Recursive Grep Example

Nothing really needing explaining here, but wanted an example for doing a recursive grep handy as I can never remember it.


grep -RH –include “*.java” TEXT_I_AM_LOOKING_FOR *


For loop in bash (can be used on command line or in script)

There are so many versions of Bash around and it can be frustrating, to me at least, to do some things for not knowing what is available on a given machine. Well here is one, the for loop. Here are a few different ways to do the same thing (and I am sure there are many others) . The first two below work on current linux machines but only the third works on Solaris 5.8’s version of Bash. Enjoy

for ((i=0;i<=5;i+=1));  do echo anda$i; done;
for seq 6 7;  do echo anda$i; done;
for i in 8 9 10 11 12; do cvs tag -d  anda$i; done;

Add a KDE like "Open Terminal here" command to Mac Finder

2011 edit

As of Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion),  this can now be done as a Service (not exactly like KDE, but better than nothing). Go to:

System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts > Services

Then check the box to enable “New Terminal at Folder”

Then when you are in the Finder and want to open a terminal right there, right click on the folder name and at the bottom of the menu you will see the “New Terminal” link. You can also ┬ádrag the folder and drop it onto the terminal icon.

————– 2009 post ————

Before OSX came along, making the Mac usable, I was always mainly a Linux user and became very used to the KDE and Gnome UI and features. When getting into the OSX, I really missed certain things and just had to figure out how to add em, to be comfortable. This is one big one. Though I usually use a Shell and Midnight Commander to get around in my Linux systems, from time to time I would end up in the KDE GUI File browser thing, and end up using their cool “Open a terminal here” command, to get to the Shell and do stuff. Since we are mostly in a GUI environment when using OSX, this feature was killing me. But, there is a simple way to add this thanks to the Automator and Apple Script. Here is what I found (though I do not remember where) when looking at how to do this.

  • Launch Automator
  • Create a new Workflow (or a new Service if using Snow Leopard)
  • (If in Snow Leopard, at the top of choose “Folders” from the first select control, and “Finder” from the second)
  • Choose Finder, then drag “Get Selected Finder Items” to the work area (under “Files and Folders” in Snow Leopard or use the search feature to search for “Get Selected Finder Items”)
  • Choose Applications, then drag “Run Apple Script” toe the work area below the Finder action you just added.(in Utilities in Snow Leopard, or you can use the search feature to search for “Run Apple Script”)
  • Replace the default Apple Script it generates for you, with the following
    on run {input, parameters}
    	tell application "Finder"
    		set winOne to window 1
    		set winOnePath to (quoted form of POSIX path of (target of winOne as alias))
    		tell application "Terminal"
    			tell window 1
    				do script "cd " & winOnePath
    			end tell
    		end tell
    	end tell
    	return input
    end run
  • Then from the Automator menu, choose “File”, then “Save As”. If not Snow Leopard then you have a workflow and need to save it to the place the OS can pick it up, so if not already defaulting to this location, navigate to:
    [user home]/Library/Workflows/Applications/Finder

    and name the file something that you want the Menu to show when you go to use this new Automator command (I used “term-here” for instance)

    But if you are in Snow Leopard, then you have a service and “Save-As” only prompts you for a name. I entered “term-here”.

Once these steps are completed and the file saved, you should be able to open the Finder, navigate to a directory you wish to open a Terminal in, right click in the directory, choose “Automator” and see you new command there. Choosing the command should pop up a new Terminal with the working directory set to the directory you were in.

NOTE, of course if you are on Snow Leopard it is different. Here you need to choose the dir you want with the pointer and right click. To get the current directory, I choose to view the path bar from the Finder’s View menu, and then I can choose the dir I am in and click. I also created a keyboard shortcut for it. To create a keyboard shortcut, when in the Finder, choose Services from the Finder menu, then Services Preferences, then scroll down to find your new service. Click into the white space to the right of your service to get the entry box for your shortcut, and then use the keys you want to be the shortcut, as if you were trying to launch it right now, and it will store them in the box for you.



set up a Debian Linux machine to handle UTF-8 in a shell or console app

To set up a Debian Linux machine to handle UTF-8 in a shell or console app do the following.

First, use dselect or whatever tool you like to find the Japanese font packages for X and install em.

Then run

  dpkg-reconfigure locales

then choose en_US.UTF-8

Test by executing the folowing in a shell:

  locale charmap

it should say


If not try just


it should have UTF-8 for everything like:


if not then Add the follwoing to .bashrc and re-source it (e.g. get a new login shell, or execute bash)

  export LC_ALL="en_US.UTF-8"

then try

locale charmap



once that is all set to UTF-8 then change your shells (xterm, rxvt) to use:

That is it. I had to exit X11 and re-login to get X11 to take these settings
so that clicking my icon for xterm launched uxterm WITH the correct environment

After this all console apps that can handle UTF-8 (like vim) display UTF-8
characters correctly.