Useful Linux/UNIX commands.

Posted: August 29, 2011. At: 10:33 PM. This was 6 years ago. Post ID: 1893

There are many useful Linux commands that are fun to use and can do some very cool things.

cat mysongpart2.mp3 >> mysongpart1.mp3

Using /bin/cat to append the second part of a MP3 file onto the first part, making one large file that will play seamlessly from part one to part 2.

vmstat -a -d

Displaying information about the reads and writes performed by your disks. Example output below.

lovecraft@Shothoth ~ $ vmstat -a -d
disk- ------------reads------------ ------------writes----------- -----IO------
total merged sectors ms total merged sectors ms cur sec
sda 170 3 1384 328 0 0 0 0 0 0
sdb 1532 4161 46414 4180 17 0 136 36 0 2
sdd 27106 616234 4305488 79824 4013 282825 2294704 1908904 0 79
sde 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
sdf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
sdg 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
sdh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
sdi 60148 58426 3337678 297136 86521 613992 5600520 3695032 0 473
sr1 40 0 160 140 0 0 0 0 0 0
loop0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
loop1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
loop2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
loop3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
loop4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
loop5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
loop6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
loop7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
sdc 748 10451 34111 18732 5502 1486 1210206 24203200 0 212
lovecraft@Shothoth ~ $

Showing all logged in users.

w

Example output below.

lovecraft@Shothoth ~ $ w
22:29:54 up 1 day, 1:30, 4 users, load average: 0.14, 0.27, 0.23
USER TTY FROM LOGIN@ IDLE JCPU PCPU WHAT
lovecraf tty2 Sun21 6:39m 0.80s 0.79s -bash
lovecraf tty3 Sun21 25:29m 0.16s 0.15s -bash
lovecraf tty8 :0 20:35 15:30m 2:43 0.20s gnome-session
lovecraf pts/0 :0.0 22:15 0.00s 0.29s 0.00s w

Deleting files from within a tarball. Excellent tip here: http://www.thelinuxdaily.com/2011/08/remove-a-file-directory-from-a-tarball-without-extracting-first/.

Display a list of all users currently logged into the current machine.

ubuntu ~ $ users
ubuntu

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