Bookmarks in terminal

Today I found a great tool to ease the navigation in terminal, called apparix. It lets you bookmark a folder so that you easily can navigate to it just by typing

to nameofbookmark

To install apparix in Ubuntu, type

sudo apt-get install apparix

in a terminal window.

After installation you need to set up the aliases “bm” for bookmarking and “to” for going to a bookmark by adding a few functions to your .bashrc file in your home folder (if you don’t have this file, you can create it yourself).

You’ll find the functions you need to add by issuing the command

apparix --shell-examples

in a terminal window. Copy everything below “Bash-style functions” except the “CSH-style aliases”. Paste this into your .bashrc file.

Open up a new terminal, cd to your directory of choice and type

bm mybookmark

to bookmark the folder. Afterwards you can go to any folder and type

to mybookmark

to go to your bookmark.

This tool is of course available for other Linux distributions too.

Connect to your N900 while developing via usb

If you are developing for Nokia N900 using the Nokia Qt SDK, you are most likely following this guide to set up your environment. This is all nice and easy, but if you are connecting using usb you have to open a terminal each time you plug in your N900 and write

ifconfig usb0 up

If you, like me, get tired of doing this you may instead let Network Manager in Gnome do the work for you. First of all, connect your N900 via an available USB port. Next, right click the Network Manager icon and hit “Edit Connections…”.

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