Tag Archives: bash

Continuous file ranges with bash

After the downtime and later recovery, DAS is finally back with a changed business model. Previous subscribers like me have access to content until some deadline, after which seasons must be purchased.

Having learned quite a bit from grb’s excellent screencasts, I wanted to archive them so that I could revisit and even discover anything I’d missed. I already had some of the files downloaded so I wanted to download only the ones that were missing.

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Working around problems with xargs

Having access to sites that provide books as pdf per chapter, I often just want to download all of the pdf files and concatenate them with pdftk. All the sites I’ve come across have had rather obscure naming strategies for the pdf files; you cannot just pdftk *.pdf concat output ready.pdf.

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