Screen Shortcuts

New window: Ctrl-A then c

Select window from list Ctrl-A then "

Split vertically Ctrl-A then S

Split horizontally Ctrl-A then |

Move to next pane Ctrl-A then <tab>

Move to previous pane Ctrl-A then <shift> <tab>

Close current pane Ctrl-A then X

Kill current window Ctrl-A then k

Kill all windows Ctrl-A then \

Detach from session Ctrl-A then d

List sessions screen -ls

Reattach to session: screen -r, or screen -r [ID] if there is more than one seccion to pick from

Scroll: Ctrl-A then Esc. Use up and down to scroll

Connect to serial port screen /dev/ttyXXX 115200

Useful Linux Commands

Add a user to a group

sudo usermod -a -G <group> <user>
# E.g. Add user "james" to Virtual Box shared folder group
sudo usermod -a -G vboxsf james
# E.g. Add user "james" to serial group 
sudo usermod -a -G dialout james
# E.g. Add current user to docker group
sudo usermod -a -G docker $USER

Make a random binary file

# Make 2048 byte random file
dd if=/dev/urandom of=file.bin bs=2048 count=1

Split and combine files

# Split a single file into multiple 1GB files
# Output files will be named split_file.bin.aa, split_file.bin.ab, etc
split -b 1G input_file.bin split_file.bin.

# Combine multiple files into one
cat split_file.bin.* > combined_file.bin

View logs of systemd services

# View logs
journalctl -u service.name
# View live updating logs
journalctl -f -u service.name

TAR commands

# Compress contents of directory of files 
cd dir_name
# How to remember: Compress Zee Filez, Verbose me now
tar czfv ../archive.tar.gz .
# Extract the files into the current directory
# How to remember: eXtract Zee File, Verbose me now
tar xzfv archive.tar.gz ./

Allow port with iptables

Allow incomming connections to TCP port 8080 on interface eth0.

iptables -A INPUT -i eth0 -p tcp --dport 8080 -j ACCEPT
# Make persistent
netfilter-persistent save


Run program with command line arguments.

gdb program_name
run <command_line_arguments>


# Share a directory
vi /etc/exports
# Add read / write access from 10.0.4.X
# Restart NFS
sudo systemctl restart nfs


Enable access to server via SSH key.

# Create SSH key (RSA)
ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 4096
# Create SSH key (ED25519)
ssh-keygen -t ed25519

# Copy SSH key to remote server
ssh-copy-id -i ~/.ssh/key_file_name user@host

Disable SSH host key checking. Useful when connecting to embedded systems with initramfs, as the host key changes each time.

sudo vi ~/.ssh/config

    StrictHostKeyChecking no

# Host file must be owned by root, and have no group / other write permissions
sudo chmod go-w ~/.ssh/config

Can use Host * to disable on all hosts, but not typically a good idea.

Useful pip commands

Install from a .whl file

python -m pip install file.whl

Install from a git repository

# Repo is python package
pip install git+https://url_of_repo.git
# Repo contains python package in subdirectory
pip install git+https://url_of_repo.git#subdirectory=path/to/python/setup/file

Download package and dependencies

The following commands download a python package and all it's dependencies into the directory the command is run from.

# Downloads package for python version installed on the local machine
pip download <package_name>

# Download matplotlib for Python 2.7 on Windows
pip download matplotlib --only-binary=:all: --python-version 2.7 --platform win_amd64

# Download matplotlib for Python 3.9 on Linux
pip download matplotlib --only-binary=:all: --python-version 3.9 --platform manylinux1_x86_64
# Info about manylinux here: https://github.com/pypa/manylinux