In this review I will go over the good and bad aspects of VPS.net that I have experienced. Also I will cover what is coming in the future and what I would like to see in the future as well. Finally I will give a bit of a summary of my thoughts after a year.
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A really quick post this time to just take note of the strings tool which is part of the Binutils collection of binary tools
The strings tool allows you to print all printable characters in a given file or files. This can be very useful for a number of different tasks from extracting metadata from a file to retrieving a certain level of information from unknown executables such as what URLs it has contained within it.
In this post I would just like to point out the two most useful commands I have found while using eix.
First of all the format argument is one of the most powerful features of eix. I have found it to be very useful when using the available versions parameter. Which allows you to see all the available versions of a particular program, available on the portage tree.
Here is an example of using it to find all the avaliable versions of nmap within the portage tree
eix --format '<availableversions:NAMEVERSION>' -e nmap
Which will give you an output like
net-analyzer/nmap-4.76 net-analyzer/nmap-4.85_beta9 net-analyzer/nmap-4.90_rc1 net-analyzer/nmap-5.00 net-analyzer/nmap-5.00-r2 net-analyzer/nmap-5.10_beta1 net-analyzer/nmap-5.20 net-analyzer/nmap-5.21
Then if you wanted to install say version 5.20 of nmap you can just do
Another really useful command is multi installed which as is implied allows you to find all packages that have multiple versions installed.
The command with it arguments for this is
Since the output from this is quite big on my system I will give a different command and its output for example. This command does the same as mentioned above but is limited by category of ‘dev-lang’ and also used verbose output to make it a bit clearer.
The resulting command is
eix -C dev-lang -v -i
Which reveals that I have quite a few versions of python installed
Those are the quick two commands I wanted to point out for now. I highly recommend checking out eix as it makes a really good alternative to qsearch. When using eix checking out the manual is an absolute must as its over 50 pages long and gives you a true idea of the ammount of functionality avaliable.