Sometimes I need a temporary file or a temporary directory with a unique name in my scripts. Of course I can create a file in
/tmp with the actual time in its name. But what if some other user has the same idea, and the scripts run at the same time? Here comes
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scp are the usual programs to login to a remote host and to copy files from or to a remote host. Normally users just start the program and type their password. But this is not very convenient, and even impossible, if these programs are used in a script which has to run automatically, e.g. as a cron job.
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Sometimes I want to view a file without editing, but want to use some features of vi (or vim). Of course I can just use
$ vi file.txt
but then I can accidentally change the file.
There are two parameters, which can help.
Continue reading “vi: Read Only Command Line Parameters”
In an earlier post we learned how to start a daemon with systemd. But it is annoying to handle a user daemon this way: type every time a
sudo in front of the
systemctl command. Let’s configure it, so that it can be used as a normal user.
Continue reading “systemd, Part II: Using systemd as Normal User”
While editing a file I have often the problem to do the same tasks repeatedly on many (or even all) lines, e.g.:
- appending a semicolon to the end of every line,
- commenting some lines in a shell script,
- creating SQL statements from a list of tables,
This can be done with keyboard macros.
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For my sensor network I run a server process, which collects the data from several sensors. This is a sort of a daemon. In a first version it was started in a crontab with the time “@reboot”. But during the development I had to restart it every now and then: search the PID, kill it, start it in the background.
Isn’t there a better way? systemd to the rescue. In this first systemd post I will install a service file, so that the process can be started and stopped from the root account.
Continue reading “systemd, Part I”
Everyone knows the command
cd – everyone uses it several times a day. (OK – not everyone, but every Linux user.) Most of us know, that we can change back to the last directory with
$ cd -
$ cd /opt/sensors/bmp280
$ cd -
But what if you cd in your project directory and then need to change back into your docs directory? You have to type the whole path. Or do you?
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