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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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Strategy game 'Cossacks 3' will have a Linux beta on Friday and I have a key for one lucky person

Tags: Steam, Strategy Even though it was supposed to be delayed until April, GSC Game World have announced that there will be a public beta of the…

HEVN, a first-person sci-fi adventure game should have Linux support

Tags: Indie Game, Unity3D, AdventureHEVN [Official Site] was pointed out by GOL follower micha and after taking a look I was impressed, so I spoke to…

Game engine 'Construct 3' is now in open beta, check out my example game

Tags: Toolkit, BetaConstruct 3 [Official Site] is a game engine that requires little to no programming knowledge as it relies on stringing events…

Oxenfree is a clever, narrative driven supernatural thriller you should check out, my review

Tags: Adventure, Steam, Indie Game, GOG, ReviewI finally set aside some time to play the supernatural thriller Oxenfree [Steam, GOG,Official Site]…

Meganoid, a challenging platformer with roguelike elements releases soon with Linux support

Tags: Action, Coming Soon, Indie Game, Itch.io, Platformer, Roguelike, SteamThe latest game from Orangepixel, Meganoid [Official Site, itch.io,…

RUNNING WITH RIFLES has a major update and a DLC announcement

Tags: RUNNING WITH RIFLES [Steam, Official Site] is the rather excellent top-down shooter with RPG elements that has Linux support. A major patch was…

Blazing Chrome, a classic co-op run ‘n gun plans Linux support

Tags: Action, Coming SoonBlazing Chrome is a new co-op run ‘n gun being developed by JoySmasher [Official Site] and they are planning a Linux…

SC Controller, the stand-alone Steam Controller driver and UI has an important bug-fix release

Tags: AppsI've been using a lot of SC Controller [github] to play games with my Steam Controller outside of Steam, but it did have a major issue. I…

Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition officially announced with Linux support

Tags: Coming Soon, RPG, Steam, GOGAs expected, Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition [Official Site, GOG, Steam] has now been announced with a…

Unreal Tournament updated, weapon animations overhauled and AI improvements

Tags: Action, FPS, Free Game, Unreal EngineUnreal Tournament [Official Site] has been updated with much better weapon animations, AI improvements,…

Sumoman, the hilarious UNIGINE-powered puzzle platformer with physics is now out on Linux

Tags: Steam, Puzzle, Platformer, Review, VideoSumoman [Steam] is a brand new and rather hilarious puzzle platformer powered by the UNIGINE engine. It…

Hollow Knight, the fantastic looking action adventure game has a Linux build being tested

Tags: Action, Coming Soon, Platformer, SteamHollow Knight [Official Site], an incredibly stylish action and adventure game recently launched for…

To no surprise the Cossacks 3 Linux version has been delayed once again

Tags: Steam, Strategy, Coming SoonI have it confirmed that the planned Linux version of Cossacks 3 [Official Site] has been once again delayed and…

Snoost, a new cloud gaming service has opened with Linux support, uses Steam's in-home streaming

Tags: Editorial, AppsThis is an interesting one, Snoost, a new cloud gaming service powered by Amazon AWS supports Linux. It uses Steam's in-home…

Day of Infamy is an absolutely brutal first-person shooter you need to play

Tags: Action, FPS, Indie Game, Steam, ReviewWhen it comes to FPS games based on realism, Linux is in shortly supply. Day of Infamy [Steam] is another…