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Fun things to do in terminal


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#1 robbix

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Posted 17 June 2015 - 09:47 PM

Hey all. I'm new here and kind of new to Linux as well but I hear people talking a lot about not wanting to stick with or not wanting to try [insert Linux distro here] because they hate working at the command line. For those people, I say bah humbug! Control, efficiency, and functionality aside, it can be pretty fun. So I thought it would be great to mention a few fun terminal commands to get things going. Do you have any others?

figlet!!!
 

sudo apt-get install figlet

figlet (insert text here) 

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This is similar to cowsay...



sudo apt-get install cowsay

cowsay (insert text here)

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...which is kind of similar to but not as funny as sl (animated and includes extra options)...



sudo apt-get install sl

sl

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If you wanna relive the Matrix (animated)... (press ctrl+C to stop it)



sudo apt-get install cmatrix

cmatrix

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You can watch STAR WARS! (animated) ... seriously ...



telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl

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And BB plays an incredible piece of film art (animated and music optional on startup)...



sudo apt-get install bb



bb

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Posted 17 June 2015 - 10:42 PM

Thanks for sharing. I will have to try figlet out.



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Posted 17 June 2015 - 10:52 PM

sudo apt-get toilet

 

toilet (insert text)

 

... also provides a similar function. :)



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Posted 18 June 2015 - 12:40 AM

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Posted 18 June 2015 - 12:50 AM

Excellent! Looks great in blue too.

cmatrix -C blue 


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Posted 18 June 2015 - 04:51 AM

This is a bit of a laugh and can boost your ranking in the office geek stakes . Hollywood Terminal

 

Read about it here http://news.softpedia.com/news/Imitate-Fake-Hollywood-Terminal-Hacking-Melodrama-with-this-Amazing-App-for-Ubuntu-467788.shtml



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Posted 18 June 2015 - 05:24 AM

That's a good one! Thanks shadow-warrior! :)



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Posted 18 June 2015 - 06:34 AM

 

This is a bit of a laugh and can boost your ranking in the office geek stakes . Hollywood Terminal

 

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/562363/hollywood-terminal-16-impress-your-friends/



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Posted 23 June 2015 - 05:37 PM

Secrets
 
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There isn't much to say; Secrets is simple a bash script for making coded messages.

Features:

  • Take text and encrypt it.
  • Take text encrypted by Secrets and decrypt it.

Install Secrets on Debian 8.0, ElementaryOS 0.3, or CentOS 7.0:
(Secrets depends on Bash and Sed, often distros have these pre-installed, so it should work on many distros.)

1. Open your web-browser, and visit:

http://yesitooknotes.per.red/2015/06/bash-script-for-encrypting-decrypting.html

2. Copy & paste the quoted code into a blank text file, save it as "secrets.sh" (or what-ever name you want) in your user folder (or where-ever you want).

Run Secrets:
(The file must have execution permissions. Typically it will have this by default.)
1. Open your terminal and type:

bash ~/secrets.sh

(If you used a different save-location, or filename you'll need to adjust this accordingly.)

2. You will get an empty line, type your command, either:
 
To encrypt:

secrets --encrypt This is some example text.

or
 
To decrypt:

secrets --decrypt Place the encrypted text here.


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Posted 29 June 2015 - 06:27 PM

Rev
 
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There isn't much to say; Rev is a simple tool for displaying reverse lines of a file, or standard input. The file isn't modified.

Features:

  • Display reverse lines of a file
  • Supports input from stdin

Install Rev (Ubuntu family & Derivatives):


sudo apt-get install util-linux

(It's probably already installed) (This will result in more than just Rev being installed, as the package is set of tools.)
 
Usage:


rev /folder/file

Usage (without a file):


rev <(echo "textgoeshere")

or

echo "textgoeshere" | rev





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