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How to use flags in AWK

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Flags in AWK are variables which are set to either true or false. They're handy for defining ranges over which AWK can act, as shown below. The AWK used here is GNU AWK 4.1.1 (gawk 4). Sometimes flags aren't needed I'll demonstrate with a simple text file called demo, which has 6 lines with 3…

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Snaps vs Flatpak? Both!

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We recently did a little article on Canonical's "Snappy" system, also known as Snaps, and it's usefulness for testing new and updated software without breaking your existing installations or versions of that specific software. Akin to Upstart vs systemd, Red Hat also have their own slice of…

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Snaps - A Good Way to Test the Latest Apps

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If you've been following the latest Ubuntu news around the traps, you've probably heard about Canonical's "Snappy" system. We actually did an article on Snappy back in late 2014 when the project had just started to surface. As of the latest Ubuntu 16.04 LTS release, the core program 'snapd' is…

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Proofreading for illusions with grep and AWK

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Lexical illusions are very hard to find when proofreading. The most common lexical illusion is a duplicated word, as in this well-known example: A lexical illusion: many people are not aware that the the brain will automatically ignore a second instance of the word 'the' when it starts a new line. …

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Transposing rows and columns: 3 methods

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Swapping the rows and columns in a table on the command line would seem to be a fairly easy thing to do. For example, with this tab-separated table (called 'tabbed') as input: get this tab-separated table ('swapped') as output: Datamash Transposing rows and columns is indeed easy if you have the…

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Got tearing with proprietary NVIDIA? Try this.

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If you're using a reasonably modern NVIDIA graphics card on your Linux box with the proprietary driver, there's a fair chance you may encounter that nasty thing called 'screen tearing'. There is a little setting worth trying in NVIDIA's blob driver called 'ForceCompositionPipeline' that can…

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Distro Wars: It's All Linux

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This is likely a topic covered plenty of times, and as such I won't make this a too in-depth article, but I feel it's something always worth reiterating and remembering that no matter what distribution of Linux (or GNU/Linux if you prefer) you use... it's all Linux. You only have to whiz around the…

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Steel, Password Managing the CLI Way

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One thing that's probably obvious to anyone who's read more than a few Linux Rain articles is that we appreciate the CLI (command-line interface). Graphical programs and utilities are great and there are some fantastic examples of those out there, not to mention new ones being created all the time.…

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Installing Firestorm (Second Life viewer) for Linux

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Unless you've lived under a virtual rock since 2003, you have probably heard of Linden Lab's baby, Second Life at some point. The online virtual world, where you can literally pretty much do anything, might not be at the peak popularity it once experienced but there is still plenty going on. If…

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I think I like backreferences (sometimes)

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Backreferences are part of the complicated and sometimes confusing world of regular expressions. The basic idea is this: you can substitute any part of a regular expression with a backslash followed by a number, so long as you surround the part to be substituted with round brackets. The command…

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Cheese Talks: Porting Games to Linux & Day of the Tentacle

Tags:EditorialHi people! A new Cheese Talks article just went live! This time, I'm looking back at what I learned from porting Day of the Tentacle…

Sinner’s Sorrow, a grim looking action adventure is coming to Linux

Tags:Action,Adventure,Coming Soon,Indie GameI don't have a freaking clue what's going in the teaser trailer for Sinner's Sorrow, but wow am I…

openFrameworks C++ toolkit now has a Vulkan backend that supports Linux

Tags:Vulkan,ToolkitI'm going to be honest, I had never heard of openFrameworks until today. It claims it's a C++ toolkit that glues together several…

Vulkan backend for the Dolphin emulator is now feature complete

Tags:Emulation,Open Source,VulkanOn the github pull request to bring in the Vulkan backend for the Dolphin emulator, it now reads as feature…

Dave Airlie has been working on an AMD Vulkan driver

Tags:Drivers,AMDDave Airlie has been working on an open source AMD Vulkan driver and he's ready to show it off a little bit. I do love the fact that…

Looks like the open source Mesa driver has hit OpenGL 4.5 support with Intel

Tags:Drivers,Open SourceA pretty incredible milestone for open source graphics, as it appears that Mesa along with the Intel driver has hit OpenGL…

The Living Dungeon developers looking to see if there's interest for a Linux version

Tags:Adventure,Steam,StrategyThe Living Dungeon developers have posted on Steam requesting to see how much interest there is for their game on Linux.…

The Wine Development Release 1.9.15 Is Now Available

Tags:Beta,Open Source,Wine The Wine team released today another development release of their software. Version 1.9.15 has many small changes…

Knights of the Sky and Dungeon Souls are now available DRM free on GOG

Tags:Indie Game,GOG,DRM Free,DOSBoxGOG.com have added in two more Linux titles for your DRM free collections! Dungeon Souls, a pretty cool action…

Hidden in Plain Sight, a local multiplayer game that sounds hilarious is now on Linux

Tags:Action,Casual,Indie Game,SteamHidden in Plain Sight is a rather amusing sounding local multiplayer game. You have to blend in with a crowd on…

Starbound officially released!

Tags:Survival,Steam,Sandbox,RPG,GOGThe day I feel like I have been waiting on for an eternity is here. Starbound is now at the big 1.0 release and…

He's back, he's also a bit sick and he's hosting the Friday Livestream at 7.45 PM UTC!

Tags:LivestreamSurprise, I'm finally back! As some of you might know, I have been sitting in the Finnish Defence Forces the past 3-ish weeks but I…

System Shock remake has blasted past the Linux stretch goal, officially coming to Linux

Tags:RPG,Horror,FPS,Crowdfunding,Action I am sure this will be good news to many of you! The System Shock kickstarter has now blasted way past the…

Terraria 1.3.2 released, time to party with new items

Tags:GOG,Sandbox,Steam,Survival Terraria 1.3.2 has been released and along with an assortment of bugfixes it includes some fun new items. Having a…