Commands by miguelbaldi (4)

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Ping Twitter to check if you can connect
Returns a JSON object, by connecting to the 'test' endpoint of the Twitter API. Simplest way to check if you can connect to Twitter. Output also available in XML, use '/help/test.xml' for that

Delete all empty lines from a file with vim
If you need to delete lines that may contain space characters (such as tabs or spaces) as well as empty ones, try: $:v/\S/d Just an alternative.

limit the cdrom driver to a specified speed
this command limit the speed to 8 until next eject of your cdrom disc , can be usefulll when you don't want to listen the sound of your cdrom driver .

Output files without comments or empty lines
Filter comments and empty lines in files. I find this very useful when trying to find what values are actually set in a very long example config file. I often set an alias for it, like : alias nocomment='grep -v "^\($\|#\)"'

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

Number of CPU's in a system
/proc/cpuinfo contains information about the CPU. Search for "processor" in the /proc/cpuinfo file wc -l, counts the number of lines.

Run a ext4 file system check and badblocks scan with progress info
Nothing fancy, just a regular filesystem scan that calls the badblocks program and shows some progress info. The used options are: -c ? check for bad sectors with badblocks program -D ? optimize directories if possible -f ? force check, even if filesystem seems clean -t ? print timing stats (use -tt for more) -y ? assume answer ?yes? to all questions -C 0 ? print progress info to stdout /dev/sdxx ? the partition to check, (e.g. /dev/sda1 for first partition on first hard disk) NOTE: Never run fsck on a mounted partition!

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"

Stop long commands wrapping around and over-writing itself in the Bash shell
add the command either in /etc/profile or ~/.bash_profile so that this is available to your shell.

Retrieve "last modified" timestamp of web resource in UTC seconds
This command line assumes that "${url}" is the URL of the web resource. It can be useful to check the "freshness" of a download URL before a GET request.


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