An alias for pasting code/data into terminal without it doing anything. Add to .bashrc

alias cn='cat > /dev/null'
cn stands for "Cat Null" . The idea is that sometimes you run across something on maybe a webpage - like commandlinefu - that you want to try out on your terminal. You could put a '#' in and then paste it, but what if it is several lines? . This command will echo the pasted characters to the screen and divert them to the bit bucket. . Put this simple alias in your .bashrc, hit cn, paste away, and hit a ctrl+c or a ctrl+d when you are done to get your prompt back.
Sample Output

paste in code or data that will not cause issues, make your terminal unreadable or 
actually rm -rf /
hit a <ctrl+c> or a <ctrl+d> when you are done pasting to get your prompt back

2011-09-16 00:00:28

What Others Think

That was ctrl+c or ctrl+d. I put greater_than and less_then brackets around them like they told me to but the formatting fscked it up. . "hit cn, paste away, and hit ctrl+c or ctrl+d when you are done to get your prompt back."
unixmonkey365 · 499 weeks and 5 days 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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