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ls -qaltr # list directory in chronological order, most recent files at end of list
I find it very handy to be able to quickly see the most recently modified/created files in a directory. Note that the "q" option will reveal any files with non-printable characters in their filename.

Combine all .mpeg files in current directory into one big one.
Good old cat & output redirection. Using this method you can combine all kinds of things - even mpeg files. My video camera makes a series of .mpeg files that are broken into 4gb chunks. Using this command I can easily join them together. Even better, combined with the cp command the files can be copied and joined in one step.

Instant mirror from your laptop + webcam (fullscreen+grab)
This directly puts the "mirror" into fullscreen, and lets you take photos by pressing the 's' key. I bet appearance conscious people will have keyboard shortcut for this command by now.

recursive reset file/dir perms
Good for fixing web permissions. You might also want to do something like this and skip files or directories that begin with a period: $ find public_html/stuff -not -name ".*" \( -type d -exec chmod 755 {} + -o -type f -exec chmod 644 {} + \) ...or include a special case for scripts: $ find public_html/stuff -type d -exec chmod 755 {} + -or -type f -name "*.pl" -exec chmod 755 {} + -or -exec chmod 644 {} +

List files accessed by a command
Can be run as a script `ftrace` if my_command is substrituted with "$@" It is useful when running a command that fails and you have the feeling it is accessing a file you are not aware of.

Download all mp3's listed in an html page

calculate the total size of files in specified directory (in Megabytes)
the command will calculate the size of hidden files

Screencast with ffmpeg x11grab
requires ffmpeg & xwininfo to be installed replace hw:0,0 with pulse if you like using pulseaudio press q to quit

check open ports without netstat or lsof

Remove security limitations from PDF documents using ghostscript (for Windows)
#4345 also works under windows


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