[Digikam-users] Not completely but a bit off topic question: looking for texteditor with macro capabillity

sleepless sleeplessregulus at hetnet.nl
Sun Aug 28 09:10:48 BST 2011

Op 27-08-11 22:25, Johnny schreef:
> sleepless<sleeplessregulus at hetnet.nl>  writes:
>> Thanks a lot for all responses, that helps a lot to get me going.
>> Emacs looks great, I just have to learn all new keystrokes, and the
>> batch script language, I will have to learn again also.
>> And for the tip on the spreadsheet, I canĀ“t believe that I never have
>> thought about that, very usefull.
> I missed the start of the thread, here's my 2p. Or make it 3, as firstly
> the spreadsheet is tentatively doable, but I would not encourage it for
> this type of task, unless you are already a savvy spreadsheet user and
> not interested / have no time to learn the right tools for the job.
> Benjamin gave a good introduction to bash scripting, something which
> you'll inevitably learn while tinkering in Linux. The method of looping
> over file names and doing somthing is versatile and many times useful as
> you can do whatever necessary in the situation, I always keep a template
> around to build upon. Sed and Awk are your friends for string parsing!
> Learning emacs is a great investment, but it requires time and
> patience. Do /not/ configure it to be "Windows like" by changing
> key-bindings - learning the defaults pay off in the long run. There's a
> built in tutorial (press control and h followed by t, 'C-h t' in lingua
> emacs). After this you'll be on your way to emacs mastery, but remember
> to be patient. For moving files around, you'd like to look at
> 'dired'. Use 'C-h i' to bring up an info buffer and then press 'h' again
> for a tutorial on info, and then use your newly acquired skills to
> navigate to the 'dired' node to learn more about dired. For the 'macro
> capability' you may want to look at the keybindings 'C-x (', 'C-x )' and
> 'C-x e'.
> However, the most efficient way to do what you want to move certain
> files around is arguably to use 'find' in a bash terminal. Just open up
> a terminal, then to copy all files with a .jpg suffix from
> /dir/to/search/ to /dir/to/copy/to/ do:
> ,----
> | find /dir/to/search/ -maxdepth 1 -type f -iregex .*\.jpg$ -exec cp {} /dir/to/copy/to/ \;
compare this to
copy dir\to\search\*.jpg /s dir\to\copy

but realy good brain teasers of this kind are very appealing to me and I 
can see how powerfull it is, I will crack this nut!
Your reply set me even more on the track end provoked a even stronger 
interest in going this way.

> If you want to move the files, change 'cp' to 'mv'.
> If you have photos in subfolders as well that you want to move, just
> increase maxdepth to the desired subfolder level to search.
> Regards,

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