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Tar - Compress by excluding folders
If you give tar a list of filenames, it will not add the directories, so if you don't care about directory ownership or permissions, you can save some space. Tar will create directories as necessary when extracting. This command is limited by the maximum supported size of the argument list, so if you are trying to tar up the whole OS for instance, you may just get "Argument list too long".

list block devices
Shows all block devices in a tree with descruptions of what they are.

Random Number Between 1 And X
If X is 5, it will about a number between 1 and 5 inclusive. This works in bash and zsh. If you want between 0 and 4, remove the +1.

Find common groups between two users
Updated according to flatcap's suggestion, thanks!

Get MD5 checksum from a pipe stream and do not alter it

spawn shell listener service with nc

Use AbiWord to generate a clean HTML document from a Microsoft Word document.
Credit goes to @Porges from http://stackoverflow.com/questions/67964/what-is-the-best-free-way-to-clean-up-word-html.

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"

quickest (i blv) way to get the current program name minus the path (BASH)
Useful in shell scripts when you're trying to get the shell script name without the full path - and easier than awking or cutting. Bash pattern matching and variable manip is fun.

Trick find -exec option to execute alias
An alias cannot be executed as command in a find -exec line. This form will trick the command line and let you do the job.


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