living in the console.

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Fri May 26 13:18:46 UTC 2017

Hi Tim,

Nice list of applications. I'd like to offer 
an addition for music recording and editing: Nama.

FYI, Nama uses Ecasound as the audio processing backend,
and takes care of lots of details that makes it much
easier to work like a conventional multitrack recorder or DAW.
It is a perl module, and installs from CPAN.

With friendly greetings,

On Thu, May 25, 2017 at 06:18:47PM -0500, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> Tim here
> Mark Peveto wrote
> > Over the last couple days or so, I've considered becoming a totally
> > command line linux user.
> I'm mostly there.  Web browsing is the big hurdle for much of my
> day-to-day use.  Lynx/links/elinks work for many things, but some
> sites just need a fully modern-standards-supporting browser.
> > How would I print to my printer for example,
> It depends on what you want to print, but it usually involves piping
> things to the "lp" ("line printer") program.  It can be configured to
> use CUPS on the back end (and may already be configured out of the
> box for you).
> Getting fancier output would involve rendering some sort of markup.
> There are tools to render HTML, LaTeX, PDFs, and even Word/LibreOffice
> docs from the command-line to the printer.
> I don't know what you want to print, but I suspect it can be done in
> most cases.
> > play an entire album from my music collection.
> It depends on your tastes, but there are literally dozens of music
> players.  Some, such as mpg123/mpg312/aplay/ogg123 allow you to
> specify just the files you want on the command line and it will play
> them.  Others, like mplayer are similar but give you a little more
> control over playback.
> There's also mpd/mpc which is the Music Player Daemon/Client that
> runs in the background and doesn't really have a GUI.  The mpd
> program runs in the background and the mpc program acts like a
> remote-control, letting you create/edit playlists, control playback,
> etc.  I like the remote-control aspect as I can map them to
> particular keys on my keyboard or aliases in the shell and have quick
> access to common commands with my media-keys.
> Personally, I use "cmus" which has a text-mode GUI but also has a
> remote-control interface like mpd/mpc.  I start up tmux and have a
> pane for my alsamixer and cmus which lets me flip between them pretty
> readily. It allows me to make play-lists, search my collection,
> shuffle, etc, much like you'd be familiar with in a graphical player.
> > How, also, would I create documents in something beyond text
> > format?
> usually it's done with a markup that suits your tastes.  I personally
> have been writing HTML by hand since college in the mid 90s so that's
> what I reach for.  But other people like TeX/LaTeX (it does produce
> some beautiful output and also has external library support for things
> like music markup letting you write scores) while other people like
> some of the more light-weight markup languages like Markdown or RST
> or the like.
> I'd kick the tires on a few and see what feels natural to you.
> Fortunately, there's a tool called "pandoc" that lets you convert
> between a large number of input/output formats so you can write in
> Markdown and convert to PDF, or write in HTML and convert to MS-Word
> format, or write in LaTeX and convert to ePub with minimal loss.  And
> it outputs any of them in plain-text (though you may lose some
> information in the process since plain-text doesn't support many
> features as you've acknowledged)
> > How does one ditch the guy, and still enjoy all linux has to offer
> > in the console?
> One program at a time (grins).  So much like each of the items above,
> it's a matter of asking "I currently do XYZ in the GUI but would like
> to do XYZ in the console" for whatever XYZ is your next adventure.
> I maintain a page listing a number of common command-line tools:
> that can point you in the direction of various applications to try
> out.  Some might drive you crazy while others might fit your brain
> just right.  They should all be free and are likely in most software
> repos, so it doesn't cost you anything except a little time to try
> each one out.
> > I'm willing to learn how to do this, but who ever decides to help
> > me is gonna hafta be patient.  
> The folks on this list are a pretty friendly & patient bunch, so
> we'll be glad to help where we can.
> -tim
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Joel Roth

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