Fan-Favorite Linux One-Liners

By: Brian Gladstein

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There is a kind of special relationship that develops between any Linux admin and their operating system. Over time one learns how to get around the OS, configure it just right, make it work for their particular needs… it can become almost an intimate relationship between user and distro.

It should come as no surprise that during that time users even develop their favorite one-liners – fun command lines that… ahem… push all the right buttons, so to speak.

The Ask…

We thought it’d be fun to catalog some favorite Linux one-liners. So we reached out to Twitter and asked a simple question:

To be honest – we weren’t sure what to expect. Perhaps people would send us their one-line hacks they use every day to be super-productive. Or maybe would reply with some really cool easter eggs no one else knows about. Maybe we’d get something truly nefarious and dangerous.

Hard to say… but there’s only one way to find out.

So without further ado, here are some of the stand-out responses we got.

Some of the Best

Our hands-down favorite: Star Wars in ASCII.

Some were uniquely interesting, like these from our friends @JackRhysider and @TraceLabs.

We got a whole bunch of one-liners that are just useful.

Some Got Dark

One of the replies was a classic fork bomb. We debated including the tweet here, and out of an abundance of caution ultimately decided against it. Destroying your own machine is the last thing anyone needs. If you want to see it for yourself, go look at @althepcman‘s response to our tweet… but seriously, don’t try it.

The Cmd Team Responded Too

And of course, we happen to have quite a few Linux experts here at Cmd. This first one helps to visualize the Linux process model a bit and is a nice tie in to some of what we’re building here at Cmd!

Tweet Your Favorite One-Liner

Have the posts above inspired you? If so, follow Cmd and tweet your favorite Linux one-liner.

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