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It will list all files in your home directory even if your current directory is not home directory
This is a simple command, but useful when you don't remember what episode need to see :D
Doesn't need to be run as root.
A short variant if you have only one directory whit only audio files in it.
Finds all cert files on a server and lists them, finding out, which one is a symbolic link and which is true.
You want to do this when a certificate expires and you want to know which files to substitute with the new cert.
Maybe not the quicker because of the sort command, but it will also look in other man sections.
updated with goodevilgenius 'shuf' idea
I'm not sure why you would want to do this, but this seems a lot simpler (easier to understand) than the version someone submitted using awk.
Great idea camocrazed. Another twist would be to display a different man page based on the day of the year. The following will continuously cycle through all man pages:
man $(ls /bin | sed -n $(($(date +%j) % $(ls /bin | wc -l)))p)
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Takes a random number modulo the number of files in $dir, prints the filename corresponding to that number, and passes it as an argument to man.
Tested and works on Linux.
Looks like you're stuck with sed if your ls doesn't have a -Q option.
I had a file named " " (one space) and needed a way to see what the real filename was so I could remove it. sed to the rescue.
Prepends all directory items with "prependtext"
all files in the directory get moved, in doing so the new name of the file is the original name with out spaces (using translate command)
All with only one pipe. Should be much faster as well (sort is slow). Use find instead of ls for recursion or reliability.
Edit: case insensitive
If we want files with more than one extension, like .tar.gz, only appear the latest, .gz:
ls -Xp /path/to/dir | grep -Eo "\.[^./]+$" | uniq
'data' is the directory to backup, 'backup' is directory to store snapshots.
Backup files on a regular basis using hard links. Very efficient, quick. Backup data is directly available.
Same as explained here :
in one line.
Using du to check the size of your backups, the first backup counts for all the space, and other backups only files that have changed.
This version is a bit more portable although it isn't extended as easily with '-type f' etc. On AIX the find command doesn't have -maxdepth or equivalent.