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This is a simple command that you can run complex shell scripts via ssh. For instance if you would have to run the same process on several hundred hosts. There is no security so you have to trust the server that is sourcing this script.
A cronjob command line to email someone when a webpages homepage is updated.
allow multiword translations
kaffeine could be replaced by any player able to read mms stream
Need to have rc iso pre-downloaded before running command.
Tested with 9.10 release. Choose whatever torrent client you prefer.
extension to tali713's random fact generator. It takes the output & sends it to notify-osd. Display time is proportional to the lengh of the fact.
Though without infinite time and knowledge of how the site will be designed in the future this may stop working, it still will serve as a simple straight forward starting point.
This uses the observation that the only item marked as strong on the page is the single logical line that includes the italicized fact.
If future revisions of the page show failure, or intermittent failure, one may simply alter the above to read.
wget randomfunfacts.com -O - 2>/dev/null | tee lastfact | grep \<strong\> | sed "s;^.*<i>\(.*\)</i>.*$;\1;"
The file lastfact, can then be examined whenever the command fails.
Trickle is a voluntary, cooperative bandwidth shaper. it works entirely in userland and is very easy to use.
The most simple application is to limit the bandwidth usage of programs.
Replace *** with the appropiate values
Bash scrip to test if a server is up, you can use this before wget'ing a file to make sure a blank one isn't downloaded.
currency_convert 1 usd inr
You think Expansys in all these countries will sell the HTC Desire for the same price? Well, you'll be surprised. Most of them will be sold at 499.99 EUR but the cheapest can be found in Germany and the most expensive, in Belgium.
This one uses dictionary.com
translate <phrase> <source-language> <output-language>
works from command line
The original was a little bit too complicated for me. This one does not use any variables.
Looks up a word on merriam-webster.com, does a screen scrape for the FIRST audio pronunciation and plays it.
USAGE: Put this one-liner into a shell script (e.g., ~/bin/pronounce) and run it from the command line giving it the word to say:
If the word isn't found in merriam-webster, no audio is played and the script returns an error value. However, M-W is a fairly complete dictionary (better than howjsay.com which won't let you hear how to pronounce naughty words).
ASSUMPTIONS: GNU's sed (which supports -r for extended regular expressions) and Linux's aplay. Aplay can be replaced by any program that can play .WAV files from stdin.
KNOWN BUGS: only the FIRST pronunciation is played, which is problematic if you wanted a particular form (plural, adjectival, etc) of the word. For example, if you run this:
you'll hear a voice saying "onomatopoeia".
Playing the correct form of the word is possible, but doing so might make the screen scraper even more fragile than it already is. (The slightest change to the format of m-w.com could break it).
translate <phrase> <source-language> <output-language>
translate hello en es
See this for a list of language codes:
Mask the user agent as firefox, recursively download 2 levels deep from a span host with a maximum of 1 redirection, use random wait time and dump all pdf files to myBooksFolder without creating any other directories. Host will have no way of knowing that this is a grabber script.
I constantly need to work on my local computer, thus I need a way to download the codeigniter user guide, this is the wget way I figured.
This is a minimalistic version of the ubiquitious Google definition screen scraper. This version was designed not only to run fast, but to work using BusyBox. BusyBox is a collection of basic Unix tools that have been compiled into a single binary to save space on tiny installations of Unix. For example, although my phone doesn't have perl or the GNU utilities, it does have BusyBox's stripped down versions of wget, tr, and sed. It turns out that those tools suffice for many tasks.
Known Bugs: This script does not handle HTML entities at all. I don't think there's an easy way to do that within BusyBox, but I'd love to see it if someone could do it. Also, this script can only define a single word, not phrases. (Well, you could if you typed in %20, but that'd be gross.) Lastly, this script does not show the URL where definitions were found. Given the randomness of the Net, that last bit of information is often key.
The only zipped version of an album available for download is the lossy mp3 version. To download lossless files, because of their size, you must download them individually. This command scrapes the page for all the FLAC (or also SHN) files.
Combines a few repetitive tasks when compiling source code. Especially useful when a hypen in a file-name breaks tab completion.
1.) wget source.tar.gz
2.) tar xzvf source.tar.gz
3.) cd source
From there you can run ./configure, make and etc.