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Unix Text Editing Awesomeness

Oh, LaTeX acronym package, you won’t automatically alphabetize my list of acronyms? Strange… Let’s see if Unix will… $ echo "\acro{SCADA}{Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition} \acro{PLC}{Programmable Logic Controller} \acro{RTU}{Remote Terminal Unit} ..." > toSort $ for i in `cat toSort |sed "s/.*\\acro{\(.*\)}.*{.*}/\1/" | sort`; do grep "{$i}" toSort; done \acro{ADC}{analog to digital converter} \acro{API}{application programming interface} \acro{APT}{Advanced Persistent Threat} \acro{ASCII}{American Standard Code for Information Interchange} ... Unix, you rock my world.…

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Bash Dictionary - Terrible Hack of the Day

So, I just had a reason to implement something like a dictionary in Bash. Of course, I could try to determine if such a feature exists already (it does in Bash 4, alas the default on OS X seems to be 3.2), but why not just try to hack something together? Here’s what I got initially: OFFSETDICTkeyUno=5 OFFSETDICTkeyDos=4 OFFSETDICTkeyTres=17 OFFSETDICTkeyQuatro=21 keyToLookup="keyQuatro" value="$(eval echo '$OFFSETDICT'${keyToLookup})" echo $value > 21 So, that’s ridiculous.…

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