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urldecoding with one pure BASH builtin
You can use ordinary printf to convert "%23%21%2fbin%2fbash" into "#!/bin/bash" with no external utilities, by using a little known printf feature -- the "%b" specifier converts shell escapes. Replace % with \x and printf will understand the urlencoded string. BASH's printf has an extension to set a variable directly, too. So you get to convert urlencoded strings from garble to plaintext in one step with no externals and no backticks.

Transfer a file to multiple hosts over ssh
You can push files to up to 32 servers at once assuming ssh keys are in place. Great tool, it is part of the pssh suite.

List complete size of directories (do not consider hidden directories)
why make it complicated ? : ] -------------------- I just noticed someone else has posted this on this site before me (sorry I am now a duplicate :/) http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/4313

Google Translate
substitute "example" with desired string; tl = target language (en, fr, de, hu, ...); you can leave sl parameter as-is (autodetection works fine)

Create a mirror of a local folder, on a remote server
Create a exact mirror of the local folder "/root/files", on remote server 'remote_server' using SSH command (listening on port 22) (all files & folders on destination server/folder will be deleted)

Makes a Zenity select list based on entries in your wpa_supplicant.conf
If you still connect to your wireless access point manually and need to use wpa_supplicant, the above fu will grep all of the known SSID from your wpa_supplicant.conf file, present it in a Zenity list and return the SSID name you choose. I've wrapped this command in to a bash script that then up's the interface, associates and autenticates. Saves me from using NetworkManager ;)

Clone or rescue a block device
If you use the logfile feature of ddrescue, the data is rescued very efficiently (only the needed blocks are read). Also you can interrupt the rescue at any time and resume it later at the same point. http://www.gnu.org/software/ddrescue/ddrescue.html

Change host name
With sed you can replace strings on the fly.

remove leading blank lines

Monitor logs in Linux using Tail
Works in Ubuntu, I hope it will work on all Linux machines. For Unixes, tail should be capable of handling more than one file with '-f' option. This command line simply take log files which are text files, and not ending with a number, and it will continuously monitor those files. Putting one alias in .profile will be more useful.


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