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Some Useful Shell Tools

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Here are some shell tools I use, which can boost your productivity. Mordern-unix is a great repo that list lots of modern unix tools.

Prezto #

A zsh configuration framework. Provides auto completion, prompt theme and lots of modules to work with other useful tools. I extremely love the agnoster theme.

Fasd #

Help you to navigate between folders and launch application.

Here are the official usage example:

v def conf       =>     vim /some/awkward/path/to/type/default.conf
j abc            =>     cd /hell/of/a/awkward/path/to/get/to/abcdef
m movie          =>     mplayer /whatever/whatever/whatever/awesome_movie.mp4
o eng paper      =>     xdg-open /you/dont/remember/where/english_paper.pdf
vim `f rc lo`    =>     vim /etc/rc.local
vim `f rc conf`  =>     vim /etc/rc.conf

pt #

A fast code search tool similar to ack.

fzf #

A great fuzzy finder, it can also integrate with vim by fzf.vim

thefuck #

Magnificent app which corrects your previous console command.

tldr #

More concise and user-friendly man pages. (This screenshot uses powerlevel10k theme)

ripgrep #

Another search tool. Use rg -. to include hidden files.

fd #

A user-friendly alternative to find. Ignore hidden files and gitignore file by default.

For example: fd -H 'flac$' search all files ends with flac.

bat #

Similar to cat with syntax highlighting and git integration.

Zim #

A fast Zsh framework. You can use OMZ plugin like this:

export ZSH_CACHE_DIR=~/.cache

zmodule ohmyzsh/ohmyzsh --use degit --source 'plugins/fasd/fasd.plugin.zsh'

  • update 18/11/19 Add tldr powerlevel10k theme is a fancy ZSH theme

  • update 29/12/21 Add rg, bat, fd

  • update 06/01/22 Add Zim

  • update 01/04/24 Add maintained-modern-unix repo