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I hate to be a killjoy, but some of these ain't Linux commands and some of them wouldn't work in OS X. Or anywhere.


ps auxw (show every process, don't cut off at one line)

sudo su (if you're permitted to su by sudo, you don't have to type the root password with this puppy. Useful if you want to give someone root access without giving them a root password, especially)

killall <process> (sends a TERM signal to every process with that name)

killall -KILL <process> (sends the KILL signal - the process will be killed without mercy! You can also use -9)


Linux commands that you might find fun to impress people with (not in OS X since it doesn't use UNIX-style init scripts):

init 6 (or telinit 6 - reboots the machine in most distros)

init 0 (or telinit 0 - shuts the machine down in most distros)

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My best linux command is


ffmpeg -i "$(find ~/.mozilla -regex '.*Cache.*' -a -not -regex \

'.*_CACHE_.*' -printf '%T+ %p\n' | \

sort -n | awk '{ print $2 }' | xargs file | \

grep -i "Video" | tail -1 | awk -F : '{ print $1 }')" \

-vcodec msmpeg4v2 -bf 2 -b 200 -ab 64 -ar 22050 -s 320x240 \



to dump played youtube videos to some mp4


yes I type it by hand always I use it


Just kidding :)


more at http://www.paganini.net/index.cgi/linux/capturing_flv.html

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#1 - "kextload" then drag and drop whatever the kext you want to be loaded to the terminal window.


#2 - "kextstat"


#3 - "fink install"

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