See most used commands

history|awk '{print $2}'|awk 'BEGIN {FS="|"} {print $1}'|sort|uniq -c|sort -r
It will return a ranked list of your most commonly-entered commands using your command history
Sample Output
8 wine
      8 kill
      7 killall
     66 cd
      5 wget
      4 telnet

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By: kayowas
2009-04-05 13:40:56

What Others Think

Already posted in a shorter version http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/869/list-of-commands-you-use-most-often
TheMightyBuzzard · 497 weeks and 2 days ago
@TheMightyBuzzard: I tested both commands under OS X and found kayowas' version more accurate: It correctly handles command such as: ls|grep "foo" where the pipe symbol immediately follows the command.
haivu · 497 weeks and 2 days ago
I bet "cd" and "ls" will be the top commands in most of our readers lists ;)
bytor4232 · 497 weeks and 2 days ago
I think awk '{print $1}' approach is not accurate for counting commands in pipes. So, I propose the following(*) for the most accurate counting: ....|perl -F'\|' -ane 'foreach $pipe (@F) {$pipe=~ /\s*(\w+?)\s/;print $1,"\n";} ' | sort | uniq -c | sort -nr | head Below is comparison of top 10 commands My method kayowas' method 1023 sudo 1003 sudo 970 perl 894 cd 904 cd 657 nano 668 nano 617 perl 624 awk 593 ls 601 ls 498 cat 601 grep 351 history 569 cat 293 man 499 cut 284 head 457 head 276 find (*) print history without the line numbers
alperyilmaz · 497 weeks and 1 day ago
sorry, spaces and tabs are lost, i'm posting the results again: My method ----- kayowas' method 1023 sudo --- 1003 sudo 970 perl ----- 894 cd 904 cd ------- 657 nano 668 nano ----- 617 perl 624 awk ------ 593 ls 601 ls ------- 498 cat 601 grep ----- 351 history 569 cat ------ 293 man 499 cut ------ 284 head 457 head ----- 276 find Notice absence of awk, cut and grep in kayowas' method.
alperyilmaz · 497 weeks and 1 day ago

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