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Clone or rescue a block device
If you use the logfile feature of ddrescue, the data is rescued very efficiently (only the needed blocks are read). Also you can interrupt the rescue at any time and resume it later at the same point. http://www.gnu.org/software/ddrescue/ddrescue.html

Sort lines using the Xth characted as the start of the sort string
Tells sort to ignore all characters before the Xth position in the first field per line. If you have a list of items one per line and want to ignore the first two characters for sorting purposes, you would type "sort -k1.3". Change the "1" to change the field being sorted. The decimal value is the offset in the specified field to sort by.

search google on os x
Searches Google, but requires no "", and will also search all terms input in the CL, eg: > google foo bar returns search URL "http://www.google.com/search?q=foo%20bar" You could also use awk to replace all spaces with a +, which is how the Google search handles spaces, but that makes it more than one line.

Ping sweep without NMAP
Waits for all pings to complete and returns ip with mac address

zsh only: access a file when you don't know the path, if it is in PATH
Say you want to execute 'file' on the command 'top' (to determine what type of file it is); but you don't know where 'top' resides: preface the argument with = and zsh will implicitly prepend the path.

list files recursively by size

How to backup hard disk timely?
Creates files in $DATE and hardlinks existing files to $PREVDATE. Thus full backup in each directory. Only drawback is changed modification time. Recommend a wrapper script to determine $DATE and $PREVDATE. Works like a charm. (Dirvish handrolled)

ssh tunnel with auto reconnect ability

uncomment the lines where the word DEBUG is found

replace recursive in folder with sed


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