Quick ebook conversion with Calibre in console


I mostly use fbless ebook reader, because it works on console and don’t need to switch to X server for reading. Downside is that it recognize only .fb2 or .fb2.zip format, which is not so common. For quick conversion I use Calibre command line tool:

ebook-convert How.to.Convert.Ebooks.epub How.to.Convert.Ebooks.fb2

…quick and efficient.
Happy hacking….

Editing files over ssh in vim


Need a quick file edit on remote server. With vim it’s easy, use:

vim scp://username@host:port//path/to/file

…or within vim:

:e scp://username@host:port//path/to/file

…or if you are not sure about name of the file, browse remote directory with:

:e vim scp://username@host:port//path/to/directory/

Directory path must end with /.Remote home directory is invoked with:

:e scp://username@host:port/~/

Use rcp instead of scp for ftp access.
Happy hacking….

inxi weather


inxi, very versatile script to get various hardware and software data, have also interesting option -w which display local weather data:
Weather: Conditions: 36 F (2 C) - Clear Time: February 4, 8:15 PM CET

…or if you use verbose variante with -x, -xx or -xxx, the output contains more data:
inxi -wxxx
Weather: Conditions: 36 F (2 C) - Clear Wind: From the South at 2 MPH Humidity: 87%
Pressure: 30.21 in (1023 mb) Location: None None (SVN) Altitude: 280 ft
Time: February 4, 8:20 PM CET (Europe/Ljubljana) Observation Time: February 4, 8:00 PM CET

…and with option -W you can change location input:
inxi -wxxx -W vienna,austria
Weather: Conditions: 39 F (4 C) - Mostly Cloudy Wind: From the West at 13 MPH Humidity: 70%
Pressure: 30.15 in (1021 mb) Wind Chill: 32 F (0 C)
Location: Vienna (OS) Altitude: 171 ft
Time: February 4, 8:24 PM CET Observation Time: February 4, 7:50 PM CET

Happy hacking…

kodi – network ports


If you use XBMC or now Kodi, those are the ports that should be open for full network access:
tcp 8080 – web interface, can be changed,
udp 1900 – dlna,
other ports:
tcp: 1084, 1308, 1131,
tcp (ipv6): 9090 (optional if you use ipv6 connections),
udp: 9777, 12374.
Those are ports that I opened and can be seen with console command:
netstat -ntulp
If you use iptables those are commands:

iptables -A TCP -p tcp --match multiport --dports 1084,1131,1308,8080 -m comment --comment "kodi" -j ACCEPT
iptables -A UDP -p udp --match multiport --dports 1900,9777,12374 -m comment --comment "kodi" -j ACCEPT
iptables-save > /etc/iptables/iptables.rules
systemctl reload iptables

…as root.
Happy hacking…

hstr – improved bash history completition


When working on command line most of the time, there is always a problem with long commands, for example:
find . -depth -name '* *' -execdir bash \-c 'a="{}";mv -f "$a" ${a// /.}' \;
(this command replace all spaces ‘ ‘ with dots ‘.’ recursively in directories and file names, see my post for explanation)

There is option with ctrl-r or you can use clipboard manager like anamnesis or CopyQ or some other helper. A while ago I stumbled upon hstr on ArchLinux AUR repository (it’s called hh there) and I’m using it since then. The advantages are easier and more efficient browsing with managed history (removing sensitive commands) and option to bookmark favorite commands.
When installed just configure hh with:
hh --show-configuration >> ~/.bashrc
and with the same ctrl-r keyboard shortcut.

For quick introduction you can view video tutorial on Youtube or, when installed read man hh.

Happy hacking….

goto – enhanced cd command


goto – enhanced ‘cd’ command replacement tool with fuzzy file finder and a directory bookmark saver, similar to autojump.

The usage is simple and effective:

goto -h, -help, h, help  # Prints the Usage

goto "location address"  # Takes you to the "location address"

goto s, -s "shortcut"  # Saves the Current Directory location as "shortcut"

goto l, -l  # Lists all the Bookmarks saved

goto d, -d "shortcut"  # Deletes the "shortcut" saved

goto p, -p "shortcut"   # Prints the GOTO directory for "shortcut"

goto f, -f, find, -find "term"  # Fuzzy-Finds all the file/folder matching REGEX in the working directory

Give it a try…

…and happy hacking.

world in ASCII code


asciiworld – that’s how world is represented in ASCII code. Interesting project which come equiped with some interesting tools: geoIP, day/night, satelite tracking, different world projections.

If you are on ArchLinux instalation is simple, just use AUR repository, for others compiling is the option, just read README files and Makefile for dependencies.

Anything else…, oh yes, the words of author vain aka.Peter Hofman: “Having a little bit of fun.”

Happy hacking….