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May 19, 2015 - A Look At The New Commandlinefu
I've put together a short writeup on what kind of newness you can expect from the next iteration of clfu. Check it out here.
March 2, 2015 - New Management
I'm Jon, I'll be maintaining and improving clfu. Thanks to David for building such a great resource!

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Psst. Open beta.

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:

  • » The open beta is running a copy of the database that will not carry over to the final version. Don't post anything you don't mind losing.
  • » If you wish to use your user account, you will probably need to reset your password.
Your feedback is appreciated via the form on the beta page. Thanks! -Jon & CLFU Team

Send pop-up notifications on Gnome

Terminal - Send pop-up notifications on Gnome
notify-send ["<title>"] "<body>"
2009-04-29 10:05:20
User: cammarin
Send pop-up notifications on Gnome

The title is optional.


-t: expire time in milliseconds.

-u: urgency (low, normal, critical).

-i: icon path.

On Debian-based systems you may need to install the 'libnotify-bin' package.

Useful to advise when a wget download or a simulation ends. Example:

wget URL ; notify-send "Done"


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Cool, but a more portable way of doing this is using the not so desktop dependent xmessage which I think is even more powerful. This will show you the gpl license

xmessage -file gpl.txt
Comment by ubersoldat 391 weeks and 1 day ago

gmessage is an xmessage clone based on GTK+

Comment by alperyilmaz 391 weeks ago

notify-send is quite good. I was ignorant of its existance, I've been using something similar written by Miguel Icaza. It's slightly better but you have to compile it from source.


Comment by unixmonkey3402 391 weeks ago

notify-send "Fortune" "`fortune`"

Comment by jsiei97 373 weeks ago
wget URL && notify-send "Done" || notify-send "Failed"
Comment by dennisw 372 weeks and 6 days ago

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