Commands by mikedamage (3)

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

connects to a serial console
cu (call UNIX) establishes a full-duplex connection to another machine (*BSD) using a serial console. It becames more useful than screen if you have to send a BREAK signal. using cu just type "~#". $man cu

Regenerate the /etc/mtab file

Change gnome-shell wallpaper

calculate md5 sums for every file in a directory tree
an alternative

Email someone if a web page has been updated.
A cronjob command line to email someone when a webpages homepage is updated.

Set blanket packet/second limit on network interface for Ubuntu VPS server
VPS server hosts suspect DOS attack if PPS is too high. This limits packets at the interface level. Do "sudo apt-get install iptables-persistent" to make persistent, or, if you already have, reconfigure with "sudo dpkg-reconfigure iptables-persistent"

List all available commands (bash, ksh93)

Display GCC Predefined Macros
doesn't need /dev/null

Periodically run a command without hangups, and send the output to your e-mail
Run "ps -x" (process status) in the background every hour (in this example). The outputs of both "nohup" and "ps -x" are sent to the e-mail (instead of nohup.out and stdout and stderr). If you like it, replace "ps -x" by the command of your choice, replace 3600 (1 hour) by the period of your choice. You can run the command in the loop any time by killing the sleep process. For example $ ps -x 2925 ? S 0:00.00 sh -c unzip >/dev/null 2>&1 11288 ? O 0:00.00 unzip 25428 ? I 0:00.00 sleep 3600 14346 pts/42- I 0:00.01 bash -c while true; do ps -x | mail pascalv; sleep 3600; done 643 pts/66 Ss 0:00.03 -bash 14124 pts/66 O+ 0:00.00 ps -x $ kill 25428 You have mail in /mail/pascalv

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