a *very* odd question especially for me.

John G Heim jheim at math.wisc.edu
Thu Jul 23 14:33:02 UTC 2015


My opinion is that you have zero chance of succeeding at this endeavor 
the way you are going about it.

The tasks you describe are far too difficult and complicated to be 
accomplished at the linux command line by someone who is not a major 
expert in linux itself. I doubt even the most expert linux user could do 
what you describe but it certainly cannot be done without gaining a 
great deal of experience and expertise.  How many musicians do you think 
create their music by connecting to a linux machine via telnet and using 
the command line? How many developers do you think are focusing their 
efforts on making that easy?

Essentially what you've said below is that you have this really 
complicated set of tasks you want to perform in linux but you don't want 
to actually learn how to use linux or even set up a complete linux 
system. It cannot be done. You are just setting yourself up for more 

You need to change 3 things about your approach:
1. Understand that this is not going to be easy. It will take some time 
and a great deal of effort on your part.
2. Be willing to forget about things you are already comfortable with.
3. Be willing to do some research on your own, primarily googling.

If you aren't willing to do those things, your chance of succeeding at 
this endeavor is essentially zero.

On 2015 11:24 PM, 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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