Watch the National Debt clock

watch -n 10 "wget -q -O - | grep debtiv.gif | sed -e 's/.*ALT=\"//' -e 's/\".*//' -e 's/ //g'"
The idea was originally stolen from Linux Journal. 'wget' pulls the debt clock and 'sed' reformats it for general consumption. Prefacing the command with 'watch' simply sets an interval - in this case every 10 seconds.
Sample Output
Every 10.0s: wget -q -O - | grep debt...  Thu Mar 26 15:28:51 2009


2009-03-26 19:32:57

What Others Think

Oi! please don't assume that everyone here is 'merkan. M'kay?
mpb · 593 weeks and 1 day ago
Warning, this brought a quad-core to it's knees for some reason. Maybe someone should REALLY change that interval....
huntersan9 · 593 weeks ago
@hundersan9 It brought your quad-core to its knees (not "it's")? You might want to take a look at your failing hardware. This is barely resource intensive, grabbing a url every 10 seconds, and removing some of the output.
atoponce · 593 weeks ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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