Commands by jameskirk (4)

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test moduli file generated for openssh
this command test the moduli file generated by the command ssh-keygen -G /tmp/moduli-2048.candidates -b 2048 . The test can be long depend of your cpu power , around 5 minutes to 30 minutes

Write comments to your history.
A null operation with the name 'comment', allowing comments to be written to HISTFILE. Prepending '#' to a command will *not* write the command to the history file, although it will be available for the current session, thus '#' is not useful for keeping track of comments past the current session.

Double your disk read performance in a single command
(WARN) This will absolutely not work on all systems, unless you're running large, high speed, hardware RAID arrays. For example, systems using Dell PERC 5/i SAS/SATA arrays. If you have a hardware RAID array, try it. It certainly wont hurt. You may be can test the speed disk with some large file in your system, before and after using this: $ time dd if=/tmp/disk.iso of=/dev/null bs=256k To know the value of block device parameter known as readahead. $ blockdev --getra /dev/sdb And set the a value 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192, and maybe 16384... it really depends on the number of hard disks, their speed, your RAID controller, etc. (see sample)

Pass TAB as field separator to sort, join, cut, etc.
Use this BASH trick to create a variable containing the TAB character and pass it as the argument to sort, join, cut and other commands which don't understand the \t notation. $ sort -t $'\t' ... $ join -t $'\t' ... $ cut -d $'\t' ...

Create A Continuous Yahoo! News Ticker For The Terminal
This creates a permanent stock ticker in the terminal. it has scrolling action and refreshes when each cycle is done to get the latest news.

Give webpage status code
this function will give you a status webpage code using curl.

Outgoing IP of server
Faster than the curl/wget-approaches.

worse alternative to
worse alternative to ctrl+r: grep the history removing duplicates without sorting (case insensitive search).

Sort a character string
Sorts a character string, using common shell commands.

resolve short urls
since the most url shorteners respond with a header containing the Location: ... this works with most common shorteners

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