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Revert an SVN file to previous revision
Kudos to xakon.

Print all open regular files sorted by the number of file handles open to each.
List all open files of all processes. . $ find /proc/*/fd Look through the /proc file descriptors . $ -xtype f list only symlinks to file . $ -printf "%l\n" print the symlink target . $ grep -P '^/(?!dev|proc|sys)' ignore files from /dev /proc or /sys . $ sort | uniq -c | sort -n count the results . Many processes will create and immediately delete temporary files. These can the filtered out by adding: $ ... | grep -v " (deleted)$" | ...

Show crontabs for all users
added echo "### Crontabs for $user ####"; to make clear whose crontab is listed.

Extract android adb ab backup to tar format (only works for non encrypted backups)

MoscowML with editable input-line and history
Works also with SML/NJ and other interpreters or tools with interactive environments.

Use the builtin ':' bash command to increment variables
I just found another use for the builtin ':' bash command. It increments counters for me in a loop if a certain condition is met... : [arguments] No effect; the command does nothing beyond expanding arguments and performing any specified redirections. A zero exit code is returned.

A signal trap that logs when your script was killed and what other processes were running at that time
trap is the bash builtin that allows you to execute commands when the current script receives a particular signal. Uses $0 for the script name, $$ for the script PID, tee to output to STDOUT as well as a log file and ps to log other running processes.

List 10 largest directories in current directory
du -m option to not go across mounts (you usually want to run that command to find what to destroy in that partition) -a option to also list . files -k to display in kilobytes sort -n to sort in numerical order, biggest files last tail -10 to only display biggest 10

OpenDns IP update via curl
Your IP is resolved by OpenDns Server (like a caller ID telephone, every server knows who is calling ;-) Change user:password by yours Be Happy

ssh autocomplete
Autocomplete from .ssh/config


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