Command Line Stuff I Use

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Last updated: 11-Aug-2020

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.

Dig

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

Curl -I

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.

curl -I https://www.domain.com/

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
killall Finder

Bringing the Icons Back

defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop true
killall Finder