Commands by ik_5 (2)

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Count items in JSON array
Pipe any JSON to jq, then count with the appropiate expression and use the | length on the array

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Transform a portrait pdf in a landscape one with 2 pages per page
This is an example of the usage of pdfnup (you can find it in the 'pdfjam' package). With this command you can save ink/toner and paper (and thus trees!) when you print a pdf. This tools are very configurable, and you can make also 2x2, 3x2, 2x3 layouts, and more (the limit is your fantasy and the resolution of the printer :-) You must have installed pdfjam, pdflatex, and the LaTeX pdfpages package in your box.

Reload all sysctl variables without reboot
Use `sysctl -p` without argument will only load /etc/sysctl.conf, but user configs always put in /etc/sysctl.d/*.conf, `sysctl --system` will load all the config files

DVD to YouTube ready watermarked MPEG-4 AVI file using mencoder (step 2)
Reencodes to MPEG-4 DivX output video file from step 1. Audio stream is simply copied. Resizes to 320x240 and deinterlaces as needed. A heading subtitle file is applied as watermark. This heading subtitle file can be a URL.

Close a hanging ssh session
~ is the ssh control character. If you type it after a newline, you can example force close the ssh session. , ~, then . If you want more info, type ~? when you are connecting using ssh. Very useful to kill of any hanging ssh sessions when nothing else works.

interactive rss-based colorful commandline-fu reader perl oneliner (v0.1)
required packages: curl, xml2, html2text command is truncated, see 'sample output'

multiline data block parse and CSV data extraction with perl
extract data in multiline blocks of data with perl pattern matching loop

gpg decrypt several files
Change directory (cd) to the directory where all your encrypted files are placed, and then run the command - then you are asked to insert your secret gpg password - ubuntu 8.04

Use result of the last command
\$ which python /usr/bin/python \$ ll `!!` lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 9 2010-11-08 22:01 /usr/bin/python -> python2.6

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