Tag archive for "bash"


I have used the Bourne-Again shell since I started using UNIX and Linux. I tried to switch to ZSH for a while, but it's hard to switch your primary tool when you have spent years configuring it.

I use a custom screen locking script together with xautolock for automatic locking and manual locking when needed. To prevent multiple i3lock instances from starting I use an atomically created mutex. The script has somewhat excessive logging that still remains from the time it was buggy. more

Dice I use the same script on multiple machines to pick a random desktop background and i3lock wallpaper. It performs a few sanity checks before running and selects an image from a directory based on the current screen size. more

I have a custom sync script for Firefox because the built-in sync is simply not thorough enough. To make the sync more reliable I wanted to close Firefox when it is running. This was surprisingly hard to accomplish, but once I found wmctrl the problem was solved. Notice that this … more

When using git in a project it is easy to create lots of branches. This is one of the strengths of git, but it can also mean that the local branch list gets quite long. I created an alias for the command below to get an overview of which branches … more

I run multiple desktop environments, and they all come with their own screen locking tool. Sometimes I want to unlock a system remotely, that means from the command line. The script below can unlock mate, gnome and i3lock. more

Books There are various ways to send an ebook to a kindle, I use a tiny script. The only tricky part is to set the correct content type. You can get your kindle email address from your devices list on amazon. Don't forget to whitelist your from address in your Amazon … more

Firefox sync script


I don't know about you, but I'm not satisfied with the firefox sync. Some addons don't sync at all, sometimes sync breaks entirely without a visible error. The size limit is understandable, but then why is it so hard to set up your own sync server. Anyway, here is a … more

I recently was at a tech event where there was some discussion about newlines in templates. I pointed out that relying on implicit newlines in template files can lead to problems. The short discussion ended with a statement that files always end in a newline, and people moved on. So, … more

This is an update for my post about automated django deployments more

Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof Connecting to the WIFI on the ICE train in Germany didn't work for me. I was using Debian GNU/Linux, and Docker was running. It turns out the train's wireless network uses the same subnet as Docker by default. The solution is pretty simple, kill containers, stop docker, purge networks. Yeah, … more

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