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ssh batch jobs: query hundreds of hosts with an ssh command
Need to query hundreds of hosts with an ssh command ? Of course you'll have setup keys on all your remote HOSTs. But in the case a key is not present this command will skip that node, proceeding on to the next. -t: Force pseudo-tty allocation. This can be used to execute arbitrary screen-based programs on a remote machine. Also prevents unwanted stty messages being sent to console -q: Quiet mode. -o "BatchMode yes" If set to yes, passphrase/password querying will be disabled. This option is useful in scripts and other batch jobs where no user is present

Create test images
Useful to test programs and webpages.

See most used commands
It will return a ranked list of your most commonly-entered commands using your command history

Console clock
Does the same but without a pipe and a new shell.

Backup your LDAP
Simple way to backup your LDAP entries: put this line on your crontab. The -n switch identifies the dbnum you want to backup (alternatively you can use -b suffix. Check man slapcat for your personal switches)

Find duplicate UID in /etc/passwd
You can use only awk

Run a command, store the output in a pastebin on the internet and place the URL on the xclipboard
The URL can then be pasted with a middle click. This is probably useful when trying to explain problems over instant messaging when you don't have some sort of shared desktop.

Easily decode unix-time (funtion)
A shell function using perl to easily convert Unix-time to text. Put in in your ~/.bashrc or equivalent. Tested on Linux / Solaris Bourne, bash and zsh. using perl 5.6 and higher. (Does not require GNU date like some other commands)

draw line separator (using knoppix5 idea)
This is a slightly modified version of the knoppix5 user oneliner (https://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/24571/draw-line-separator).

Find the process you are looking for minus the grepped one
As an alternative to using an additional grep -v grep you can use a simple regular expression in the search pattern (first letter is something out of the single letter list ;-)) to drop the grep command itself.


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