Fascists, Racists, Transphobes, Terfs, Homophobes can fuck off.

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Cake day: February 22nd, 2022


  • I have about 25 or so shell scripts I use somewhat regularly and well over 300 aliases. I actually specifically don’t wrap package manager related scripts for no reason in particular, but many often do.

    My rule for an alias is if the amount of custom flags gets lengthy, and I use it often, yeah it gets an alias. Here’s an example of using yt-dlp:

    alias ytdl='yt-dlp --sponsorblock-remove all --write-auto-sub -f "bestvideo\*+bestaudio[ext=m4a]/best" -f mp4'

    For shell scripts, my rule goes that it should probably have multiple features related around a single idea, that way you can use getopts to create custom flags. For example, I have a script that wraps very basic, but commonly used, git commands, chaining the classic add, commit -m, and push behind a series of read prompts, it has -h flags for help -l for a minimal log output, -i to initialize a new repository (even using github api token to remotely create the repo if you want to use github), and -r to revert back changes to a specified commit.

    Generally speaking aliases will get you what you need most of the time in a pinch, but shell scripting is more powerful, versatile, but potentially more time consuming.

    Others have rightly pointed out that these abstractions can sometimes negatively impact muscle memory, but IMHO this only really applies if you work as devops or sysadmin, where you are often responsible for running many different Linux servers, but usually this isn’t an issue if you have access to the internet and can see your saved aliases and/or scripts (but yeah, instant recall of native commands trumps notes every time).

    Additionally, another mentioned using git to keep track of your aliases, which I totally agree with. Whatever you do, back up your aliases and shell scripts, ideally with a git repo of some kind. This not only allows you to take your new scripts/aliases with you wherever you go, but also reference them later in case it’s not possible to use them on not your machine.

    Hope this helps. Bash can be crazy powerful if you take the time to learn it, and aliases are a great entry point to recognizing that potential. Here’s one of my favorites that combines mkdir with cd:

    alias mkcd='{ IFS= read -r d && mkdir "$d" && cd "$d"; } <<<' 

    Good luck, and have fun.

  • I’m an astoundingly selfish person, and unapologetic about it. Makes for having relationships, romantic or otherwise, pretty much impossible.

    I’m middle aged, dated, had relationships in the past, etc., and honestly just don’t have the drive to make relationships work. I do the bare minimum to keep my professional relationships in tact, which honestly is exhausting enough, and otherwise just keep to myself. It’s so much easier than when I was trying so hard to pretend I was interested in where another person was coming from or what they were going through. Now at least that effort ends after I clock out for the day, and there’s less socializing where I work, so there’s less of those kinds of social expectations overall.

  • I use the AUR all the time, the only thing I have to do is look for systemd as a dependency and avoid that.

    The Artix team generally provides init scripts for commonly used packages that rely on init. So for example, if you want to install openvpn, you’d have to install it alongside its script so:

    sudo pacman -S openvpn openvpn-runit

    Installs the runit init script. It does let you know that (for runit) to initialize it you have to create a soft link to the service directory so after installation:

    sudo ln -s /etc/runit/sv/openvpn /run/runit/service/

    And then initialize using runit’s service manager, sv:

    sudo sv start openvpn

    Anyways, that’s just one instance. I have only had one issue where I had to heavily troubleshoot for an obscure piece of software that relied on systemd as a dependency and there wasn’t any alternative…so I simply modified the source code, recompiled the binary and did it myself. But I’ve been using Artix for nearly 5 years and that is one out of thousands of packages.

  • Artix Linux. Basically Arch without systemd. It has four options for alternative init systems, so you get to see how it compared to systemd (ultimately it shows how a more minimal init approach is all you need in place of systemd, and where systemd has stepped outside of init into what should be part of the OS space, like elogind, etc.)

    The Artix team have done an amazing job of writing various init scripts to keep the distro comparable with Arch, have written alternatives to systemd modules, like replacing elogind with their own implementation, seatd, and IMHO is the defacto standard for how you implement a non systemd distro.

    Working without systemd, even if you like it from a sys admin standpoint, teaches you what you lose without systemd, which for the average user isn’t much. I game, code, administer web servers, etc., all without missing a beat on Artix Linux, and it honestly has taught me so much about Linux after I switched from Arch.

    I would consider jumping to Gentoo or Void out of curiosity, but Artix is where I’ll be staying for the foreseeable future.

  • On Android, from FDroid you can install an app called Seal, which is a minimal frontend for yt-dlp. I discovered it while trying to circumvent issues Newpipe was having with some update to the YouTube API.

    Unlike Newpipe forks, which can use the sponsor block API but not when downloading the video directly to your device, Seal allows you to input the custom flags available from the yt-dlp cli, so you can automatically skip annoying sponsor mentions even on your downloaded videos.

  • Same. Librewolf and Mullvad browsers FTW. Librewolf comes with Ublock Origin and turns off a lot of privacy invasive configuration flags by default.

    Combine this with awesome extensions like NoScript (ublock can also block JS, but I like NoScript’s interface better), and Chameleon (spoof your user agent string) and you’re good. Add on LibRedirect to redirect you to alternative front ends like Invidious, Libreddit, Nitter, Scribe, and also paste in a Bypass Paywalls script into Ublock’s filter list, and yeah…there’s a LOT of options to give the middle finger to advertisers, I mean, just look into using yt-dlp with YouTube sponsor block, and you can go far with this.

  • I found a workaround for this in the meanwhile, at least for downloading videos. Use Seal Video Downloaded from Fdroid, it is essentially a yt-dlp frontend for Android. Once downloaded, you can simply long hold the video on NewPipe and then share the link with the Seal app. This will allow you to quick download the video and watch it using a video player like MPV.

    It’s nice because you can even pass it custom command line flags like the sponsor block flag:

    --sponsorblock-remove all

    Until Newpipe fixes their issue, this has been a good workaround.

  • z3rOR0netoCyberpunk@lemmy.zipPantheon
    12 days ago

    The ending can’t be for everyone, but I love that they went there. Pantheon was a very ambitious show and pays homage to so many sources of inspiration like Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity is Near and the nearly ubiquitous anime, End of Evangelion. One of the best shows I’ve ever seen that almost nobody talked about.