All posts for the month May, 2009

What in the hell is with programmers and their completely unusable error messages?

I could at least respect "Error 0: I hate you." or the slightly less insulting "Dude, I can't handle that.". A smart program would not only give a real response like "Unknown codec" but it would give a hint as to the name of the codec and maybe even where to go to get codecs or troubleshoot further.

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Holy shit. I was able to complete my largest and most complex shell script to date,  It was a nearly total rewrite of a series of scripts that act as an automated testing environment.

That sounds fancy, but it's not.  The basic idea is that as you edit, you save a lot.  Well, I do.  Now every time I save, the change is noticed and the script is run automatically. It even goes one step further, doing some debugging if your script fails to run.

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I've been doing some work on a scripting test environment which would automatically run a test suite while I'm editing, triggered when I save.

I've already completed a rather complex version of it.. well I've completed three versions of it.

  1. Bash
  2. Boo
  3. Zsh

I want to merge all this effort into one mega-script which can be easily adapted to any scripting/programming language. Therein lies the problem. There are some tricks which I want to invoke in a bash and zsh environment in order to do some extra debugging.

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Software > search >

(on Wikipedia)

"The GNU Find Utilities" is one of those packages that's installed everywhere. find is one of those programs everyone ends up using and ends up being horrified at.

  • aka GNU Find Utilities

See also:

  • grep - For searching the contents of files.

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