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Finding unmatched braces (brackets)

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Recently I was checking for unmatched braces in a big text file with nearly half a million lines (300+ MB). Was there a closing brace for every opening brace? The text file was called 'beetle' and was actually a tab-separated table with each line divided into 77 fields. What I wanted to do was find…

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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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4 step Network bonding / teaming configuration in Linux

This article explains what network bonding is in Linux.

Recent open source hardware trends, from SBCs to servers

At ELC Europe, Intel MinnowBoard SBC evangelist John Hawley surveyed open hardware trends, and their impact on OS-enabled device and system development.

Peek - A Simple Animated Gif Screen Recorder for Linux

FOSSmint: Peek Gif Recorder is the perfect screen capture tool for short and sharp video clips

What to do when people start hacking your culture

When organizational rules exist, people will try to game them.

How To Instantly Share Files And Folders In Arch Linux

Quickserve is a simple http server that allows you to share files quickly between Arch Linux systems and/or other operating systems.

How to create your own Linux Distribution with Yocto on Ubuntu

HowToForge: In this article, our focus is the creation of a minimal Linux distribution using the Yocto project on the Ubuntu platform.

Inxi - A Powerful Feature-Rich Commandline System Information Tool for Linux

tecmint: Inxi is a powerful and remarkable command line-system information script designed for both console and IRC (Internet Relay Chat).

Thanks To Red Hat, India's Biggest Stock Exchange Is Now The World's Fastest

"Red Hat is now our backbone. Our business cannot run if Red Hat is not there." That is India's biggest stock exchange's CEO talking.

RPi-friendly home automation kit adds voice recognition support

 LinuxGizmos: Matrix Labs launched an Indiegogo campaign for "Matrix Voice," a voice input board that works standalone, or in conjunction with a Raspberry Pi or UP SBC.

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Security: You might want to change passwords on sites that use Cloudflare

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Angels with Scaly Wings, a visual novel that's actually not bad at all

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Wells, a steampunk run and gun game released for Linux and I took a look, it's not good

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SuperTuxKart is trying to get on Steam, be sure to give it a vote

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Crusader Kings II - Monks and Mystics DLC announced

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Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter is now officially on Linux

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Valve have announced 'Steam Audio' an SDK of advanced audio tools, it will support Linux

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