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List all files in current dir and subdirs sorted by size
or $ tree -ifsF --noreport .|sort -n -k2|grep -v '/$' (rows presenting directory names become hidden)

diff files while disregarding indentation and trailing white space

Dump root ext3 fs over ssh
...can do similar w/ tar, dd, xfsdump, e2fsdump, etc.

list block devices
Shows all block devices in a tree with descruptions of what they are.

cat large file to clipboard with speed-o-meter
shortest alternative without the speed-o-meter"xclip large.xml" "xclip -o" to get the clipboard content, alternatively [shift key] + insert or middle button of your mouse.

Find usb device in realtime
Using this command you can track a moment when usb device was attached.

quickly backup or copy a file with bash

Remove color codes (special characters) with sed

Display which distro is installed
Works on nearly all linux distros

get the oldest file in a directory
reverse the sorting of ls to get the newest file: $ls -1tr --group-directories-first /path/to/dir/ | tail -n 1 Problems: If there are no files in the directory you will get a directory or nothing.


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