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Extract neatly a rar compressed file
It's also possible to delay the extraction (echo "unrar e ... fi" |at now+20 minutes) wich is really convenient!

Grep colorized
Highlights the search pattern in red.

swap stdout and stderr
Possible use, to filter something in stderr: (/usr/bin/$COMMAND $PARAM 3>&1 1>&2 2>&3 | grep -v $uninteresting_error ) 3>&1 1>&2 2>&3

Run a ext4 file system check and badblocks scan with progress info
Nothing fancy, just a regular filesystem scan that calls the badblocks program and shows some progress info. The used options are: -c ? check for bad sectors with badblocks program -D ? optimize directories if possible -f ? force check, even if filesystem seems clean -t ? print timing stats (use -tt for more) -y ? assume answer ?yes? to all questions -C 0 ? print progress info to stdout /dev/sdxx ? the partition to check, (e.g. /dev/sda1 for first partition on first hard disk) NOTE: Never run fsck on a mounted partition!

Internet Speed Test
Make sure the file you use in your test is > 50mb to get good results. Dependancies: sudo apt-get install lftp iperf

Empty a file
The downside of output redirection is that you need permissions. So something like $ > file won't play nicely w/ sudo. You'd need to do something like $ bash -c '> file' instead, you could go w/ $ sudo truncate -s0 file

Vim: Switch from Horizontal split to Vertical split
This allows to switch from horizontal to vertical split, putting the current buffer on the right side of the vertical split. To put it on the right use ^W-H. In a similar way, to switch from Vertical to Horizontal, do ^W-J (for bottom) and ^W-K (for top), but you vimers all guessed that one already :P

Get all links from commandlinefu front page
You need to install WWW::Mechanize Perl module with # cpan -i WWW::Mezchanize or by searching mechanize | grep perl in your package manager With this command, you can get forms, images, headers too

Greets the user appropriately

du and sort to find the biggest directories in defined filesystem
I had the problem that our monitoring showed that the "/" filesystem is >90% full. This command helped me to find out fast which subdirs are the biggest. The system has many NFS-mounts therefore the -x.

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