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IT tricks

Various tips how to increase your productivity (esp. in Linux).


Who uses which editor and is willing to provide a mini-training for new users (show config, favorite macros, highlighters etc.).
Feel free to add your name and editor.


Directory-local Bash history

Colorful manpages

Add this to your .bashrc (tested on .zshrc). Colors can be easily customized.

man () {
        env LESS_TERMCAP_mb=$'\E[01;31m' \
        LESS_TERMCAP_md=$'\E[01;38;5;74m' \
        LESS_TERMCAP_me=$'\E[0m' \
        LESS_TERMCAP_se=$'\E[0m' \
        LESS_TERMCAP_so=$'\E[38;5;246m' \
        LESS_TERMCAP_ue=$'\E[0m' \
        LESS_TERMCAP_us=$'\E[04;38;5;146m' \
        man "$@"


  export PS1='[\t]\[\033[2;31m\]\h:\W\[\033[01;95m\]$(__git_ps1 "(%s)")\[\033[2;31m\]>\[\033[0m\] '

Plots, vector graphic

LaTeX, pdf

TAR archive mounting

If you work with data consisting of many small files, you should store them in tar archives to save inodes. There is a way to mount a tar archive to a specific directory in the simmilar way you mount ISO image. You can use the following wrapper script to mount (read-only) ARCHIVE to DIRECTORY:

/opt/bin/tarmount -a ARCHIVE DIRECTORY

and umount when you finish your work:

/opt/bin/tarmount DIRECTORY

You can also use the original tool called ratarmount directly through the link:



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