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sudo dmesg
sudo du -ks $(ls -d */) | sort -nr | cut -f2 | xargs -d '\n' du -sh 2> /dev/null
2009-08-17 22:21:09
User: Code_Bleu
Functions: cut du ls sort sudo xargs
Tags: disk usage

This allows the output to be sorted from largest to smallest in human readable format.

vditool COPYDD my.vdi my.dd ; sudo mount -t ntfs -o ro,noatime,noexex,loop,offset=32256 my.dd ./my_dir
sudo du -sh $(ls -d */) 2> /dev/null
sudo snmptrap -m ALL -v 2c -c public trapserver "" UCD-DEMO-MIB::ucdDemoPublic SNMPv2-MIB::sysLocation.0 s "Just here"
sudo cat /usr/share/icons/*/*/* > /dev/dsp
2009-08-06 03:12:27
User: 12345678
Functions: cat sudo

Plays the sound of the file, should sound like *some* kind of music, most files sound like static but some are really cool.


sudo cat /dev/sda > /dev/dsp sudo cat /dev/sda5 | aplay

Check out http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=70937 for more variations!

semi-dupe--like http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/985/generate-white-noise but with different syntax and program.

curl -s http://isc.sans.org/sources.html|grep "ipinfo.html"|awk -F"ip=" {'print $2'}|awk -F"\"" {'print $1'}|xargs -n1 sudo iptables -A OUTPUT -j DROP -d > 2&>1
tmpfile=$(mktemp) && echo -e 'startup_message off\nscreen -t top htop\nsplit\nfocus\nscreen -t nethogs nethogs wlan0\nsplit\nfocus\nscreen -t iotop iotop' > $tmpfile && sudo screen -c $tmpfile
2009-08-03 10:14:02
User: Patola
Functions: echo screen sudo top

This command starts screen with 'htop', 'nethogs' and 'iotop' in split-screen. You have to have these three commands (of course) and specify the interface for nethogs - mine is wlan0, I could have acquired the interface from the default route extending the command but this way is simpler.

htop is a wonderful top replacement with many interactive commands and configuration options. nethogs is a program which tells which processes are using the most bandwidth. iotop tells which processes are using the most I/O.

The command creates a temporary "screenrc" file which it uses for doing the triple-monitoring. You can see several examples of screenrc files here: http://www.softpanorama.org/Utilities/Screen/screenrc_examples.shtml

sudo apt-get -o Acquire::http::Dl-Limit=25 install <package>
2009-07-31 19:43:45
User: dunnix
Functions: install sudo
Tags: apt-get

apt-get is pretty aggressive when it downloads, potentially hogging the bandwidth of your network. The 25 is in KB, change this to your needs.

sudo wget -c "http://nmap.org/dist/nmap-5.00.tar.bz2" && bzip2 -cd nmap-5.00.tar.bz2 | tar xvf - && cd nmap-5.00 && ./configure && make && sudo make install
2009-07-26 11:36:53
User: hemanth
Functions: bzip2 cd make sudo tar wget

Just copy and paste the code in your terminal.

Note : sudo apt-get for debian versions , change as per your requirement .

Source : www.h3manth.com

ls -drt /var/log/* | tail -n5 | xargs sudo tail -n0 -f
2009-07-22 14:44:41
User: kanaka
Functions: ls sudo tail xargs
Tags: bash tail log watch

This command finds the 5 (-n5) most frequently updated logs in /var/log, and then does a multifile tail follow of those log files.

Alternately, you can do this to follow a specific list of log files:

sudo tail -n0 -f /var/log/{messages,secure,cron,cups/error_log}

sudo rmmod pcspkr
2009-07-17 18:21:19
User: zombiedeity
Functions: rmmod sudo

To ensure that it will never come back, you can edit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist

Add "blacklist pcspkr" sans quotes

ran=$(head /dev/urandom | md5sum); MAC=00:07:${ran:0:2}:${ran:3:2}:${ran:5:2}:${ran:7:2}; sudo ifconfig wlan0 down hw ether $MAC; sudo ifconfig wlan0 up; echo ifconfig wlan0:0
2009-07-16 16:21:44
User: workingsmart
Functions: echo head ifconfig sudo

Next time you are leaching off of someone else's wifi use this command before you start your bittorrent ...for legitimate files only of course.

It creates a hexidecimal string using md5sum from the first few lines of /dev/urandom and splices it into the proper MAC address format. Then it changes your MAC and resets your wireless (wlan0:0).

sudo nmap -sS -D
2009-07-14 17:37:34
User: sedcommand
Functions: sudo

Scan for open ports on the target device/computer ( while setting up a decoy address ( This will show the decoy ip address instead of your ip in targets security logs. Decoy address needs to be alive. Check the targets security log at /var/log/secure to make sure it worked.

/originalInstall/gem list | tr -d '(),' | xargs -L 1 sudo ./gemInst.sh
2009-07-09 21:46:06
User: snakerdlk
Functions: sudo tr xargs
Tags: bash Linux



for i in $@; do

if [ "$1" != "$i" ]


echo /newInstall/gem install $1 -v=\"$i\"

/newInstall/gem install $1 -v="$i"

if [ "$?" != "0" ]


echo -e "\n\nGEM INSTALL ERROR: $1\n\n"

echo "$1" > gemInst.err




sudo port installed | grep -v 'active\|The' | xargs sudo port uninstall
sudo ipfw pipe 1 config bw 50KByte/s;sudo ipfw add 1 pipe 1 src-port 80
2009-07-02 23:17:49
User: miccaman
Functions: sudo
Tags: Os X pipe

sudo ipfw pipe 1 config bw 50KByte/s

Set the bandwidth (bw) limit to any number you want. For example you could have a 15kb pipe for X application and then a 100kb pipe for another application and attach things to those pipes. If a port isn’t attached to a pipe, it runs at full speed. Change the number (in this case 1) to a different number for a different pipe.

The next step is to attach your port.

sudo ipfw add 1 pipe 1 src-port 80

In this case anything on port 80 (http) will be set to a limit of 50Kbyte/s. If you want to attach a second port to this pipe, repeat the command but change the port number at the end.

src : http://www.mactricksandtips.com/2008/12/throttling-bandwidth-on-a-mac.html

sudo /Applications/Utilities/Adobe\ Utilities.localized/Adobe\ Updater5/Adobe\ Updater.app/Contents/MacOS/Adobe\ Updater
2009-06-25 08:07:47
User: miccaman
Functions: sudo
Tags: Os X

adobe updater keeps popping up. (normal update fails, probably due to insufficient rights)

(src: http://aricsblog.blogspot.com/2007/12/adobe-updater-crashes-on-mac-os-x-and.html)

sudo sed 's/\o0/\n/g' "/proc/$(pidof -x firefox)/environ" ;# replace firefox
sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 1
2009-06-20 22:52:10
Functions: sudo

sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 1 sets hiberate on.

sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 0 sets hibernate off.

from the pmset man page:

0001 (bit 0) enables hibernation; causes OS X to write memory state to

hibernation image at sleep time. On wake (without bit 1 set) OS X will

resume from the hibernation image. Bit 0 set (without bit 1 set) causes

OS X to write memory state and immediately hibernate at sleep time.

I often change my MacBook's sleep state. So I created a function for bash to make it a little easier.


hibernate (on | off)

"hibernate on" will set your laptop to hibernate if the lid is closed.

"hibernate off" will set your laptop to sleep if the lid is closed.

### note : "proper" indentation isn't preserved on the website

function hibernate()


case "${1}" in


sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 1

echo Hibernate mode on.



sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 0

echo Hiberate mode off.



echo "I'm sorry Dave, but I can't do that."




To make things easier, add the proper line in your /etc/sudoers file so that your user may invoke pmset without a password. Here's how mine looks:

bwayne luna = NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/pmset

Don't forget that you must edit sudoers with `sudo visudo` from Terminal.app, and not by another text editor.

Sorry this is so Mac OS specific.

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

sudo ifconfig eth0 hw ether 00:01:02:03:04:05
2009-06-04 09:02:35
User: momitov
Functions: ifconfig sudo

eth0 = the name of the interface

00:01:02:03:04:05 = the new mac adresse

the same thing for wireless card $ sudo iwconfig eth1 hw ether 00:01:02:03:04:05

sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/swapfile bs=1024 count=1024000;sudo mkswap /swapfile; sudo swapon /swapfile
2009-05-27 21:10:50
User: dcabanis
Functions: dd mkswap sudo swapon

Create a temporary file that acts as swap space. In this example it's a 1GB file at the root of the file system. This additional capacity is added to the existing swap space.

sudo dmidecode -t 5,16