Commands using paste (42)

What's this? is the place to record those command-line gems that you return to again and again. That way others can gain from your CLI wisdom and you from theirs too. All commands can be commented on, discussed and voted up or down.

Share Your Commands

Check These Out

Create date based backups
This script creates date based backups of the files. It copies the files to the same place the original ones are but with an additional extension that is the timestamp of the copy on the following format: YearMonthDay-HourMinuteSecond

'readlink' equivalent using shell commands, and following all links
This is a equivalent to the GNU ' readlink' tool, but it supports following all the links, even in different directories. An interesting alternative is this one, that gets the path of the destination file $ myreadlink() { [ ! -h "$1" ] && echo "$1" || (local link="$(expr "$(command ls -ld -- "$1")" : '.*-> \(.*\)$')"; cd $(dirname $1); myreadlink "$link" | sed "s|^\([^/].*\)\$|$(dirname $1)/\1|"); }

Comparison between the execution output of the last and penultimate command
Useful for checking if there are differences between last and penultimate command.

add static arp entry to default gateway, arp poison protection

Check your hard drive for bad blocks (destructive)
WARNING!!! ALL DATA WILL BE LOST!!! This command should ONLY be run on drives that are meant to be wiped. Data destruction will result from running this command with the '-w' switch. You may run this command with the '-n' switch in place of '-w' if you want to retain all data on the drive, however, the test won't be as detailed, since the '-n' switch provides a non-destructive read-write mode only, whereas '-w' switch actually writes patterns while scanning for bad blocks.

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"

Insert a line for each n lines
specially usefull for sql scripts with insert / update statements, to add a commit command after n statements executed.

Delete all flash cookies.
Maybe you want first check which files will be deleted: $ find $HOME -name '*.sol' -exec echo rm {} \;

print a file on a single line
Example: you have a package.txt you want to install on a system. Instead of this: cat package.txt package1 package2 package3 You want it to cat out on one line so you can print "yum install package1 package2 package3"

Rip a DVD to AVI format
Substitute whatever track number you want into the "dvd://1" parameter. The "-aid 128" is to select the English language.

Stay in the loop…

Follow the Tweets.

Every new command is wrapped in a tweet and posted to Twitter. Following the stream is a great way of staying abreast of the latest commands. For the more discerning, there are Twitter accounts for commands that get a minimum of 3 and 10 votes - that way only the great commands get tweeted.


Subscribe to the feeds.

Use your favourite RSS aggregator to stay in touch with the latest commands. There are feeds mirroring the 3 Twitter streams as well as for virtually every other subset (users, tags, functions,…):

Subscribe to the feed for: