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IFS - use entire lines in your for cycles
When you use a "for" construct, it cycles on every word. If you want to cycle on a line-by-line basis (and, well, you can't use xargs -n1 :D), you can set the IFS variable to .

Restore user,group and mod of an entire website
I often use it at my work, on an ovh server with root ssh access and often have to change mod after having finished an operation. This command, replace the user, group and mod by the one required by apache to work.

list block devices
Shows all block devices in a tree with descruptions of what they are.

Change prompt to MS-DOS one (joke)
This one eliminates the additional backslash at the end (which is not necessary)

check open ports without netstat or lsof

Create colorized html file from Vim or Vimdiff
While editing a source file in vim, or using vimdiff to compare two or more files, the ':TOhtml' command can be used to export each buffer as an html file, including syntax highlighting and vimdiff colorization. If you are in insert mode in vim, you will have to type :TOhtml This will open a new buffer filled with html, which you can then save.

Create a bunch of dummy text files
Using the 'time' command, running this with 'tr' took 28 seconds (and change) each time but using base64 only took 8 seconds (and change). If the file doesn't have to be viewable, pulling straight from urandom with head only took 6 seconds (and change)

Run the last command as root
Useful when you forget to use sudo for a command. "!!" grabs the last run command.

Fix time-stamped filenames of JPEG images according to the EXIF date the photo was taken
For each *.jpg or *.JPG file in the current directory, extract the date the photo was taken from its EXIF metadata. Then replace the date stamp, which is assumed to exist in the filename, by the date the photo was taken. A trick from https://unix.stackexchange.com/a/9256 is used to split the date into its components.

Control ssh connection
SSH can be controlled trough an ~ escape sequence. Example, to terminate the current ssh connection, type a newline, then the ~ character, and last a . character. This is useful eg when an ssh connection hangs after you reboot a machine and the connection hangs.


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