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DD=`cat /etc/my.cnf | sed "s/#.*//g;" | grep datadir | tr '=' ' ' | gawk '{print $2;}'` && ( cd $DD ; find . -mindepth 2 | grep -v db\.opt | sed 's/\.\///g; s/\....$//g; s/\//./;' | sort | uniq | tr '/' '.' | gawk '{print "CHECK TABLE","`"$1"`",";";}' )
2009-07-25 03:42:31
User: atcroft
Functions: cd find gawk grep sed sort tr uniq

This command will generate "CHECK TABLE `db_name.table_name` ;" statements for all tables present in databases on a MySQL server, which can be piped into the mysql command. (Can also be altered to perform OPTIMIZE and REPAIR functions.)

Tested on MySQL 4.x and 5.x systems in a Linux environment under bash.

ifconfig | grep "inet [[:alpha:]]\+" | cut -d: -f2 | cut -d' ' -f2
2009-07-24 13:16:37
User: feraf
Functions: cut grep ifconfig
Tags: Linux ifconfig

Get the IP address of all your network cards.

ifconfig | grep "inet addr" | cut -d: -f2 | cut -d' ' -f1
ip addr|grep "inet "
2009-07-22 07:38:06
User: RickDeckardt
Functions: grep

Shows a single line per interface (device), with its IPv4 settings.

Shorter command, better readability in output.

curl -u 'username' https://api.del.icio.us/v1/posts/all | sed 's/^.*href=//g;s/>.*$//g;s/"//g' | awk '{print $1}' | grep 'http'
2009-07-22 07:32:59
User: bubo
Functions: awk grep sed

a variation of avi4now's command - thanks by the way!

/sbin/ifconfig | grep inet | cut -f 2 -d ":" | cut -f 1 -d " " |egrep -v "^$"
while true ; do IFS="" read i; echo "$i"; sleep .01; done < <(tr -c "[:digit:]" " " < /dev/urandom | dd cbs=$COLUMNS conv=unblock | GREP_COLOR="1;32" grep --color "[^ ]")
2009-07-22 03:59:07
Functions: dd echo grep read sleep tr true
Tags: color

Same as above but slooooow it down

/sbin/ifconfig | grep inet | cut -f 2 -d ":" | cut -f 1 -d " "
2009-07-21 21:42:04
User: random_bob
Functions: cut grep

another way to output the IP address' of the system

for i in `git log --all --oneline --format=%h`; do git grep SOME_STRING $i; done
/sbin/ifconfig eth0 | grep "inet addr" | sed -e 's/.*inet addr:\(.*\) B.*/\1/g'
cat `whereis mysqlbug | awk '{print $2}'` | grep 'CONFIGURE_LINE='
ps -u $USER |grep $1 | awk '{ print $1}'| xargs kill
2009-07-20 10:06:32
User: buffer
Functions: awk grep ps xargs

Well this can come handy , when you don't feel like playing with pid rather if you know

the process name say "firefox",it would kill it.The script given below would kill the process with its name given as first parameter , though not robust enough to notify that process doesn't exist , well if you know what you are doing that's wouldn't be a problem.:)





ps -u $USER |grep $1 | awk '{ print $1}'| xargs kill


lsof -i -n -P | grep :80
grep -Ir foo *
2009-07-17 15:30:10
User: libdave
Functions: grep

short command to find a string in all text files in all subdirectories, excluding all files grep does not deem text files.

$ grep -or string path/ | wc -l
while true; do netstat -p |grep "tcp"|grep --color=always "/[a-z]*";sleep 1;done
2009-07-16 04:52:49
User: buffer
Functions: grep netstat

The -p parameter tell the netstat to display the PID and name of the program to which each socket belongs or in digestible terms list the program using the net.Hope you know what pipe symbol means!

Presently we wish to only moniter tcp connections so we ask grep to scan for string tcp, now from the op of grep tcp we further scan for regular expression /[a-z]*.

Wonder what that means ?

If we look at the op of netstat -p we can see that the name of the application is preceded by a / ( try netstat -p ) so,now i assume application name contains only characters a to z (usually this is the case) hope now it makes some sense.Regular expression /[a-z]* means to scan a string that start with a / and contains zero or more characters from the range a-z !!. Foof .. is t

grep -rc logged_in app/ | cut -d : -f 2 | awk '{sum+=$1} END {print sum}'
2009-07-15 14:16:44
User: terceiro
Functions: awk cut grep

grep's -c outputs how may matches there are for a given file as "file:N", cut takes the N's and awk does the sum.

vim $(grep test *)
2009-07-15 10:15:04
User: goatboy
Functions: grep test vim
Tags: vim grep

I often use "vim -p" to open in tabs rather than buffers.

export LANG=C; grep string longBigFile.log
2009-07-14 12:48:02
User: ioggstream
Functions: export grep
Tags: grep LANG

greps using only ascii, skipping the overhead of matching UTF chars.

Some stats:

$ export LANG=C; time grep -c Quit /var/log/mysqld.log


real 0m0.191s

user 0m0.112s

sys 0m0.079s

$ export LANG=en_US.UTF-8; time grep -c Quit /var/log/mysqld.log


real 0m13.462s

user 0m9.485s

sys 0m3.977s

Try strace-ing grep with and without LANG=C

find . -name '*.html' -print0| xargs -0 -L1 cat |sed "s/[\"\<\>' \t\(\);]/\n/g" |grep "http://" |sort -u
2009-07-14 07:00:15
User: jamespitt
Functions: cat find grep sed sort xargs

Just a handy way to get all the unique links from inside all the html files inside a directory. Can be handy on scripts etc.

tar cvfz changes.tar.gz --exclude-vcs `svn diff -rM:N --summarize . | grep . | awk '{print $2}' | grep -E -v '^\.$'`
2009-07-13 19:39:10
User: jaysee
Functions: awk diff grep tar

Handy when you need to create a list of files to be updated when subversion is not available on the remote host. You can take this tar file, and upload and extract it where you need it. Replace M and N with the revisions specific to yours. Make sure you do this from an updated (svn up) working directory.

grep <pattern> -R . --exclude-dir='.svn'
fmiss() { grep -RL "$*" * }
2009-07-13 18:30:54
User: inkel
Functions: grep
Tags: grep

This one would be much faster, as it's only one executed command.

tokill=`ps -fea|grep process|awk '{ printf $2" "}'`; kill -9 $tokill;
ssh [email protected] 'tail --max-unchanged-stats=10 -n0 -F /var/log/auth.log ' | grep Accepted | while read l ; do kdialog --title "SSH monitor" --passivepopup "$l" 3; done