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find available cpu frequencies on FreeBSD
Once you know the available frequencies for your CPU, they can be used to do things like set minimum CPU frequency for powerd so that it doesn't ramp down too slow on a server : /etc/sysctl.conf or /boot/loader.conf: debug.cpufreq.lowest=DESIRED FREQ HERE or at terminal sysctl debug.cpufreq.lowest=DESIRED FREQ HERE

grep for minus (-) sign
Use flag "--" to stop switch parsing

List the size (in human readable form) of all sub folders from the current location

Display the top ten running processes - sorted by memory usage
ps returns all running processes which are then sorted by the 4th field in numerical order and the top 10 are sent to STDOUT.

Retrieve the size of a file on a server
Downloads the entire file, but http servers don't always provide the optional 'Content-Length:' header, and ftp/gopher/dict/etc servers don't provide a filesize header at all.

Get a list of the top 10 heaviest tables in your mysql database - useful for performance diagnostics

Show directories in the PATH, one per line
Shorter version.

Compare a remote dir with a local dir
You can compare directories on two different remote hosts as well: $ diff -y

add all files not under version control to repository
With the force options the same results can be achieved

List all symbolic links in current directory
Many competing commands to do this, but since most people want a Long list with Human readable files sizes and want to see All files (including hidden (.*) files) this one wins on simplicity and usefulness. Plus grep is just as, if not more portable than sed or awk, and is more widely understood. :)


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