Busybox for Windows

Common Unix utilities for Windows in one small executable

Luke Sampson
January 11, 2014

From the Busybox website:

Busybox combines tiny versions of many common UNIX utilities into a single small executable. [...] The utilities in BusyBox generally have fewer options than their full-featured GNU cousins; however, [they] behave very much like their GNU counterparts. (read more)

Busybox is used mainly in . . .

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Rust on Windows

A slightly easier install with Scoop

Luke Sampson
October 08, 2013

The other day I wanted to try Rust on Windows but found it wasn't very straightforward.

I downloaded the GUI installer, clicked through it, typed rust, and got nothing but an exit code of -1073741515. Returning to the quick start I saw a note that I hadn't noticed the first time, mentioning that I need MinGW as well. But, . . .

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Sudo for Windows

Luke Sampson
September 30, 2013

You know how you get this sort of permission error in Windows console?

PS> mkdir "c:\program files\new"
mkdir : Access to the path 'new' is denied.

And you know how the ‘solution’ is to start up a whole new console with Start > [program] > Right-click > ‘Run as administrator’? And how you have to . . .

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Run a web server in one line of Powershell

Luke Sampson
August 18, 2013

Here’s how to serve a static single page website in one line of Powershell.

while(1) { cat index.html | nc -w1 -l -p 8080 }

Where index.html is the file you want to serve, in your current working directory. Open a browser to http://localhost:8080 to see the “website”.

This requires netcat, which you can install with . . .

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Figlet in Go

Luke Sampson
August 03, 2013

I’ve just finished porting Figlet to the Go programming language. Figlet is a program originally written in 1991 that prints out large ASCII-art letters from the plain text you provide, e.g:

 , _ _
/| | | | | | |
 |___| _ | | | | __ |
 | |\|/ |/ |/ / \_|
 | |/|__/|__/|__/\__/ o

As with porting Cowsay to Powershell . . .

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Cowsay in Powershell

Luke Sampson
July 27, 2013

I’ve been working on a command-line installer for Windows called Scoop, and I wanted to have some interesting programs to demo it with. Cowsay seemed like an obvious choice.

< Try Scoop! >
 \ ^__^
 \ (oo)\_______
 (__)\ )\/\
 ||----w |
 || ||

So I wrote Cowsay in . . .

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Named anchors with Posterous

Luke Sampson
January 17, 2011

Posterous automatically strips out id or name attributes that you apply to divs when you edit the HTML source of a post. One way around it is to add an empty anchor with a name attribute just before the section you want to name, like so:

<a name=”anchor_name”></a>

Then a #anchor_name fragment in the URL will work, . . .

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