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Number of watchers on Github 86
Number of open issues 1
Average time to close an issue 7 days
Main language DIGITAL Command Language
Average time to merge a PR 2 days
Open pull requests 0+
Closed pull requests 0+
Last commit over 4 years ago
Repo Created almost 5 years ago
Repo Last Updated over 2 years ago
Size 198 KB
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  • Free software: BSD license

Get help from your friends on the internets without leaving your best friend the cli.


Many commands have really many flags and the man pages often lack examples. It is usually faster to go to your browser and search for what you want to do.



sudo apt-get install libxml2-dev libxslt-dev python-dev pip install searchcmd



# searchcmd git commit change last commit message git commit (git-scm.com, kernel.org) git commit --amend (help.github.com) git commit amend -m new message (makandracards.com) git commit --amend --no-edit (kernel.org) git commit -c ORIG_HEAD (kernel.org)


# searchcmd find sort files by size find . -type f -printf %s\t%p\n | sort -n (unix.stackexchange.com) find . -type f | xargs du -h | sort -rn (unix.stackexchange.com) find . -type f -print0 | xargs -0 ls -la | awk '{print int($5/1000) KB\t $9}' | sort -n -r -k1 (unix.stackexchange.com) find . -type f -ls | sort -r -n -k7 (unix.stackexchange.com) find . -type f -ls -printf '\0' | sort -zk7rn | tr -d '\0' (unix.stackexchange.com)



usage: searchcmd [-h] [-v] [--no-cache] [--engine {bing,google}] [-n MAX_HITS] [--max-download MAX_DOWNLOAD] query [query ...]

positional arguments: query Type a command and/or describe what you want to do in quotes.

optional arguments: -h, --help show this help message and exit -v, --verbose Include source url in output. --no-cache Skip cache, always do a new search. --engine {bing,google} The search engine to use. -n MAX_HITS, --max-hits MAX_HITS Max number of commands to show. --max-download MAX_DOWNLOAD Download max this number of search hits.

Examples: searchcmd git commit change last commit message searchcmd find directory searchcmd search replace

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  • Useful examples at the command line: https://github.com/srsudar/eg
  • Search commandlinefu.com from the terminal: https://github.com/ncrocfer/clf


  • Support for recognizing more advanced prompts. Example: um@server#find . -name "*sh*"
  • Merge commands that do the same thing.
  • Support for beautifulsoup in py3.
  • An open ended search (for example search replace) will only find commands that are installed on the system. Better filtering of false positives is needed to allow unknown commands. A solution could be to train a probabilistic parser like https://github.com/datamade/parserator
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  • over 4 years Arguments in search query are not allowed
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