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Batch Convert SVG to PNG (in parallel)
Convert some SVG files into PNG using ImageMagick's convert command. Run the conversions in parallel to save time. This is safer than robinro's forkbomb approach :-) xargs runs four processes at a time -P4

Convert seconds to [DD:][HH:]MM:SS
Converts any number of seconds into days, hours, minutes and seconds. sec2dhms() { declare -i SS="$1" D=$(( SS / 86400 )) H=$(( SS % 86400 / 3600 )) M=$(( SS % 3600 / 60 )) S=$(( SS % 60 )) [ "$D" -gt 0 ] && echo -n "${D}:" [ "$H" -gt 0 ] && printf "%02g:" "$H" printf "%02g:%02g\n" "$M" "$S" }

RDP through SSH tunnel
This command will: 1. open an SSH tunnel to 2. go to background 3. wait for 10 seconds for the connection 4. during the 10 seconds wait it will localy run 'rdesktop' to connect to the remote host through the created SSH tunnel. Password-less log in can be achieved (when server allows it) by adding '-p ' to the 'rdesktop' command

convert unixtime to human-readable
Mac have direct conversion of seconds (Epoch time)

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

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

Creating shortened URLs from the command line

Find Duplicate Files (based on size first, then MD5 hash)
If you have the fdupes command, you'll save a lot of typing. It can do recursive searches (-r,-R) and it allows you to interactively select which of the duplicate files found you wish to keep or delete.

Copy a MySQL Database to a new Server via SSH with one command
Dumps a MySQL database over a compressed SSH tunnel and uses it as input to mysql - i think that is the fastest and best way to migrate a DB to a new server!

Find public IP when behind a random router (also see description)
Depends on GET. You can also replace GET with curl, or `wget -qO -` if GET isn't available.


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