Busybox for Windows

Common Unix utilities for Windows in one small executable

Luke Sampson
January 12, 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 small embedded Linux . . .

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Rust on Windows

A slightly easier install with Scoop

Luke Sampson
October 09, 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, which parts, . . .

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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 ‘cd’ back 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 Scoop by running scoop . . .

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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, I mainly did this so I’d have . . .

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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 Powershell, trying to follow the functionality of . . .

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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, e.g.:

 . . .

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