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ls -lct /etc/ | tail -1 | awk '{print $6, $7, $8}'
2009-09-04 16:52:50
User: peshay
Functions: awk ls tail
5

shows also time if its the same year or shows year if installed before actual year and also works if /etc is a link (mac os)

file /System/Library/Extensions/*.kext/Contents/MacOS/* |grep -i x86_64 |nl |tail -1 |cut -f1 -f3 && file /System/Library/Extensions/*.kext/Contents/MacOS/* |grep -v x86_64 |nl |tail -1 |cut -f1 -f3
2009-09-03 14:28:02
Functions: cut file grep nl tail
-1

Next time you see a mac fanboy bragging about 64-bitness of 10.6 give him this so he might sh?

ls -lct /etc | tail -1 | awk '{print $6, $7}'
2009-09-03 10:26:37
User: MrMerry
Functions: awk ls tail
10

Show time and date when you installed your OS.

sudo find /var/log/ -mtime -7 -type f | xargs du -ch | tail -n1
2009-08-27 14:18:47
User: alvinx
Functions: du find sudo tail xargs
2

get diskusage of files (in this case logfiles in /var/log) modified during the last n days:

sudo find /var/log/ -mtime -n -type f | xargs du -ch

n -> last modified n*24 hours ago

Numeric arguments can be specified as

+n for greater than n,

-n for less than n,

n for exactly n.

=> so 7*24 hours (about 7 days) is -7

sudo find /var/log/ -mtime -7 -type f | xargs du -ch | tail -n1
mirror=ftp://somemirror.com/with/alot/versions/but/no/latest/link; latest=$(curl -l $mirror/ 2>/dev/null | grep util | tail -1); wget $mirror/$latest
2009-08-24 15:58:31
User: peshay
Functions: grep tail wget
4

to download latest version of "util", maybe insert a sort if they wont be shown in right order.

curl lists all files on mirror, grep your util, tail -1 will gets the one lists on the bottom and get it with wget

find dir/ -type f | xargs tail -fqn0
2009-08-21 18:05:12
User: chickenzilla
Functions: find tail xargs
1

The `-q' arg forces tail to not output the name of the current file

mysql -u<user> -p<password> -s -e 'DESCRIBE <table>' <database> | tail -n +1 | awk '{ printf($1",")}' | head -c -1
nslookup commandlinefu.com|sed 's/[^0-9. ]//g'|tail -n 1|awk -F " " '{print $2}'
2009-08-07 17:32:55
User: thundernode
Functions: awk nslookup sed tail
1

I use this in a script on my openwrt router to check if my DynDNS needs to be updated, saves your account from being banned for blank updates.

ps -o rss -C httpd | tail -n +2 | (sed 's/^/x+=/'; echo x) | bc
2009-07-31 15:15:08
Functions: echo ps sed tail
4

Display the amount of memory used by all the httpd processes. Great in case you are being Slashdoted!

echo -e "HEAD / HTTP/1.1\nHost: slashdot.org\n\n" | nc slashdot.org 80 | head -n5 | tail -1 | cut -f2 -d-
ls -t1 | head -n1 | xargs tail -f
head -$(($RANDOM % $(wc -l < file.txt) +1 )) file.txt | tail -1
tail -F file
2009-07-23 07:37:11
User: recursiverse
Functions: tail
Tags: tail logs
14

If you use 'tail -f foo.txt' and it becomes temporarily moved/deleted (ie: log rolls over) then tail will not pick up on the new foo.txt and simply waits with no output.

'tail -F' allows you to follow the file by it's name, rather than a descriptor. If foo.txt disappears, tail will wait until the filename appears again and then continues tailing.

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
5

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}

cp `ls -x1tr *.jpg | tail -n 1` newest.jpg
2009-06-17 20:32:04
User: Psychodad
Functions: cp tail
1

search the newest *.jpg in the directory an make a copy to newest.jpg. Just change the extension to search other files. This is usefull eg. if your webcam saves all pictures in a folder and you like the put the last one on your homepage. This works even in a directory with 10000 pictures.

find /var/log -type f -exec file {} \; | grep 'text' | cut -d' ' -f1 | sed -e's/:$//g' | grep -v '[0-9]$' | xargs tail -f
2009-06-03 09:47:08
User: mohan43u
Functions: cut file find grep sed tail xargs
Tags: tail
5

Works in Ubuntu, I hope it will work on all Linux machines. For Unixes, tail should be capable of handling more than one file with '-f' option.

This command line simply take log files which are text files, and not ending with a number, and it will continuously monitor those files.

Putting one alias in .profile will be more useful.

tail -f FILE | perl -pe 's/KEYWORD/\e[1;31;43m$&\e[0m/g'
2009-06-02 21:31:54
User: tuxifier
Functions: perl tail
17

tail with coloured output with the help of perl - need more colours? here is a colour table:

http://www.tuxify.de/?p=23

lynx -source http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/random | sed 's/<[^>]*>//g' | head -1037 | tail -10 | sed -e 's/^[ \t]*//' | sed '/^$/d' | head -2
F="$HOME/.moz*/fire*/*/session*.js" ; grep -Go 'entries:\[[^]]*' $F | cut -d[ -f2 | while read A ; do echo $A | sed s/url:/\n/g | tail -1 | cut -d\" -f2; done
2009-05-21 21:58:42
User: b2e
Functions: cut echo grep read sed tail
3

Tuned for short command line - you can set the path to sessionstore.js more reliable instead of use asterixes etc.

Usable when you are not at home and really need to get your actual opened tabs on your home computer (via SSH). I am using it from my work if I forgot to bookmark some new interesting webpage, which I have visited at home. Also other way to list tabs when your firefox has crashed (restoring of tabs doesn't work always).

This script includes also tabs which has been closed short time before.

tail -f --retry /var/log/syslog /var/log/auth.log | ccze -A
ps -eo user,pcpu,pmem | tail -n +2 | awk '{num[$1]++; cpu[$1] += $2; mem[$1] += $3} END{printf("NPROC\tUSER\tCPU\tMEM\n"); for (user in cpu) printf("%d\t%s\t%.2f%\t%.2f%\n",num[user], user, cpu[user], mem[user]) }'
function jumpTo { xmms2 jump `xmms2 list | grep -i '$1' | head -n 1 | tail -n 1 | sed -re 's@.+\[(.+)/.+\] (.+)@\1@'`; }
2009-04-10 13:43:57
User: pyrho
Functions: grep head sed tail
Tags: xmms2
1

Usage:

Declare this function in your Shell, then use it like this:

> jumpTo foo

The script will search for the 'foo' pattern in your current xmms2 playlist (artist or songname), and play the first occurence of it !

ps aux | sort +2n | tail -20
2009-03-31 12:03:34
User: dopeman
Functions: ps sort tail
3

This command will show the 20 processes using the most CPU time (hungriest at the bottom).

You can see the 20 most memory intensive processes (hungriest at the bottom) by running:

ps aux | sort +3n | tail -20

Or, run both:

echo "CPU:" && ps aux | sort +2n | tail -20 && echo "Memory:" && ps aux | sort +3n | tail -20
du -xk | sort -n | tail -20
2009-03-30 11:37:43
User: dopeman
Functions: du sort tail
7

This command will tell you the 20 biggest directories starting from your working directory and skips directories on other filesystems. Useful for resolving disk space issues.

while [ 1 ]; do echo -n "`date +%F_%T`" ; vmstat 1 2 | tail -1 ; sleep 4; done
2009-03-26 19:16:55
User: plasticboy
Functions: echo sleep tail vmstat
3

See man vmstat for information about the statistics.

This does the same thing without the timestamp:

vmstat 5