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How to repeat a script, or not

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I have a data-entry script which adds records to a plain-text data table. It's a fairly complicated script with a GUI dialog, and until recently it added one record at a time. To add another record, I had to launch the script again. Was there a simple way (I asked myself) to re-run the script, or…

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On dates and stuffed non-dates

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Nothing gives my wife the Screaming Meemies like dates in spreadsheets. Unless she formats the target cell in advance as text, the spreadsheet will turn a perfectly innocent, non-date string like 23/2/6 into '23-Feb-2006'. When she types 6420-11-3, according to both LibreOffice Calc and Gnumeric,…

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The header line: how to add, delete and ignore it

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In a plain-text table, the first or header line usually contains the names of the fields. In this article I've pulled together a variety of ways to add and delete a header, and also how to do things with the rest of the table while leaving the header intact as the first line in the file. Add a…

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Multimedia Tip: Sync Your XBMC/Kodi Watched List with trakt.tv

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While this is actually cross-platform and not necessarily Linux-specific, there's no doubt many of you out there making use of the awesomeness of XBMC (soon to be known instead as 'Kodi') Media Player would be doing so on the Penguin-powered platform. In this article we look at one of the various,…

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Joining Tables on the Command-Line

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This article compares 3 different ways to join tables on a common field. All 3 work OK on small tables, but there's a big difference in speed when the tables to be joined are large, as shown below. Table joining isn't something you need to do if you store data in a simple, flat-file database like a…

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Splitting a File Elegantly

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In a previous Linux Rain article I compared different ways to delete blank lines, and showed that the AWK way was the simplest and most thorough. Here I show how to split a text file into multiple text files using a surprisingly simple AWK command. Background In 2013 I published an article in Free…

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Tips on getting (and suggesting, and editing) user input

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In a previous Linux Rain article I explained how to use the YAD dialog to do multiple-item data entry in a GUI. Here I show one way to allow users to check and edit what they've entered in YAD. I also explain how to offer default, editable inputs in terminal-based data entry, and how to color the…

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How to get nowhere in particular

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In this tutorial I explain one way to generate a random geographical location, using simple command-line tricks. Latitude and longitude: decimal degrees Latitude runs from 0 to 90 degrees from the Equator to the North Pole, and 0 to 90 degrees from the Equator to the South Pole. Longitude in…

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Top 10! Fun On The Command Line

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If you just love making 'top 10'-type lists but are a little embarrassed to say so, tell people you're passionate about data exploration. To impress them even more, explain that you do your data exploration on the command line. But don't ruin the impression by telling them how easy that is! In this…

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ODT to TXT, but keep the line numbering

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The title explains what this article is about. If you save an .odt file as text, or copy/paste the contents as a text file, or run odt2txt or the unoconv utility, you lose the apparent line structure of the original, and with it the line numbering. But there is a way... Losing apparent line…

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Samsung and Intel Stay Committed to Chromebooks

OStatic: Look for these new systems to sell very well during this holiday season, and introduce many young people to the basics of working with data and applications in the cloud.

The Companies That Support Linux: DataCentred

Linux.com: DataCentred is a leading provider of next-generation datacentre and open-source cloud computing services focusing on clients with big research data sets.

Chief Architect of Cloudera on growth of Hadoop

 OpenSource.com: Doug Cutting, Chief Architect ClouderaDoug Cutting is founder of numerous successful open source projects, including Lucene and Hadoop, and currently the chief architect at Cloudera and sits on the Board of the Apache Software Foundation.

How to monitor a log file on Linux with logwatch

 xmodulo: Log files are not precisely what you would call "light" or "easy" reading, and analyzing raw log files by hand is often time-consuming and tedious.

PHP 5.6.2 and 5.4.34 Update for Critical Security Flaws

InternetNews: No Sandworms, Heart-bleeds or POODLEs here but don't let the lack of a fancy marketing name fool you - this is serious

Integrating Trac, Jenkins and Cobbler—Customizing Linux Operating Systems for Organizational Needs

LinuxJournal: Organizations supporting Linux operating systems commonly have a need to build customized software to add or replace packages on production systems.

For Gentoo Linux Initiates, Iron Penguin May Be Too Heavy

LinuxInsider: Gentoo Linux can be either an experienced Linux user's ideal desktop choice or a new user's worst computing nightmare.

V is for Vivid (Ubuntu 15.04)

Mark Shuttleworth: As the upstart monkey in this business I can think of no better mascot. And so let’s launch our vicenary cycle, our verist varlet, the Vivid Vervet!

Top 4 Linux network managers

LinuxUser&Developer: Fundamental utilities and long-time favourites all go head-to-head as we pick the network manager that offers the complete package

GamingOnLinux.com Latest Articles

Paranautical Activity FPS Is Now Out Of Beta

Paranautical Activity drew a bit of ire when they cancelled a bunch of features and decided they were calling it quits, but the game is now fully out and looks fun!

GOG Now Have Over 100 Linux Games, New Classics Include Baldur's Gate

GOG are becoming more useful for Linux gamers, as in the last week they have hit over 100 Linux games on their store!

Dragonsphere, Darklands & More Classics Added To Steam For Linux

Looks like Night Dive Studios are at it again! Some classics have been added to Steam for Linux which include Dragonsphere & Darklands.

GOL Cast: Trying To Strike A Profit In Merchants Of Kaidan

I talk a lot about Early Access, because the majority of games sent to us are on there. The games there range from awesome to awful, and Merchants of Kaidan has a bit of both.

The Wine Development Release 1.7.29 Is Now Available.

Wine development team was able to produce a new experimental release today. 1.7.29 bringing many new features and as many as 44 bugfixes.

A Roundup Of The Last Weeks Linux Gaming

Here is a look back at the last week on GamingOnLinux, an easy way to for you to keep up to date on what has happened in the past week for Linux Gaming!

The Humble Mozilla Bundle

The Humble Mozilla Bundle includes eight games previously available on Linux and another one that hasn't been disclosed. What is different this time is that they can all be run in a web browser.

How To Get A Free XCOM: Enemy Unknown Key

On Greenman Gaming, they are giving a free XCOM: Enemy Unknown Steam key for anyone who is voting in the Golden Joystick awards.

Project CARS Initial Release Delayed

Project CARS, originally an indie game that is now being distributed by BANDAI NAMCO and was set to release for PS4, Xbox One and Windows on November this year, has now been delayed for Spring next year.

SpringRTS Open Source RTS Engine New Release, Featuring SDL2

SpringRTS is an open source real time strategy game engine with lots of games available to play online or against AI bots.

Livestreaming Today At 5 PM UTC (VODs Included)

I decided that it would be a good idea to livestream today to join the people who are already enjoying Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel on their penguin boxes. Naturally, TPS is going to be one of the games we are going to play, provided that it works, along with maybe a couple of other titles if we have time.

DeadCore, A Fast-paced Mix Of Platforming & FPS Out For Linux Today

After an endless fall through powerful magnetic storms... you awaken. Your memory erased, you start exploring the world around you. Someone or something is pushing you higher and higher.

Retro-Style Point-And-Click Adventure 'Bik - A Space Adventure' Released On Steam

Bik was originally made available through Humble Widget in July and after having been greenlit just two months later, it got its official Steam release earlier this week. With an entertaining sci-fi story and multiple playable characters I can see why this one quickly became so popular.

Eufloria HD Released On Steam For Linux

The ambient strategy game originally made its début on Steam in October 2009. Now, 5 years later, it's finally officially available for Linux with an HD upgrade and added content.

Lumino City Confirmed, But Delayed For Linux

The gorgeous sequel to 2011's title 'Lume' is slated for release next month. With no news on release platforms the last year we reached out to the developer 'State of Play' to catch up with the status of the Linux release.