The cat (short for concatenate) command is one of the most frequently used flexible commands on Linux and Unix-like operating systems. Say hello to bat Linux command, which is a cat command written in Rust programming language. The bat command comes with syntax highlighting, git integration, and works as is a drop-in cat command replacement. Let us see how to install bat on Linux and Unix system for fun and profit.
Vim is my favorite text editor and version 8.2 released. The new version includes support for popup windows and text properties. Popup windows can be used for many purposes. For example, a list of choices can be displayed, where the user selects an entry with keys or with the mouse. There is also a new vim game released named as killersheep to show you new capabilities of Vim. Let us see how to install and play killersheep.
The neofetch command like utility written in a bash shell. The main purpose of neofetch is to be used in screenshots to display other users what operating system or Linux distro you are using including theme, icons, hardware config and more. Now we have another tool called pfetch. It is a pretty system information tool written in POSIX sh. Let us see how to install and use pfetch Linux and Unix hardware information tool.
One of the most common mistakes is typing sl instead of ls command. I set up an alias, i.e., alias sl=ls; but then you may miss out the steam train with a whistle.
sl is a joke software or classic UNIX game. It is a steam locomotive runs across your screen if you type “sl” (Steam Locomotive) instead of “ls” by mistake. Now there is a twist to older sl command.
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Chomper is a free and open source Python cli for Linux desktop. It lets you block access to distracting websites for specified periods of time. The program is intended to help you with issues being productive on a desktop due to Internet distractions. One can set a period to block websites. Until that timer expires, you will be unable to access sites.
The Matrix is a science fiction action movie from 1999. It was written and directed by the Wachowski Brothers. The film has falling green characters on screen. The digital rain is representing the activity of the virtual reality in “The Matrix.” You can now have Matrix digital rain with CMatrix on a Linux or Unix terminal too.
I have like over 50k+ comments posted on this site. A commenter is allowed to leave their website or Github/Twitter URL in the comment section. Unfortunately, many websites are dead creating a mess. Many are just spam and nothing else. This is not good for anyone. Here is a quick way to delete all existing comment author URLs in WordPress using mysql command line option.
S-tui is a free and open source terminal UI for monitoring your computer. s-tui allows to monitor CPU temperature, frequency, power and utilization in a graphical way from the terminal. It is written in Python and need root permission to use the s-tui. It is useful for:
- Watch your CPU temperature/utilization/frequency/power
- See performance dips caused by thermal throttling
- No need to use X-server. Perfect for headless usage including Raspberry PI
Let us see how to install and use s-tui on a Linux based system.
I like htop interactive process viewer. Recently I found another one called gtop. It is similar to top, but fancier. Let us see how to install and use gtop on a Linux or macOS Unix based system.
You can configure sudo command to insult user when they type the wrong password. Now, it is possible to
abuse insult the user when they enter the wrong command at the shell prompt.