You're changing the topic in the thread, but to answer your new topic first I think the trend is with Mutt these days. I haven't more than looked at Mutt though. I much prefer Alpine and use it still rather often. However, there are some problems with it and Gmail in that you can't undelete a message once it is marked for deletion. That is apparently due to a broken IMAP/IMAPS implementation at Google. Like with other mail clients, you can use them with multiple mail accounts simultaneously.
Back to the original question, shell access is the first thing I set up in most cases. Sometimes I arrange SSH connectivity even before booting the RPi (or other machines) for the first time. For me it is just the fastest, easiest, most flexible way of dealing with the system for many activities. It is also irrelevant then whether the machine is on your desk, in the server room, or on the other side of the planet. I usually connect via SSH but sometimes also have the machine set up to use a serial cable either directly or via a jump host. If you use serial cables, watch out for the cheap cables without serial numbers Without electronic identifiers inside the cables themselves the associations can change after resume from sleep or a reboot so that the cable that was ttyUSB0 swaps places with ttyUSB1 or ttyUSB2 and so on. The serial numberless cables work great when there is just one by itself though. But I digress.SOCSBC wrote: I can't be the only person that this idea appeals to. Please share you experiences, advice, tips, etc.
I am also running all my Pi's headless. But using VNC from which I start bash, when I need to get into a console.
I'm a product of late 70's-80's computing (Coleco Adam, anyone?), and I'm just getting back into computer science. The terminal emulator feels very comfortable to me, and I like the idea of going GUI'less. Reading news in ELinks, after you get used to navigating the page and toggling the color scheme to your liking, is really enjoyable. Less distractions, and pages load faster. Btw, check out the GNU Midnight Commander, if you haven't already seen it. It sounds like a super hero with tendencies, but it's actually a fantastic file manager for the terminal.
Once upon a time I used to use Norton Commander, from which MC is a clone. I preferred Xtree.
I use it exclusively. One reason is that I test and use different distros on the RPi. So, instead of hassling around with different pixel-based GUIs and their quirks, (and resource hogging) I can have a set of common command line tools for working that exist in most distros. I love nano for an editor and use the command line extensively. I like the philosophy of "Do one thing and do it well" because as the illustrious Mr. Scott of the Starship Enterprise once noted, "The more they overthink the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain."I mentioned this in another post, but thought that it might merit its own topic. Is there anyone here that spends the majority of their time in the terminal emulator?
Kind of. It really depends on what is in the PDF. If there is any text, and not just pictures of text, then you might be able to get it with either or both of the pdf2htmlex or pstotext utilities. Both are in the repository.
Thank you. I'll have to check into them. I'm still on my quest to be GUI-free.tpyo kingg wrote: ↑Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:21 amKind of. It really depends on what is in the PDF. If there is any text, and not just pictures of text, then you might be able to get it with either or both of the pdf2htmlex or pstotext utilities. Both are in the repository.
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