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Introduction to user commands
Tested on debian and ubuntu. Translations could be useless, so "LANG=C man intro" is a better alternative.

Function to check whether a regular file ends with a newline
tail -c 1 "$1" returns the last byte in the file. Command substitution deletes any trailing newlines, so if the file ended in a newline $(tail -c 1 "$1") is now empty, and the -z test succeeds. However, $a will also be empty for an empty file, so we add -s "$1" to check that the file has a size greater than zero. Finally, -f "$1" checks that the file is a regular file -- not a directory or a socket, etc.

Send youtube video to Kodi
Kodi needs the youtube plugin to be installed.

List available upgrades from apt without upgrading the system

scp a good script from host A which has no public access to host C, but with a hop by host B
middlehost allows ssh access from where you are but not securehost. Use nice ssh piping to simulate scp through A => B => C setting up the shell function if left as an exercise for the reader. ;-) Agent forwarding should avoid password typing.

Encode a file to MPEG4 format
Encode video.avi into newvideo.avi using the libav codec to produce an MPEG4 file with a bitrate of 800

get a fresh commandlinefu-item each day as motd
Commandline-fu often has little tricks that I always forget. By adding this to the root-cron (sudo crontab -e) I lean a new trick every day.

en/decrypts files in a specific directory
To decrypt the files replace "ccenrypt" with "ccdecrypt. ccrypt(1) must be installed. It uses the AES (Rijndael) block cipher. To make it handier create an alias.

list files recursively by size

convert a .wmv to a .avi


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