Category Archives: Command line

installing maven on linux

Maven offers quite a bit as a enterprise build tool.  It can help ensure that standards are followed and offers support for automated testing.  This tool is actually really simple to install.  It is just a matter of unpacking it … Continue reading

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command line fun – unlimited command line length

While looking into another problem, plethora of shells, I was initially afraid that some of my fooling around was causing some odd side effects.  While investigating I ended up with a different solution that was actually overkill but it help … Continue reading

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a plethora of shells – what is my shell interpreter

I kept seeing odd error messages from my shell script that simply made no sense.  No matter what changes I made a new error seemed to pop up.  A short while later I did notice at the top of the … Continue reading

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Installing Java 8 on Linux

I hate to admit it but for some tasks on Linux are easier for some less technical people on other operating systems like windows. Simply run the executable which, most of the time, prompts for the install path and then proceeds to … Continue reading

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command line fun – finding a list of files

In Unix at the command line there is almost always an alternative method to do something. I usually remember this when I need to process a few files in the current working directory and I may not always have the … Continue reading

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command line fun – finding the right jar file

Where did I set down my mobile phone is quickly answered by a quick telephone call or a sms from another phone.  If everything were only that simple. I receive a bit of code from a buddy at work that … Continue reading

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windows scripting

I was asked the other day if I could take over a task that was running on windows machine. The sentence was hardly out of my boss’s mouth when he said that “you unix guys don’t like windows though”. Well, … Continue reading

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bridging the gap to excel – unoconv tool

Some time back a customer asked that I provide my estimated hours every week.  I kept track of all my hours in a simple text file which is ok for reminding yourself of what happened but not so professional when … Continue reading

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“lp” and the automation of printing PDF’s

Apache FOP is actually really neat.  With a few jar files, an xslt file and a xml file it is possible to create PDF file which can then be viewed or printed on any PC without any loss of formatting.  … Continue reading

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Security through obscurity – pdf removing passwords

Initially I was not planning on writing about how to crack pdf passwords.  After all, that would be irresponsible much in the way giving a knife to a small child is irresponsible – right? Well, simply typing in the following … Continue reading

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