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Sync the date of one server to that of another.
(Useful when firewalls prevent you from using NTP.)

ASCII webcam live stream video using mplayer
Mplayer starts a webcam capture using ASCII art. Only mplayer required

YES = NO

Restore user,group and mod of an entire website
I often use it at my work, on an ovh server with root ssh access and often have to change mod after having finished an operation. This command, replace the user, group and mod by the one required by apache to work.

Get your external IP address
curl ifconfig.me/ip -> IP Adress curl ifconfig.me/host -> Remote Host curl ifconfig.me/ua ->User Agent curl ifconfig.me/port -> Port thonks to http://ifconfig.me/

Email yourself after a job is done
This is a two part command that comes in really handy if you're running commands that take longer than you're willing to wait. The commands are separated by the semicolon(;) The first command is whatever you're attempting to do. The second commands emails you after the job completes.

Find removed files still in use via /proc
Oracle DBA remove some logfiles which are still open by the database and he is complaining the space has not been reclaimed? Use the above command to find out what PID needs to be stopped. Or alternatively recover the file via: $ cp /proc/pid/fd/filehandle /new/file.txt

Control ssh connection
SSH can be controlled trough an ~ escape sequence. Example, to terminate the current ssh connection, type a newline, then the ~ character, and last a . character. This is useful eg when an ssh connection hangs after you reboot a machine and the connection hangs.

while using lxde and being blinded by your laptop screen, you can type:
I'm not sure what apt this is, but it seems to work on most X screens, an is useful for saving power, and not straining your eyes

list files recursively by size


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