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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.
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I'm Jon, I'll be maintaining and improving clfu. Thanks to David for building such a great resource!

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ls | grep -Ze ".*rar" | xargs -d '\n' -I {} mv {} backup-folder
2012-08-06 09:07:03
User: crisboot
Functions: grep ls mv xargs

In the example suppose we want to move all *.rar files in the current folder to a backupfolder

find . -name '*' -type f -print0 | xargs -0 grep -n pattern1 | grep pattern2
2012-07-29 00:40:06
User: bugmenot
Functions: find grep xargs

The option -print0 for find and -0 for grep help prevent issue with weird characters or spaces in filenames. Furthermore with xargs there is no limited number of arguments that find can throw.

find . -type f \( -name '*.c' -o -name '*.cpp' -o -name '*.cc' -o -name '*.cxx' \) | xargs grep "#include.*\.c.*" 2>&1 | tee source_inside_source_list.txt
find . -name "*.php" -print | xargs sed -i 's/foo/bar/g'
ps -fu $USER | awk {'print $2'} | xargs kill [-9]
ps auxww | grep application | grep processtobekilled | gawk '{print $2}' | grep -v grep | xargs kill -9
2012-07-03 20:37:56
User: j0sh10
Functions: gawk grep kill ps xargs

You can also use gawk:

ps auxww | gawk '/application/' | gawk '/processtobekilled/' | gawk '{print $2}' | grep -v grep | xargs kill -9

find . -type f -print0 | xargs -0 du -h | sort -hr | head -10
find . -type f -print0 | xargs -0 du -h | sort -hr | head
git submodule status | awk '{print $2}' | xargs -P5 -n1 git submodule update --init
find /path/to/dir -type f -print0 | xargs -0 grep -l "foo"
grep -r -Z -l "<text>" . | xargs -0 echo rm
2012-06-14 08:09:46
User: limonte
Functions: echo grep xargs
Tags: grep

-r recursively

-Z zero byte after each file name instead of the usual newline

-l only filenames

find . -type f -print0 | xargs -0 chmod a-x
2012-06-11 07:28:30
User: jlaunay
Functions: chmod find xargs

Using xargs is usually much quicker as it does not have to execute chmod for every file

ls -ltr |grep 'May 12'|awk '{print $9;}'|xargs rm -v
git ls-files | xargs -n1 git blame --line-porcelain | sed -n 's/^author //p' | sort -f | uniq -ic | sort -nr
2012-06-02 22:04:36
User: hugopeixoto
Functions: sed sort uniq xargs
Tags: statistics git

Uses line-porcelain in git blame, which makes it easier to parse the output.

for foo in <list of directories>; do while find $foo -type d -empty 2>/dev/null| grep -q "."; do find $foo -type d -empty -print0 | xargs -0 rmdir; done; done
2012-05-23 08:09:16
Functions: find grep xargs

This will check if there are any empty directories, or newly emptied directories, in a list of directories. It will then delete all of those directories. It works with gnu find and OSX/BSD find.

seq 1 5 | xargs -I"#" date --date="today -# days" +'%Y-%m-%d'
find . -name '.svn' -type d | xargs rm -rf
2012-05-18 10:26:55
User: luckymurari
Functions: find rm xargs

This simple command removes all the .svn directories recursively. Useful when you want to get a clean code excluding .svn files.

Check what is getting delete through this command

" find . -name '.svn' -type d | xargs echo "

find -type l | xargs ls -l
cat urls.txt | xargs -n1 curl -O --max-time 10 --retry 3 --retry-delay 1
lsof -i tcp:22 | grep | awk "{print $2}" |xargs kill
find . | xargs xattr -d com.apple.quarantine
2012-05-09 23:06:51
User: brockangelo
Functions: find xargs

When downloading files on a Mac, Apple adds the x-attribute: com.apple.quarantine. Often, this makes it so you can't even run a ./configure. This command gets rid of the quarantine for all files in the current directory.

find . -iname ".svn" | xargs rm -r $1
find . -type f -name *.MP3 -print0 | xargs -0 -i rename .MP3 .mp3 {}
2012-04-29 02:44:44
User: pibarnas
Functions: find rename xargs

Using a for loop, rename all files with .MP3 extension to .mp3.

ps afx | grep defunct -B 1 | grep -Eo "[0-9]{3,}" | xargs kill -9
2012-04-27 16:16:34
User: pholz
Functions: grep kill ps xargs

defunct processes (zombies) usually have to be killed by killing their parent processes. this command retrieves such zombies and their immediate parents and kills all of the matching processes.

wget -O - http://www.reddit.com/r/wallpapers.rss | grep -Eo 'http://i.imgur.com[^&]+jpg' | head -1 | xargs wget -O background.jpg
2012-04-25 11:15:26
User: untitaker
Functions: grep head wget xargs

Doesn't depend on curl and doesn't use thumbnails as wallpaper (which has the unfortunate effect of only allowing imgur links)