Collection of Useful Command Line Snippets

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Using command line utilities is often convenient because good UI tools often do not exist. Anyway, the downside of using such tools is the high amount of parameters. In this post, I just collect a bunch of useful snippets that I often use but cannot remember.


Copy the modification time stamp from files.
touch -r original destination

Rename all files to their modification date
for f in *; do mv -- "$f" "$(date -d @$(stat -c %Y "$f") +%Y-%m-%d_%H:%M:%S).$(echo $f | awk -F . '{print $NF}' | tr '[:upper:]' '[:lower:]')" ; done


Rotate a video (0 = 90CounterCLockwise and Vertical Flip, 1 = 90Clockwise, 2 = 90CounterClockwise, 3 = 90Clockwise and Vertical Flip) and cut it from start ss for a duration of t:
ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -vf "transpose=2" -ss 00:00:01 -t 00:00:33 output.mp4