Handy Linux Commands

Posted by Paul on June 10, 2015

Just a little page for some regularly used useful Linux commands:

Sort directories by size:
du --max-depth=1 . | sort -n -r

Show the most recently modified files recursively:
find $1 -type f -exec stat --format '%Y :%y %n' "{}" \; | sort -nr | cut -d: -f2- | head

zip -r yourfiles.zip yourfiles

Automatically Unzip and Create Folder for Various Zip Types
dtrx yourarchive.zip|.tar.gz|.7zip etc.

Tar (-c = create, -f = file, [-v = verbose, -z gzip])
tar -cf yourfile.tar directory/

Untar (-x = extract, -f = file, [-v = verbose, -z gzip])
tar -xf yourfile.tar

Mount an FTP location as a local filesystem once (curlftpfs is installed):
curlftpfs ftp-user:[email protected] /mnt/my_ftp_folder/

Search for a string recursively an case insensitively accross multiple files:
grep -ri "string" .

List the top 30 biggest folders in the current dir:
du -h --max-depth=1 . | sort -h -r | head -n 30

List the top 30 biggest files recursively from the current dir:
find . -type f -printf '%s %p\n'| sort -rh | head -30 | numfmt --field=1 --to=iec

List the top 30 biggest zip files recursively from the current dir:
find . -type f -iname "*.zip" -printf '%s %p\n'| sort -nr | head -30

Send an email from the command line:
echo “This will go into the body of the mail.” | mail -s “Hello world” [email protected] -a "From: [email protected]

Monitor system resource usage (after installing sysstat):
sar {interval in seconds} {number of repititions} 

Quickly Login to a VPS
sshpass -p 'rootpassword' ssh [email protected]

Hit All Pages of a Website (4 levels deep) - useful if you've cleared the cache and it doesn't automatically regenerate:
wget --spider -r -l4 website-to-spider.com

Speed up your mouse beyond allowed settings (first number is speed, second number is the threshold - sort of precision at slow speeds):
xset m 8 4
xset m 2 0
xset m 3 10

Change all folders to 755
find . -type d -print0 | xargs -0 chmod 0755

Change all files to 644
find . -type f -print0 | xargs -0 chmod 0644

List Duplicate Files Recursively
fdupes -r .

Delete Duplicate Files Recursively
fdupes -rd .

Creating a Bootable USB Drive
Find the device:
(Shows something like "sdb")
Put the iso on to the USB device from above:
dd if=youriso.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=4M status=progress oflag=sync

Clear Terminal Including Scroll-Back
You can press Ctrl + L or type clear to clear the screen but if you scroll up the old content is there and may confuse you if you're looking at the output of a long command. The below will make it so that when you scroll up you'll only be able to go as far as where you ran this command:
clear && printf '\e[3J'

Can you think of any you'd add? Feel free to comment below!

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