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Netcat & Tar
Create a tarball on the client and send it across the network with netcat on port 1234 where its extracted on the server in the current directory.

GZip all files in a directory separately

SSH to a machine's internet address if it is not present on your local network
Ping machine once, waiting 1 second for response until failing. Upon fail, ssh globally, otherwise ssh locally.

Rename files in batch

Renames all files in the current directory such that the new file contains no space characters.
This is a better version, as it does no command piping, uses for instead of while loops, which allows for a list of files in the current working directory to be natively processed. It also uses the -v/verbose option with mv to let you know what the command is doing. While the command does exactly the same in a better way, I would modify the sed option to replace spaces with underscores instead, or dashes. Please note that you'll receive errors with this command as it tries to rename files that don't even have spaces. This is an alternative to: http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/8761/renames-all-files-in-the-current-directory-such-that-the-new-file-contains-no-space-characters.

Copy all files. All normal files, all hidden files and all files starting with - (minus).
./* is for copying files starting with - .[!.]* is for copying hidden files and avoiding copying files from the parent directory. ..?* is for copying files starting with .. (avoids the directory ..) /path/to/dir the path to the directory where the files should be copied Can also be used as a script. Input argument is /path/to/dir in tcsh, replace .[!.]* with .[^.]*

Get table column names from an MySQL-database in comma-seperated form

Empty a file
For when you want to flush all content from a file without removing it (hat-tip to Marc Kilgus).

Join lines
Even shorter. Stolen from comment posted by eightmillion.

diff two unsorted files without creating temporary files
bash/ksh subshell redirection (as file descriptors) used as input to diff


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