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May 19, 2015 - A Look At The New Commandlinefu
I've put together a short writeup on what kind of newness you can expect from the next iteration of clfu. Check it out here.
March 2, 2015 - New Management
I'm Jon, I'll be maintaining and improving clfu. Thanks to David for building such a great resource!

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  • » The open beta is running a copy of the database that will not carry over to the final version. Don't post anything you don't mind losing.
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Your feedback is appreciated via the form on the beta page. Thanks! -Jon & CLFU Team

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find -type f -name '*.conf' -exec sed -Ei 's/foo/bar/' '{}' \;
2013-11-21 16:07:06
Functions: find sed

note that sed -i is non-standard (although both GNU and current BSD systems support it)

Can also be accomplished with

find . -name "*.txt" | xargs perl -pi -e 's/old/new/g'

as shown here - http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/223/a-find-and-replace-within-text-based-files-to-locate-and-rewrite-text-en-mass.

for file in $(git ls-files | grep old_name_pattern); do git mv $file $(echo $file | sed -e 's/old_name_pattern/new_name_pattern/'); done
sed -n '/jan\|Jan\|JAN\|JAn\|jAn\|jAN\|jaN/p' data.txt > jan-only-data.txt
cat file | paste -s -d'%' - | sed 's/\(^\|$\)/"/g;s/%/","/g'
grep -lr "foo" . | xargs sed -i "s/foo/bar/g"
2013-10-28 13:02:47
User: sergeylukin
Functions: grep sed xargs

Replace "foo" with "bar" in all files in current directory recursively

(sed 's/#.*//g'|sed '/^ *$/d'|tr '\n' ';'|xargs echo) < script.sh
2013-10-26 23:23:51
User: knoppix5
Functions: sed tr xargs


Convert an one-liner to script:

foo() { <one-liner> ; }


typeset -f foo


unset -f foo
find . -type f -not -empty -printf "%-25s%p\n"|sort -n|uniq -D -w25|cut -b26-|xargs -d"\n" -n1 md5sum|sed "s/ /\x0/"|uniq -D -w32|awk -F"\0" 'BEGIN{l="";}{if(l!=$1||l==""){printf "\n%s\0",$1}printf "\0%s",$2;l=$1}END{printf "\n"}'|sed "/^$/d"
2013-10-22 13:34:19
User: alafrosty
Functions: awk cut find sed sort uniq xargs

* Find all file sizes and file names from the current directory down (replace "." with a target directory as needed).

* sort the file sizes in numeric order

* List only the duplicated file sizes

* drop the file sizes so there are simply a list of files (retain order)

* calculate md5sums on all of the files

* replace the first instance of two spaces (md5sum output) with a \0

* drop the unique md5sums so only duplicate files remain listed

* Use AWK to aggregate identical files on one line.

* Remove the blank line from the beginning (This was done more efficiently by putting another "IF" into the AWK command, but then the whole line exceeded the 255 char limit).

>>>> Each output line contains the md5sum and then all of the files that have that identical md5sum. All fields are \0 delimited. All records are \n delimited.

openssl rand -hex 1 | tr '[:lower:]' '[:upper:]' | xargs echo "obase=2;ibase=16;" | bc | cut -c1-6 | sed 's/$/00/' | xargs echo "obase=16;ibase=2;" | bc | sed "s/$/:$(openssl rand -hex 5 | sed 's/\(..\)/\1:/g; s/.$//' | tr '[:lower:]' '[:upper:]')/"
2013-10-22 08:40:46
User: 4fd
Functions: bc cut echo sed tr xargs

I did not come up with this one myself, but found this somewhere else several months ago.

find *.less | xargs -I {} lessc {} {}.css && ls *.less.css | sed -e 'p;s/less.css/css/' | xargs -n2 mv
(date "+%d-%m-%Y %H:%M:%S";curl -s --interface lo:1 ifconfig.me| xargs -t geoiplookup 2>&1)|sed -e 's/geoiplookup/IP:/g' -e 's/GeoIP Country Edition/Country/g'|tr -s "\n" " "|sed 'a\ '
2013-10-07 15:28:55
User: guerito
Functions: date sed tr xargs

My first command :) I made this command to log public addresses of a virtual interface who connects random VPN servers around the world.

sed -i 's/^/ls -l /' output_files.txt
2013-10-07 15:12:53
User: sonic
Functions: sed
Tags: sed replace

The original command is great, but I often want to prepend to every line.

find .git/objects -type f -printf "%P\n" | sed s,/,, | while read object; do echo "=== $obj $(git cat-file -t $object) ==="; git cat-file -p $object; done
find /Applications -path '*Contents/_MASReceipt/receipt' -maxdepth 4 -print |sed 's#.app/Contents/_MASReceipt/receipt#.app#g; s#/Applications/##'
2013-09-28 15:44:32
User: bugmenot
Functions: find sed

Shows the OS X applications downloaded from App Store. Doesn't include manually added apps.

for ff in directory; do numLines=`wc -l $ff`; numLines=$(echo $numLines | sed 's/ .*//g'); min=$(sort -nrk 1 $ff | tail -1); if [ $numLines -gt 100 ]; then echo $min >> minValues; fi;done;
shuf /usr/share/dict/words |grep "^[^']\{3,6\}$" |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.


curl ${URL} 2>/dev/null|grep "<${BLOCK}>"|sed -e "s/.*\<${BLOCK}\>\(.*\)\<\/${BLOCK}\>.*/\1/g"
2013-08-31 14:53:54
User: c3w
Functions: grep sed

set BLOCK to "title" or any other HTML / RSS / XML tag and curl URL to get everything in-between e.g. some text

say () { mpv $(sed -E "s;([a-Z]*)( |$);http://ssl.gstatic.com/dictionary/static/sounds/de/0/\1.mp3 ;g" <<< $*); }; say hello world "how is it" going
wget -qO - http://www.asciiartfarts.com/random.cgi | sed -n '/<pre>/,/<\/pre>/p' | sed -n '/<table*/,/<\/table>/p' | sed '1d' | sed '$d' | recode html..ascii
ioreg -lw0 | grep IODisplayEDID | sed "/[^<]*</s///" | xxd -p -r | strings -6
sed '1,5d' /path/to/file
find . -name "*.h" -o -name "*.cpp" | xargs sed -i 's/addVertexes/addVertices/g'
rhost() { if [[ $1 =~ ^[0-9]+$ ]]; then sed -i "$1"d ${HOME}/.ssh/known_hosts; else echo "rhost [n]"; fi }
2013-08-01 21:10:34
User: lowjax
Functions: echo sed

Quickly remove the conflicting line (key) from current users known_hosts file when there is an SSH host conflict. Very nice when you get tired of writing out full commands. Ideally you would place this into your .bash_profile

Usage: rhost [n]

Example: rhost 33 (removes line 33 from ~/.ssh/known_hosts)

Function assumes the $HOME exists, you could alternatively use "~/.ssh/known_hosts"

Mac OSX likes a space for sed -i "$1" d

randchannelurl=$(lynx -dump http://www.tvcatchup.com/channels.html | grep watch | sed 's/^......//'| awk 'BEGIN { srand() } int(rand() * NR) == 0 { x = $0 } END { print x }') && firefox -new-window $randchannelurl
2013-08-01 10:38:10
User: dunryc
Functions: awk grep sed watch

becuase im lazy and cant be bothered looking at the tv guide to choose a channel , any improvments or comments appreciated

svn info | sed -n "/URL:/s/.*\///p"
for m in `df -P | awk -F ' ' '{print $NF}' | sed -e "1d"`;do n=`df -P | grep "$m$" | awk -F ' ' '{print $5}' | cut -d% -f1`;i=0;if [[ $n =~ ^-?[0-9]+$ ]];then printf '%-25s' $m;while [ $i -lt $n ];do echo -n '=';let "i=$i+1";done;echo " $n";fi;done
2013-07-29 20:12:39
User: drockney
Functions: awk cut echo grep printf sed
Tags: bash

Automatically drops mount points that have non-numeric sizes (e.g. /proc). Tested in bash on Linux and AIX.