Warning: I'll be posting a bit out of order...

I attended Damian Conway's ~damian/bin tutorial this morning (Monday). It was entertaining (as always). The focus of his talk was convincing us to customize our environments for personal productivity. I felt like much of what he covered was already standard practice for experienced (2+ years) Unix folks, but maybe not.

He covered shell aliases, vi customization, filename completion, small utilities (some in Perl). He demonstrated many of his personal tools and customizations and even makes them available under the Artistic License. Get them here:http://www.yetanother.org/damian/bintools.tar.gz

I didn't really learn much new information, but I did get a new appreciation for how much repetitive work can be streamlined with a bit of effort. It's been a while since I added much to my shell aliases and tools.

Posted by jzawodn at July 07, 2003 02:51 PM

Reader Comments
# mike said:

I got to hear his "practice" version of this session at YAPC (Yet Another Perl Conference). Tons of this stuff he does that customizes his environment is already done for him. He does a lot of vi customizations that already are standard in vim. Secondly he is very lazy. He has a script in his bintools that does find . -name '$ARGV[0]' why not just type this out. I guess lazyness is what it's all about.

on July 8, 2003 07:58 AM
# Joe Grossberg said:

I think aliases are underrated. They can save you the trouble of remembering command-line options:

alias bc='bc -l'
alias cup='cvs update -dP'
alias ls='ls -b --color=always'

or remembering long paths or confusing syntax:

alias ar='sudo /etc/rc.d/init.d/httpd restart'
alias fn='find . -name'

and, of course, there are tools that need a usability tweak:

sp () {
echo $1 | ispell -a

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