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How to repeat a script, or not

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I have a data-entry script which adds records to a plain-text data table. It's a fairly complicated script with a GUI dialog, and until recently it added one record at a time. To add another record, I had to launch the script again. Was there a simple way (I asked myself) to re-run the script, or…

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On dates and stuffed non-dates

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Nothing gives my wife the Screaming Meemies like dates in spreadsheets. Unless she formats the target cell in advance as text, the spreadsheet will turn a perfectly innocent, non-date string like 23/2/6 into '23-Feb-2006'. When she types 6420-11-3, according to both LibreOffice Calc and Gnumeric,…

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The header line: how to add, delete and ignore it

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In a plain-text table, the first or header line usually contains the names of the fields. In this article I've pulled together a variety of ways to add and delete a header, and also how to do things with the rest of the table while leaving the header intact as the first line in the file. Add a…

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Multimedia Tip: Sync Your XBMC/Kodi Watched List with trakt.tv

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While this is actually cross-platform and not necessarily Linux-specific, there's no doubt many of you out there making use of the awesomeness of XBMC (soon to be known instead as 'Kodi') Media Player would be doing so on the Penguin-powered platform. In this article we look at one of the various,…

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Joining Tables on the Command-Line

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This article compares 3 different ways to join tables on a common field. All 3 work OK on small tables, but there's a big difference in speed when the tables to be joined are large, as shown below. Table joining isn't something you need to do if you store data in a simple, flat-file database like a…

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Splitting a File Elegantly

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In a previous Linux Rain article I compared different ways to delete blank lines, and showed that the AWK way was the simplest and most thorough. Here I show how to split a text file into multiple text files using a surprisingly simple AWK command. Background In 2013 I published an article in Free…

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Tips on getting (and suggesting, and editing) user input

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In a previous Linux Rain article I explained how to use the YAD dialog to do multiple-item data entry in a GUI. Here I show one way to allow users to check and edit what they've entered in YAD. I also explain how to offer default, editable inputs in terminal-based data entry, and how to color the…

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How to get nowhere in particular

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In this tutorial I explain one way to generate a random geographical location, using simple command-line tricks. Latitude and longitude: decimal degrees Latitude runs from 0 to 90 degrees from the Equator to the North Pole, and 0 to 90 degrees from the Equator to the South Pole. Longitude in…

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Top 10! Fun On The Command Line

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If you just love making 'top 10'-type lists but are a little embarrassed to say so, tell people you're passionate about data exploration. To impress them even more, explain that you do your data exploration on the command line. But don't ruin the impression by telling them how easy that is! In this…

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ODT to TXT, but keep the line numbering

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The title explains what this article is about. If you save an .odt file as text, or copy/paste the contents as a text file, or run odt2txt or the unoconv utility, you lose the apparent line structure of the original, and with it the line numbering. But there is a way... Losing apparent line…

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30 Useful Linux Commands for System Administrators

 tecmint: In this article we are going to review some of the useful and frequently used Linux or Unix commands for Linux System Administrators

What software defined storage means for OpenStack

 opensource.com: Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Sage Weil, founder and chief architect of Ceph

Convirture Adds OpenStack Cloud Backup Tool

 The VAR Guy: Convirture Backup, a new backup, restore and disaster recovery tool from Convirture, brings automated backup to OpenStack clouds running on the KVM virtualization hypervisor.

How to create a cool terminal dashboard in Linux

 xmodulo: Are you looking for new ways to display information in Linux?

Ohio LinuxFest 2014 - A Look At Tomorrow

 FOSSforce: Lots of fun at Ohio Linuxfest

Collection of Useful Bash Functions and Aliases

 tuxarena: In this article I'm going to share some of the Bash aliases and functions that I use and I find pretty handy every once in a while.

Canonical Adds Ubuntu OpenStack Distribution for Open Source Cloud Computing

 The VAR Guy: Canonical has announced its own distribution of OpenStack, the open source cloud computing operating system, built on top of Ubuntu Linux.

Google's surprise Nexus 6 preorders anger some Android users

 ITworld: What a shame that this preorder mess had to happen with the Nexus 6

Contributing effectively to OpenStack's Neutron project

 OpenSource.com: Find out more about Kyle and his work prior to his talk at the OpenStack Summit in Paris this year in this interview.

GamingOnLinux.com Latest Articles

The Wine Development Release 1.7.30 Is Now Available.

Wine development team was able to produce a new experimental release today. 1.7.30 bringing many new features and as many as 50 bugfixes.

GODOT: The Open Source Engine Behind The Interactive Adventures Of Dog Mendonça & Pizza Boy

A few days ago I published an article about three Kickstarter projects from Argentina and what they had to say about Linux. One of those was OKAM Studio’s The Interactive Adventures of Dog Mendonça & Pizza Boy, and I briefly mentioned their open source GODOT Engine - which will be the subject of this article.

Friday Livestream At 5 PM UTC, TPS Key Give-away!

For this week's livestream we've planned to play some of the new games that have been sent to us recently and give one Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Steam key to a lucky viewer who will be chosen by random.

Sequel To Teslagrad Funded And On Its Way

On Wednesday the developer of Teslagrad, Rain Games, secured a $150,000 grant from the Norwegian Film Institute (NFI) to continue development on the sequel to Teslagrad, World to the West.

Europa Universalis IV: Art Of War, Biggest Expansion To EU IV Yet, Released

Art of War, the newest expansion to the popular Europa Universalis IV has been released. There's a lot of content to go around this time, prominently including an overhauled reformation mechanic that promises to spice up the religious wars in Europe.

Transistor Available On Linux Now

Transistor, a game made by the developers of the well-received Bastion, is finally available on Linux.

Win A Copy Of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

Surprise! Hello everyone it's been a while since I wrote anything here, so how about a chance to win some Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel keys?

SteamOS & Steam's Big Picture Mode Now Have Better Filter Options

One of the annoyances that may come with people using SteamOS is buying games from the store they cannot use a game-pad controller with, and Valve are taking steps to improve this.

The Last Dogma Is Now On Greenlight, Offering Linux Version Exclusively For SteamOS

The Last Dogma is a dark comedy adventure set in the year 1999 of an alternate reality world, where US actively campaigns for world domination, UK is ruled by the dictator from Iran and Yugoslavia is being invaded by several countries.

Animal Gods Coming To Linux, Now On Kickstarter

Animal Gods is top-down action adventure game now on Kickstarter inspired by classics from the 90's brought to the 21st century with full HD, dynamic lighting and high-res textures.

GOL Cast: Disorienting Jumps In DeadCore

DeadCore popped up on Steam a little over a week ago with neat trailers showing interesting, fast-paced gameplay. How well does DeadCore work in the practice? We are here to find out.

Aspyr Media Plans More Linux Games In The Next 6 Months UPDATED

Aspyr Media are starting to be fan favourites with their open communication. They can't give full details of course, but they have given us hints about more games coming to Linux.

Humble Indie Bundle 13 - Hits A Milestone As 100 Linux Ports Reached

The newest Humble Bundle is live and this time around features quite a few Linux débuts. Currently there's a total of 8 games in the bundle with more to come.

Forward To The Sky, A Fantasy Platformer Coming To Linux

This weekend I decided to do what I haven't done in a long time.... explore Steam Greenlight! One game that caught my attention more than the others was Forward to the Sky.

GOG Announces 20+ LucasArts Classics To Release On The Digital Platform

The DRM free publisher has entered into a partnership with ©Disney to add 20+ classic titles from the back catalogue of now defunct publisher LucasArts Entertainment Company. The first batch of six games were added today. Two of which are available for Linux.