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copy working directory and compress it on-the-fly while showing progress
What happens here is we tell tar to create "-c" an archive of all files in current dir "." (recursively) and output the data to stdout "-f -". Next we specify the size "-s" to pv of all files in current dir. The "du -sb . | awk ?{print $1}?" returns number of bytes in current dir, and it gets fed as "-s" parameter to pv. Next we gzip the whole content and output the result to out.tgz file. This way "pv" knows how much data is still left to be processed and shows us that it will take yet another 4 mins 49 secs to finish. Credit: Peteris Krumins

Record audio and video from webcam using ffmpeg
Record from a webcam, audio using ALSA encoded as MP3, video as MPEG-4.

How To Get the Apache Document Root

Find files with root setuids settings

Quickly create simple text file from command line w/o using vi/emacs
1. Issue command 2. After angled bracket appears, enter file contents 3. When done, type "EOF"

Print info about your real user.
To get your effective user: whoami

Create a new file

find xargs mv

github push-ing behind draconian proxies!
If you are behind a restrictive proxy/firewall that blocks port 22 connections but allows SSL on 443 (like most do) then you can still push changes to your github repository. Your .ssh/config file should contain: Host * ForwardX11 no TCPKeepAlive yes ProtocolKeepAlives 30 ProxyCommand /usr/local/bin/proxytunnel -v -p -d %h:443 Host User git Hostname ChallengeResponseAuthentication yes IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_rsa IdentitiesOnly yes Basically proxytunnel "tunnels" your ssh connection through port 443. You could also use corkscrew or some other tunneling program that is available in your distro's repository. PS: I generally use "" as the SSH-HOST so that urls of the kind [email protected]:USER/REPO.git work transparently :) You

uniq for unsorted data

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