A Little Collection Of Cool Unix Tools

Here are over 20 little-known tools

Some are just too useful to miss and others are quite obtuse

I hope you find something useful

Use your operating system’s package manager to install most of them.

sudo apt-get install “package name” (in debian-based systems)

yum installĀ “package name” (rpm based sytems)

dstat & sar

iostat, vmstat, ifstat and much more in one.

dstat screenshot

slurm

Visualizes network interface traffic over time.

slurm screenshot

vim & emacs

The real programmers’ editors.

vim screenshot

screen, dtach, tmux, byobu

Keep your terminal sessions alive.

gnu screen screenshot

multitail

See your log files in separate windows.

multitail screenshot

tpp

Presentation (“PowerPoint”) tool for terminal.

tpp screenshot

xargs & parallel

Executes tasks from input (even multithread).

xargs screenshot

duplicity & rsyncrypto

Encrypting backup tools.

duplicity screenshot

nethack & slash’em

Still the most complex game on the planet.

nethack screenshot

lftp

Does FTPS. Can mirror, kinda like rsync.

lftp screenshot

ack

A better grep for source code.

ack screenshot

calcurse & remind + wyrd

Calendar systems.

calcurse screenshot

newsbeuter & rsstail

Command line RSS readers.

newsbeuter screenshot

powertop

Helps conserve power on Linux.

powertop screenshot

htop & iotop

Process, memory and io monitoring.

htop screenshot

ttyrec & ipbt

Record and play back terminal sessions.

ipbt screenshot

rsync

Keeps filesystems in sync over SSH.

rsync screenshot

mtr

traceroute 2.0.

mtr screenshot

socat & netpipes

Directing stuff easily in and out of sockets.

socat screenshot

iftop & iptraf

To see where your traffic goes.

iftop screenshot

siege & tsung

Command line load test tools.

siege screenshot

ledger

Terminal-based accounting package.

ledger screenshot

taskwarrior

Todo management in the terminal.

taskwarrior screenshot

curl

Everybody’s favorite HTTP toolbox.

curl screenshot

rtorrent & aria2

Command line torrent downloaders.

rtorrent screenshot

ttytter & earthquake

Nice trendy Twitter clients :)

ttytter screenshot

vifm & ranger

Alternatives to the midnight commander.

vifm screenshot

cowsay & sl

I just couldn’t resist

cowsay screenshot

 

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