I do work quite a bit in the terminal especially with
bash. I have a pretty extensive set of custom bash scripts and functions. I can always learn new things and try to keep that in mind but I blew through these all in one day. Eventually I might post about my more advanced setup and some scripts but this was also a good way to keep sharp and get used to writing things down.
You can move the cursor without arrow keys. Here is the keyboard equivalent for each.
- Up ('previous'):
CTRL + P
- Down ('next'):
CTRL + N
- Left ('back'):
CTRL + B
- Right ('forward'):
CTRL + F
caps lock to
CTRL makes these combinations very accessible.
After writing the other day about why you might not want to use simple getters, I decided that I wanted to eliminate all such methods from a project.
Here is the regex I wrote to isolate the pattern:
ag 'def (\w+);?\s+@\1;?\s+end'
The semicolon catches one-line getter methods as well as the more common three-line.
MD5 File Signatures
md5 <file> generates a unique 32-digit hexadecimal number. This can serve as a signature for a file in its particular state, letting you know when it has changed.
$ touch test.txt $ md5 test.txt MD5 (test.txt) = d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e $ echo 'some content' > test.txt $ md5 test.txt MD5 (test.txt) = eb9c2bf0eb63f3a7bc0ea37ef18aeba5
Printing with lpr
Recently while trying to fix a printer I used
lpr a bunch of times. It's not exactly new to me, but never fails to surprise people when I use it.
lpr submits files for printing to your default printer in OSX.
Print a file:
Print the current file in your Vim session, with a cool job name:
:! lpr -T 'cool job name' %
Print two copies to a specific printer:
lpr -# 2 -P specific_printer README.md
This is an invaluable command-line trick.
Reverse a String
Reverse a string with the
$ echo 'test' | rev tset
It also works with files.
$ rev Procfile br.amup/gifnoc C- amup cexe eldnub :bew
Run Previous Command
Previously run commands can be viewed with the
$ history 10048 git checkout master 10049 gpr 10050 rake
With this list, you can rerun any command using
$ !10048 Already on 'master'
!! prints the last command you ran, then runs it. Here is an example:
$ ls LICENSE.md README.md bash cucumber rails $ !! ls LICENSE.md README.md bash cucumber rails
Replace the second
! with the first few letters of a command you have previously run, and bash will search for, print, and run the most recent instance.
$ !rsp rspec spec/models/user.rb ...
Send Processes to the Background
Processes on any POSIX-compliant computer can be sent to the background with
<prefix> + Z for the tmux-ers) and returned to the foreground with
Here is an example:
user@computer:~% ping www.google.com PING www.google.com (18.104.22.168): 56 data bytes 64 bytes from 22.214.171.124: icmp_seq=0 ttl=52 time=41.574 ms 64 bytes from 126.96.36.199: icmp_seq=1 ttl=52 time=42.836 ms 64 bytes from 188.8.131.52: icmp_seq=2 ttl=52 time=53.527 ms ^Z zsh: suspended ping www.google.com user@computer:~% fgO  + continued ping www.google.com 64 bytes from 184.108.40.206: icmp_seq=3 ttl=52 time=42.433 ms 64 bytes from 220.127.116.11: icmp_seq=4 ttl=52 time=42.401 ms 64 bytes from 18.104.22.168: icmp_seq=5 ttl=52 time=42.837 ms 64 bytes from 22.214.171.124: icmp_seq=6 ttl=52 time=44.203 ms ^C --- www.google.com ping statistics --- 7 packets transmitted, 7 packets received, 0.0% packet loss
Watch That Program
Have you ever been working in the terminal and found yourself repeating the same command many times? Delegate that work to the computer.
watch comes with Linux and can be installed on OSX via homebrew. It executes a program periodically, defaulting to every two seconds.
We used it today while writing a database backup script. Instead of checking our dump directory every time a cron job executed, we ran
watch ls, and watched the script succeed or fail with live updates.
man watch for more information.