[HAIFUX LECTURE] Command-line utilities: Tips and tricks -- Eli Billauer

Eli Billauer eli at billauer.co.il
Sat Jan 19 19:01:51 MSK 2013

On Monday, January 21st at 18:30, Haifux will gather to hear a talk by 
Eli Billauer:

    Command-line utilities: Tips and tricks


Command-line utilities is the real power of a Linux computer, and yet 
there's always a few useful utilities that even an experienced Linux 
user doesn't know about. This meeting is dedicated to going through 
several random utilities, some of which are less known, others are known 
but have surprising possibilities.

The range goes from things as simple as using "touch" to fake a 
modification date to using ssh for surfing the web (with your browser) 
as if your computer was in another country.

No previous knowledge is required. Even though newbies will gain the 
most of this meeting, there is also room for those more familiar with 
the shell prompt. Those who want to take the stand for a few minutes to 
talk about a utility are welcome, of course.

There will be no slides during this meetings, just a shell window for 

This is a list of topics that may or may not be covered, depending on 
interest and what time allows. Some will be mentioned in a few words, 
and we may spend some time with others.

   *  find that file with complex criteria and output formatting: find
   *  Run a quick script: perl -e and perl -pi -e
   *  Resize (or create) a file: truncate
   *  Fake a file's modification time: touch
   *  Quick binary dump: hexdump -C
   *  What's in that executable? ldd / objdump (disassembly)
   *  Create a custom timestamp: date (with formatting)
   *  Fetch that file from www: wget
   *  Internet plumbing: nc / redirecting to /dev/tcp
   *  Using ssh for port forwaring (fake your world position)
   *  Check that you're not running out of inodes: du -i
   *  Check up your processes: ps aux / pstree
   *  Who's opening which files? lsof / strace
   *  What ports are open? netstat -a -n
   *  Munching a lot of text: cat / tac/ head / tail -f / sort / sort -n 
(together with du -s)
   *  What's that file? file / identify / stat + perl's stat
   *  Mounting an file image: fdisk -fu / mount -o loop
   *  Convert PS to PDF: ps2pdf
   *  pulseaudio utils: pulseaudio -k / -D + pacmd
   *  Zenity: Plain GUI from the command line
   *  Restore screen settings (set by mplayer): xvattr
   *  Open a GUI explorer on the current directory: nautilus
   *  View images on the current directory: gthumb


We meet in Taub building, room 6. For instructions see:

Attendance is free, and you are all invited!

Future lectures:

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