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#1 2021-03-23 21:40:41

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Minimalism Tips

If anyone has some tips for those of us who prefer minimalism, post it here! big_smile

Here are a couple that I use, because I don't need a bloated video player like mpv or a bloated audio player like CMUS or MOC. tongue

I will leave out any scripts/aliases for simplicity/minimalism in this post, because it's about minimalism...LOLOLOL!!! tongue  I'll just give the basics...

1. Play your downloaded videos with ffmpeg/ffplay...

CD into (or open a terminal in) the folder containing the desired video to watch, and enter this command (as an example)...

ffplay the-name-of-your-video.mp4 

BAM!!! Your video plays.

2. Play your music folders with ffmpeg/ffplay...

CD into (or open a terminal in) the folder containing the desired music to listen to, and enter this command (as an example)...

for f in *.mp3 ; do ffplay -nodisp -autoexit "$f"; done

BAM!!! Your music plays.

The player will automatically move to the next song and quit when finished playing the files; however, you do have a little bit of...minimalistic control wink ...

CTRL + C = move to next song
CTRL + Z = stop the player

Have more than one folder in the folder you want to listen to? Enter this command (as an example)...

for f in */*.mp3 ; do ffplay -nodisp -autoexit "$f"; done

BAM!!! It will play each folder. It will move from one folder to the next as each folder finishes.

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#2 2021-03-23 23:02:53

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Re: Minimalism Tips

If you consider moc to be bloated, I wonder what you would think of vlc and smplayer... tongue

Thank you though for the info! Will try it.


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#3 2021-03-24 12:22:56

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Re: Minimalism Tips

zapper wrote:

If you consider moc to be bloated, I wonder what you would think of vlc and smplayer... tongue

Hahaha! I was just kidding around about the bloat.

Actually, MOC is my preferred audio player...I like it so much that I made my own theme for it. big_smile

...and VLC...I always install it. It has too many useful tools in its arsenal not to have it on my system. wink


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#4 2021-03-24 13:13:16

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Re: Minimalism Tips

Instead of bloaty gui text editors use ed.

https://www.gnu.org/software/ed/manual/ed_manual.html

Instead of bloaty password managers use pass

https://www.passwordstore.org/


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#5 2021-03-24 15:41:40

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Re: Minimalism Tips

dice wrote:

Instead of bloaty gui text editors use ed.

Much as I love ed it is also bloat if you just want to create new files:

tee /path/to/file <<!
blah
blah
blah
!

Or

cat > /path/to/file <<!
blah
blah
blah
!

I prefer tee because it can be prepended with sudo (or doas) if you want to create system files as your normal user. See also https://xkcd.com/378/

And one from me: instead of bloated wallpaper programs to cycle the desktop background every ten minutes just add this one-liner to ~/.xsessionrc:

while true; do feh --bg-fill --randomize /path/to/wallpaper/directory; sleep 600; done &

EDIT: and use mksh instead of bloated bash!

Last edited by Head_on_a_Stick (2021-03-24 15:44:24)


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#6 2021-03-24 16:54:22

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Re: Minimalism Tips

Thank you so much for your valuable information, MiyoLinux!

Last edited by Ogis1975 (2021-03-24 17:07:26)


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#7 2021-03-24 17:22:46

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Re: Minimalism Tips

It may be that some of these suggestions are beyond minimalism and solidly into subminimalism.  wink


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#8 2021-03-24 17:29:23

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Re: Minimalism Tips

I think ffplay is also bloat, at least for music files:

for f in */*.wav; do aplay "$f"; done

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#9 2021-03-24 20:19:44

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Re: Minimalism Tips

Dang, some of you guys really like it minimal!

My full-size Vuu-do iso is only around 560 mb, my style of minimalism is to get rid of mountains of useless cruft i'll never use or need. And believe me, there's a LOT! Too much to detail really.

Here's one I use, instead of loading a calendar program, if you just want a simple basic calendar for Tint2 , enter this in the slot for it in the Tint2 config gui:

yad --calendar --undecorated --button=gtk-close:0 --skip-taskbar --borders=5 --posx=-1 --posy=-1 --width=300 --on-top

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#10 2021-03-25 14:41:30

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Re: Minimalism Tips

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:
dice wrote:

Instead of bloaty gui text editors use ed.

Much as I love ed it is also bloat if you just want to create new files:

tee /path/to/file <<!
blah
blah
blah
!

Or

cat > /path/to/file <<!
blah
blah
blah
!

I prefer tee because it can be prepended with sudo (or doas) if you want to create system files as your normal user. See also https://xkcd.com/378/

And one from me: instead of bloated wallpaper programs to cycle the desktop background every ten minutes just add this one-liner to ~/.xsessionrc:

while true; do feh --bg-fill --randomize /path/to/wallpaper/directory; sleep 600; done &

EDIT: and use mksh instead of bloated bash!

Possibly but ?

~ $ ed
a
blah
blah
blah
.
w blah.txt
10
q

There is also echo.

echo $'blah\nblah\nblah\n' > blah.txt

With ed i couldnt find out how to go recursive like say create a file to ~/Documents, you have to be in the directory first.

Last edited by dice (2021-03-25 15:21:23)


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#11 2021-03-25 18:14:20

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Re: Minimalism Tips

dice wrote:

Possibly but ?

Bloat!

$ ls -l /bin/ed
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 55368 Jan 19 07:39 /bin/ed
$ ls -l /bin/tee
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 39080 Mar  6  2020 /bin/tee
$

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#12 2021-03-25 20:44:56

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Re: Minimalism Tips

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:

I think ffplay is also bloat...

Despite HoaS's aversion to the bloatiness of ffplay, here's another one tongue ...

Don't use a bloated webcam app like guvcview, cheese, etc., just use ffplay...

ffplay -f v4l2 -noborder -video_size 320x240 -i /dev/video0

If you want a titlebar, leave -noborder out of the command. wink


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#13 2021-03-25 23:30:33

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Re: Minimalism Tips

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:

I think ffplay is also bloat, at least for music files:

for f in */*.wav; do aplay "$f"; done

i dont think anyone that fell for the bloat meme has is music in *.wav format


MiyoLinux wrote:

Don't use a bloated webcam app like guvcview, cheese, etc., just use ffplay...

saved
here is a similar one for screenshots, but is is not as fast as a real screenshot programm

ffmpeg -f x11grab -r 1 -s "$(xdpyinfo | awk '/dimensions/ {print $2}')" -i :0.0  "$(date +Screenshot-%Y-%m-%d_%H-%M-%S).png"

i recently found svgcleaner, it saved over 7MB in my /usr/share/icons
also if you use rust programms, you can get them significantly smaller if you build them with a new rust version and not the one from the repositry

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#14 2021-03-26 02:53:02

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Re: Minimalism Tips

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:

I think ffplay is also bloat, at least for music files:

for f in */*.wav; do aplay "$f"; done

Ouch!! That's nasty! You should warn someone before sharing commands like that.


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#15 2021-03-26 08:30:20

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Re: Minimalism Tips

andyprough wrote:

You should warn someone before sharing commands like that.

Or, someone should think before copy-pasting commands from a forum.



greenjeans wrote:
yad --calendar --undecorated --button=gtk-close:0 --skip-taskbar --borders=5 --posx=-1 --posy=-1 --width=300 --on-top

Bloat!

$ cal
     March 2021     
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
    1  2  3  4  5  6
 7  8  9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31

See, I can play this silly game too tongue

Last edited by steve_v (2021-03-26 08:57:44)


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#16 2021-03-26 08:40:06

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Re: Minimalism Tips

Doing basic math in the bash shell.

# Subtraction
[me@linux ~]$ expr 1 - 1
0
# Addition
[me@linux ~]$ expr 1 + 1
2
# Assign result to a variable
[me@linux ~]$ myvar=$(expr 1 + 1)
[me@linux ~]$ echo $myvar
2
# Addition with a variable
[me@linux ~]$ expr $myvar + 1
3
# Division
[me@linux ~]$ expr $myvar / 3
0
# Multiplication
[me@linux ~]$ expr $myvar \* 3
6

https://www.shell-tips.com/bash/math-ar … lculation/


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#17 2021-03-26 10:19:59

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Re: Minimalism Tips

3 month calendar with auto close after 60sec.

x-terminal-emulator -title Calendar -geometry 56x10+720+19 -e sh -c 'ncal -3 && sleep 60'

shuffle playing audio/video with mpv

x-terminal-emulator -title mpv--shuffle-playing... -geometry 170x30+0+19 -e mpv --shuffle /music/folder/directory/

set a desktop background with feh, the same code may be used on a wm config to change the image via keyboard/mouse.

feh --randomize --no-fehbg --bg-scale /image/folder/directory/*

Last edited by Nili (2021-03-26 10:21:36)


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#18 2021-03-26 11:01:12

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Re: Minimalism Tips

dice wrote:

Doing basic math in the bash shell.

BASH can do "more readable" than expr:

#!/bin/bash
#
# ###surprise### in bash
#
# 20131116      start.
#

((xmin=-8601))  # int(-2.1*4096)
((xmax=2867))   # int( 0.7*4096)

((ymin=-4915))  # int(-1.2*4096)
((ymax=4915))   # int( 1.2*4096)

((maxiter=30))

((dx=(xmax-xmin)/72))
((dy=(ymax-ymin)/23))

C='.-+co%#'
((lC=${#C}))

for((cy=ymax;cy>=ymin;cy-=dy)) ; do
        for((cx=xmin;cx<=xmax;cx+=dx)) ; do
                ((x=0))
                ((y=0))
                ((rsq=0))
                for((iter=0;iter<maxiter && rsq<=16384;iter++)) ; do
                        ((xn=((x*x-y*y)>>12)+cx))
                        ((yn=((x*y)>>11)+cy))
                        ((x=xn))
                        ((y=yn))
                        ((rsq=(x*x+y*y)>>12))
                done
                ((c=iter%lC))
                echo -n "${C:$c:1}"
        done
        echo
done

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#19 2021-03-26 11:19:28

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Re: Minimalism Tips

AWK... or: Sometimes minimalism looks like luxury.

#!/usr/bin/awk -f
# ncomm-1565083172
BEGIN {
	if(ARGC<2) {
		print "usage: ncomm list_1 ... list_N" >"/dev/stderr"
		exit(1)
	}
	for(i=1;i<ARGC;i++) {
		print s ARGV[i]
		s=s"| "
		while((rc=getline < ARGV[i])>0) { P[$0]++ ; f[$0,i]++ }
		if(rc<0) {
			print "ncomm: read error in file: "ARGV[i] >"/dev/stderr"
			exit(2)
		}
	}
	print s
	c="sort | cut -d/ -f2-"
	for(i in P) {
		printf i"/" | c
		for(n=1;n<ARGC;n++) printf f[i,n]?"+ ":"· " | c
		print i | c
	}
	close(c)
}

E.g.: For hunting differences in packages lists of multiple Devuan installs:

$ ncomm packages.pi1-0 packages.pi2-0 packages.pi3-0 | awk 'NR<5||/init/'
packages.pi1-0
| packages.pi2-0
| | packages.pi3-0
| | | 
· · + init 1.24+devuan1.0 
+ + · init 1.46+devuan1.0 
· · + initramfs-tools 0.120+deb8u2 
+ · · initramfs-tools 0.130 
+ · · initramfs-tools-core 0.130 
+ + + initscripts 2.88dsf-59.3+devuan2 
· · + init-system-helpers 1.24+devuan1.0 
+ + · init-system-helpers 1.46+devuan1.0 
+ + + sysvinit 2.88dsf-59.3+devuan2 
+ + + sysvinit-core 2.88dsf-59.3+devuan2 
· · + sysvinit-utils 2.88dsf-59.2+devuan2 
+ + · sysvinit-utils 2.88dsf-59.3+devuan2 

AWK is omnipresent, even in systems based on busybox (OpenWrt) and often can replace whole spreadsheets.  Learning to do do some basic stuff in AWK takes only some few hours and pays back fast.

Last edited by yeti (2021-03-26 11:21:14)

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#20 2021-03-26 18:18:30

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Re: Minimalism Tips

alphalpha wrote:

i dont think anyone that fell for the bloat meme has is music in *.wav format

CODECs are bloat!

dice wrote:

Doing basic math in the bash shell.

Or use a better shell that can actually handle floating point arithmetic:

% echo $SHELL
/bin/zsh
% echo $((1.0/2.0))
0.5
%

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#21 2021-03-26 18:39:05

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Re: Minimalism Tips

Or use a nice and easy language that was made especially for numbercrunching:

#!/usr/bin/dc -f
_2.1sx0.7sX_1.2sy1.2sY32sM72sW23sH8k[q]sq0sh[lhlH=q0sw[lwlW=qlXlx-lW1-/
lw*lx+sRlYly-lH1-/lh*ly+sI0sr0si0sa0sb0sm[lmlM=qlalb+4<q2lr*li*lI+silalb
-lR+srlm1+smlr2^sali2^sbl0x]s0l0xlm32+Plw1+swl1x]s1l1xAPlh1+shl2x]s2l2x

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#22 2021-03-27 05:30:23

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Re: Minimalism Tips

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:
dice wrote:

Doing basic math in the bash shell.

Or use a better shell that can actually handle floating point arithmetic:

% echo $SHELL
/bin/zsh
% echo $((1.0/2.0))
0.5
%

That is a drawback to bash and math, but one could always use bc.

~ $ echo "scale=2; 1.0 / 2.0" | bc
.50

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#23 2021-03-27 07:14:08

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#24 2021-03-27 08:17:13

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Re: Minimalism Tips

bc is bloat!

Sorry, I'll stop now...


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#25 2021-03-27 13:55:21

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Re: Minimalism Tips

yeti wrote:

Or use a nice and easy language that was made especially for numbercrunching:

#!/usr/bin/dc -f
_2.1sx0.7sX_1.2sy1.2sY32sM72sW23sH8k[q]sq0sh[lhlH=q0sw[lwlW=qlXlx-lW1-/
lw*lx+sRlYly-lH1-/lh*ly+sI0sr0si0sa0sb0sm[lmlM=qlalb+4<q2lr*li*lI+silalb
-lR+srlm1+smlr2^sali2^sbl0x]s0l0xlm32+Plw1+swl1x]s1l1xAPlh1+shl2x]s2l2x

http://www.greensmilies.com/smile/smile … in_lol.gif

What shape is that? Looks like a stingray maybe?

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