Rootconf 2016

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Spencer Krum


20 Bash Tricks in 5 Minutes

Submitted Feb 27, 2016

This will cover a number of neat tricks Spencer uses on the command line to make his life easier.


Most of these tricks compose the standard unix utilities. Only one or two require any packages outside of the standard set.

At least one of these tricks will wow you so much that you’ll add it to your .bashrc on the spot. Spencer’s hope is that you will see the patterns he uses to construct these small utilities and you will start creating and using your own.


Some familiarity with any distribution of linux.

Speaker bio

Spencer (nibalizer) Krum has been sysoping Linux since 2010. He works for IBM contributing upstream to OpenStack and Puppet. Spencer coordinates the local DevOps user group in Portland. Spencer helped found the puppet-community effort, which attempts to bring together a network of developers, modules, and infrastructure.

In his free time he volunteers for an ops-training program at Portland State University called the Braindump. Spencer is a published author and frequent speaker at technical conferences. Spencer lives and works in Portland, Oregon where he enjoys cheeseburgers and StarCraft II.


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