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Get the full path of a bash script's Git repository head.
Rather than complicated and fragile paths relative to a script like "../../other", this command will retrieve the full path of the file's repository head. Safe with spaces in directory names. Works within a symlinked directory. Broken down: $cd "$(dirname "${BASH_SOURCE[0]}")" temporarily changes directories within this expansion. Double quoted "$(dirname" and ")" with unquoted ${BASH_SOURCE[0]} allows spaces in the path. $git rev-parse --show-toplevel gets the full path of the repository head of the current working directory, which was temporarily changed by the "cd".

find out how many days since given date
You can also do this for seconds, minutes, hours, etc... Can't use dates before the epoch, though.

Re-read partition table on specified device without rebooting system (here /dev/sda).

Process command output line by line in a while loop
This snippet allows to process the output of any bash command line by line.

List files with quotes around each filename

locate bin, src, and man file for a command

Shows the torrent file name along with the trackers url
Replace * with any filename matching glob or an individual filename

quickly rename a file

Create a new file

Copy a directory recursively without data/files


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