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Which processes are listening on a specific port (e.g. port 80)
swap out "80" for your port of interest. Can use port number or named ports e.g. "http"

execute a command in case of success or execute a command in case of failure

How to establish a remote Gnu screen session that you can re-connect to
Long before tabbed terminals existed, people have been using Gnu screen to open many shells in a single text terminal. Combined with ssh, it gives you the ability to have many open shells with a single remote connection using the above options. If you detach with "Ctrl-a d" or if the ssh session is accidentally terminated, all processes running in your remote shells remain undisturbed, ready for you to reconnect. Other useful screen commands are "Ctrl-a c" (open new shell) and "Ctrl-a a" (alternate between shells). Read this quick reference for more screen commands: http://aperiodic.net/screen/quick_reference

Find the package that installed a command

Set laptop display brightness
Run as root. Path may vary depending on laptop model and video card (this was tested on an Acer laptop with ATI HD3200 video). $ cat /proc/acpi/video/VGA/LCD/brightness to discover the possible values for your display.

Make a high definition VNC
-nohttpd don't run mini-httpd if VNC java applet is found -name change the name of the desktop, it's passed to xstartup script via $VNCDESKTOP, run different set of apps acording the name. -depth pixel depth in bits of the desktop, default is 16 -geometry size of the desktop, default is 1024x768

Display standard information about device
Queries the specified ethernet device for associated driver information

Insert a comment on command line for reminder
Comments can be used directly on the command line so I can save in the history a brief description of what command does.

Uncompress a CSS file
Ever compress a file for the web by replacing all newline characters with nothing so it makes one nice big blob? It is a great idea, however what about when you want to edit that file? ...Serious pain in the butt. I ran into this today in that my only copy of a CSS file was "compressed" with no newlines. I whipped this up and it converted back into nice human readable CSS :-) It could be nicer, but it does the job.

Stoppable sleep
A nice way to interrupt a sleep with a signal.


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