Commands by lucasrangit (9)

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    gcc -dM -E - < /dev/null
    lucasrangit · 2012-04-27 17:37:50 0
  • When you SSH to a server who's hostname or IP has changed since the last time a connection was recorded in the known_hosts file a warning will be displayed since this indicated a possible DNS spoofing attack. If this is a known change then this command will remove the previous entry and allow the SSH connection. The SSH client will prompt you as if it was the first time connected to the server. Replace ${LINE} with the line of the offending key in ~known_hosts. 49 in the sample output. Show Sample Output

    sed -i '${LINE}d' ~/.ssh/known_host
    lucasrangit · 2012-01-16 18:00:12 3
  • I often find it useful to know what the exit status for a program was. This can be helpful when looking up errors by exit status or when scripting frequent commands. Taken from Show Sample Output

    echo $?
    lucasrangit · 2011-07-27 15:34:20 0
  • This avoids the "chmod +x filename" after performing a check out or export. From Show Sample Output

    svn propset svn:executable ON filename
    lucasrangit · 2011-07-18 22:51:43 0
  • This will extract all DCT format images from foo.pdf and save them in JPEG format (option -j) to bar-000.jpg, bar-001.jpg, bar-002.jpg, etc. Inspired by

    pdfimages -j foo.pdf bar
    lucasrangit · 2011-07-07 17:18:36 0
  • Booting the VM headless via VBoxHeadless requires knowledge of the VM's network in order to connect. Using VBoxManage in this way and you can SSH to the VM without first looking up the current IP, which changes depending on how you have your VM configured. Show Sample Output

    ssh [email protected]`VBoxManage guestproperty get "vm-name" "/VirtualBox/GuestInfo/Net/0/V4/IP" | awk '{ print $2 }'`
    lucasrangit · 2011-05-04 18:01:36 0

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    abiword --to=html file.doc --exp-props=
    lucasrangit · 2011-01-05 19:31:25 0
  • I often find the need to number enumerations and other lists when programming. With this command, create a new file called 'inputfile' with the text you want to number. Paste the contents of 'outputfile' back into your source file and fix the tabbing if necessary. You can also change this to output hex numbering by changing the "%02d" to "%02x". If you need to start at 0 replace "NR" with "NR-1". I adapted this from Show Sample Output

    awk '{printf("/* %02d */ %s\n", NR,$0)}' inputfile > outputfile
    lucasrangit · 2011-01-04 19:13:55 0
  • Find C/C++ source files and headers in the current directory. Show Sample Output

    find . -name '*.[c|h]pp' -o -name '*.[ch]' -type f
    lucasrangit · 2010-03-11 01:22:06 2

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