:22:06
User: lucasrangit
Functions: find

Find C/C++ source files and headers in the current directory.

alias busy='my_file=$(find /usr/include -type f | sort -R | head -n 1); my_len=$(wc -l $my_file | awk "{print $1}"); let "r = $RANDOM % $my_len" 2>/dev/null; vim +$r $my_file'
2010-03-09 21:48:41
User: busybee
Functions: alias awk find head sort vim wc

This makes an alias for a command named 'busy'. The 'busy' command opens a random file in /usr/include to a random line with vim. Drop this in your .bash_aliases and make sure that file is initialized in your .bashrc.

gofuckanalytics() { echo "DELETE FROM moz_cookies WHERE name LIKE '__utm%';" | sqlite3 $( find ~/.mozilla -name cookies.sqlite ) }
2010-03-07 09:16:14
User: meathive
Functions: echo find

See http://code.google.com/apis/analytics/docs/concepts/gaConceptsCookies.html if you are unclear about the Google Analytics cookie system. If Firefox is your daily browser, be a good Orwellian and run this command regularly.

If you see, 'SQL error near line 1: database is locked', close Firefox and run again.

while read f;do echo "$f";done < <(find .)
2010-03-02 14:22:22
Functions: echo find read

Read all contents from current directory and display to stdout.

find . |while read f;do echo "$f";done
2010-03-02 14:21:15
Functions: echo find read

Read all contents from current directory and display it on stdout.

find -name ".php" -exec perl -pi -e 's/search/replace/g/' {} \;
find . type f -exec echo http://exg.com/{} \; > file
2010-03-02 14:18:01
Functions: echo find type

find all files in cur dir add to url and append to file

find -type f -exec mv {} . \;
2010-03-02 07:09:45
User: and3k
Functions: find mv

Find every file and move it to current directory.

find . -type f -exec sed -i 's/gw10./gw17./g' {} \;
find . -type d -name .svn -delete
findopen() { local PS3="select file: "; select file in $(find "$1" -iname "$2"); do ${3:-xdg-open} $file; break; done }
2010-02-28 02:28:59
User: quigybo
Functions: file find

lists the files found by find, waits for user input then uses xdg-open to open the selected file with the appropriate program.

usage: findopen path expression [command]

With the third optional input you can specify a command to use other than xdg-open, for example you could echo the filename to stdout then pipe it to another command.

To get it to work for files with spaces it gets a bit messier...

findopen() { files=( $(find "$1" -iname "$2" | tr ' ' '@') ); select file in "${files[@]//@/ }"; do ${3:-xdg-open} "$file"; break; done }

You can replace the @ with any character that probably wont be in a file name.

find ./ -name '*.sw[op]' -delete
find . -name "*~" -exec rm {} \;
2010-02-26 10:54:02
User: ivanatora
Functions: find rm
Tags: vim find

Assuming only VIM has *~ files in your current dir. If you have usefull data in a file named in the *~ pattern, DO NOT RUN this command!

find -type d -name ".svn" -print0 | xargs -0 rm -rf
2010-02-25 10:16:18
User: tuxilicious
Functions: find rm xargs

man find: If no paths are given, the current directory is used. - Can anybody tell me why so many people are typing the dot?

find . -iname "FILENAME" -exec sed -i 's/SEARCH_STRING/REPLACE_STRING/g' {} \;
2010-02-24 19:52:22
User: nanopino
Functions: find sed

using find's exec option instead of a for loop and using sed's -i option for inplace replacement. no need to do the file swap.

find /dev/vg00 -type b -exec lvextend -m 1 {} /dev/disk/<disk> \;
2010-02-24 18:41:33
User: Glip
Functions: find
Tags: hp-ux lvm

Mirror every lvol in vg00 in hp-ux 11.31

find . -name .svn -exec rm -r {} +;
find . -type f |sed "s#.*/##g" |sort |uniq -c -d
2010-02-17 11:59:54
User: shadycraig
Functions: find sed sort uniq

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)

find -type f -regex ".*\.\(js\|php\|inc\|htm[l]?\|css\)$" -exec grep -il 'searchstring' '{}' +
find . -type f \( -name "*.js" -o -name "*.php" -o -name "*.inc" -o -name "*.html" -o -name "*.htm" -o -name "*.css" \) -exec grep -il 'searchString' {} \;
2010-02-07 15:28:20
User: niels_bom
Functions: find grep
Tags: find grep search

Use find to recursively make a list of all files from the current directory and downwards. The files have to have an extension of the ones listed. Then for every file found, grep it for 'searchString', returns the filename if searchString is found.

find . -name <pattern> -ls | awk 'BEGIN {i=0}; {i=i+$7}; END {print i}'
2010-02-05 14:47:27
User: danam
Functions: awk find
Tags: disk usage

Just how much space are those zillions of database logs taking up ? How much will you gain on a compression rate of say 80% ? This little line gives you a good start for your calculations.

find /dev/vg00 -type b |while read L; do lvextend -m 1 $L /dev/disk/<disk> ; done
find /path/to/dir -type f -printf "%T@|%p\n" 2>/dev/null | sort -n | tail -n 1| awk -F\| '{print $2}'