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Sniffing network to generate a pcap file in CLI mode on a remote host and open it via local Wireshark ( GUI ).
Then hit ^C to stop, get the file by scp, and you can now use wireshark like this : $ wireshark /tmp/sniff.pcap If you have tshark on remote host, you could use that : $ wireshark -k -i

Show top 50 running processes ordered by highest memory/cpu usage refreshing every 1s for an overview of --sort available values

Convert seconds to [DD:][HH:]MM:SS
Converts any number of seconds into days, hours, minutes and seconds. sec2dhms() { declare -i SS="$1" D=$(( SS / 86400 )) H=$(( SS % 86400 / 3600 )) M=$(( SS % 3600 / 60 )) S=$(( SS % 60 )) [ "$D" -gt 0 ] && echo -n "${D}:" [ "$H" -gt 0 ] && printf "%02g:" "$H" printf "%02g:%02g\n" "$M" "$S" }

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"

coloured tail
tail with coloured output with the help of perl - need more colours? here is a colour table:

Get the gravatar UTL for a given email address

Randomize lines in a file
Works in sort (GNU coreutils) 7.4, don't know when it was implemented but sometime the last 6 years.

Recursively grep thorugh directory for string in file.
-R, -r, --recursive Read all files under each directory, recursively; this is equivalent to the -d recurse option.

repeat a command every one second
Short method of "while x=0; do foo ; sleep 1 ; done"

du disk top 10
fancy command line ncdu clone

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