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Perform Real-time Process Monitoring Using Watch Utility

diff directories, quick cut and paste to view the changes
We use this to quickly highlight differences and provide a quick way to cut and paste the command to view the files using the marvellous vimdiff

Watch the progress of 'dd'
The previously-posted one-liner didn't work for me for whatever reason, so I ended up doing this instead.

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"

Generate random number with shuf
If you don't have seq or shuf, bash can be used.

Convert tab separate file (TSV) to JSON with jq
With this command you can convert a tab separate file (TSV) into a JSON file with jq. For example, this input.tsv i-0b9adca882e5e6326 172.16.0.188 i-088dd69e5c3624888 172.16.0.102 i-0e70eac180537d4aa 172.16.0.85 will produce the showed output.

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" }

move up through directories faster (set in your /etc/profile or .bash_profile)
You can also remove the "&& pwd" if you don't want it to print out each directory as it moves up.

HTTP Get of a web page via proxy server with login credentials
If you are behind a proxy server and have to authenticate with proxy server to browser web pages then you have to pass proxy server address and its port number along with user credentials to curl to got GET the page using curl. Example : "curl -U srikanth -x 167.85.103.70:8080 http://www.yahoo.com". In case you don't specify the password (as in the above example), curl will prompt to enter the password at the command line.

Execute a command with a timeout


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