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  • Ugrep – a more powerful, ultra fast, user-friendly, compatible grep
    27 projects | | 30 Dec 2023
    So ired is a toy. One wonders how many search results you've missed over the years because of ired's feature "it's so minimal that it's wrong!" I mean sometimes tools have bugs. ripgrep has had bugs too. But this one has been in ired since 2009.

    What is it that you said? YIKES. Yeah. Seems appropriate.



  • Framework 13 with AMD Ryzen 7040 Series Makes for a Great Linux Laptop
    4 projects | | 15 Nov 2023
    I've been using X11 on my Framework laptop for years. No desktop environment at all. Just my regulard old school window manager[1]. No KDE or GNOME. But also no XFCE.

    The only thing I had to do to get scaling working for me was set two environment variables[2].

    I was indeed worried about this when I bought the laptop. Prior to this, I avoided anything with resolutions higher than 1920x1200. But it turned out that everything mostly worked with a couple tweaks.

    I think the only real issue I've run into is `git gui`. As I understand it, the GUI toolkit it uses doesn't support scaling? Not sure. I ended up working around it by just increasing font sizes. I suppose this exposes the weakness that is probably impacting you: the scaling on my laptop is being done by the GUI toolkits, not the display server or compositor. (I don't always run a compositor, but when I do, I use `picom`. Mostly just to avoid tearing.)



  • Docfd 0.8.5 TUI fuzzy document finder
    2 projects | /r/commandline | 20 May 2023
    Here's a really simple example:
  • What setup do you use to program in rust?
    5 projects | /r/rust | 3 May 2023
    The full details of my setup (and more) are here:
  • Fastest XML node parsing library in Rust
    2 projects | /r/rust | 8 Apr 2023
    If it turns out to be the library (I'd wager not, 4 minutes feels excessive), then you could give roxmltree a try. This program deals with about 7GB of XML (my SMS history for the past few years) in about 15 seconds.
  • Do people write whole APIs in Rust?
    2 projects | /r/rust | 2 Apr 2023
    Did you try roxmltree? It worked really well for me and was quite fast:
  • would you use rust for scripting?
    6 projects | /r/rust | 20 Mar 2023
    find-invalid-utf8: walks a directory tree and prints invalid UTF-8 in files using nice hex escapes with coloring. This is useful for honing on in where invalid UTF-8 occur. You have a good bet of finding some by checking out any moderately sized repository of code. The Linux kernel used to have some. The Mozilla repo does. The CPython repo does too. This is why it's important for CLI tools to deal with invalid UTF-8 gracefully in some way.
  • What are some less popular but well-made crates you'd like others to know about?
    12 projects | /r/rust | 8 Jan 2023
    Yeah it's great! I used it to implement a little utility to convert a subset of SMS/MMS messages from an XML backup to a more readable plain text version:
  • Ask HN: Can I see your scripts?
    73 projects | | 15 Aug 2022
    My dotfiles:

    Here are some selected scripts folks might find interesting.

    Here's my backup script that I use to encrypt my data at rest before shipping it off to s3. Runs every night and is idempotent. I use s3 lifecycle rules to keep data around for 6 months after it's deleted. That way, if my script goofs, I can recover:

    I have so many machines running Archlinux that I wrote my own little helper for installing Arch that configures the machine in the way I expect:

    A tiny little script to recover the git commit message you spent 10 minutes writing, but "lost" because something caused the actual commit to fail (like a gpg error):

    A script that produces a GitHub permalink from just a file path and some optional file numbers. Pass --clip to put it on your clipboard: --- I use it with this vimscript function to quickly generate permalinks from my editor:

    A wrapper around 'gh' (previously: 'hub') that lets you run 'hub-rollup pr-number' and it will automatically rebase that PR into your current branch. This is useful for creating one big "rollup" branch of a bunch of PRs. It is idempotent.

    Scale a video without having to memorize ffmpeg's crazy CLI syntax:

    Under X11, copy something to your clipboard using the best tool available:

  • Is it common for you guys to have an update break your system?
    2 projects | /r/archlinux | 11 Aug 2022
    Otherwise, the most common "breakage" I get is when I forget to update in a while. Used to be a mostly non-issue until package signing became a thing. Now I get lots of signing errors when I update. When that happens, I run this script and it usually fixes things:
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