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Diff XML files
Diffs two xml files by formatting them first using xmllint and then invoking diff. Usage: diffxml XMLFile1 XMLFile2

Which processes are listening on a specific port (e.g. port 80)
swap out "80" for your port of interest. Can use port number or named ports e.g. "http"

Remove all .svn folders
With the plus instead of semicolon, find builds the (eg.) rm command like xargs does - invokes as few extra processes as possible.

A command to post a message to Twitter that includes your geo-location and a short URL.
A command to post a message to Twitter that includes your geo-location and a short URL. The link shortening service is provide by TinyURL, the geo-location service is provided by HostIP and the IP address lookup service is provided by AppSpot. This is an upgrade of an of one of my previous contributions: http://tinyurl.com/yd2xtzv.

Check if a string is into a variable
Returns true (0) if the string is into $var, or false (1) if not.

Stop procrastination on Facebook.com
or echo '127.0.0.1 facebook.com' | sudo tee -a /etc/hosts Do not execute this command if you don't know what you are doing.

Binary clock

pdfcount: get number of pages in a PDF file

Recover tmp flash videos (deleted immediately by the browser plugin)
Newer versions of the flashplayer browser plugin delete the tmp flash video immediately after opening a filehandle to prevent the user from "exporting" the video by simply copying the /tmp/FlashXYZ file. This command searches such deleted flash videos and creates symbolic links to the opened filehandle with the same name as the deleted file. This allows you to play your flash-videos (from e.g. youtube) with e.g. mplayer or copy the buffered video if you want to keep it.

computes the most frequent used words of a text file
using $ cat WAR_AND_PEACE_By_LeoTolstoi.txt | tr -cs "[:alnum:]" "\n"| tr "[:lower:]" "[:upper:]" | sort -S16M | uniq -c |sort -nr | cat -n | head -n 30 ("sort -S1G" - Linux/GNU sort only) will also do the job but as some drawbacks (caused by space/time complexity of sorting) for bigger files...


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