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ls /home | head -64 | barcode -t 4x16 | lpr
2009-04-21 22:54:45
User: flux
Functions: head ls
Tags: printing

64 elements max on 16 rows, 4 cols.

GNU Barcode will adapt automagically the width and the eight of your elements to fill the page.

Standard output format is PostScript.

xmms2 mlib search NOT +rating | grep -r '^[0-9]' | sed -r 's/^([0-9]+).*/\1/' | sort -R | head | xargs -L 1 xmms2 addid
2009-04-16 20:27:30
Functions: grep head sed sort xargs

If you're like me and want to keep all your music rated, and you use xmms2, you might like this command.

I takes 10 random songs from your xmms2 library that don't have any rating, and adds them to your current playlist. You can then rate them in another xmms2 client that supports rating (I like kuechenstation).

I'm pretty sure there's a better way to do the grep ... | sed ... part, probably with awk, but I don't know awk, so I'd welcome any suggestions.

echo "12345,12346" |sed -e's/ //'|tr "," "\n"| while read line; do echo -n $line" "; svn log -vr $line https://url/to/svn/repository/|grep "/"|head -1|cut -d"/" -f2; done
/sbin/ifconfig -a | awk '/(cast)/ { print $2 }' | cut -d':' -f2 | head -1
find | sed -e "s/^.*\///" | awk ' BEGIN { FS=""} { print NF " " $0 } ' | sort -nrf | head -10
function jumpTo { xmms2 jump `xmms2 list | grep -i '$1' | head -n 1 | tail -n 1 | sed -re 's@.+\[(.+)/.+\] (.+)@\1@'`; }
2009-04-10 13:43:57
User: pyrho
Functions: grep head sed tail
Tags: xmms2


Declare this function in your Shell, then use it like this:

> jumpTo foo

The script will search for the 'foo' pattern in your current xmms2 playlist (artist or songname), and play the first occurence of it !

< /dev/urandom tr -dc A-Za-z0-9_ | head -c $((1024 * 1024)) | tee >(gzip -c > out.gz) >(bzip2 -c > out.bz) > /dev/null
u=`curl -d 'dl.start=Free' $(curl $1|perl -wpi -e 's/^.*"(http:\/\/rs.*)" method.*$/$1/'|egrep '^http'|head -n1)|grep "Level(3) \#2"|perl -wpi -e 's/^.*(http:\/\/rs[^\\\\]*).*$/$1/'`;sleep 60;wget $u
function headers { head -1 $* | tr ',' '\12' | pr -t -n ; }
2009-03-25 20:07:47
User: totoro
Functions: head pr tr
Tags: CSV headers

This little command (function) shows the CSV header fields (which are field names separated by commas) as an ordered list, clearly showing the fields and their order.

function t { ls -ltch $* | head -20 ; }
2009-03-25 20:05:52
User: totoro
Functions: head ls

Coming back to a project directory after sometime elsewhere?

Need to know what the most recently modified files are?

This little function "t" is one of my most frequent commands.

I have a tcsh alias for it also:

alias t 'ls -ltch \!* | head -20'

head -c $((<pw-lenght>-2)) /dev/urandom | uuencode -m - | sed -e '1d' -e '3d' | sed -e 's/=.*$//g'
2009-03-24 20:05:16
User: P17
Functions: head sed uuencode

Replace < pw-length > with the desired password-length.

The password-length is not always correct, but wayne...

curl -s -u user:password http://twitter.com/statuses/friends_timeline.rss | grep title | sed -ne 's/<\/*title>//gp' | head -n 4 | say -v Bruce
2009-03-20 20:14:13
User: sixtus
Functions: grep head sed

You need curl.. and a Mac of course.

rpm -qa --qf '%{SIZE} %{NAME}\n' | sort -nr | nl | head -6 # six largest RPMs
2009-03-15 22:18:17
User: mpb
Functions: head nl rpm sort

Low on disk space? Check the largest installed RPMs for delete canditates.

vim $( ls -t | head -n1 )
INFILE=/path/to/your/backup.img; MOUNTPT=/mnt/foo; PARTITION=1; mount "$INFILE" "$MOUNTPT" -o loop,offset=$[ `/sbin/sfdisk -d "$INFILE" | grep "start=" | head -n $PARTITION | tail -n1 | sed 's/.*start=[ ]*//' | sed 's/,.*//'` * 512 ]

Suppose you made a backup of your hard disk with dd:

dd if=/dev/sda of=/mnt/disk/backup.img

This command enables you to mount a partition from inside this image, so you can access your files directly.

Substitute PARTITION=1 with the number of the partition you want to mount (returned from sfdisk -d yourfile.img).

ls -t1 | head -n1
rm -rf `ls | head -5000`
2009-02-25 22:52:23
User: rockon
Functions: head rm

Deletes thousands of files at one go, I'm not able to recall the exact # of files that rm can delete at one go(apprx. around 7000.)

tr -dc "a-zA-Z0-9-_\$\?" < /dev/urandom | head -c 10 | gpg -e -r [email protected] > password.gpg
2009-02-25 08:48:26
User: hans
Functions: gpg head tr

Adjust the

head -c

part for password length.

I use filenames like "[email protected]" and a vim which automatically decrypts files with .gpg suffixes.

< /dev/urandom tr -dc _A-Z-a-z-0-9 | head -c6
2009-02-24 09:43:40
User: Blackbit
Functions: head tr

If you want a password length longer than 6, changing the -c6 to read -c8 will give you 8 random characters instead of 6. To end up with a line-feed, use this with echo:

# echo `< /dev/urandom tr -dc _A-Z-a-z-0-9 | head -c6`

while [ 1 ]; do curl -s -u username:password http://twitter.com/statuses/friends_timeline.rss|grep title|sed -ne 's/<\/*title>//gp' | head -n 6 |festival --tts; sleep 300;done
2009-02-20 20:20:21
User: tomwsmf
Functions: head sleep

Pump up the chatter, run this script on a regular basis to listen to your twitter timeline.

This is a rough first cut using several cli clips I have spotted around. There is no facility to not read those things already read to you. This could also easily be put in a loop for timed onslaught from the chatterverse, though I think it might violate several pointsof the Geneva Convention

UPDATE - added a loop, only reads the first 6 twits, and does this every 5 mins.

sudo dmidecode | grep Serial\ Number | head -n1
2009-02-18 14:54:28
User: nlinux
Functions: grep head sudo

This will give you the Dell Service tag number associated with your machine. Incredibly useful when you need that number for tech support or downloads.

strings /dev/urandom | grep -o '[[:alnum:]]' | head -n 30 | tr -d '\n'; echo
2009-02-16 00:39:28
User: jbcurtis
Functions: grep head strings tr

Find random strings within /dev/urandom. Using grep filter to just Alphanumeric characters, and then print the first 30 and remove all the line feeds.

cat -n $file | tail -n 100 && head -n number-of-lines-you-want-to-keep > newfile
2009-02-15 01:02:10
User: bbelt16ag
Functions: cat head tail

tells you the number of lines in said file, and then tail the last 100 lines ( or how many are messed up) then u take the total amount of lines and then subract the 100 or so lines u DONT WANT, then do a head -n $new_number and then redirect it to new file.db

ps gv [pid] | head -2
2009-02-12 05:04:55
User: ren
Functions: head ps

sh as:

#! /bin/sh

while [ 1 -ne 6 ]; do

pid=`ps -ef | grep -v "grep" | grep "trans_gzdy" | cut -c10-17`

ps gv $pid | head -2

sleep 1


check changes of RSS.

diff <(head -500 product-feed.xml) <(head -500 product-feed.xml.old)
2009-02-11 09:24:38
User: root
Functions: diff head

Useful for massive files where doing a full diff would take too long. This just runs diff on the first 500 lines of each. The use of subshells to feed STDIN is quite a useful construct.