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How to manage alternating lines of text on the command line


In this article I've pulled together some command-line tips for alternating lines of text. Questions about alternating lines turn up regularly on online help forums, and they sometimes get complicated answers. Here I've tried to keep things simple. Interleaving lines For demonstration purposes I'll…

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The joys of ISOdates


It took me a fair while to get comfortable with the ISO 8601 date format. After so many years of using DD MMM YYYY, my old eyes and brain had some trouble understanding YYYY-MM-DD. Finally something clicked, and I now read 'ISOdates' easily and I really appreciate their advantages. The biggest…

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Impressions of a Chromebook and Linuxy Goodness


Feeling like something different, I recently bought a HP Chromebook 11. In this article I give my impressions on the device itself and also some Linux-specific goodness thanks to something caled Crouton, plus a few thoughts on working in the "cloud". As someone who uses a typical GNU/Linux…

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Software is not data


You know that trick where the magician snatches the tablecloth from the table, leaving the plates, cutlery and glassware in place? Watch as I do something similar on my computer. The screenshot above shows the top left corner of a large data table of mine in a spreadsheet. Drum roll, please... …

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How to repeat a script, or not


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


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


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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Joining Tables on the Command-Line


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


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


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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Install OpenLDAP In Ubuntu 15.10 And Debian 8

Unixmen : OpenLDAP is a free open source Light Weight Directory Access protocol developed by the OpenLDAP project.

Oracle VirtualBox And Manage It Using phpVirtualBox On Ubuntu 15.10 Headless

Unixmen: It is easy to install Oracle VirtualBox on any GUI Linux desktops, isn???t it? But, what about in a Linux Server that has no GUI?

How to set up torrent scheduling on Linux

 HowToForge: Today we will take a look on the methods that Linux users can follow in order to set up a scheduler for their torrent downloads.

Denmark's Second Largest City, Aarhus, Dropping Microsoft's Products for Open Source

softpedia: Aarhus is Denmark's second largest city, and the administration is preparing for the use of open IT standards in an effort to rid itself of the grip of proprietary software.

How to track your Linux laptop

 HowToForge: So, you just bought a new shiny laptop and you are uncomfortable about the possibility to see it stolen and lost forever?

Linux Kernel 3.2.74 LTS Brings Many Btrfs Filesystem Improvements, x86 Fixes

The new update is here to introduce several improvements to the Btrfs, EXT4, and JBD2 filesystems

Is NTP Server Working On a Linux or Unix Server?

Nixcraft: practical tips on NTP

Google Kubernetes Is an Open-Source Software Hit

Wall St. Journal: Kubernetes has been adopted by a widening range of companies including financial services firms and tire manufacturers.

Backup (System Restore Point) your Ubuntu/Linux Mint with SystemBack

Noobslab: Systemback makes it easy to create backups of system and users configuration files. Latest Articles

Europa Universalis IV: The Cossacks Now Available

Tags:DLC,Sandbox,Steam,StrategyThe latest expansion for the popular grand strategy game, Europa Universalis IV, is now available. Hordes get a lot of…

OpenMW 0.37 released, now with the new OSG renderer

Tags:Game Engine,Open SourceIt seems to be the season for new versions of excellent open source gaming projects. OpenMW, the open source recreation…

The most popular Linux gaming articles for November 2015, 137 in total

Tags:Article OverviewHere is a look back at the 20 most popular articles on GamingOnLinux for November 2015, an easy way to for you to keep up to…

New Linux Gamer Survey For December

Tags:SurveyPinch, punch, first of the month! As the saying goes...time for our latest monthly survey to complete! It will be open for ~2 weeks, as we…

Craft the amusement park of your dreams with Parkitect, now on Linux

Tags:Unity3D,Simulation,Sandbox,Early AccessI've been keeping an eye on Parkitect for quite some time, reading up on the development now and then as…

The Dark Mod became more graphically impressive in their last update

Tags:Open Source,Free Game,DRM Free We missed covered the last update to The Dark Mod back in February, and I'm glad someone emailed it in as its…

SkyScrappers is an amusing 2D 1-4 player competitive fighting game now on SteamOS & Linux

Tags:Steam,Platformer,Initial Thoughts,Indie Game,ActionSkyScrappers is deceptively simple looking, but I've been playing it a bit with the brand new…

A very special livestream tonight, keyboard and mouse vs Steam Controller

Tags:VideoWe interrupt your regularly scheduled broadcasting with an important announcement. Tonight at around 7:30 PM UTC myself and Samsai will…

Rocket League should be on Linux before the end of December

Tags:Steam,Sports,Coming Soon,Action A forum post from one of the Rocket League team has stated that the game will be on Linux before the end of…

The Escapists and all of the DLC now DRM free on GOG for Linux

Tags:Stealth,GOG,DRM Free,Adventure,Action GOG have now put up the Linux versions of the original The Escapists along with all the DLC, so you can…

Some thoughts on Xenonauts the XCOM inspired strategy game, now it’s native on Linux

Tags:Strategy,Steam,Initial Thoughts,Humble Store,GOG I love XCOM, you should all know this by now. It’s one of the best strategy games…

The Zotac Steam Machine ZBOX NEN SN970 impressed OC3D in their review

Tags:Steam,Review,Hardware,Editorial Some good news about the whole Steam Machine parade, OC3D did a pretty long review of the ZBOX NEN SN970 and…

Western style top-down shooter '12 is Better Than 6' released on Steam for Linux

Tags:Steam,Initial Thoughts,Adventure,Action12 is Better Than 6 was funded on Kickstarter last month and is already available as a full release on…

Wine 1.8-rc2 released, brings more stability

Tags:Open Source,WineThe Wine developers are continuing towards a stable 1.8 released, and they have released Wine 1.8-rc2. They have fixed a total…

You there, come watch the Friday Livestream at 6 PM UTC!

Tags:Site InfoAfter a long week of exams (school stuff, not medical) I'm glad I can finally sit down and relax a bit while playing video games.…