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shorter than alternative
Add this to a fiend's .bashrc.
PROMPT_COMMAND will run just before a prompt is drawn.
RANDOM will be between 0 and 32768; in this case, it'll run about 1/10th of the time.
\033 is the escape character. I'll call it \e for short.
\e7 -- save cursor position.
\e[%d;%dH -- move cursor to absolute position
\e[4%dm \e[m -- draw a random color at that point
\e8 -- restore position.
This is useful for examining the path.
The function 'box' takes either one or two arguments. The first argument is a line of text to be boxed, the second argument (optional) is a character to use to draw the box. By default, the drawing character will be '='.
The function 'n()' is a helper function used to draw the upper and lower lines of the box, its arguments are a length, and an character to print. (I used 'n' because 'line', 'ln' and 'l' are all commonly used)
underline() will print $1, followed by a series of '=' characters the width of $1. An optional second argument can be used to replace '=' with a given character.
This function is useful for breaking lots of data emitted in a for loop into sections which are easier to parse visually. Let's say that 'xxxx' is a very common pattern occurring in a group of CSV files.
You could run
grep xxxx *.csv
This would print the name of each csv file before each matching line, but the output would be hard to parse visually.
for i in *.csv; do printf "\n"; underline $i; grep "xxxx" $i; done
Will break the output into sections separated by the name of the file, underlined.
This one uses hex conversion to do the converting and is in shell/sed only (should probably still use the python/perl version).
Prompts the user for username and password, that are then exported to http_proxy for use by wget, yum etc
Default user, webproxy and port are used.
Using this script prevent the cleartext user and pass being in your bash_history and on-screen
Better -and faster- using bash printf.
Replace 70 with the desired height.
Replace 180 with the desired width.
I put it in my bashrc, because by default my terminal is too small.
There's no need for ls or grep; printf is builtin to most modern shells
My version uses printf and command substitution ($()) instead of echo -e and xargs, this is a few less chars, but not real substantive difference.
Also supports lowercase hex letters and a backslash (\) will make it through unescaped
In most modern shells, printf is a builtin command.
Uses the dumb terminal option in gnuplot to plot a graph of frequencies. In this case, we are looking at a frequency analysis of words in all of the .c files.
already described on the other two versions, this one uses ascii characters on game style to display elapsed time.
Variation of the theme, this one blinks in low profile on top level of X, ie, it is visible, indeed small.
Try changing fonts and sizes of osd_cat
Works on real time clock, unix time based, decrementing the actual time from initial time saved in an environment variable exported to child process inside watch
Shows elapsed time from start of script in hh:mm:ss format
Non afected by system slow down due to the use of date.
printf treats first char after single ' as numeric equivalent