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Regular expressions are a powerful text transformation tool. Any UNIX geek will tell you that. It’s so deeply ingrained into our culture, that we even make jokes about it. Another thing that we also love is having a powerful extension … Continue reading
The terminfo entry for “xterm-256color” that ships by default as part of ncurses-base on Debian Linux and its derivatives is a bit annoying. In particular, shifted up-arrow key presses work fine in some programs, but fail in others. It’s a … Continue reading
Mutt scrolls the index of email folders up or down, one line at a time, with the press of a single key: ‘<’ or ‘>’. This is a very convenient way to skim through email folder listings, so I wrote … Continue reading
I found out how to concatenate the parts of a video to a single file with MPlayer. It’s relatively easy, so this is just a mini-post to save it for posterity: $ cat video_part1.avi video_part2.avi … > temp.avi $ mencoder … Continue reading
As part of the ‘utility’ library in one of the projects we are using at work, I wrote two small wrappers around strtol() and strtoul(). These two functions support a much more useful error reporting mechanism than the plain atoi() … Continue reading
Mercurial repository clones can have two parts: An .hg/ subdirectory, where all the repository metadata is stored A “working copy” area, where checked out files may live The .hg/ subdirectory stores the repository metadata of the specific clone, including the … Continue reading
Earlier tonight, on December 7 2009, a friend and me booked our flight tickets for FOSDEM 2010. I am really excited that I am going to attend another open source & free software conference. It has been a while since … Continue reading
One of the things I often do on FreeBSD machines is to install shells/mksh or shells/bash and work most of the time with a bourne-compatible shell.
The DejaVu font family is a very popular font collection for Linux and BSD systems. The font package of DejaVu includes a condensed variant; a variation of the same basic font theme that sports narrower characters.