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Draw kernel module dependancy graph.
parse `lsmod' output and pass to `dot' drawing utility then finally pass it to an image viewer

recursive search and replace old with new string, inside files
If you can install rpl it's simpler to use and faster than combinations of find, grep and sed. See man rpl for various options. time on above operation: real 0m0.862s, user 0m0.548s, sys 0m0.180s using find + sed: real 0m3.546s, user 0m1.752s, sys 0m1.580s

Run a command when a file is changed

Random play a mp3 file
Pick a mp3 at random and play it. Assumes the availability of locate with an updated db and mpg123 Not the most useful command I guess, but all of the really useful ones are taken...

Determining the excat memory usages by certain PID
this command gives you the total number of memory usuage and open files by the perticuler PID.

Convert a videos audio track to ogg vorbis.
Assumes you have ffmpeg and oggenc. Similar to other scripts here, but this time outputting to Ogg Vorbis. I added the variable assignment for a nice output name. This is part of an interactive bash script I have with a few little multimedia tasks in it. http://www.dward.us/software/VSAK.sh

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

listen to an offensive fortune
or replace "espeak" with "festival --tts" if you like festival better when your buddy leaves his computer unlocked use "crontab" or "at" to play at some time that would be most embarassing (during his next sales presentation) $ echo "fortune -o | espeak" | at now + 30 minutes of course you can exclude the "-o" for non offensive fortunes, or if you don't have offensive fortunes installed

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"

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" }


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