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Parsing Bash Config Files

Many times a script is written that needs extra/persistent configuration from the user. In most languages this is no big deal, you just import your json/yaml/toml parser and you're good to go. The common thing to do for many bash scripts that require configuration is to ask the user to put another actual bash script containing variable declarations in the file:

Bash Scripting

Bash is perhaps one of the hardest languages to learn how to script with, simply for the fact there's so much bad information out there. I'd like to share some tips and tricks I've learned in my few years of scripting.

Killing the Display Manager

Display managers like LightDM and SDDM come standard with many Linux distros, and I personally find them useless. I'd like to share with you how to get rid of them and gain a bit of control over how X is launched, and take back a few precious megabytes of RAM.

Fuzzy searching for MPD in Bash

I recently came across fzf, which is an interactive line filter. By default fzf will fuzzy search recursively through file names in the current directory, but it also filters through stdin.

Backporting packages in Debian

Are you anxious for a new version of a particular package, and don't want to wait for someone else to submit it to backports? After a few hours of reading docs and testing this out myself I feel like I've gotten a good grasp on this, so I'd like to share what's been working for me.