Use apropos to find the command you’re looking for

A quick command line tip for you today.

The manual page system built into Unix-like operating systems is often very helpful for looking up how to use a particular command. But what do you do if you know what you want to do, but not the command name? Or you want to look up all the commands relating to a specific keyword?

The apropos command looks through the man database ...

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Htop - Top’s Cooler Cousin

Raise your hand if you are annoyed that you can't scroll in top, the command-line process manager. Yeah, I thought you were.

Meet htop.

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Okay, so it looks pretty. What is so special about it? I'll tell you:

  • You can scroll through the process list.
  • You can select multiple processes and do what you want with them without needing to type in PID numbers.
  • Load monitors are visual ...

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Do a MySQL backup from a PHP script

In today's FOSSwire programming special, I'm going to be showing you how to build a script in PHP that will allow you to back up your MySQL database remotely, using just a web browser.

Why might you need such a script? Well, remote backup through a web browser could be very useful, as you will be able to do it from any machine with a web browser, where ...

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Miro: Free Television

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TV. We all watch it. Chances are you might have a DVR hooked up to your TV so you can watch it at any time. If you pay for cable or satellite access, you are probably getting a little tired of those bills as well.

If you're into the 'net, get rid of those bills and get Miro. Miro, while not a service that provides live TV, is an ...

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