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Here's my version. It's a bit lengthy but I prefer it since it's all Bash.
Using urandom to get random data, deleting non-letters with tr and print the first $1 bytes.
If you don't have seq, you can use perl.
Ever need to get some text that is a specific number of characters long? Use this function to easily generate it! Doesn't look pretty, but sure does work for testing purposes!
Seeing that _sort_ its been used, why not just _use_ it. ;)
The pwgen program generates passwords which are designed to be easily memorized by humans, while being as secure as possible. Human-memorable passwords are never going to be as secure as completely completely random passwords. [from pwgen man page]
According to the gpg(1) manual:
--gen-random 0|1|2 count
Emit count random bytes of the given quality level 0, 1 or 2. If count is not given or zero, an endless sequence of random bytes will be emitted. If used with --armor the output will be base64 encoded. PLEASE, don't use this command unless you know what you are doing; it may remove precious entropy from the system!
If your entropy pool is critical for various operations on your system, then using this command is not recommended to generate a secure password. With that said, regenerating entropy is as simple as:
du -s /
This is a quick way to generate a strong, base64 encoded, secure password of arbitrary length, using your entropy pool (example above shows a 30-character long password).
Give files a random name (don't ask why :-)
The function will rename files but maintain their extensions.
BUG: If a file doesn't have an extension it will end up with a dot at the end of the name.
The parameter '8' for pwgen controls the length of filenames - eight random characters.
Also looks in subfolders
I used only shuf command.
Here's a bash version using an array.
Choose random file from current folder. Avoids using ls.
Good if you have your music like Artist/(Year) Album/Song
random file from files in directory
The same thing using only Bash built-in's.
For readability I've kept the variables out, but it could me made extremely more compact (and totally unreadable!) by stuffing everything inside the single echo command.
Select a file/folder at random.
I use this command to select a random movie from my movie collection..
fixes a problem with bad bytes in /dev/urandom on Mac OS X
This will show a random cow with cowsay.
A bash version.
Nobody wants the boss to notice when you're slacking off. This will fill your shell with random data, parts of it highlighted. Note that 'highlight' is the Perl module App::highlight, not "a universal sourcecode to formatted text converter." You'll also need Term::ANSIColor.