Find Files from Shell

find <path> -name <filename>

Clear Memory Cache & Buffer

# Clear PageCache only (OK in production)
sudo sh -c "sync; echo 1 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches"

# Clear dentries and inodes
sudo sh -c "sync; echo 2 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches"

# Clear PageCache, dentries and inodes
sudo sh -c "sync; echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches"


  1. https://www.tecmint.com/clear-ram-memory-cache-buffer-and-swap-space-on-linux/
  2. https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/58553/how-to-clear-memory-cache-in-linux
  3. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/29870068/what-are-pagecache-dentries-inodes

See process pid information

cat /proc/<pid>/status

Check system message

sudo tail -f /var/log/syslog
sudo dmesg

Double dash

Double dash in linux, for example:

grep -- -v file

Is used to signify the end of optional parameters. From that point onward positional parameters will be accepted.

See here


Split a line into multiple values. Use space as separator.

# Will print first column
ls -l | awk '{print $1}'

# Will print all columns
ls -l | awk '{print $0}'


Cat each files in this directory.

ls -l | awk '{print $9}' | xargs -I{} cat {}


Considering that we have file test.txt containing this:


And we want to get the list of the second column only, we can do this using cut:

cat test.txt | cut -d';' -f2

Communication via Socket

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix_file_types
  2. https://askubuntu.com/questions/372725/what-are-socket-files
  3. https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/243265/how-to-get-more-info-about-socket-file
  4. https://troydhanson.github.io/network/Unix_domain_sockets.html