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Functional programming enthusiast, audio engineer & musician. Whilst not busy with any of that, I study physics at Universität zu Köln / Bonn-Cologne Graduate School.


Apr
2
suggested suggested edit on What are the alternatives to Ubuntu One?
Nov
18
comment Any command line calculator for Ubuntu?
It might be possible to hack something like that up with a kind of pre-hook; but that in itself can only be done in a really ugly and hackish way. No, I very much think it's not a good idea. Bash as a whole is meant as a plain IO scripting language, anything it does apart from that is more or less ad-hoc and doesn't work really well. Python on the other hand (or even e.g. Haskell) is a modern, all-purpose programming language with great syntax. So it would be just stupid not to use it.
Oct
29
comment Does swap file usage increase disk I/O and CPU load?
NGRhodes: not in principle, but while lots of data is being sent to swap the processor typically does go idle, probably when it needs to do memory allocations, which may be delayed until enough space is available in RAM. Programs allocating lots of memory is the main cause for increased swapping activity.
Mar
29
comment How to download Ubuntu over an unreliable connection
How about just buying it on CD? If you only have such an unreliable connection, that might be the easier solution, and it's still almost gratis.
Jan
22
comment How can I permanently grant root access to a user?
The thing is: you are able to break stuff if you want to in the "normal" way with sudo, you just aren't able to do it accidentally. If you have the root password then this is not a restriction in any way, only a well-designed safety speed-bump. Get used to it, it won't cost you much time now but it may save you lots of time in the future when some dangerous operation you didn't really mean to execute was denied. Or when you're working on a system where you don't have the su password, and want to do something easy but you've only learned a way to do it that unnecessarily requires sudo.
Dec
11
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Dec
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answered How do I type on the next line in the Terminal?
Nov
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Sep
21
comment Copy terminal result from one window to another
I really can't agree on that, but this discussion doesn't belong here.
Sep
21
comment Copy terminal result from one window to another
I like using exotic characters, too – those should never be a problem, everything should be UTF-8 compliant. And you're right: sane code should handle spaces as well. But IMO, the file system should be fine with "insane" code as well, namely quick command-line Bash hacks; those typically are quite a bit more cumbersome to write if you want to be space-safe. — What I'd propose is to use the no-break-space-character (U+a0 " "): that looks fine in a GUI, prevents wrapping at inappropriate places (which makes it easier to copy paths from a GUI text field into a terminal), and is Bash-hack-safe.
Sep
20
comment Copy terminal result from one window to another
And, of course, such directory names are a very bad thing to have in the first place anyway, (though in fact Canonical choose to name that infamoous folder Ubuntu One...). At least, they're a problem in the OP's original example, too.
Sep
20
comment Copy terminal result from one window to another
Yes; however that's easily fixed with adding extra double quotes (cp * "`cat /tmp/somepwd`").
Sep
19
answered Copy terminal result from one window to another