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Define a quick calculator function
POSIX compliant arithmetic evaluation. = 10*2+3

Viewable terminal session over network.
connect to it with any network command (including web browser - if you don't mind weird formatting) curl 127.0.0.1:9876 nc 127.0.0.1 9876

One liner to kill a process when knowing only the port where the process is running
-k (kill option ) . To kill all processes accessing this port

Safely remove old unused kernels in Ubuntu/Debian
Removes piling kernels from /boot, save the current one. This command DOES NOT remove the 'linux-image-generic' package, so you'll continue getting kernel updates

move cursor to beginning of command line
Pressing Ctrl combined with 'a' will move the cursor to the beginning of the command under bash (other shells?). I used to do this after arrowing up for the last command, then typing 'sudo ' to run the last command as root, but of course the all time greatest command here `sudo !!` is more succinct. Still Ctrl+A can be very useful when you want to edit something at/close to the beginning of the command line.

check open ports without netstat or lsof

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"

Backup a filesystem to a remote machine and use cstream to throttle bandwidth of the backup
This command will nicely dump a filesystem to STDOUT, compress it, encrypt it with the gpg key of your choice, throttle the the data stream to 60kb/s and finally use ssh to copy the contents to an image on a remote machine.

know the current running shell (the true)
Return the current shell. It is better than print $SHELL which can sometimes return a false value.

Check which files are opened by Firefox then sort by largest size.
Check which files are opened by Firefox then sort by largest size (in MB). You can see all files opened by just replacing grep to "/". Useful if you'd like to debug and check which extensions or files are taking too much memory resources in Firefox.


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