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Using bash inline
There are two ways to use "here documents" with bash to fill stdin: The following example shows use with the "bc" command. a) Using a delimiter at the end of data: $ less-than less-than eeooff bc > k=1024 > m=k*k > g=k*m > g > eeooff 1073741824 b) using the "inline" verion with three less-than symbols: $ less-than less-than less-than "k=1024; m=k*k; g=k*m; g" bc 1073741824 One nice advantage of using the triple less-than version is that the command can easily be recalled from command line history and re-executed. PS: in this "description", I had to use the name "less-than" to represent the less-than symbol because the commandlinefu input text box seems to eat up the real less-than symbols. Odd.

check open ports without netstat or lsof

Octal ls
Do ls with permissions written in octal form.

Install pip with Proxy
Installs pip packages defining a proxy

Using column to format a directory listing
Using column to format a directory listing

Recover remote tar backup with ssh
Here how to recover the remote backup over ssh

Display the number of connections to a MySQL Database
Count the number of active connections to a MySQL database. The MySQL command "show processlist" gives a list of all the active clients. However, by using the processlist table, in the information_schema database, we can sort and count the results within MySQL.

Go to parent directory of filename edited in last command
Uses the last argument of the last executed command, and gets the directory name from it. Use $!:t for the filename alone, without the dirname.

count processes with status "D" uninterruptible sleep

mtr, better than traceroute and ping combined
mtr combines the functionality of the traceroute and ping programs in a single network diagnostic tool. As mtr starts, it investigates the network connection between the host mtr runs on and HOSTNAME. by sending packets with purposly low TTLs. It continues to send packets with low TTL, noting the response time of the intervening routers. This allows mtr to print the response percentage and response times of the internet route to HOSTNAME. A sudden increase in packetloss or response time is often an indication of a bad (or simply over‐loaded) link.

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