Hide

What's this?

commandlinefu.com is the place to record those command-line gems that you return to again and again.

Delete that bloated snippets file you've been using and share your personal repository with the world. That way others can gain from your CLI wisdom and you from theirs too. All commands can be commented on, discussed and voted up or down.


If you have a new feature suggestion or find a bug, please get in touch via http://commandlinefu.uservoice.com/

Get involved!

You can sign-in using OpenID credentials, or register a traditional username and password.

First-time OpenID users will be automatically assigned a username which can be changed after signing in.

Hide

Stay in the loop…

Follow the Tweets.

Every new command is wrapped in a tweet and posted to Twitter. Following the stream is a great way of staying abreast of the latest commands. For the more discerning, there are Twitter accounts for commands that get a minimum of 3 and 10 votes - that way only the great commands get tweeted.

» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu
» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu3
» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu10

Subscribe to the feeds.

Use your favourite RSS aggregator to stay in touch with the latest commands. There are feeds mirroring the 3 Twitter streams as well as for virtually every other subset (users, tags, functions,…):

Subscribe to the feed for:

Hide

News

2011-03-12 - Confoo 2011 presentation
Slides are available from the commandlinefu presentation at Confoo 2011: http://presentations.codeinthehole.com/confoo2011/
2011-01-04 - Moderation now required for new commands
To try and put and end to the spamming, new commands require moderation before they will appear on the site.
2010-12-27 - Apologies for not banning the trolls sooner
Have been away from the interwebs over Christmas. Will be more vigilant henceforth.
2010-09-24 - OAuth and pagination problems fixed
Apologies for the delay in getting Twitter's OAuth supported. Annoying pagination gremlin also fixed.
Hide

Tags

Hide

Functions

Show a config file without comments

Terminal - Show a config file without comments
grep -v ^# /etc/somefile.conf | grep .
2011-05-17 01:24:08
User: kad
Functions: grep
0
Show a config file without comments

easier to remember

Alternatives

There are 3 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
egrep -v "^$|^[[:space:]]*#" /etc/some/file
2009-05-12 07:14:48
User: michauko
Functions: egrep
Tags: egrep
15

Shows a file without comments (at least those starting by #)

- removes empty lines

- removes lines starting by # or "some spaces/tabs then #'"

Useful when you want to quickly see what you have to customize on a freshly installed application without reading the comments that sometimes are a full 1000 lines documentation :)

While posting, I saw this http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/1041/display-contents-of-a-file-wo-any-comments-or-blank-lines

But it's dirty and incomplete, to my mind

My original goal was to remove lines like "\t*#" but I can't figure out how to do a egrep '\t' on a command-line. Two workarounds if needed:

egrep -v 'press control + V then TAB then #' /your/file

or

egrep -v -f some_file /your/file #where some_file contains what you want to exclude, example a really inserted TAB
egrep -v "^$|^#" file
egrep -v "^[[:blank:]]*($|#|//|/\*| \*|\*/)" somefile
sed -e 's/#.*//;/^\s*$/d'
sed -e '/^[[:blank:]]*#/d; s/[[:blank:]][[:blank:]]*#.*//' -e '/^$/d' -e '/^\/\/.*/d' -e '/^\/\*/d;/^ \* /d;/^ \*\//d' /a/file/with/comments
2009-11-10 17:47:22
Functions: sed
Tags: sed PHP
-3

Strips comments from at least bash and php scripts. Normal # and // as well as php block comments

removes all of the:

empty/blank lines

lines beginning with #

lines beginning with //

lines beginning with /*

lines beginning with a space and then *

lines beginning with */

It also deletes the lines if there's whitespace before any of the above.

Add an alias to use in .bashrc like this:

alias stripcomments="sed -e '/^[[:blank:]]*#/d; s/[[:blank:]][[:blank:]]*#.*//' -e '/^$/d' -e '/^\/\/.*/d' -e '/^\/\*/d;/^ \* /d;/^ \*\//d'"

Know a better way?

If you can do better, submit your command here.

Your point of view

You must be signed in to comment.

Related sites and podcasts