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list only directories in reverse order
On the Mac, the 'ls' function can sort based on month/day/time, but seems to lack ability to filter on the Year field (#9 among the long listed fields). The sorted list continuously increases the 'START' year for the most recently accessed set of files. The final month printed will be the highest month that appeared in that START year. The command does its magic on the current directory, and suitably discards all entries that are themselves directories. If you expect files dating prior to 2002, change the START year accordingly.
Executing pfiles will return a list of all descriptors utilized by the process
We are interested in the S_IFREG entries since they are pointing usually to files
In the line, there is the inode number of the file which we use in order to find the filename.
The only bad thing is that in order not to search from / you have to suspect where could possibly be the file.
Improvements more than welcome.
lsof was not available in my case
Lists everithing using -l "long listing format" wich includes the space used by the folder. Displays it in -h "human readable form" (i.e. 2.2G, 32K), and -R recurses subfolders.
grep -e using a regex, show lines containing the word "total" or a ":" at the end of the line (those with the name of the folder) only.
ls -1 shows one file per line (update: -1 was not really needed)
wc -l counts the lines received from the previous command
Substitute for #11720
Can probably be even shorter and easier.
Uses the formatting of a man page to show an outline of its headers and sub-headers.
This was tested on Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise) LTS Server. It returns the name of the symlink within /dev/disk/by-id for the physical drive you specify. Change /dev/sda to the one you want, and replace ata- with scsi- or the appropriate type for your drive.
I used this to pre-configure grub-pc during a non-interactive install because I had to tell it which disk to install grub on, and physical disks don't have a UUID such as that blkid provides.
works nice if you're only interested in files that are completed downloading from a torrent
Show the UUID-based alternate device names of ZEVO-related partitions on Darwin/OS X. Adapted from the lines by dbrady at http://zevo.getgreenbytes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=700#p700 and following the disk device naming scheme at http://zevo.getgreenbytes.com/wiki/pmwiki.php?n=Site.DiskDeviceNames
Changes dir to $1 and executes ls. As simple as useful
Pretty lame to rely on grep and "\->"? Maybe. But it works ;)
Accidentally deleted some file while used by a program ? (Eg: a song)
Use this command to find the file handle and recover using
cp /proc/pid/fd/filehandle /new/recoverd-file.ext