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Author Topic: Command line tools - Console apps heaven  (Read 4179 times)

kartal

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Command line tools - Console apps heaven
« on: August 04, 2010, 08:50:53 PM »
Hi
Over the years I have become more of a command line-console tools user. In many occasions I tend to prefer console apps over Gui apps. I think that console apps have some sort of minimalistic beauty embedded in them.

Generally I use Cygwin - Linux console apps.

Here are my favorites. Please list yours as well

Elinks (browser)
Lynx(Browser)
Newsbeuter(Rss reader)
Task (Task-warrior, Task-todo manager)
Cal (Calender app)
Vim (text editor)
Cone(email)
Mutt(email)
Scp(copy utility)
Unison(Sync utility)
Ipython(Python shell)
Necromancer Dos navigator(file browser)
Midnight Commander(file browser)
Centerim(Messaging)
« Last Edit: August 04, 2010, 09:02:22 PM by kartal »

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Re: Command line tools - Console apps heaven
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2010, 06:13:39 AM »

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Re: Command line tools - Console apps heaven
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2010, 11:52:51 AM »
ZTreeWin
+1
Most powerful file manager - ever.

Sets the gold standard for single-keystroke power commands. (Note that Explorer owes its left pane tree structure design to this program's predecessor: XTree.)

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Re: Command line tools - Console apps heaven
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2010, 12:09:24 PM »
ZTreeWin

Agree. Big time.

Worth every penny to register. :Thmbsup:

----###----

Also like to recommend goosh , the "Unofficial Google Shell" over at goosh.org :-*

Here's the help screen:

goosh.pngCommand line tools - Console apps heaven


Here's a search for DonationCoder. Note the complete absence of all the usual junk you normally get with a Google search results page:

goosh2.pngCommand line tools - Console apps heaven


And one of my absolute favorite tasks for it: using the gmail compose command to create an email in GMail. (Note: asks to open the composition page in a new window first.):

Goosh3prior.pngCommand line tools - Console apps heaven


Which then opens to this:

Goosh3.pngCommand line tools - Console apps heaven


Also great for retrieving GMail when you don't want to open the whole sideshow.

goosh4.pngCommand line tools - Console apps heaven

I don't think I've entered GMail through the 'front door' even once since I found out about goosh.


If you regularly use Google, you just gotta love :-* this thing. 

Drag it into your bookmarks toolbar before you forget! Firefox users can add it to their search options with the addengine command. :Thmbsup:

« Last Edit: December 04, 2010, 12:54:14 PM by 40hz »

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Re: Command line tools - Console apps heaven
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2010, 02:05:01 PM »

Most powerful file manager - ever.

Sets the gold standard for single-keystroke power commands. (Note that Explorer owes its left pane tree structure design to this program's predecessor: XTree.)


I remember Xtree.  I think the version I used was Xtree Gold.  It beat anything else that I tried at that time.

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Re: Command line tools - Console apps heaven
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2010, 07:20:03 PM »
The ones I regularly use, together with a bunch of more or less useful batch scripts:

cwRsync - backup stuff
Vim - my Twitter client & text editor
msls - ls (& grep) for Windows
ack - better grep (when configured properly)
FAR - NC clone

Worth a try, too:

PyCmd - better cmd
Swiss File Knife - file tree processor, binary grep, treesize, instant ftp+http server, line filter, text replace, dupfind, join files, md5 lists, run command on files, extract strings, detab, patch, tail, hexdump
MPXPLAY - better Winamp

 ;D

Good old console. I wish more people would see its benefits.
« Last Edit: December 06, 2010, 07:24:17 PM by Tuxman »

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Re: Command line tools - Console apps heaven
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2010, 02:30:35 PM »
FAR - NC clone

I use Total Commander, which is WinGUI, but surprisingly comfortable.  I was/am a DOS holdout, and registered TC in about 2000.  It was the first thing that made using Windows almost semi-tolerable.

As I understand it, FAR is console-mode but saves a lot of stuff in the Registry?  Which seems a curious hybrid.

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Re: Command line tools - Console apps heaven
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2010, 02:42:25 PM »
TC is not a console application, so does not fit here.

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Re: Command line tools - Console apps heaven
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2010, 02:56:23 PM »
Also great for retrieving GMail when you don't want to open the whole sideshow.
 (see attachment in previous post)
I don't think I've entered GMail through the 'front door' even once since I found out about goosh.


If you regularly use Google, you just gotta love :-* this thing.

It looks very cool... I tried the gmail command, though, and it just embedded an empty window.  I'm using Chrome ironically enough.  Any ideas why this might happen?

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Re: Command line tools - Console apps heaven
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2010, 03:26:19 PM »
New one for me, but I don't use Chrome so that's no surprise.  ;D

Gonna have to take a look at that. You've piqued my curiosity.


UPDATE: it's a flagged issue (Issue #11) Apparently they're still working on it.
« Last Edit: December 07, 2010, 03:35:00 PM by 40hz »

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Re: Command line tools - Console apps heaven
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2010, 02:14:07 PM »
The Semware Editor (TSE), if it qualifies; I believe some versions are true console-mode, but others are actually WinGUI using some obscure programming trick to look and feel like a console app.  Expensive, but ZTree users get a discount.

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Re: Command line tools - Console apps heaven
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2010, 03:20:57 PM »
AE - Andys Source Code Folding Editor is a small portable folding editor which runs on a variety of common platforms. Binaries for DOS, OS/2, Windows, NetWare, Linux (x86, x86_64 and 64-bit big-endian MIPS R3000), AIX (Power), HP-UX, SunOS (Sparc+Intel), MacOSX (Power+Intel), iPhone 1.x and Cygwin.