Command Line Tips and Hacks

Command line tricks, tools, tips and hacks to help you get the most out of the shell prompt in Linux, *BSD, Apple OS X and Unix like operating systems ( rss feed ) .


Despite some severe bugs in sudo, it remains the defacto tool to gain root shell or run command as another user on Linux, macOS, and Unix-like systems. The sudo command allows the system administrator to grant an individual user access to unprivileged commands. For instance, I can give developers the ability to restart the Apache webserver or PHP/Python process on a Linux server. Let us see how to remind developers and unprivileged users about the power of sudo for fun and profit. In this quick tip, I will show you how to add some spice to your sudo session with a lecture file on Linux or Unix.
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There is a new kid in town for resource monitoring on Linux called bashtop. As the name suggests, the entire tool coded in the bash script itself that displays usage and stats for CPU, RAD, HDD/SSD, network, and other resources. Let us see how to install and use bashtop, which is an awesome Linux resource monitor. You don’t need a Linux desktop to install it. You can also install this app on macOS/FreeBSD provided that you meet software requirements.
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Vim is my favorite text editor and version 8.2 released. The new version includes support for popup windows and text properties. Popup windows can be used for many purposes. For example, a list of choices can be displayed, where the user selects an entry with keys or with the mouse. There is also a new vim game released named as killersheep to show you new capabilities of Vim. Let us see how to install and play killersheep.
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