Archives for April 2009

Quick Tip: Faster File Searches (Win XP)

By request, “Tell me again, what’s that trick for keeping the Windows Explorer [on Windows XP] from searching inside ZIP files?”
To disable:

regsvr32 /u zipfldr.dll

To re-enable:

regsvr32 zipfldr.dll

Command History (Linux & Mac OS X)

In a previous post, The ALIAS Command Saves Repetitive Typing, I promised an overview of the way Linux and Mac OS X (and Cygwin on Windows) all keep a history of the commands you issue, even between sessions.  The command to display them is history. One use of the history command, for example, might be to explore for commands you frequently enter, thus giving you ideas about which ones ought to be turned into aliases.
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Auto-Commands at Login

In yesterday’s post, The ALIAS Command Saves Repetitive Typing, I mentioned how alias definitions only stick around for as long as you are logged in.  So, to make an alias act as if it is permanent, you have to re-define it every time you log in.  Fortunately, there’s an easy way to do that automatically.

There’s a file in every user’s home folder called .bash_profile.  Commands found in that file execute every time the user logs in.
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The ALIAS Command Saves Repetitive Typing

Unix-based operating systems, including Linux and Mac OS X, have an alias command that saves time.  If you find yourself typing in the same commands repeatedly, consider setting up an alias for them.  For example, say you do a lot of work in a folder called “~/current_projects/annual_report”, such that you type this command a lot:

cd ~/current_projects/annual_report

you could make an alias for it like this:
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