This is a blog post where I share various commands for use in the terminal. Mostly, I add new commands here when I find them and when someone shares something useful with me. This blog post helps me keep all these commands in a single place.
Search Files and Folders for Code
When working with Kevin Cristiano of Tadpole Collective, I picked up a very useful command to search files and folders for a string of code.
grep -iRn ‘wp_searching_for_something’ .
To break that command down a bit, here’s an explanation as I understand it:
grepis a command-line utility for searching plain-text data sets for lines that match a regular expression;
-itells the search to work in a case insensitive way – that is, search for the string regardless of uppercase or lowercase letters;
Rmakes the search recursive;
ntells the search to output the specific line number in any files where the string is found;
'wp_searching_for_something'is the specific string for the search; it’s important to include the single quote marks; and
.at the end tells the search to run in the current directory.
This command is useful when troubleshooting DNS issues. This was shared with me by Daniel Olson.
dig A domain.com +short dig A www.domain.com +short dig CNAME domain.com +short dig CNAME www.domain.com +short
Find Nameserver Details
These short commands were shared with me by the coffee-loving Jan Dembowski.
dig ns domain.com
dig ns domain.com +trace
Get TXT Records for a Domain
The following command is a clean way to get the basics on TXT records, which is helpful when looking to verify authorization over a domain.
dig -t txt example.com +short
I can’t recall the value of this but I used it once and it was pretty helpful. I think Daniel Olson shared this with me as well. For what it’s worth, curl is short for “Client URL”.
curl -I https://www.domain.com/
Mac OS Commands
Hide Desktop Icons
I found this wonderful technique in a blog post and copied it here for my own future reference.
Hiding the Icons
defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop false
Bringing the Icons Back
defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop true
Create Fake File
Thanks to Steven Grant and a newsletter from Delicious Brains, here’s a great little command to create a fake file to test file upload limits. You can adjust the size and format of the file by adjusting the command.
mkfile 10m testfile.pdf
In early 2022, Bitbucket changed the way that they allow people to access repositories remotely. As such, I had to change the URL of my remote repos. The following code will get that done.
git remote set-url origin [git@url stuff]
Then to confirm that the remote was set correctly, you can run the following command.
git remote -v
Kevin also taught me about Git stash, which can be use to remove changes to a file.
Or bring those changes back …
git stash pop
Commands on Digital Ocean
To change from issuing commands as the root user to the www-data user in a Digital Ocean droplet, you can use the following command within the droplet console. Once you can run wp-cli commands. (As with so many commands on this page, this too was shared by Kevin Cristiano.)
sudo -u www-data
Last updated: 27-Apr-2022