Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 51932
Berkeley CSUA MOTD
2018/10/20 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

2008/11/12-13 [Computer/SW/Unix] UID:51932 Activity:nil
11/12   May be useful if you want to learn UNIX tricks (good for noobs,
        good refresher for others):
        \_ that was not lol.  and actually a waste of time. lol lol lol lol.
        \_ waste of time.  yawn.
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2012/9/20-11/7 [Finance/Investment, Computer/SW/Unix] UID:54482 Activity:nil
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2012/3/29-6/4 [Computer/HW/Memory, Computer/HW/CPU, Computer/HW/Drives] UID:54351 Activity:nil
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2012/1/27-3/26 [Computer/SW/Unix] UID:54299 Activity:nil
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2011/10/26-12/6 [Computer/SW/Unix] UID:54202 Activity:nil
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2011/5/19-7/13 [Computer/SW/Languages/Misc] UID:54115 Activity:nil
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2011/3/12-4/20 [Consumer/CellPhone, Computer/HW/Laptop] UID:54057 Activity:nil
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Linux So the other day I messaged another admin from the console using the regular old 'write' command (as I've been doing for over 10 years). To my surprise he didn't know how to respond back to me (he had to call me on the phone) and had never even known you could do that. That got me thinking that there's probably lots of things like that, and likely things I've never heard of. What sorts of things do you take for granted as a natural part of Unix that other people are surprised at? VIM tricks', it would be nice to see one on regular expressions and the programs that use them. What amazingly cool tricks have people discovered with respect to regular expressions in everyday life as a developer or power user?" Homepage Some more common ones I've thought of: screen - too useful, run apps in a virtual console which you can attach, deattach and share cd pwd -P - Jump into the real directory (from a linked directory). history - use it with grep if you forgot what you did strings - just show the printable strings from a file tail and head - tail -f is a lifesaver sftp - i really shouldn't need to explain this. Homepage Not quite the same, but in a similar vein, cat /dev/urandom > /dev/dsp Sometimes a quick white-noise machine is relaxing. Heck, I used that command in combination with 'at' to act as a makeshift alarm clock when I was just moving into my first apartment and had forgotten my only other electronic device with an alarm (my cell phone) at the office. Generally people are surprised by the fact that you could type some strange incantations into a black window like awk grep etc and make the computer do things without touching the mouse. And once I had this strange feeling that something was wrong with the CD drive of a machine I was working at in the console until I realized I was opening and closing the CD tray on a machine in another room! net that could process math expressions at runtime using Regex to get tokens from the expression. But after a code review, my pointy-haired manager made me comment each symbol in the regex. Someone needs to modify a file in a way that screams for regex search with replace, but is a nightmare in visual studio or some other windowy editor. So I have them stand behind me while I write an long, arcane-looking regex line in VI. When I press enter, the entire file instantly morphs into exactly what they want. I can think of no better way to justify my exorbitant bill rate. Homepage You'd be surprised how often I have seen experienced programmers manually type out long commands or directory paths, instead of using tab completion. Sometimes I have to restrain myself from ripping the keyboard from their hands and using tab to enter the path myself in a 10th of the time. Instead of finishing the word I was typing, it kept on moving the little "insertion line" thing to the right. I already filed a bug report, but do any of you have a quick fix? Step back for a moment and you'll find that "man pages" and "info" are actually a pretty awful way to distribute documentation. As a supplement they'd be fine, but as the main source of information on how to use many commands... The original Bell Labs man pages completely described the system from the point of view of an administrator or user. 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Homepage When I pop up with my laptop to discuss with a colleague, after a while I might do on their computer: xhost +mylaptopname and on my laptop I do: x2x thecomputername:0 -west Then suddenly my mouse can go over the two computers, my keyboard works on both as well, and I can even copy-paste between the two computers. For example: lsof /mnt/myMount That will list which processes have anything under /mnt/myMount open It's also useful to find who's accessing what device. For example, say you're trying to listen to an mp3 and Amarok bitches about the sound device not being available. In that case, you could do something like this (assuming you're using ALSA): lsof /dev/snd That will list what processes are accessing any of your ALSA sound devices. It's almost as if someone's first c program somehow got taken up as a part of standard Unix! 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