Archives for August 4, 2008

In the beginning there was cat …

… and I’m not talking about Ceiling Cat. I’m talking about the Linux command cat. Apropos the comment that one should not use cat to produce a stream of text for a command that takes a filename as a argument … I say “Balderdash!” If your plan is to process the text from a file…

Linux One Liners

I have a file called “email.txt” and I want to count the number of lines in it. cat email.txt | wc -l cat email.txt | sed -n ‘$=’ The first example uses wc (which stands for “what’s the count”) with the -l (lines only) optin. The contents is pushed via cat through standard output into…

Mississippi Burning

The bodies of civil rights activists Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman were found after they had been missing for six weeks in the vicinity of Philadelphia, Mississippi, on this day in 1964. From the bbc report of the time:

Happy Birthday To PLoS One

PLoS ONE. You are ONE today. Does this mean that starting today you are PLoS Two? For a recent history of the Public Library of Science, see this earlier post.