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while true; do while [ `date +%H%M` == "1857" ] ; do sleep 1s; yes | head -n 2000 > /dev/dsp; done; done;
2011-04-23 14:44:26
User: mrwill
Functions: head sleep yes

this command will beep like an alarm for one minute from 18:57. you can change "1857" to your desired time.

you should have alsa-oss package installed, and you should also be root or part of "audio" group.

function command_not_found_handle(){ apt-get install $( apt-file search "$1" | grep bin | grep -w "$1" | head -n1 | cut -d ':' -f 1 ) && $* ; }
2011-04-06 19:58:32
User: Juluan
Functions: cut grep head install

Work only with bash and apt-file installed.

When it found an unknow command, it will search for a file named "scribus" (in my example), in a folder named bin and then install the corresponding package.

After installation, it will run the command.

Usefull juste after reinstalling linux and missing lot of package.

echo Selected $(ls -1 | sort -R | head -n 1)
ps -eo pmem,pid,comm --no-headers | sort -k1 -rn | head -10
2011-03-11 04:51:35
User: dexterhu
Functions: head ps sort

Pros: the format is very simple, there is no need to show every columns, and full command with args

the first column is memory consumption %

the second column is pid

the third is just the command (without full arguments, most application's arguments are too long)

You can decide which application to kill then.

env LC_CTYPE=C tr -dc "a-zA-Z0-9-_\$\?" < /dev/urandom | head -c 10
2011-02-22 17:09:44
User: aerickson
Functions: env head tr



fixes a problem with bad bytes in /dev/urandom on Mac OS X

nice -n 5 electricsheep -window-id `xwininfo -root|head -n 2|grep xwininfo|cut -c 22-26`
2011-02-14 03:58:58
User: kbaegis
Functions: cut grep head nice

This is a simple command which makes electricsheep render directly to your background

find . -type f -name '*.pm' -printf '%6s %p\n' | sort -nr | head -n 50
2011-02-09 16:19:11
User: depesz
Functions: find head sort

Will work with filenames with spaces inside. Will not break in case of someone making directory that matches *.pm. And sorts from largest. Where largest is file size, not line count.

curl http://www.discogs.com/search?q=724349691704 2> /dev/null | grep \/release\/ | head -2 | tail -1 | sed -e 's/^<div>.*>\(.*\)<\/a><\/div>/\1/'
wget http://www.discogs.com/search?q=724349691704 -O foobar &> /dev/null ; grep \/release\/ foobar | head -2 | tail -1 | sed -e 's/^<div>.*>\(.*\)<\/a><\/div>/\1/' ; rm foobar
2011-01-30 23:34:54
User: TetsuyO
Functions: grep head rm sed tail wget

Substitute that 724349691704 with an UPC of a CD you have at hand, and (hopefully) this oneliner should return the $Artist - $Title, querying discogs.com.

Yes, I know, all that head/tail/grep crap can be improved with a single sed command, feel free to send "patches" :D


while true; do lynx --dump http://whatthecommit.com/ | head -n 1 | cowsay; sleep 2; done
curl -s http://www.last.fm/user/$LASTFMUSER | grep -A 1 subjectCell | sed -e 's#<[^>]*>##g' | head -n2 | tail -n1 | sed 's/^[[:space:]]*//g'
ls -S|head -1find
finger | grep $(whoami) | head -n1 | awk '{print $2 " " $3}'
2011-01-07 16:54:11
User: mogoh
Functions: awk finger grep head

finger - gets logged in users

grep $(whoami) - greps only the current user (if there are more logged in)

head -n1 - just one line

awk '{print $2 " " $3}' - second and third word, seperated with a space (the users name)

OT: My first commandlinefu-command :)

seq -w 50 | sort -R | head -6 |fmt|tr " " "-"
find -type f | xargs -I{} du -s "{}" | sort -rn | head | cut -f2 | xargs -I{} du -sh "{}"
2011-01-04 11:10:56
User: glaudiston
Functions: cut du find head sort xargs

Show the top file size in human readable form

head -100000 /dev/urandom | strings|tr '[A-Z]' '[a-z]'|sort >temp.txt && wget -q http://www.mavi1.org/web_security/wordlists/webster-dictionary.txt -O-|tr '[A-Z]' '[a-z]'|sort >temp2.txt&&comm -12 temp.txt temp2.txt
head -100000 /dev/urandom | strings > temp.txt && for w in $(cat webster-dictionary.txt); do if [ ${#w} -gt 3 ]; then grep -io $w temp.txt; fi; done
(netstat -atn | awk '{printf "%s\n%s\n", $4, $4}' | grep -oE '[0-9]*$'; seq 32768 61000) | sort -n | uniq -u | head -n 1
function where(){ COUNT=0; while [ `where_arg $1~$COUNT | wc -w` == 0 ]; do let COUNT=COUNT+1; done; echo "$1 is ahead of "; where_arg $1~$COUNT; echo "by $COUNT commits";};function where_arg(){ git log $@ --decorate -1 | head -n1 | cut -d ' ' -f3- ;}
2010-12-08 15:41:39
User: noisy
Functions: cut echo head wc
Tags: git


where COMMIT

for instance:

where 1178c5950d321a8c5cd8294cd67535157e296554

where HEAD~5

echo `cat /dev/urandom | base64 | tr -dc "[:alnum:]" | head -c64`
2010-12-06 21:04:57
User: Dereckson
Functions: echo head tr

The same command, but with a base64 filter, more forgiving for special characters than tr.

echo `cat /dev/urandom |tr -dc "[:alnum:]" | head -c64`
( apache2ctl -t && service apache2 restart || (l=$(apache2ctl -t 2>&1|head -n1|sed 's/.*line\s\([0-9]*\).*/\1/'); vim +$l $(locate apache2.conf | head -n1)))
2010-11-26 18:12:08
User: cicatriz
Functions: head locate sed vim

Checks the apache configuration syntax, if is OK then restart the service otherwise opens the configuration file with VIM on the line where the configuration fails.

ps ax -L -o pid,tid,psr,pcpu,args | sort -nr -k4| head -15 | cut -c 1-90
find . -type f -newer 201011151300.txt -exec head -1 {} \;
2010-11-15 22:51:13
User: abm2009
Functions: find head

create the "newer than" file by:

touch -t 201011151300 ./201011151300.txt

the format for the time is


head -n 20 <filename> | tail