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Working with Linux ??? Quick Hacks for the Command Line

By : Bogdan Vaida, Petru I»ôfan
Book Image

Working with Linux ??? Quick Hacks for the Command Line

By: Bogdan Vaida, Petru I»ôfan

Overview of this book

Websites, online services, databases, and pretty much every other computer that offers public services runs on Linux. From small servers to clusters, Linux is anywhere and everywhere. With such a broad usage, the demand for Linux specialists is ever growing. For the engineers out there, this means being able to develop, interconnect, and maintain Linux environments. This book will help you increase your terminal productivity by using Terminator, Guake and other tools. It will start by installing Ubuntu and will explore tools and techniques that will help you to achieve more work with less effort. Next, it will then focus on Terminator, the ultimate terminal, and vim, one of the most intelligent console editors. Futhermore, the readers will see how they can increase their command line productivity by using sed, find, tmux, network, autoenv. The readers will also see how they can edit files without leaving the terminal and use the screen space efficiently and copy-paste like a pro. Towards the end, we focus on network settings, Git hacks, and creating portable environments for development and production using Docker. Through this book, you will improve your terminal productivity by seeing how to use different tools.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)

Supercharging Vim

Let's start by opening a new hidden file called .vimrc in our home folder and pasting a few lines:

set nocompatible
filetype off

" Settings to replace tab. Use :retab for replacing tab in existing files.
set tabstop=4
set shiftwidth=4
set expandtab

" Have Vim jump to the last position when reopening a file
if has("autocmd")
   au BufReadPost * if line("'\"") > 1 && line("'\"") <= line("$") | exe "normal! g'\"" | endif

" Other general vim options:
syntax on
set showmatch      " Show matching brackets.
set ignorecase     " Do case insensitive matching
set incsearch      " show partial matches for a search phrase
set nopaste
set number           
set undolevels=1000

Now let's close and reopen the file, so that we can see the configuration take effect. Let's go into a little more detail regarding some of the options.

First of all, as you've probably guessed, the lines starting with " are comments, so they can be ignored. Lines 5, 6, and 7 tell vim to always use...