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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.
March 2, 2015 - New Management
I'm Jon, I'll be maintaining and improving clfu. Thanks to David for building such a great resource!

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Psst. Open beta.

Wow, didn't really expect you to read this far down. The latest iteration of the site is in open beta. It's a gentle open beta-- not in prime-time just yet. It's being hosted over at UpGuard (link) and you are more than welcome to give it a shot. Couple things:

  • » The open beta is running a copy of the database that will not carry over to the final version. Don't post anything you don't mind losing.
  • » If you wish to use your user account, you will probably need to reset your password.
Your feedback is appreciated via the form on the beta page. Thanks! -Jon & CLFU Team

Octal ls

Terminal - Octal ls
ls -l | awk '{k=0;for(i=0;i<=8;i++)k+=((substr($1,i+2,1)~/[rwx]/)*2^(8-i));if(k)printf("%0o ",k);print}'
2009-02-13 19:20:54
User: iArno
Functions: awk ls
Octal ls

Do ls with permissions written in octal form.


There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives

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What others think

use of command "stat" works too, eg:

stat -c%a\ %n *


stat --printf="%a\t%s\t\t%n\t\n" *

etc... (man stat for more info) depending on what you exactly want to do...

Comment by gniourf_gniourf 435 weeks and 4 days ago


function ols() {

ls $* | awk '{k=0;for(i=0;i


Comment by susannakaukinen 432 weeks and 6 days ago

you need to change instead of "i+2" "i+1"

cuz it does not give good results.

Comment by RanyAlbeg 397 weeks and 5 days ago

im sorry . forget what i said :)

Comment by RanyAlbeg 397 weeks and 5 days ago

Thanks for this! It's pretty much what I wanted! I can always say "I wish I can use this to see my colors in the terminal!" and other stupid bits, but I was able to do this in ~/.bash_profile:

alias lo="ls -l | awk '{k=0;for(i=0;i

Comment by AboveUnrefined 278 weeks and 3 days ago

Sorry for the previous, but the escapes added killed my previous comment!

In the alias I just enclosed in double quotes and then added escapes as needed, basically before the $ and other double quotes

Comment by AboveUnrefined 278 weeks and 3 days ago
find . -maxdepth 1 -name ".git" -prune -o -printf "%#m %p\n" | sed -r -e "s/^([0-9]+)\\s\\.\\//\\1 /" | sort -k1
Comment by Tatsh 94 weeks and 1 day ago

Your point of view

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