Tuesday, January 28, 2014


I've just added another script to the Resources page. This one, called program_list, creates an annotated listing of the executable files (i.e. programs) in a specified directory, or if no directory is specified, /usr/bin.

The listing consists of the program name, a brief description of the program (taken from its man page) and the name of the package that installed the program.  The listing may be produced in 3 different formats: plain text (the default), TSV (tab-separated values), or Markdown.

This script is useful to new users who wish to learn what all the stuff in /usr/bin (or /bin, or /sbin, or /usr/sbin, etc.) does.


Friday, January 17, 2014

A Couple More Scripts

I have just posted 2 new bash scripts on the Resources page for your edification and enjoyment. They are:

my_cloud - A script to store and manage files on a remote server (a kind of stone-age Dropbox).

photo2mail - A script that re-sizes images. Used to make image files suitable for use as email attachments.

In addition, I have updated new_script to support a more modern coding standard.