Bashing away

When using Ubuntu under Windows, the blue-on-green directory thing is because of the "OTHER_WRITABLE" flag because all NTFS directories meet that criteria, which is eye-searing. To fix, create ~/.dircolors with this content:


That will make it blue text on black with underlines.

Vimming away

The 'desert' color scheme is much more readable on black background for things like commented code which is usually dark blue

Edit ~/.vimrc and add:

colo desert
syntax on

Fixing timestamps with RSYNC

Did you just use SCP to copy over a bunch of, let's say, music files from one server to another, thus breaking the timestamps? Lucky us, rsync has a way to fix that:

rsync -vrt --size-only /src /dest

Curl and Wget not happy with Let's Encrypt certs

If you try to use 'wget' or 'curl' to access a site protected by a Let's Encrypt cert, you get an error like:

curl: (60) SSL certificate problem: unable to get local issuer certificate


sudo curl -o /usr/local/share/ca-certificates/isrgrootx1.crt
sudo curl -o /usr/local/share/ca-certificates/letsencryptauthorityx1.crt
sudo curl -o /usr/local/share/ca-certificates/letsencryptauthorityx2.crt
sudo curl -o /usr/local/share/ca-certificates/letsencryptx1.crt
sudo curl -o /usr/local/share/ca-certificates/letsencryptx2.crt
sudo curl -o /usr/local/share/ca-certificates/letsencryptx3.crt
sudo curl -o /usr/local/share/ca-certificates/letsencryptx4.crt
sudo dpkg-reconfigure ca-certificates

That seems to do the trick, in both 16.04 and 18.04 Ubuntu at any rate.

Find first file in each subdirectory?

find . -type d -exec sh -c 'find "{}" -maxdepth 2 -type f | grep ogg$ | sort | head -n 1' ";"

Now if I could just filter on .OGG files. The grep takes care of that, and the $ at the end of the grep input means "at the end of the string". No idea why it's pulling in duplicates for a lot (but not all) of the directories under Music\Library but whatever, it's a start. We can always de-dupe. Probably. Note the -maxdepth 2 is for running in the main Music\Library directory. Within a given artist, just use 1, I suppose it doesn't matter though. Using maxdepth 1 within an artist directory removes the dupes, using 2 returns the dupes, WHAT.

Ogg info - Vendor without the "Vendor: " part.

ogginfo "path/to/file.ogg" | grep Vend | sed -En "s/Vendor: //p"

Seems to get what I need.

Linux commands on Windows text files

Problem seems to be the line feed characters resulting in "No such file or directory". Sigh.

while IFS=$'\r' read -r -u 3 filepath; do ogginfo "$filepath" | grep Vend | sed -En "s/Vendor: //p" ; done 3< /mnt/e/Temp/FileList.txt


The -u 3 part (with corresponding 3 at the end) is to avoid stdin conflicts. It's the IFS string that really does the trick for us, though.