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A very simple and useful stopwatch
time read -sn1 (s:silent, n:number of characters. Press any character to stop)

convert a mp4 video file to mp3 audio file (multiple files)

check open ports without netstat or lsof

Which processes are listening on a specific port (e.g. port 80)
swap out "80" for your port of interest. Can use port number or named ports e.g. "http"

Extract the MBR ID of a device
Useful when you want to know the mbrid of a device - for the purpose of making it bootable. Certain hybridiso distros, for eg the OpenSUSE live ISO uses the mbrid to find the live media. Use this command to find out the mbrid of your USB drive and then edit the /grub/mbrid file to match it.

Add date stamp to filenames of photos by Sony Xperia camera app
Sony's Xperia camera app creates files without time-stamped names. Thus, after deleting files on the phone, the same names will be reused. When uploading the photos to a cloud storage, this means that files will be overwritten. Running this command after every sync of uploaded photos with the computer prevents this.

A signal trap that logs when your script was killed and what other processes were running at that time
trap is the bash builtin that allows you to execute commands when the current script receives a particular signal. Uses $0 for the script name, $$ for the script PID, tee to output to STDOUT as well as a log file and ps to log other running processes.

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.

100% rollback files to a specific revision

encode a text to url_encoded format
usefull for posts via wget


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