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Wow, didn't really expect you to read this far down. The latest iteration of the site is in open beta. It's a gentle open beta-- not in prime-time just yet. It's being hosted over at UpGuard (link) and you are more than welcome to give it a shot. Couple things:
Thanks th John_W for suggesting the fix allowing ~/ to be used when saving a directory.
Type in a url, it will show a preview of what the file will look like when saved, then asks if you want to save the preview and where you want to save it. Great for grabbing the latest commandlinefu commands without a full web browser or even a GUI. Requires: w3m
Requires aria2c but could just as easily wget or anything else.
A great way to build up a nice font collection for Gimp without having to waste a lot of time. :-)
First argument: string to put a box around.
Second argument: character to use for box (default is '=')
Same as command #4962, cleaned up, shortened, and more efficient. Now a ' * ' can be used as the box character, and the variables get unset so they don't mess with anything else you might have.
They marked c++ as a function for this command, but I'm not sure why. Must be a bug.
Will handle pretty much all types of CSV Files.
The ^M character is typed on the command line using Ctrl-V Ctrl-M and can be replaced with any character that does not appear inside the CSV.
Tips for simpler CSV files:
* If newlines are not placed within a csv cell then you can replace `map(repr, r)` with r
Avoids creating useless directory entries in archive, and sorts files by (roughly) extension, which is likely to group similar files together for better compression. 1%-5% improvement.
I've been using linux for almost a decade and only recently discovered that most terminals like putty, xterm, xfree86, vt100, etc., support hundreds of shades of colors, backgrounds and text/terminal effects.
This simply prints out a ton of them, the output is pretty amazing.
If you use non-x terminals all the time like I do, it can really be helpful to know how to tweak colors and terminal capabilities. Like:
Usage: clfavs username password num_favourite_commands file_in_which_to_backup
It's hard to beat C. This is just slightly faster than the bc version on my machine.
Requirements: libgmp headers, gcc.
When you need to add another tty device that can automatically start at boot time
You can tell GCC to automatically select optimization commands and produce optimized code for the local machine (the one compiling the code), but you can't normally see what switches have been selected and used unless you append a "-v" and pause compilation.
command to decrypt:
openssl enc -aes-256-cbc -d < secret.tar.enc | tar x
Of course, don't forget to rm the original files ;) You may also want to look at the openssl docs for more options.
is the runtime linker/loader for ELF binaries on Linux.
=(cmd) is a zsh trick to take the output for the command "inside" it and save it to a temporary file.
echo -e 'blah' | gcc -x c -o /dev/stdout -
pipes the C source to gcc. -x c tells gcc that it's compiling C (which is required if it's reading from a pipe). -o /dev/stdout - tells it to write the binary to standard output and read the source from standard input.
because of the the =() thing, the compiled output is stashed in a tempfile, which the loader then runs and executes, and the shell tosses the tempfile away immediately after running it.