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du -a | sort -nr | head -10
psql -h <SERVER NAME HERE> -t -c 'SELECT version();' |head -1
history |awk '{print $3}' |awk 'BEGIN {FS="|"} {print $1}'|sort|uniq -c |sort -rn |head -10
google() { Q="$@"; GOOG_URL='https://www.google.com/search?q='; AGENT="Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/33.0.1750.152 Safari/537.36" elinks -dump "${GOOG_URL}${Q//\ /+}" | grep "\*" | head -1 }
du -hsx * | sort -rh | head -10
< /dev/urandom tr -dc _A-Z-a-z-0-9 | head -c${1:-16};echo;
2014-04-07 10:07:22
User: opexxx
Functions: head tr

This snippet will produce an alpha-numeric 16 character password

echo $(sudo lshw -businfo | grep -B 1 -m 1 $(df "/path/to/file" | tail -1 | awk '{print $1}' | cut -c 6-8) | head -n 1 | awk '{print $1}' | cut -c 5- | tr ":" "-") | sudo tee /sys/bus/usb/drivers/usb/unbind
2014-04-06 12:06:29
User: tweet78
Functions: awk cut df echo grep head sudo tail tee tr

You have an external USB drive or key.

Apply this command (using the file path of anything on your device) and it will simulate the unplug of this device.

If you just want the port, just type :

echo $(sudo lshw -businfo | grep -B 1 -m 1 $(df "/path/to/file" | tail -1 | awk '{print $1}' | cut -c 6-8) | head -n 1 | awk '{print $1}' | cut -c 5- | tr ":" "-")

VAR=$(head -5)
2014-04-05 13:45:18
User: rodolfoap
Functions: head
Tags: read stdin head,

Reads n lines from stdin and puts the contents in a variable. Yes, I know the read command and its options, but find this logical even for one line.

function brainwallet_exponent () { printf %s "$1"|sha256sum|head -c 64; }
2014-02-18 01:49:09
User: nixnax
Functions: head printf

A bitcoin "brainwallet" is a secret passphrase you carry in your brain.

The Bitcoin Brainwallet Exponent Calculator is one of three functions needed to calculate the bitcoin PRIVATE key. Roughly, the formula is exponent = sha256 (passphrase)

Note that this is a bash function, which means you have to type its name to invoke it.

You can check the accuracy of the results here http://brainwallet.org

cat /dev/urandom | env LC_CTYPE=C tr -dc a-zA-Z0-9 | head -c 16; echo
2014-02-05 15:04:07
User: yakovlev
Functions: cat env head tr

Feel free to put this in your ~/.profile:

random(){ cat /dev/urandom | env LC_CTYPE=C tr -dc $1 | head -c $2; echo; }

Then use it to generate passwords:

random [:alnum:] 16

Or DNA sequences:

random ACGT 256
wget -q -O- http://bitinfocharts.com/markets/btc-e/btc-usd.html |grep -o -P 'lastTrade">([0-9]{1,})(.){0,1}[0-9]{0,}' |grep -o -P '(\d)+(\.){0,1}(\d)*' |head -n 1
sysctl -a | grep boottime | head -n 1
phpunit --log-json php://stdout | awk '$NF ~ '/,/' && $1 ~ /"(test|time)"/' | cut -d: -f2- | sed "N;s/\n/--/" | sed "s/,//"| awk 'BEGIN{FS="--"}; {print $2 $1}' | sort -r | head -n 5
curl -s -k https://www.kernel.org/feeds/kdist.xml | sed -n -e 's@.*<guid>\(.*\)</guid>.*@\[email protected]' | grep 'stable' | head -1 | awk -F , '{print $3}'
2013-12-17 23:59:27
User: Wafelijzer
Functions: awk grep head sed
Tags: kernel

Fetches latest stable release version from first entry between tags

wget "us.download.nvidia.com$(wget -qO- "$(wget -qO- "nvidia.com/Download/processFind.aspx?psid=95&pfid=695&osid=19&lid=1&lang=en-us"|awk '/driverResults.aspx/ {print $4}'|cut -d "'" -f2|head -n 1)"|awk '/url=/ {print $2}'|cut -d '=' -f3|cut -d '&' -f1)"
2013-11-21 03:04:59
User: lowjax
Functions: awk cut head wget

Download latest NVIDIA Geforce x64 Windows7-8 driver from Nvidia's website. Pulls the latest download version (which includes beta). This is the "English" version. The following command includes a 'sed' line to replace "english" with "international" if needed. You can also replace the starting subdomain with "eu." "uk." and others. Enjoy this one liner! 1 character under the max :)

wget "us.download.nvidia.com$(wget -qO- "$(wget -qO- "nvidia.com/Download/processFind.aspx?psid=95&pfid=695&osid=19&lid=1&lang=en-us" | awk '/driverResults.aspx/ {print $4}' | cut -d "'" -f2 | head -n 1)" | awk '/url=/ {print $2}' | sed -e "s/english/international/" | cut -d '=' -f3 | cut -d '&' -f1)"
base64 /dev/urandom | head -c 33554432 | split -b 8192 -da 4 - dummy.

Avoiding a for loop brought this time down to less than 3 seconds on my old machine. And just to be clear, 33554432 = 8192 * 4086.

for i in {1..4096}; do base64 /dev/urandom | head -c 8192 > dummy$i.rnd ; done

Using the 'time' command, running this with 'tr' took 28 seconds (and change) each time but using base64 only took 8 seconds (and change). If the file doesn't have to be viewable, pulling straight from urandom with head only took 6 seconds (and change)

for i in `seq 1 4096`; do tr -dc A-Za-z0-9 </dev/urandom | head -c8192 > dummy$i.rnd; done
echo $(< /dev/urandom tr -dc _A-Z-a-z-0-9 | head -c10)
2013-11-07 21:51:38
User: santizo
Functions: echo head tr

Uses urandom and tr to generate a random password. Change the value of head -c## for the lenght of the password.

wget --no-check-certificate https://www.kernel.org/$(wget -qO- --no-check-certificate https://www.kernel.org | grep tar | head -n1 | cut -d\" -f2)
find . -name '*pdf*' -print0 | xargs -0 ls -lt | head -20
2013-10-03 21:58:51
User: fuats
Functions: find head ls xargs

Sorts by latest modified files by looking to current directory and all subdirectories

du -ah | sort -hr | head -n50 | cat -n
head -c 24 /dev/urandom | base64
2013-09-28 16:32:47
User: henix
Functions: head
Tags: random

Use less random number resources and less commands

shuf /usr/share/dict/words |grep "^[^']\{3,6\}$" |head -n4 | sed -e "s/\b\(.\)/\u\1/g" | tr -d '\n'; echo
2013-09-06 03:05:31
User: chijonutor
Functions: grep head sed tr
Tags: tr xkcd shuf

Took one of the samples, added capitalization and removes in between spaces.

The final "echo" is just for readability.


host example.com | head -1 | awk '{print $4}'