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Windows console applications

Operating systems : Windows

Some time ago text-based applications were the only form of software of average end user computer experience. As well as after the graphical user interface programs started to become widespread, console applications used to retain their strong positions. But gradually GUI software virtually superseded text-based applications in daily use of the average end user. However, even now there are console programs that can more or less compete with software of graphical user interface, be useful for the average user to solve various problems and fulfill numerous tasks on modern computers.

Besides file managers, multimedia programs, text editors, web browsers, there are plenty of other text-based programs and utilities for use under Windows: both standalone and those included in MS Windows distributions. For example, ipconfig and netstat for work with network, Windows built-in FTP client useful for some tasks, CommandBurner for command line burning CD / DVD or cdburn with dvdburn from Windows Server 2003 Support Tools for the same, etc.

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Unzip multiple files. Linux


Unzip multiple zip files into one directory by Linux command line unzip. Contrary to possible expectations, "unzip *.zip" is not going to work, *.zip should be put into quotes: unzip "*.zip" There may be files with the same names in these archives. To avoid overwriting: unzip -B "*.zip" "Unzip -B" makes unzip to overwrite duplicates during extraction process, but saving a backup copy of each overwritten file. The names for these backup copy files are created by adding tilde ("~") at the end of the original names of the files. If a file extension is present, then "~" is added after it. If that is not enough, unique sequence number (up to 5 digits) is appended after the "~". "Unzip -B" is not too practical. For example, since when the sequence number range for numbered backup files gets exhausted (99999, or 65535 for 16-bit systems), the backup file with the maximum sequence number is deleted and replaced by the new backup version without notice ( More on the subject ). The number of files in an archive may not be always known in advance or may be more than possible sequence number range, so "Unzip -B" is not a great choice. Renaming duplicate files by adding "~" at the end of their names, after the extension, is not too convenient either. But another built-in option is even worse. If the "-B" modifier is not used, each time a file with same name as there already unpacked is being extracted, unzip asks "replace example.txt? [y]es, [n]o, [A]ll, [N]one, [r]ename:". And each time "r" must be hit, then a new name has to be input. So some bash or another script solving the problem should probably be prepared and used instead.

Windows console applications. Text editors


FTE : JED : MinEd : Nano : MS-DOS Editor Initially, all text editors did not have a graphical interface. And work with text almost from the outset was one of the main types of user activity on computer. With the invention and spread of low-level and especially high-level programming languages, text editor has become an important working tool of professionals. Then, other users had to use text editors for their daily tasks. So by the time the programs with GUI started to be wide spread, the concept of text editor was already well developed, there were mature, well-designed and implemented specimens of applications for text editing without graphical user interface. Why the text-based versions coexisted with GUI-based ones for very long and still graphical user interface programs have not replaced the console / text-based applications. While the average user is not aware of their existence, he / she does not know the power of vim or emacs, often even MS-DOS Editor, built in all the 32-bit versions of Windows is unknown, none the less, console text editors continue to exist and be developed. As it is the case with the text web browsers, the main line of text-based text editors development is in Linux and other *nix systems world. But under Windows as well, there are several interesting applications. FTE - / home page / Console text editor. Version for Linux, some other *nix systems, DOS, Windows, OS/2. Syntax highlighting support for: C, C++, Java, Perl, Sh, Pascal, SQL, Assembly, PHP, Python, REXX, Ada, Fortran, IDL, LinuxDoc, TeX, TeXInfo, HTML, etc. ASCII table. Various facilities for coding and errors handling. Copying words, characters or text blocks is in the same mode and by the same keyboard shortcuts (except Ctrl+A) as in major Windows text editors with graphical user interface - plus, there may be other variations. FTE 0.49.13: Open file FTE 0.49.13: A submenu FTE 0.49.13: Settings FTE 0.49.13: Opened .php file FTE 0.49.13: Opened .htm file FTE 0.49.13: Opened C code JED - / home page / Console text editor. Version for Linux, some other *nix systems, QNX, OS/2, BeOS, OpenVMS, DOS, Windows. Syntax highlighting support for: C, C++, FORTRAN, TeX, HTML, SH, python, IDL, DCL, NROFF, etc. JED can emulate Emacs, EDT, Wordstar, Borland, Brief. C-like S-Lang language for extra settings possibilities and extensions.