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python -c "from distutils.sysconfig import get_python_lib; print get_python_lib()"
isaacs /
Last active May 14, 2021
Use one of these techniques to install node and npm without having to sudo. Discussed in more detail at Note: npm >=0.3 is *safer* when using sudo.
echo 'export PATH=$HOME/local/bin:$PATH' >> ~/.bashrc
. ~/.bashrc
mkdir ~/local
mkdir ~/node-latest-install
cd ~/node-latest-install
curl | tar xz --strip-components=1
./configure --prefix=~/local
make install # ok, fine, this step probably takes more than 30 seconds...
curl | sh
cdown / gist:1163649
Last active May 9, 2021
Bash urlencode and urldecode
View gist:1163649
urlencode() {
# urlencode <string>
local length="${#1}"
for (( i = 0; i < length; i++ )); do
local c="${1:$i:1}"
case $c in
mopemope /
Created Oct 4, 2011
xvideos downloader
import os
from os import path
from werkzeug import secure_filename
from tobikko.core import *
from tobikko.patch import *
import urllib2
from pyquery import PyQuery as pq
import urllib
from urlparse import urlparse
aerickson /
Created Oct 13, 2011
Get total rsync progress using Python
# from
import subprocess
import re
import sys
print('Dry run:')
cmd = 'rsync -az --stats --dry-run ' + sys.argv[1] + ' ' + sys.argv[2]
proc = subprocess.Popen(cmd,
mbbx6spp /
Created Dec 4, 2011
Best UNIX shell-based tools I can't live without with example usages

Best UNIX Shell tools

These are a list of usages of shell commands I can't live without on UNIX-based systems.


Mac OS X

Using Homebrew (yes, I am opinionated) you can install the following tools with the following packages:

View gist:1552606
#! /bin/bash
# # keepalive #
# Keeps your processes running - handy quick-restart for services.
# Run a server with:
mkottman /
Last active Mar 5, 2021
A two-line colored Bash prompt (PS1) with Git branch and a line decoration which adjusts automatically to the width of the terminal. Recognizes SVN, Git and Fossil version control systems and shows the current branch/revision.
# A two-line colored Bash prompt (PS1) with Git branch and a line decoration
# which adjusts automatically to the width of the terminal.
# Recognizes and shows Git, SVN and Fossil branch/revision.
# Screenshot:
# Michal Kottman, 2012
View thread_pool.rb
# Ruby Thread Pool
# ================
# A thread pool is useful when you wish to do some work in a thread, but do
# not know how much work you will be doing in advance. Spawning one thread
# for each task is potentially expensive, as threads are not free.
# In this case, it might be more beneficial to start a predefined set of
# threads and then hand off work to them as it becomes available. This is
# the pure essence of what a thread pool is: an array of threads, all just
# waiting to do some work for you!
stefl / scrape_tweets.rb
Created Mar 25, 2012
Download all tweets from the twitter search API for a given search term (limited to their maximum of 1500)
View scrape_tweets.rb
#! /usr/bin/env ruby
require "fileutils"
search_term = ARGV[0]
if search_term
time =
directory_path = File.dirname(__FILE__) + "/tweets/" + search_term + "_" + time.to_i.to_s
directory =
(1..15).each do |i|
`curl "{search_term}&rpp=100&page=#{i}&include_entities=true&result_type=mixed" > #{directory.path}/#{i}.json`