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Little command line tricks

· by Pietro F. Maggi · Read in about 1 min · (213 Words)
OS X Command Line Tricks

This is a different blog, more a remainder for me than anything else. Hope that someone else can find these useful… they’re for me!

Recover a failed download with curl:

curl -C - -o partially_downloaded_file 'www.example.com/path/to/the/file'

Burn a playable DVD from a VIDEO_TS folder

After searching the forums and trying various things, I still couldn’t find a quick, reliable, free method of burning a VIDEO_TS folder to a pure UDF DVD, so that it would play in regular DVD players, as well trigger DVD Player to start up automatically. Anyway, as often is the case, Terminal had the answers. Just type in this command and change the paths to suit:

hdiutil makehybrid -udf -udf-volume-name DVD_NAME -o MY_DVD.iso /path/to/VIDEO_TS/parent/folder

Make sure that /path/to/VIDEO_TS/parent/folder is the path to the folder containing the VIDEO_TS folder, not the VIDEO_TS folder itself. Once the .iso file has been created, drag this to Disk Utility and hit the Burn button.

Generate a pdf from a markdown file

markdown <File.md> | htmldoc --cont --headfootsize 8.0 --linkcolor blue --linkstyle plain --format pdf14 - > FileFormat.pdf

Android related Commands

Taking screenshot of an Android device

adb shell screencap -p | perl -pe 's/\x0D\x0A/\x0A/g' > screen.png

Launch browser and navigate to URL on android devices

adb shell am start -a android.intent.action.VIEW -d URL