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Use a regex as a field separator awk

lists files and folders in a folder
lists files and folders in a folder with summary.

intercept stdout/stderr of another process
similar to the previous command, but with more friendly output (tested on linux)

Find name of package which installed a given shell command
Some command names are very different from the name of the package that installed them. Sometimes, you may want to find out the name of the package that provided a command on a system, so that you can install it on another system.

For when GUI programs stop responding..
man xkill

chmod - change file permissions of a file to be similar of another

Clone current directory into /destination verbosely
Copy every file from current directory to destination preserving modification time.

List processes sorted by CPU usage

Never rewrites a file while copying (or moving)
Allows you to preserve your files when using cp, mv, ln, install or patch. When the target file exists, it will generate a file named XXX.~N~ (N is an auto-incremental number) instead of deleting the target file.

blktrace - generate traces of the i/o traffic on block devices
blktrace is a block layer IO tracing mechanism which provide detailed information about request queue operations up to user space. blkparse will combine streams of events for various devices on various CPUs, and produce a formatted output the the event information. It take the output of above tool blktrace and convert those information into fency readable form.


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