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pngcrush all .png files in the directory
Nothing too magical here, just uses pngcrush to losslessly compress all your pngs!

Get MX records for a domain

Using column to format a directory listing
Using column to format a directory listing

Convert seconds to [DD:][HH:]MM:SS
Converts any number of seconds into days, hours, minutes and seconds. sec2dhms() { declare -i SS="$1" D=$(( SS / 86400 )) H=$(( SS % 86400 / 3600 )) M=$(( SS % 3600 / 60 )) S=$(( SS % 60 )) [ "$D" -gt 0 ] && echo -n "${D}:" [ "$H" -gt 0 ] && printf "%02g:" "$H" printf "%02g:%02g\n" "$M" "$S" }

copy string to clipboard
Copy the current path. Use -selection clipboard to copy the string to clipboard.

Randomize lines (opposite of | sort)
Randomizes a file. The opposite of sort is sort -R!

Make vim open in tabs by default (save to .profile)
I always add this to my .profile rc so I can do things like: "vim *.c" and the files are opened in tabs.

Convert CSV to JSON
Replace 'csv_file.csv' with your filename.

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"

Empty the linux buffer cache


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