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Compare a remote file with a local file
A little messy, but functional. Requires vim >= 7.x.

ssh -A user@somehost
the -A argument forwards your ssh private keys to the host you're going to. Useful in some scenarios where you have to hop to one server, and then login to another using a private key.

Remove any RPMs matching a pattern
This should be an option to rpm, but isn't. I wind up using it a lot because I always forget the full name of the packages I want to delete.

Quickly create an alias for changing into the current directory
Put the function in your .bashrc and use "map [alias]" to create the alias you want. Just be careful to not override an existing alias.

Extract .tar.lzma archive

Convert files from DOS line endings to UNIX line endings
Here "^M" is NOT "SHIFT+6" and "M". Type CTRL+V+M to get it instead. Its shortest and easy. And its sed!, which is available by default in all linux flavours.. no need to install extra tools like fromdos.

Schedule Nice Background Commands That Won't Die on Logout - Alternative to nohup and at
Check out the usage of 'trap', you may not have seen this one much. This command provides a way to schedule commands at certain times by running them after sleep finishes sleeping. In the example 'sleep 2h' sleeps for 2 hours. What is cool about this command is that it uses the 'trap' builtin bash command to remove the SIGHUP trap that normally exits all processes started by the shell upon logout. The 'trap 1' command then restores the normal SIGHUP behaviour. It also uses the 'nice -n 19' command which causes the sleep process to be run with minimal CPU. Further, it runs all the commands within the 2nd parentheses in the background. This is sweet cuz you can fire off as many of these as you want. Very helpful for shell scripts.

Set laptop display brightness
Run as root. Path may vary depending on laptop model and video card (this was tested on an Acer laptop with ATI HD3200 video). $ cat /proc/acpi/video/VGA/LCD/brightness to discover the possible values for your display.

Simulate typing
This will output the characters at 10 per second.

copy from host1 to host2, through your host
Good if only you have access to host1 and host2, but they have no access to your host (so ncat won't work) and they have no direct access to each other.

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