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Listen to BBC Radio from the command line.
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Copy a file and force owner/group/mode
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How to run a command on a list of remote servers read from a file
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remove newlines from specific lines in a file using sed

Given process ID print its environment variables
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Colour part of your prompt red to indicate an error
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Preserve user variables when running commands with sudo.
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