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Determine what version of bind is running on a dns server.
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Project your desktop using xrandr
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Print all lines in a file that are not a certain length
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Converts multiple youtube links to mp3 files
Usage: ytmp3 "YTurl" "YTurl2" "YTurl3" "YTurlN" Uses the shift command to let you extract the .mp3 from as many youtube urls as you like (or wherever else youtube-dl is supported) *Requires youtube-dl Orginal chunk of code: youtube-dl -q -t --extract-audio --audio-format mp3 URL taken from here http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/9701/convert-youtube-videos-to-mp3

Deal with dot files safely


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