Commands by thetrivialstuff (2)

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list files recursively by size

Watch several log files in a single window
It works like a "tail -f" on several files. Use the number keys 0-9 to set a baseline in the numbered window. Pressing "b" let you scroll back in one of the windows.

Go to the Nth line of file [text editor]
This is not printing, real editing using the text editor.

Mount FileVault sparsebundle image manually (e.g.: from TimeMachine disk).

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

Python version 3: Serve current directory tree at http://$HOSTNAME:8000/
In Python version 3, the module was merged into http.server. Gentlemen, change your aliases.

Twitter update from terminal (pok3's snipts ?)
Found it on snipt, pok3, is it yours? I put my user = m33600, the password and the status was my robot message: Settima robot message: ALARM ZONE 3 (sent via command line). Now bots may have their identity on twitter...

Update a tarball
This will update the tarball, adding files that have changed since the last update. This assumes that the tarball is in the same directory as the files being archived. N.B. This command can't be used on compressed tarballs. N.B. This will add the updated files to the tarball, so that the tarball will have two versions of each file. This will make the tarball larger, but doesn't have any other significant effect.

Find usb device
I often use it to find recently added ou removed device, or using find in /dev, or anything similar. Just run the command, plug the device, and wait to see him and only him

Command to keep an SSH connection open
This runs the uptime command every 30 seconds to avoid an SSH connection dropping due to inactivity. Granted there are better ways of solving this problem but this is sometimes the right tool for the job.


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