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seninha
Long time nixers
One of the activities proposals was to try different tools each week and review them. So, let's do this.

There are good tools we can review, for example the ones listed on the kmandla's list and on the one thing well list.
Freem gave the idea on IRC for the first tools we review to be programs created by one of us. We have good developers among us, and good software as well.

What do you think? Which tool can we review first?
venam
Administrators
I made a wiki page here.

We can start with some of pranomostro's mini-tools:
  • skip — skip text between two strings
  • uu — unsorted uniq that does not lock up your pipeline
seninha
Long time nixers
skip is a simple but handy tool.
I realized I have implemented skip a bunch of times when parsing stuff with awk. For example, tbgen, my verilog testbench generator, has to skip over C-style comments when parsing verilog.

I extracted the skipping code from tbgen and wrote an awk version of pranomostro's skip: here it is

As a bonus for using awk, regular expressions just work.
venam
Administrators
skip is pretty useful, it can help do things that would be complicated with sed, awk, or cut. However, as phillbush has shown, it's still relatively easy to implement.

It remains to be seen if I'll remember this tool even exists the next time I have to do a tasks that requires removing text within two strings.
jkl
Long time nixers
I am currently evaluating paperless-ngx so the stuff I need for my income tax return is in a place where I find it without grepping old e-mails and banking reports.

Once you find a working combination of versions (paperless-ngx, even in its Docker version, has a number of dependencies which have a different reliability, depending on which version you use), it is relatively nice to use. However, paper folders are so much easier to set up.
Dritz
Long time nixers
That looks fascinating!

I'm always one for getting rid of paper in most situations. Paper is a nice backup though, but not great on its own.

How accurate is the OCR?
jkl
Long time nixers
It works surprisingly well, I admit. :)