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dmesg with colored human-readable dates
Use sed to color the output of a human-readable dmesg output

check open ports without netstat or lsof

Find out what the day ends in
Several people have submitted commands to do this, but I think this is the simplest solution. It also happens to be the most portable one: It should work with any sh or csh derived shell under any UNIX-like OS. Oh by the way, with my German locale ($LC_TIME set appropriately) it prints "g" most of the time, and sometimes (on Wednesdays) it prints "h". It never prints "y".

Convert spaces in file names to underscores

Insert the last argument of the previous command

Find all files containing a word
shorter :p

Play all the music in a folder, on shuffle
Page up for next song

Search previous commands from your .bash_history
This is not actually a command, it's just a keyboard shortchut. But a very useful one.

return the latest kernel version from a Satellite / Spacewalk server software channel

put an unpacked .deb package back together
If any changes have been made to the package while it was unpacked (ie, conffiles files in /etc modi‐fied), the new package will inherit the changes. This way you can make it easy to copy packages from one computer to another, or to recreate packages that are installed on your system, but no longer available elsewhere. Note: dpkg-repack will place the created package in the current directory.


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