a *very* odd question especially for me.

Tony Baechler tony at baechler.net
Thu Jul 23 08:50:58 UTC 2015


I would just like to add here that you can even get the commands to run 
automatically as soon as you connect, just like autoexec.bat runs 
automatically at system boot.  That way you could, in theory, ssh or telnet 
and have everything done automatically without user interaction at all.  I 
just did something similar for a client.  He wanted to upload video and have 
it automatically show up on the web for private streaming, but due to the 
confidential nature of it, the public must not be able to randomly guess the 
link.  I developed a script which runs a series of bash commands after the 
video is uploaded.  A random link is generated and displayed on the screen 
which he can email to the person who should see the video, but the link is 
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is only a few lines and is fairly simple.  I also have a very short script 
which pushes files from one server with limited disk space and transfer to 
another, more powerful server for further processing.  All I have to do is 
type "push" to push the files to the other server.  Finally, if all you need 
to do is generate sheet music and MIDI output, you might not need a sound 
card on your Linux box at all.  A Raspberry Pi might be good enough. 
Scripting in Linux is like DOS on steroids, not to mention being vastly more 
powerful, it usually runs a lot faster.

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On 7/22/2015 10:35 PM, Willem van der Walt wrote:
> Hi,
> You can script in linux, much more powerfull than doos could do.
> You use bash for that.
> Although you can get quite complex, you also can write simple bash scripts,
> amounting to just a list of commands, one on a line if you like.
> Yes, you can ssh into a linux box, just install the ssh server.
> Telnet is almost never used these days, but if you like, you can still do
> that too.
> You can make use of more than one sound card if you like.
> You could just as well use speakup on the machine, eliminating the need for
> an extra box to use as a terminal, but that is up to you.
> I think for sheet music there is a program called lillypond.
> For multi track recording there is nama, but there are likely a lot of options.
> Somewhere there is a linux distribution dedicated to music, but I cannot
> recall the name.
> Getting things set up the first time can become quite complicated on any
> operating system when you work with music.  However, once you have it
> working under Linux, chances are that it will keep on working for much
> longer  than under other well-known operating systems.
> There are blind people doing what you want to do using linux.
> HTH, Willem
> On Thu, 23 Jul 2015, Karen Lewellen wrote:
>> ...but what else is knew? laughs.
>> How scriptable is Linux?
>> Before the major players start  on a roll, let me explain using the only
>> functional way I can with the only operating system I use.
>> *I do not have a fully functioning Linux box at all.*  I believe we
>> established this a while back.
>> However there is a *single*  task I may be willing to dedicate hardware
>> to, if this can be done.
>> I have absolutely zero interest in any full fledged   aspect.  if I cannot
>> do this one thing the os has little appeal for me.  after a good 7 years
>> or so trying to get  Linux going and not finding anyone local with the
>> skill I respect others appreciation but I am not having this sort of
>> experience.
>> In the DOS operating system one could create .bat files that managed
>> several tasks with a single file.
>> the autoexec.bat file is a good example.
>> You can create them with a text editor, no major complex commands required.
>> If Linux has this ability, and I would be surprised if it did not, here is
>> the situation.
>> I am a professional singer.  When I perform I use real musicians, not
>> their electronic equals which means I require arrangements for them to play.
>> I am writing a grand deal of material these days, and if I am going to get
>> that material recorded  I must do the following.
>> 1 get the parts out of my head and into sheet music form, most likely
>> using a well outfitted keyboard instrument's for part of the job.
>> 2 confirm via playback that what I have done will sound when played as
>> desired.
>> and 3. get the material printed, or into printable form.
>> Now, I know there are allot of  command line programs in Linux
>> distributions that can  accomplish my goals.
>> The problem for me is getting the Linux side of the computing functional,
>> or at the very least, a way for me to ssh telnet into a box using my dos
>> setup to run the programs themselves.
>> Yes there is a question here!
>> assuming I could get the computer hardware with the kind of quality
>> soundcard to Handel the multiple-track playback, is it possible to do the
>> following.
>> 1, is Linux distribution is installed correctly in the first place, ssh
>> telnet  into that machine from my main one and
>> 2, using  scripting , assuming this can be done simply, create a set of
>> .bat file equivalents to run the various  programs I need from the command
>> line?
>> The other major hardware involved is no hardship.  I have a combination
>> modem/rooter which works with both wireless and wired devices and multiple
>> ports for the wired connection.
>> I share that because I know even if I am not running anything directly
>> from the Linux computer itself, it does need an Ethernet connection of
>> some kind generating some kind of ip for me to use for the ssh -telnet.
>> again the idea is to do well basically what I do here for shellworld, and
>> with other services.
>> treat this box like a shell, ssh TELNET into it,  run the scripts  for the
>> music programs I desire, and leave.  The box will not  even need speech as
>> I plan to use it.
>> Possible at all?
>> Karen
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