I’ve been using
tmux for a while at work, and in particular nested
tmux sessions, one for each server I use regularly handled via a main session on a jump host. There are around 20 different servers I connect to for various tasks and navigating between them all via standard methods was a little tricky. I thought of the idea (which, of course, wasn’t a new thought) of having a fuzzy find so to get to
box4, I could type
I had a look for anything that existed already and found
fzf which seemed really promising. Unfortunately, the servers I’m using didn’t meet the requirements so I wondered how tricky making something like this would be.
Continue reading “Building a basic command palette for Bash”
I recently saw this question posted in /r/bash and thought “that’s something I’d also use”. After seeing /u/whetu‘s comment and thinking about it, I realised it should be fairly easy to build a script that does exactly what’s required.
After a bit of tinkering and adding some basic styles I wrapped it up into a small Bash/Perl script (a polyglot, just for fun…) and placed it on GitHub. I’ve added a few basic switches to toggle/delete items, or slurp items from
As part of this I also repurposed parts of my bash-ps1 tool so that you can easily create style strings including the colours and styling to help make your TODO list look just the way you want it. It’s available here and the source code is also on GitHub.
Seems I’ve been all about the terminal customisation recently…
grep a lot. Multiple times every day without fail. I used
ack for a while when I started at my current workplace as that seemed to be favoured by a lot of the existing devs there. However, I found that not having
ack on some servers meant I was making silly mistakes when using
grep elsewhere. Ever typed this:
grep -R 'variable'
and sat there waiting? Well I have. So I switched away from
ack and became a
grep advocate. This move from
ack might also help explain my
grep default flags, one of which (that I didn’t mention in that post..) is
-P to use
perlre in the search string.
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I’d wanted to extract the code I used in the those projects into a stand-alone project/component that could be added to an existing page where ANSI escape sequences need to be interpreted. I’ve toyed with the idea of making it a Web Component or something like that but haven’t just yet.
Continue reading “terminal-preview”
Recently one of the remotely maintained servers I worked on regularly has started to exhibit slowdowns in bash. It started only occasionally, perhaps as a result of a high number of users or long-running script, but become a lot worse and resulted in a few seconds delay every time a new prompt was drawn. A few seconds may not sound a lot, but can be incredibly frustrating!
Upon a bit of an investigation I found that the culprit was the call to
__git_ps1 in my
$PS1 variable. Removing this made the bash prompt speedy again! Hooray! However, having the current branch on my screen immediately is infinitely useful and I can’t really live without it any more, so I carried on digging.
On this particular set of servers
git has been replaced with a set of custom script that perform a lot of tasks. This means that calls to simple
git commands run a LOT of other commands, logging and getting repo information among other things. I thought about replacing all the references to
git in the
git-prompt.sh file with the direct path to the binary, but thought it shouldn’t be too tough to just get the information myself using the information in the
The result is this bash function.
It’s fairly primitive, it checks the current path for a
.git directory, if it doesn’t find one, it goes up one level, until either finding one, or hitting the root. It
printfs the result in the same way as the real
__git_ps1 and handles the basic states like
|MERGING although doesn’t detect a detached HEAD any other similar states, but serve the main purpose, now I can correctly see my current branch and avoid committing the wrong thing to the wrong place!
Feel free to share if this is useful and let me know if there are any minor improvements (short of using the full version!).
greping over a codebase, there can be so many different things to trip you up and flag false positives, or files that you definitely didn’t want to
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grep: defaults for web developers”
I’ve always noticed really elaborate examples of what can be achieved with a highly customised
PS1 variable for your bash prompt and recently have spent some time playing with my settings to make my terminal experience better with a few updates. I also felt that I would have benefitted in the past from being able to analyse what my prompt currently does, breaking it down into easier to digest blocks, so I can make more sense of what each part does.
As a result of that curiosity, I’ve created a small page that allows you to paste in an existing
PS1 from your terminal which will then be parsed and previewed with some basic dummy details (which can be changed by clicking on the identifier in the preview area).
I’d like to make it into something like EzPrompt with support for 256, or even true colour additions and collate some useful scripts for displaying additional information, but at the moment it’s useful for seeing what each block does at least.
It seems to cover most of the examples I’ve tested in various searches, but the more inline-code is included, the less it can display.
Check it out here and the source is available on github.
I’ve been working on cleaning up my dotfiles recently and have been playing with my
PS1 and the available colours. In doing so I thought it might be interesting to extract image data from an uploaded image and turn the result into a nearest-match
ANSI image. This is the result! It supports both 256 colour and true colour terminals and can utilise unicode code points to present a clear image in slightly fewer pixels as well as just using background colours and spaces if preferred.
It includes a live preview which I’ve lifted from the bash
Check it out here!