Google Play Music desktop player MPRIS media keys for Linux

I finally nailed it 😀
dbus-send --print-reply /org/mpris/MediaPlayer2 org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.Player.PlayPause

dbus-send --print-reply /org/mpris/MediaPlayer2 org.mpris.MediaPlayer2.Player.Next

Also added to my Awesome window manager config


Monitor progress of cp, mv, gzip, mysql and CLI commands

To monitor progress of an ongoing copy or mysql dump import you might try progress CLI tool. Track progress of commands like cp, mv, dd, tar, cat, rsync, grep, fgrep, egrep, cut, sort, md5sum, sha1sum, sha224sum, sha256sum, sha384sum, sha512sum, adb, gzip, gunzip, bzip2, bunzip2, xz, unxz, lzma, unlzma, 7z, 7za, zcat, bzcat, lzcat, split, gpg, etc.

Splitting zsh config due multi host usage

This week while copying some of my dotfiles (due vim and zsh configuration) to a new remote host (dedicated server) of a new client I had to remove the private stuff (mainly aliases) from my .zshrc. Only now did the muse hit me to split the file and leverage the source (import, require, include) functionality.

So I moved the host specific and private stuff from .zshrc and added the following 2 lines after source $ZSH/

[[ -f .zshrc_priv ]] && source .zshrc_priv
[[ -f .zshrc_host ]] && source .zshrc_host

After editing .zshrc and moving some lines into .zshrc_priv and .zshrc_host I also commented the files header to be reminded about their purpose in the future 😀

# .zshrc_priv
# Sourced by .zshrc
# Private settings due public version control

alias vps='TERM=xterm-256color autossh -M 0 mike@vps' # host vps set in .ssh/config
alias vps_tunnel='autossh -f -M 0 -T -N -R 10022:localhost:22 mike@vps'
# .zshrc_host
# Sourced by .zshrc
# Host specific settings

export PATH="/usr/local/opt/node@6/bin:$PATH

Next I gonna separate some vim plugin specific code, too, to have a copyable (Plug & Play) config.

Open new Chrome window from command line via SSH

I switch between computers and sometimes when I’m switching I need to push an URL/prepare a window so found a solution with the following command:

mike@remotehost $ export DISPLAY=:0; nohup chromium --new-window

UPDATE 2017-06-18