Commands by ichbins (9)

  • Generates a TV noise alike output in the terminal. Can be combined with

    while true;do printf "$(awk -v c="$(tput cols)" -v s="$RANDOM" 'BEGIN{srand(s);while(--c>=0){printf("\xe2\x96\\%s",sprintf("%o",150+int(10*rand())));}}')";done
    ichbins · 2020-05-08 09:55:36 17
  • Scope should have the Rigol Ultravision Technology otherwise it won't accept the command. ImageMagic is required. Scope sends a 1.1M BMP file and converted to PNG it's only 18-20K

    echo "display:data?" | nc "$scope_ip_address" 5555 | dd bs=1 skip=11 2>/dev/null | convert bmp:- out_file.png
    ichbins · 2015-06-27 06:43:43 1
  • This version is precise and requires one second to collect statistics. Check sample output for a more generic version and also a remote computer invocation variant. It doesn't work with the busybox version of the 'top' command but can be adjusted Show Sample Output

    top -bn2|awk -F, '/Cpu/{if (NR>4){print 100-gensub(/.([^ ]+).*/,"\\1","g",$4)}}'
    ichbins · 2014-04-18 17:48:05 0
  • this command will add the following two lines into the ~/.bash_aliases: alias exit='pwd > ~/.lastdir;exit' [ -n "$(cat .lastdir 2>/dev/null)" ] && cd "$(cat .lastdir)" or redirect it to the ~/.bashrc if you like Donno, I find it usefull. You may also define an alias for 'cd ~' like - alias cdh='cd ~'

    echo -e 'alias exit='\''pwd > ~/.lastdir;exit'\''\n[ -n "$(cat .lastdir 2>/dev/null)" ] && cd "$(cat .lastdir)"' >> ~/.bash_aliases
    ichbins · 2014-01-28 18:02:04 0
  • Starts and shows a timer. banner command is a part of the sysvbanner package. Instead of the banner an echo or figlet commands could be used. Stop the timer with Ctrl-C and elapsed time will be shown as the result. Show Sample Output

    alias timer='export ts=$(date +%s);p='\''$(date -u -d @"$(($(date +%s)-$ts))" +"%H.%M.%S")'\'';watch -n 1 -t banner $p;eval "echo $p"'
    ichbins · 2013-08-24 16:18:45 1
  • bash output is inserted into the clipboard, then mousepad is started and the clipboard content is pasted. xsel and xdotool needs to be installed. Instead of the mousepad any other editor can be used. I've successfully tested the Sublime Text Editor and it opens a new tab for each new paste. Check Sample output for a usage example. This command is originated from here - Show Sample Output

    alias 2edit='xsel -b;n=pipe$RANDOM;xdotool exec --terminator -- mousepad $n -- search --sync --onlyvisible --name $n key --window %1 ctrl+v'
    ichbins · 2013-08-11 06:18:31 1
  • pdfunite is a part of the poppler-utils. poppler-utils package is only 150KB. The alternative - pdftk package is 14MB! Install poppler-utils if you need simple pdf operation commands like unite, separate, info, text/html conversions

    pdfunite 1.pdf 2.pdf united.pdf
    ichbins · 2013-07-09 11:44:58 1
  • it also works with the chrome browser. The alternative with tail and nc doesn't

    socat -u FILE:/var/log/syslog,ignoreeof TCP4-LISTEN:12345,fork,reuseaddr
    ichbins · 2013-02-18 13:36:01 0
  • Actually this is a shorter version that fits the 255 chars limit of this resource. The full version shows status in the right top corner: alias mpdd='while sleep 1; do _r=$(awk '\''BEGIN{FS=": "}/^Artist:/{r=r""$2};/^Title:/{r=r" - "$2};/^time:/{r=$2" "r};/^state: play/{f=1}END{if(f==1){print r}}'\'' <(mpc status;mpc currentsong));_l=${#_r};[ $_l -eq 0 ] && continue;[ -z "$_p" ] && _p=$_l;echo -ne "\e[s\e[0;${_p}H\e[K\e[u";_p=$((COLUMNS - _l));echo -ne "\e[s\e[0;${_p}H\e[K\e[0;44m\e[1;33m${_r}\e[0m\e[u";done &' mpc is defined like this: function mpc() { echo "$*" | nc 6600 } Show Sample Output

    while sleep 1; do (mpc status;mpc currentsong)|awk 'BEGIN{FS=": "}/^Artist:/{r=r""$2};/^Title:/{r=r" - "$2};/^time:/{r=$2" "r};/^state: play/{f=1}END{if(f==1){print r}}'|echo -ne "\e[s\e[0;0H\e[K\e[0;44m\e[1;33m$(cat -)\e[0m\e[u";done &
    ichbins · 2012-12-24 18:03:29 0

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See how many more processes are allowed, awesome!
There is a limit to how many processes you can run at the same time for each user, especially with web hosts. If the maximum # of processes for your user is 200, then the following sets OPTIMUM_P to 100. $ OPTIMUM_P=$(( (`ulimit -u` - `find /proc -maxdepth 1 \( -user $USER -o -group $GROUPNAME \) -type d|wc -l`) / 2 )) This is very useful in scripts because this is such a fast low-resource-intensive (compared to ps, who, lsof, etc) way to determine how many processes are currently running for whichever user. The number of currently running processes is subtracted from the high limit setup for the account (see limits.conf, pam, initscript). An easy to understand example- this searches the current directory for shell scripts, and runs up to 100 'file' commands at the same time, greatly speeding up the command. $ find . -type f | xargs -P $OPTIMUM_P -iFNAME file FNAME | sed -n '/shell script text/p' I am using it in my especially for the xargs command. Xargs has a -P option that lets you specify how many processes to run at the same time. For instance if you have 1000 urls in a text file and wanted to download all of them fast with curl, you could download 100 at a time (check ps output on a separate [pt]ty for proof) like this: $ cat url-list.txt | xargs -I '{}' -P $OPTIMUM_P curl -O '{}' I like to do things as fast as possible on my servers. I have several types of servers and hosting environments, some with very restrictive jail shells with 20processes limit, some with 200, some with 8000, so for the jailed shells my xargs -P10 would kill my shell or dump core. Using the above I can set the -P value dynamically, so xargs always works, like this. $ cat url-list.txt | xargs -I '{}' -P $OPTIMUM_P curl -O '{}' If you were building a process-killer (very common for cheap hosting) this would also be handy. Note that if you are only allowed 20 or so processes, you should just use -P1 with xargs.

Add a GPL license file to your project

Join lines split with backslash at the end
Joins each line that end with backslash (common way to mark line continuation in many languages) with the following one while removing the backslash.

Find the package that installed a command

Network Discover in a one liner

cycle through a 256 colour palette
Rainbow, instead of greys

Sort file greater than a specified size in human readeable format including their path and typed by color, running from current directory
1. find file greater than 10 MB 2. direct it to xargs 3. xargs pass them as argument to ls

Get last sleep time on a Mac
Similarly for last wake time: $ sysctl -a | grep waketime

Send command to all terminals in a screen session

Find the biggest files
Show the top 10 file size

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