[sf-lug] My favorite simple little Linux tips

Michael Shiloh michaelshiloh1010 at gmail.com
Sun Aug 1 09:23:04 PDT 2010

supposed I miss-typed this command, adding an additional 'e' in "screen":

$ file /usr/lib/xscreeensaver/matrixview

if i tried to correct it with


i'd remove the 'e' from "file".

but, i can uniquely identify my offending e by including an adjacent 
letter or two:




still fewer keystrokes than

<uparrow><backspace about 15 times>

yeah, i know, it's really silly, but it's just what my fingers learned 
to do. when i learned unix, there was no up arrow, and backspace 
deleted letters so there wasn't a quick way to edit a command without ^^^

it's also become a little bit of a shorthand in geekdom, so if i write a 
long letter complaining about Apple, someone might respond


On 07/30/2010 07:51 PM, Alex Kleider wrote:
> --- On Fri, 7/30/10, Michael Shiloh<michaelshiloh1010 at gmail.com>  wrote:
>> less. In the middle, perhaps adding a couple of surrounding
>> characters will be enough to make it unique but still
>> shorter than backspaces.
> ..could you elaborate what you mean regarding what you do to correct something in the middle, please. I don't understand this part.
> thks

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