Commands by putnamhill (75)

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exec chmod to subfiles
Using `-exec cmd {} +` causes find to build the command using all matching filenames before execution, rather than once per file.

Remove invalid host keys from ~/.ssh/known_hosts
Useful if you have to tunnel ssh through a local port and it complains of the host key being different. Much easier than manually editing the file.

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Convert CSV to JSON
Replace 'csv_file.csv' with your filename.

Monitor open connections for httpd including listen, count and sort it per IP
It's not my code, but I found it useful to know how many open connections per request I have on a machine to debug connections without opening another http connection for it. You can also decide to sort things out differently then the way it appears in here.

Converts multiple youtube links to mp3 files
Usage: ytmp3 "YTurl" "YTurl2" "YTurl3" "YTurlN" Uses the shift command to let you extract the .mp3 from as many youtube urls as you like (or wherever else youtube-dl is supported) *Requires youtube-dl Orginal chunk of code: youtube-dl -q -t --extract-audio --audio-format mp3 URL taken from here

Swap a file or dir with quick resotre
This lets you replace a file or directory and quickly revert if something goes wrong. For example, the current version of a website's files are in public_html. Put a new version of the site in public_html~ and execute the command. The names are swapped. If anything goes wrong, execute it again (up arrow or !!).

Create a backup of the file.
It will create a backup of the filename. The advantage is that if you list the folder the backups will be sorted by date. The command works on any unix in bash.

Bare Metal IRC Client
Uses the extremely cool utilities netcat and expect. "expect" logs in & monitors for server PING checks. When a PING is received it sends the PONG needed to stay connected. IRC commands to try: HELP, TIME, MOTD, JOIN and PRIVMSG The "/" in front of IRC commands are not needed, e.g. type JOIN #mygroup Learn about expect: The sample output shows snippets from an actual IRC session. Please click UP button if you like it!

Count opening and closing braces in a string.
This function counts the opening and closing braces in a string. This is useful if you have eg long boolean expressions with many braces and you simply want to check if you didn't forget to close one.

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