A very simple tip for all Linux users out there, if you have a long command which you need to type occasionally, or you have a one off command you think may be helpful, instead of having to type it out all of the time you could very easily add it to a script.
For example this command
ping 188.8.131.52 | while read pong; do echo "$(date +%F_%T) -- $pong"; done
To save me typing it out repeatedly, after you have the line written out press CTRL-x then CTRL-e. This will load your default editor** and there is your command. Then you can add your #!shell of choice at the top, save the file and there you have a simple script.
**If you don't have an editor set in your profile then you will need to set it.
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