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This is an alternative to another command using two xargs. If it's a command you know there's only one of, you can just use:
ls -l /proc/$(pgrep COMMAND)/cwd
Especially useful with a command line podcatcher like Mashpodder.
random file from files in directory
Select a file/folder at random.
I use this command to select a random movie from my movie collection..
Center the output text in max line length of buffered output pipe;
A shorter version
If you have a folder with thousand of files and want to have many folder with only 100 file per folder, run this.
It will create 0/,1/ etc and put 100 file inside each one.
But find will return true even if it don't find anything ...
Works on current directory, with built-in sorting.
the --time-style argument to 'ls' takes several possible modifiers: full-iso, long-iso, iso, locale, +FORMAT.
The +FORMAT modifier uses the same syntax as date +FORMAT.
--time-style=+"%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S" strikes a happy medium between accuracy and verbosity:
ls -lart --time-style=long-iso
doesn't show time down to the nearest second,
ls -lart --time-style=full-iso
displays time to 10E-9 second resolution, but with no significant digits past the full seconds, also showing the timezone:
-rw-r--r-- 1 bchittenden bchittenden 0 2011-02-10 12:07:55.000000000 -0500 bar
just an alternative to #7818
Instead of tedious manual mv commands and tabbing, this routine creates a file listing all the filenames in the PWD twice, edit the second instance on each line to the new name, then save the file, the routine does the rest. Feel free to replace nano with your holy war editor of choice.
You will get a lot of "mv: 'x' and 'x' are the same file" warnings, these could be cleaned up but the routine works.
This command, when run from the directory containing "filename", will remove the file and any hard or symbolic links to the file.
i use this after ripping internet radio streams to number the files as they originally played (even though streamripper can do this with -q).
to number other types of files, or all files, just change the *mp3. to rename directories only you could use
... ls -lt | grep ^d | cut -d ":" -f2 | cut -d " " -f2- | while read ...
This command will show an random command. this is useful if you want to explore various random commands.
Some source package have many 'README' kind of files, among many other regular files/directories. This command could be useful when one wants to list only 'README' kind of files among jungle of other files. (e.g. I came across this situation after downloading source for module-init-tools)
Warning: This command would miss a file like => README.1 (or one with spaces in-between)