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May 19, 2015 - A Look At The New Commandlinefu
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find */*.c | xargs grep 'mcs'
find -regextype posix-egrep -regex '.*\.(css|js)$' | xargs -I{} sh -c "echo '{}' && yuicompressor '{}' | gzip -c > '{}.gz'"
export KEEP_KERNEL=2; dpkg -l 'linux-image*' | awk '/^ii/ { print $2 }' | grep "[0-9]" | awk 'BEGIN{i=1}{print i++, $0}' | grep `uname -r` -B99 | sort -r | tail -n+$(($KEEP_KERNEL+2)) | awk '{print $2}'| xargs apt-get -y purge
grep -l --include '*.rb' --include '*.rake' '^[^#]*[^a-zA-Z0-9[:punct:][:space:]]' -R . | xargs -L1 awk '!/encoding/ && NR < 2 { print FILENAME }'
find /var/lib/cassandra/data -depth -type d -iwholename "*/snapshots/*" -mtime +30 -print0 | xargs -0 rm -rf
vboxmanage list runningvms | cut -d \" -f 2 | xargs -I % vboxmanage controlvm % poweroff
redis-cli KEYS "user*" | xargs redis-cli DEL
2013-10-31 04:10:29
User: vp_arth
Functions: xargs

If you want to do this in the some one db, use

redis-cli -n5 KEYS "user*" | xargs redis-cli -n5 DEL
redis-cli keys pattern\* | xargs redis-cli del
find -type f | grep -v "^./.git" | xargs md5sum | md5sum
grep -lr "foo" . | xargs sed -i "s/foo/bar/g"
2013-10-28 13:02:47
User: sergeylukin
Functions: grep sed xargs

Replace "foo" with "bar" in all files in current directory recursively

(sed 's/#.*//g'|sed '/^ *$/d'|tr '\n' ';'|xargs echo) < script.sh
2013-10-26 23:23:51
User: knoppix5
Functions: sed tr xargs


Convert an one-liner to script:

foo() { <one-liner> ; }


typeset -f foo


unset -f foo
find . -type f -not -empty -printf "%-25s%p\n"|sort -n|uniq -D -w25|cut -b26-|xargs -d"\n" -n1 md5sum|sed "s/ /\x0/"|uniq -D -w32|awk -F"\0" 'BEGIN{l="";}{if(l!=$1||l==""){printf "\n%s\0",$1}printf "\0%s",$2;l=$1}END{printf "\n"}'|sed "/^$/d"
2013-10-22 13:34:19
User: alafrosty
Functions: awk cut find sed sort uniq xargs

* Find all file sizes and file names from the current directory down (replace "." with a target directory as needed).

* sort the file sizes in numeric order

* List only the duplicated file sizes

* drop the file sizes so there are simply a list of files (retain order)

* calculate md5sums on all of the files

* replace the first instance of two spaces (md5sum output) with a \0

* drop the unique md5sums so only duplicate files remain listed

* Use AWK to aggregate identical files on one line.

* Remove the blank line from the beginning (This was done more efficiently by putting another "IF" into the AWK command, but then the whole line exceeded the 255 char limit).

>>>> Each output line contains the md5sum and then all of the files that have that identical md5sum. All fields are \0 delimited. All records are \n delimited.

openssl rand -hex 1 | tr '[:lower:]' '[:upper:]' | xargs echo "obase=2;ibase=16;" | bc | cut -c1-6 | sed 's/$/00/' | xargs echo "obase=16;ibase=2;" | bc | sed "s/$/:$(openssl rand -hex 5 | sed 's/\(..\)/\1:/g; s/.$//' | tr '[:lower:]' '[:upper:]')/"
2013-10-22 08:40:46
User: 4fd
Functions: bc cut echo sed tr xargs

I did not come up with this one myself, but found this somewhere else several months ago.

find *.less | xargs -I {} lessc {} {}.css && ls *.less.css | sed -e 'p;s/less.css/css/' | xargs -n2 mv
ls -R | grep -v skipme | xargs rm -Rf
2013-10-18 08:11:39
User: hadifarnoud
Functions: grep ls rm xargs
Tags: delete rm

This command will delete all files and folders except 'skipme'. it could be a file or a folder.

find /Users/jpn/.ievms/ -type f -print0| xargs -0 du -sh
2013-10-16 09:54:19
Functions: du find xargs

When you do a ls -1 | xargs rm it wouldn't workd because those files have spaces. So you must use

find -print0 and xargs -0

(date "+%d-%m-%Y %H:%M:%S";curl -s --interface lo:1 ifconfig.me| xargs -t geoiplookup 2>&1)|sed -e 's/geoiplookup/IP:/g' -e 's/GeoIP Country Edition/Country/g'|tr -s "\n" " "|sed 'a\ '
2013-10-07 15:28:55
User: guerito
Functions: date sed tr xargs

My first command :) I made this command to log public addresses of a virtual interface who connects random VPN servers around the world.

find . -name '*pdf*' -print0 | xargs -0 ls -lt | head -20
2013-10-03 21:58:51
User: fuats
Functions: find head ls xargs

Sorts by latest modified files by looking to current directory and all subdirectories

wget -q -O- http://example-podcast-feed.com/rss | grep -o "<enclosure[ -~][^>]*" | grep -o "http://[ -~][^\"]*" | xargs wget -c
2013-09-24 12:38:08
User: talha131
Functions: grep wget xargs

This script can be used to download enclosed files from a RSS feed. For example, it can be used to download mp3 files from a podcasts RSS feed.

echo '#! /usr/bin/ksh\ncat $2 | openssl dgst -sha256 | read hashish; if [[ $hashish = $1 ]]; then echo $2: OK; else echo $2: FAILED; fi;' > shacheck; chmod +x shacheck; cat hashishes.sha256 | xargs -n 2 ./shacheck;
2013-09-18 21:51:20
User: RAKK
Functions: cat chmod echo read xargs

This command is used to verify a sha256sum-formatted file hash list on IBM AIX or any other UNIX-like OS that has openssl but doesn't have sha256sum by default. Steps:

1: Save to the filesystem a script that:

A: Receives as arguments the two parts of one line of a sha256sum listing

B: Feeds a file into openssl on SHA256 standard input hash calculation mode, and saves the result

C: Compares the calculated hash against the one received as argument

D: Outputs the result in a sha256sum-like format

2: Make the script runnable

3: Feed the sha256sum listing to xargs, running the aforementioned script and passing 2 arguments at a time

ipcs -q | grep foo | awk '{print $2}' | xargs -I ipcid ipcrm -q ipcid
db=example.mdb; backend=mysql; mdb-schema "$db" $backend | grep -v 'COMMENT ON COLUMN' && mdb-tables -1 "$db" | xargs -I {} mdb-export -I $backend "$db" {}
2013-08-25 18:39:27
User: garex
Functions: grep xargs

schema & tables

To export into another backends style, just change backend to one of: access, sybase, oracle, postgres, mysql and sqlite

brew cleanup -n | awk '{print $3}' | xargs du -s | awk '{s+=$1} END {print s}'
ipcs -s | grep apache | awk ' { print $2 } ' | xargs ipcrm sem
2013-08-12 16:29:32
User: kernel01
Functions: awk grep ipcrm ipcs xargs

Solves these pesky errors you see in the Apache log:

[Fri Jun 28 17:51:00 2013] [emerg] (28)No space left on device: Couldn't create accept lock (/monsoon/opt/apache2/logs/accept.lock.356) (5)

Naturally, can be used to get rid of other semaphores. Note: change the apache user in accordance to your ENV.

pbpaste | xargs wget
2013-08-11 23:12:10
User: loopkid
Functions: xargs

On Linux substitute pbpaste with `xsel --clipboard --output` or `xclip -selection clipboard -o` (untested)