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Watch a mashup of many video files

L=5; while true; do; readarray -t paths < <(find . -type f -print | shuf -n 1); for i in "${!paths[@]}"; do; path=${paths[i]}; if ffprobe -i "$path" -show_entries format=duration -v quiet -of csv="p=0" > /dev/null; then; N=$(ffprobe -i "$path" -show_entries format=duration -v quiet -of csv="p=0"); D=${N%.*}; P=$((D / 100 * 25)); R=$((1 + RANDOM % D - P * 2)); S=$((P + RANDOM % R)); W=$((R / 4)); LEN=$((1 + RANDOM % L)); mpv "$path" --start="$S" --length="$LEN" --fs &> /dev/null; W=$(bc <<< "$LEN - 0.5"); sleep "$W"; unset 'paths[i]'; fi; done; done

July 6, 2023krypniok


Display the number of connections per IP to port 80

while true; do clear; date; echo; echo "[Count] | [IP ADDR]"; echo "-------------------"; netstat -n | grep ':80\>' | awk '! /LISTEN/ {print $5}' | cut -d: -f1 | uniq -c; sleep 5; done

April 9, 2014cesp


Check if a file exists and has a size greater than X

[[ $(find /path/to/file -type f -size +51200c 2>/dev/null) ]] && echo true || echo false

January 9, 2014bashoneliners