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Find usb device in realtime
Using this command you can track a moment when usb device was attached.

Convert a file from ISO-8859-1 (or whatever) to UTF-8 (or whatever)
I use it sometimes when I work on a french file transferred from a windows XP to a Debian-UTF8 system. Those are not correctly displayed: ? ? ? and so on $man tcs # for all charsets

Find broken symlinks and delete them
If you don't want to delete them, but just want to list them, do $ find -L /path -type l If you want to delete them with confirmation first, do $ find -L /path -type l -exec rm -i {} + Using the -L flag follows symlinks, so the -type l test only returns true if the link can't be followed, or is a symlink to another broken symlink.

Build an exhaustive list of maildir folders for mutt
Of course, you can adjust "Maildir" to your config...

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

bash screensaver (scrolling ascii art with customizable message)
Displays a scrolling banner which loops until you hit Ctrl-C to terminate it. Make sure you finish your banner message with a space so it will loop nicely.

Open Remote Desktop (RDP) from command line having a custom screen size
This example uses xfreerdp, which builds upon the development of rdesktop. This example usage will also send you the remote machine's sound.

Retry the previous command until it exits successfully
Repeat the previously used command (!!) until it exits with a success code (0). To put a delay between attempts you could do something like $ until !!; do sleep 5; done to wait 5 seconds after each attempt.

live ssh network throughput test
connects to host via ssh and displays the live transfer speed, directing all transferred data to /dev/null needs pv installed Debian: 'apt-get install pv' Fedora: 'yum install pv' (may need the 'extras' repository enabled)

Convert CSV to JSON
Replace 'csv_file.csv' with your filename.


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