Command Line

Vim colorscheme tuneup

I hadn’t thought about it for awhile but today I updated by Vim colorscheme for the first time in about two years. In the process I found a few that were notable: rdark-terminal link gruvbox link synic I think this one is based on neon. link kolor link jellybeans blueberry This is what I decided […]

Get down with getopt

What is getopt? getopt is a command used in scripts to parse their options and add a basic error checking ability. getopt is not getopts the bash built-in that has similiar functionality. Urban Vagabond explains: getopt and getopts are different beasts, and people seem to have a bit of misunderstanding of what they do. getopts […]

Numbered file backups – Easy as can beasy

When I’m about to edit a configuration file or a bash script, sometimes I don’t know if the edit will work. In these cases I create a backup of it in numbered order (to keep track of them if I need to revert the changes). Because this is something I regularly do, I decided to […]

gt – script to create a temp file in gedit

I am really lazy with my editors. I have aliases in my shell configuration for gedit and vim that are very basic: alias v=”vim -p” # open in tab alias sv=”sudo vim -p” alias g=”bgcmd gedit” alias sg=”bgcmd gksudo gedit” This is very nice for me because I use my editors quite a bit. One […]

WTFM (Write the Fine Manual) with Pod2man text-converter

Note: This is a guide from a lightly-proficient manual writer that’s targeted for beginning users: it’s formatting method is easy and conversion method is basic. This method may also be helpful for those that use github because it has rendering support for this method. For a more traditional approach, nixCraft has an article for that. […]

xuserrun – Run a command on the currently-active user’s server display

xuserrun is a bash script to run a command on the active server display.¬† This is primarily necessary if from within another environment¬† (different user, console, cron, boot script…).¬† xuserrun gathers DISPLAY and user environmental variables via systemd and passes them on to be able to dothis. xuserrun is designed for use with only […]

Encode an Audio file to Video file

I wanted to convert an mp3 file to an mp4 or avi file because I wanted to be able to use it on my PS3 ( the PS3 has a basic audio player that doesn’t save position [ particularly troubling for large audiobooks ] ). This although is good for audio posting on youtube… I […]


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