Sometimes I need to find images that are either portrait or landscape. This can be done manually for a few, but browsing through thousands of images it is more tricky. For these things I typically use a nifty little shell script that I found here:
Yet another note to self on how to fix things in Ubuntu after a fresh install, found at askubuntu, this time to remove the standard bookmarks in the Nautilus file browser. I use a different setup of folders, and don’t really need these unused bookmarks. I wish it could have been easier to just right-click and delete to remove them (like for your own bookmarks), but it turns out to be a bit more tricky.
The default bookmarks are actually built from
~/.config/user-dirs.dirs, and this file is rebuilt on login from
/etc/xdg/user-dirs.defaults. So it is necessary to modify both of the files, which may most easily be done with:
nano ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs sudo nano /etc/xdg/user-dirs.defaults
In the nano editor you should comment out the ones that you don’t want.
And after a login the bookmarks are gone.
As part of the fun of reinstalling an OS, you need to set up all the small things again (and you also get rid of all the small things you had set up and that you don’t need any longer…). This message is mainly a note to self about how to move windows between screens on Ubuntu with a key combination, found at stackexchange:
- Install CompizConfig Settings Manager:
sudo apt install compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-plugins-extra
- Run Compiz from the dash
- Enable the
Putplug-in (select the check-box)
- Click on
- Configure the shortcut for
Put to next Output(click
enable). I like to use <super-less>, since that key combination is very convenient on a Norwegian keyboard
- Log out and back in to make changes take effect
One of the fun parts of reinstalling an OS (yes, I think it is fun!), is to discover new software and new ways of doing things. As such, it works as a “digital shower”, getting rid of unnecessary stuff that has piled up.
Trying to also get rid of some physical mess, I am scanning some piles of paper documents. This leaves me with some large multi-page PDFs that I would like to split up easily. In the spirit of software carpentry I looked for a simple solution for splitting up a PDF file, and came across the command “burst” in the little terminal application pdftk. To use it on Ubuntu, you will first need to install it, using the terminal command:
sudo apt update && sudo apt install pdftk
Then this one-liner is all that is necessary to split a PDF file into a series of individual PDFs:
pdftk your-file.pdf burst
For convenience, I also made it into a small Ubuntu script:
And then you can of course also combine the files again, either all PDFs:
pdftk *.pdf cat output newfile.pdf
or only the files you like:
pdftk file1.pdf file2.pdf cat output newfile.pdf
Back on OSX one of my favourite small programs was called PDFCompress, which compressed a large PDF file into something more manageable. There are many ways of doing this on Ubuntu as well, but nothing really as smooth as I used to on OX.
Finally I took the time to figure out how I could make a small shell script based on ghostscript. The whole script looks like this:
#!/bin/sh gs -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dCompatibilityLevel=1.4 -dPDFSETTINGS=/default -dNOPAUSE -dQUIET -dBATCH -dDetectDuplicateImages -dCompressFonts=true -r150 -sOutputFile="compress_$@" "$@"
and by saving it in the nautilus scripts directory:
It shows up when I right click on a file. For most of the files I have tried so far today (uncompressed PDF files), it compresses the files to at least 1/10th of the original size. Very useful, particularly when I only need screen resolution for files.