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equery s | sed 's/(\|)/ /g' | sort -n -k 9 | gawk '{print $1" "$9/1048576"m"}'
2009-07-30 01:12:10
User: Alanceil
Functions: gawk sed sort

On a Gentoo system, this command will tell you which packets you have installed and sort them by how much space they consume. Good for finding out space-hogs when tidying up disk space.

ls -pt1 | sed '/.*\//d' | sed 1d | xargs rm
2009-07-29 13:59:58
User: patko
Functions: ls sed xargs

Useful for deleting old unused log files.

ipconfig getpacket en0 | grep yi| sed s."yiaddr = "."en0: ". ipconfig getpacket en1 | grep yi| sed s."yiaddr = "."en1: ".
DD=`cat /etc/my.cnf | sed "s/#.*//g;" | grep datadir | tr '=' ' ' | gawk '{print $2;}'` && ( cd $DD ; find . -mindepth 2 | grep -v db\.opt | sed 's/\.\///g; s/\....$//g; s/\//./;' | sort | uniq | tr '/' '.' | gawk '{print "CHECK TABLE","`"$1"`",";";}' )
2009-07-25 03:42:31
User: atcroft
Functions: cd find gawk grep sed sort tr uniq

This command will generate "CHECK TABLE `db_name.table_name` ;" statements for all tables present in databases on a MySQL server, which can be piped into the mysql command. (Can also be altered to perform OPTIMIZE and REPAIR functions.)

Tested on MySQL 4.x and 5.x systems in a Linux environment under bash.

sed 's/,/\t/g' report.csv > report.tsv
2009-07-23 15:39:03
User: viner
Functions: sed

Convert comma separated files to tab separated files.

(MySQL eats tab separated files with much less instruction than comma seperated files.)

sed -n 's/.*<foo>\([^<]*\)<\/foo>.*/\1/p'
2009-07-23 07:59:30
User: recursiverse
Functions: sed

Limited, but useful construct to extract text embedded in XML tags. This will only work if bar is all on one line.

If nobody posts an alternative for the multiline sed version, I'll figure it out later...

lynx -dump http://www.ip-adress.com/ip_tracer/?QRY=$1|sed -nr s/'^.*My IP address city: (.+)$/\1/p'
curl -u 'username' https://api.del.icio.us/v1/posts/all | sed 's/^.*href=//g;s/>.*$//g;s/"//g' | awk '{print $1}' | grep 'http'
2009-07-22 07:32:59
User: bubo
Functions: awk grep sed

a variation of avi4now's command - thanks by the way!

/sbin/ifconfig eth0 | grep "inet addr" | sed -e 's/.*inet addr:\(.*\) B.*/\1/g'
sed -n '/<Tag>/,/<\/Tag>/p' logfile.log
2009-07-20 13:24:56
User: sanmiguel
Functions: sed

If your XML is appended to a line with a time stamp or other leading text irrelevant to the XML, then you can append a s/foo/bar/ command, like this:

sed -n /<Tag>/,/<\/Tag>/p; s/.*\(<Tag.*\)/\1/' logfile.log
for i in *.xml; do sed -i 's/foo/bar/g' "$i"; done
find . -name '*.html' -print0| xargs -0 -L1 cat |sed "s/[\"\<\>' \t\(\);]/\n/g" |grep "http://" |sort -u
2009-07-14 07:00:15
User: jamespitt
Functions: cat find grep sed sort xargs

Just a handy way to get all the unique links from inside all the html files inside a directory. Can be handy on scripts etc.

infile=$1 for i in $(cat $infile) do echo $i | tr "," "\n" | sort -n | tr "\n" "," | sed "s/,$//" echo done
2009-07-12 21:23:37
User: iframe
Functions: cat echo sed sort tr
Tags: cat bash sort sed tr

Save the script as: sort_file

Usage: sort_file < sort_me.csv > out_file.csv

This script was originally posted by Admiral Beotch in LinuxQuestions.org on the Linux-Software forum.

I modified this script to make it more portable.

sed -r 's/[ \t\r\n\v\f]+/\^J/g' INFILE > OUTFILE
2009-07-08 19:59:33
User: qazwart
Functions: sed

What happens if there is more than a single space between words, or spaces and tabs? This command will remove duplicate spaces and tabs.

The "-r" switch allows for extended regular expressions. No additional piping necessary.

system_profiler SPPowerDataType | egrep -e "Connected|Charge remaining|Full charge capacity|Condition" | sed -e 's/^[ \t]*//'
svn log | tr -d '\n' | sed -r 's/-{2,}/\n/g' | sed -r 's/ \([^\)]+\)//g' | sed -r 's/^r//' | sed -r "s/[0-9]+ lines?//g" | sort -g
2009-06-29 12:48:30
User: Cowboy
Functions: sed sort tr

Note you have also the --xml option ;)

echo $numbers | sed "s/\( \|$\)/\n/g" | sort -nu | tr "\n" " " | sed -e "s/^ *//" -e "s/ $//"
2009-06-24 15:12:17
User: chickenzilla
Functions: echo sed sort tr

You can replace "sort -nu" with "sort -u" for a word list sorted or "sort -R" for a random-sorted line

(edit: corrected)

sudo sed 's/\o0/\n/g' "/proc/$(pidof -x firefox)/environ" ;# replace firefox
svn status | grep '!' | sed 's/!/ /' | xargs svn del --force
sed -n '/START/,${/STOP/q;p}'
2009-06-19 15:27:36
User: mungewell
Functions: sed
Tags: sed grep

GNU Sed can 'address' between two regex, but it continues parsing through to the end of the file. This slight alteration causes it to terminate reading the input file once the STOP match is made.

In my example I have included an extra '/START/d' as my 'start' marker line contains the 'stop' string (I'm extracting data between 'resets' and using the time stamp as the 'start').

My previous coding using grep is slightly faster near the end of the file, but overall (extracting all the reset cycles in turn) the new SED method is quicker and a lot neater.

dpkg -l 'linux-*' | sed '/^ii/!d;/'"$(uname -r | sed "s/\(.*\)-\([^0-9]\+\)/\1/")"'/d;s/^[^ ]* [^ ]* \([^ ]*\).*/\1/;/[0-9]/!d'
2009-06-19 10:23:38
User: plasticdoc
Functions: sed
Tags: Linux sed dpkg

will show:

installed linux headers, image, or modules: /^ii/!d

avoiding current kernel: /'"$(uname -r | sed "s/\(.*\)-\([^0-9]\+\)/\1/")"'/d

only application names: s/^[^ ]* [^ ]* \([^ ]*\).*/\1/

avoiding stuff without a version number: /[0-9]/!d

dpkg -l 'linux-*' | sed '/^ii/!d;/'"$(uname -r | sed "s/\(.*\)-\([^0-9]\+\)/\1/")"'/d;s/^[^ ]* [^ ]* \([^ ]*\).*/\1/;/[0-9]/!d' | xargs sudo apt-get -y purge
2009-06-19 10:11:00
User: plasticdoc
Functions: sed sudo xargs

will purge:

only installed apps: /^ii/!d

avoiding current kernel stuff: /'"$(uname -r | sed "s/\(.*\)-\([^0-9]\+\)/\1/")"'/d

using app names: s/^[^ ]* [^ ]* \([^ ]*\).*/\1/

avoiding stuff without a version number: /[0-9]/!d

sed -e "s/\[{/\n/g" -e "s/}, {/\n/g" sessionstore.js | grep url | awk -F"," '{ print $1 }'| sed -e "s/url:\"\([^\"]*\)\"/\1/g" -e "/^about:blank/d" > session_urls.txt
2009-06-14 15:08:31
User: birnam
Functions: awk grep sed

This will extract all of the urls from a firefox session (including urls in a tab's history). The sessionstore.js file is in ~/.mozilla/firefox/{firefox profile}

egrep -r '(render_message|multipart).*('`find app/views -name '*.erb' | grep mailer | sed -e 's/\..*//' -e 's/.*\///' | uniq | xargs | sed 's/ /|/g'`')' app/models
sed '/MARKER/{N;s/THIS/THAT/}'
2009-06-12 02:29:50
User: mungewell
Functions: sed
Tags: sed gnuplot

I've been auto-generating some complex GnuPlots; with multiplots the first plot of each group needs to be a 'plot' whereas the others need to be 'replots' to allow overplotting/autoscaling/etc to work properly.

This is used to replace only the first instance of 'replot'.