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What CLI/CUI programs are you using ?

Postby pawRoot » 2018-02-12 21:04

Hi

Couldn't find topic like this in here so here it is, what terminal programs (CLI programs) are you guys using ?
I want to switch from using some programs to terminal, that's the reason for this thread.

My list for now:

1. Micro - very nice text editor, my alternative to nano.
2. Cmus - music player.
3. Ranger - file browser.
4. Tree - displays an indented directory tree, in color.
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Re: What CLI programs are you using ?

Postby Bulkley » 2018-02-12 23:26

vim
apt, apt-get, aptitude

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Re: What CLI programs are you using ?

Postby RU55EL » 2018-02-13 05:29

Here are a few that I use, mostly the basics:

Apt - every day updates and the occasional software installation.

tmux - handy and versatile when using the command line and running several programs at once. Also, very handy for headless computers so that you can disconnect and leave software running, then reconnect later right where you were.

rtorrent - for downloading, but also for seeding Debian installation discs. I like to keep at least one Raspberry Pi on each lan I use seeding Debian. And for utility use.

mc - good old midnight commander for file managing.

htop - to keep track of processes.

vim - word processing.

ssh - for operating computers remotely. Now that Bash can be installed in Windows, ssh allows me to use my Debian desktop at work from the company computers easily.

rsync - backing up files, or simply keeping files synchronized over several computers.
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Re: What CLI programs are you using ?

Postby debiman » 2018-02-13 06:58

bash - as much as possible. file "manager", scripting, handy aliases... tab completion is sometimes miraculous.
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Re: What CLI programs are you using ?

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2018-02-13 07:20

I prefer KornShell rather than bash because it's faster and lighter; ksh93 has more features than bash and is about 10 times faster.

Others:
  • ranger (file manager)
  • vim & ed, use with texlive for a full word-processing solution
  • htop, iotop, iftop, glances (task managers)
  • rtorrent
  • mpd with mpc & ncmpc (music player)
  • dmenu (launcher)
  • links2 & elinks (browsers)
  • ncdu (disk space management)
See also https://suckless.org/rocks
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Re: What CLI programs are you using ?

Postby anticapitalista » 2018-02-13 11:27

These are what I use.

irssi
ceni
htop
ncdu
mocp
links2 and elinks
mpv
mc
alpine
rtorrent
calcurse
cdw
cli-aptiX!
inxi
mps-youtube
newsbeuter
tmux
vifm
wordgrinder
pmrp
feh
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Re: What CLI programs are you using ?

Postby anticapitalista » 2018-02-13 12:17

wizard10000 wrote:No love for mc? Really?

:mrgreen:


It's in my list after mpv
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Re: What CLI programs are you using ?

Postby n_hologram » 2018-02-13 13:27

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:ksh93 has more features than bash and is about 10 times faster.

+1

I use ncmpcpp because I've never heard of ncmpc. Guess I should check that out.

I'm also fan of ceni.
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Re: What CLI programs are you using ?

Postby None1975 » 2018-02-13 15:12

Mc-file manager.
Mpd, mpc, ncmpcpp-music player and front-end.
Atop-system monitoring.
Rtorrent-torrents.
Slurm- nice realtime network interface monitor.
irssi-chat client.
urxvt-urxvtd-d terminal daemon-client.
Feh- manage the desktop wallpaper+lightweight image viewer.
Scrot-screenshot utility.
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Re: What CLI programs are you using ?

Postby Hallvor » 2018-02-13 15:45

rar - to make, well, rar archives
rtorrent - torrents
nzbget - Usenet binary downloader
nano - text editor
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Re: What CLI programs are you using ?

Postby Argus » 2018-02-16 01:02

ranger
I'm absolutely loving this file manager. Took a bit of getting used to, but I can navigate directories, understand deep file trees, and just generally find things that I'm looking for far faster than I've ever been able to do in a graphical file manager.

vim
This doesn't really need much explaination, I suppose, but I love it and use it every day.

unison
If you're looking for a local dropbox-like replacement that runs anywhere, check this out. It's awesome.

mpsyt
Most portable youtube browser. Great for things like the raspberry pi which don't handle inefficient video streaming in a web browser. Be sure to install with pip to get the latest version, and configure it to search more than just music. As a plus, you can easily download videos in addition to streaming.

youtube-dl
I generally have this setup to download the most recent 3 videos from playlists of channels I watch often, either audio-only or low quality video, because I like watching/listening to things locally/offline and video is huge and ssds are small.

apt-cdrom
Ok, I only use this to initially load repo dvd images into apt, but it's really awesome to be able to install packages offline. This is one of the main reasons I use debian over other distros. I can tinker with my system and install things even when I'm riding a plane, train, or bus, or can't find wifi, or even when I'm hiking/camping, or when internet goes down.
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Re: What CLI programs are you using ?

Postby dust hill resident » 2018-02-18 19:39

I use nano, vbindiff, screen.
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Re: What CLI programs are you using ?

Postby bw123 » 2018-02-18 20:33

Well I will put in a free ad for:

vnstat console-based network traffic monitor
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Re: What CLI programs are you using ?

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2018-02-19 07:06

I am torn between rxvt-unicode and st+tmux (st needs tmux for scrollback) for the terminal emulator itself.

I have settled in favor of urxvt (with the perl extensions turned off to minimise memory usage) but I always have to disable setgid in Debian to prevent two processes being run for each terminal:
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# chmod g-s /usr/bin/urxvt{,c,d}

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Re: What CLI programs are you using ?

Postby Argus » 2018-02-19 07:32

I checked out Micro, and it's awesome! I still like vim, but I'll be using it some for sure (and recommending it to anyone who uses nano).
It's a refreshing, no nonsense approach: simple, intuitive, powerful and configurable yet possessing sane defaults, and best of all, has statically compiled binaries for just about every system on earth. This is a great example of software done right!
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