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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.
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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

let the cow suggest some commit messages for you

Terminal - let the cow suggest some commit messages for you
while true; do lynx --dump http://whatthecommit.com/ | head -n 1 | cowsay; sleep 2; done
2011-01-27 14:36:12
User: linuxswords
Functions: head sleep
let the cow suggest some commit messages for you


There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
curl -s http://whatthecommit.com/index.txt | cowsay
wget -qO- http://whatthecommit.com/index.txt | cowsay
2014-08-26 18:56:06
User: optyler
Functions: wget

No need to parse html page, website gives us a txt file :)

while true; do curl -s http://whatthecommit.com | perl -p0e '($_)=m{<p>(.+?)</p>}s' | cowsay; sleep 2; done

Know a better way?

If you can do better, submit your command here.

What others think

Cow says nothing. Returns and empty speech bubble. head -n 2 works but adds extra line to the bubble.

Comment by rolle 334 weeks and 1 day ago

head -n 1 works on my machine, depends on lynx version

Comment by linuxswords 334 weeks and 1 day ago

works ok to me, cool!

Comment by alltry 334 weeks and 1 day ago

[12:34:26] peikko ~ $ lynx --version

Lynx Version 2.8.7rel.1 (05 Jul 2009)

libwww-FM 2.14, SSL-MM 1.4.1, OpenSSL 1.0.0, ncurses 5.7.20100109(wide)

Built on linux-gnu Jul 5 2010 17:07:29

I guess I have to update?

Comment by rolle 334 weeks ago

According to the source code (https://github.com/ngerakines/commitment) you can use http://whatthecommit.com/index.txt to get the commit message in a pure text format.

Comment by adaven 326 weeks and 5 days ago

so you could do something like e.g.

wget -qO- http://whatthecommit.com/index.txt | cowsay
Comment by adaven 326 weeks and 5 days ago

Your point of view

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