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Useful Scripting Commands

By February 19, 2015Uncategorized

Here is a list of useful scripting commands that I use very often:

Shell Scripts

  • find . -type f -exec basename {} \; | sed ‘s/\(.*\)\..*/\1/’ | sort | uniq -c | grep -v “^[ \t]*1 ” > ~/find-duplicate.txt
    • This will find duplicate filenames in the folder and its sub-folders
  • sort myfile.txt | uniq
    • This sort the lines in the file, also display unique lines only
  • awk ‘NR==FNR{a[$0]=1;next}!a[$0]’ B.txt A.txt
    • Find each lines, what’s in A.txt but not in B.txt file

Python Scripts

  • mystring.zfill(8)
    • fill the string to 8 character long with leading zeros.  This is useful when listing IDs.
  • mystring[-4:] ==> get last for character of mystring
  • mystring[4:] ==> get the whole mystring minus the first 4 characters
  • mystring.lstrip() ==> strip left (beginning) spaces
  • mystring.rstrip() ==> strip right (end) spaces

PHP Scripts


  • :%s/[\x91\x92]/’/g
    • This remove x91 and  x92 characters

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