commandlinefu.com is the place to record those command-line gems that you return to again and again.
Delete that bloated snippets file you've been using and share your personal repository with the world. That way others can gain from your CLI wisdom and you from theirs too. All commands can be commented on, discussed and voted up or down.
If you have a new feature suggestion or find a bug, please get in touch via http://commandlinefu.uservoice.com/
You can sign-in using OpenID credentials, or register a traditional username and password.
First-time OpenID users will be automatically assigned a username which can be changed after signing in.
Every new command is wrapped in a tweet and posted to Twitter. Following the stream is a great way of staying abreast of the latest commands. For the more discerning, there are Twitter accounts for commands that get a minimum of 3 and 10 votes - that way only the great commands get tweeted.
Use your favourite RSS aggregator to stay in touch with the latest commands. There are feeds mirroring the 3 Twitter streams as well as for virtually every other subset (users, tags, functions,…):
Subscribe to the feed for:
To see only earthquakes for today, add another pipe to egrep "`date '+%Y/%m/%d'`"
This should work even if the output format changes.
Searches all log files (including archived bzip2 files) for invalid user and PAM authentication errors, both of which are indicative of brute force attempts at logging into computer. A list of all unique IP addresses and domain names is appended to hosts.deny. The command (and grep error messages) will work on Mac OS X 10.6, small adjustments may be needed for other OSs.
Avoids creating useless directory entries in archive, and sorts files by (roughly) extension, which is likely to group similar files together for better compression. 1%-5% improvement.
GNU find + sort
no fancy grep stuff here.
Uses the dumb terminal option in gnuplot to plot a graph of frequencies. In this case, we are looking at a frequency analysis of words in all of the .c files.
handles file names with spaces and colons, fixes sort (numeric!), uses mplayer, same output format as other alternatives
Similar but using mediainfo instead of totem-something
Sort .avi movies by time length, print the longest first, and so on...
Since coreutils 7.6 provides sort -h
You'll run into trouble if you have files w/ missing newlines at the end. I tried to use
PAGER='sed \$q' git blame
PAGER='sed \$q' git -p blame
to force a newline at the end, but as soon as the output is redirected, git seems to ignore the pager.
Figures out total line contribution per author for an entire GIT repo. Includes binary files, which kind of mess up the true count.
If crashes or takes too long, mess with the ls-file option at the start:
git ls-files -x "*pdf" -x "*psd" -x "*tif" to remove really random binary files
git ls-files "*.py" "*.html" "*.css" to only include specific file types
Based off my original SVN version: http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/2787/prints-total-line-count-contribution-per-user-for-an-svn-repository
note the xargs at the end
Use the hold space to preserve lines until data is needed.
List packages and their disk usage in decreasing order. This uses the "Installed-Size" from the package metadata. It may differ from the actual used space, because e.g. data files (think of databases) or log files may take additional space.
counts the total (recursive) number of files in the immediate (depth 1) subdirectories as well as the current one and displays them sorted.
Fixed, as per ashawley's comment