Commands by sysadmn (3)

  • Show only the subdirectories in the current directory. In the example above, /lib has 135 files and directories. With this command, the 9 dirs jump out. Show Sample Output

    ls -l | grep ^d
    sysadmn · 2009-02-26 20:28:10 3
  • Sort a list of IPV4 addresses in numerical order. Great as a filter, or within vim using !} Show Sample Output

    sort -nt . -k 1,1 -k 2,2 -k 3,3 -k 4,4
    sysadmn · 2009-02-26 20:22:57 0
  • Often, when sorting you want the sort to ignore extraneous characters. The b, d, and f tell sort to ignore leading blanks, use 'dictionary order' (ignore punctuation), and ignore (fold) case. Add a "u" if you only want one copy of duplicate lines. This is a great command to use within vim to sort lines of text, using !}sort -bdf Show Sample Output

    sort -bdf
    sysadmn · 2009-02-26 19:55:41 0

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