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simulated text generator

Terminal - simulated text generator
tr -dc a-z0-9 </dev/urandom | tr 0-8 \ | tr 9 \\n | sed 's/^[ \t]*//' | fmt -u
2011-02-19 10:29:17
User: rubenmoran
Functions: fmt sed tr
simulated text generator


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- Give more weight to vowles

- Make paragraphs start with a tab.

- Remove 2,3 consonates togheter.

Comment by rubenmoran 216 weeks and 6 days ago

I wonder where can this command show its usefulness.

Comment by willcai 216 weeks and 6 days ago

Interesting and as willcai points out probably not very useful :-)

However, we can tidy it up a bit:

First, the middle two tr commands can be combined:

... | tr 0-9 '\n ' | ...

Zero will be converted to a newline. 1-9 will be converted to space.

Next, shorten the sed command. There won't be any tabs in the output, so:

... | sed 's/^ *//' | ...


tr -dc a-z0-9 </dev/urandom | tr 0-9 '\n ' | sed 's/^ *//' | fmt -u

I've been trying to make the output more realistic by skewing the random input.

No success so far :-(

Comment by flatcap 216 weeks and 6 days ago

Here's a quick sed to remove any duplicate letters:

... | sed 's/\(.\)\(\1\)*/\1/g' | ...
Comment by flatcap 216 weeks and 6 days ago

I think this is useful to create "Lorem Ipsum"-Text.

And no, you can't combine the tr-commands. Try

...tr 0-6 \ | tr 7-9 \\n ... to see the difference.

Changing the ranges influences the length of the generated paragraphs.

Comment by joedhon 216 weeks and 6 days ago

Rigth joedhon!. Numbers are used to parametrize spaces/newlines, although flatcap solution is more elegant and you can also parametrize this way:

...tr 0-9 " \n"

so 0-6=" " and 7-9="\n". right ?

Thanks all!

Comment by rubenmoran 216 weeks and 5 days ago

No, that is 0-9="\n", and the lines having trailing spaces.

btw: there will never be a "." , so the -u is unnecessary unless you throw in some extra dots and spaces after the dots.

Comment by joedhon 216 weeks and 5 days ago

Your point of view

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