Jesse Laprade

nicethings

A program to cheer people up on shared Unix servers, specifically, tilde.town.

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Disclaimer

This is a hobby project I built for tilde.town.

I take no responsibility for anything that nicethings deletes.

Backup anything you don’t want deleted.

Conventions used in this document

How it works

Each user on the shared Unix server may have a .nicethings file. The .nicethings file may be populated with a list of nice messages created by a user. All users’ .nicethings files are converted to lists. All lists are combined into one list. A random nice message is picked from from this list and is displayed to the user.

How it works in detail

Platforms

Below is a list of platforms that nicethings can run on:

Requirements

The following items must be downloaded and installed before you can use nicethings:

Quick start

This section is for users who are familiar with git, a Unix-like command line environment, or scripting.

  1. Make sure Racket is installed
  2. git clone https://git.m455.casa/m455/nicethings.git
  3. cd nicethings
  4. sudo make install-global
  5. nicethings

Note: To uninstall, run sudo make uninstall-global

Note: You may need to run nicethings ls to see which number corresponds to which item in your list before running nicethings rm <number>

Downloading nicethings

nicethings’s source code exists in a public git repository. This makes accessing the code convenient, because you don’t need to sign in or register for an account to download it.

Downloading nicethings using git

You can use tools such as git to download nicethings’s source code. You will need the source code to install nicethings.

To download nicethings using git
  1. Run git clone https://git.m455.casa/m455/nicethings.git

Note: This will create a nicethings directory in your current directory.

Installing nicethings

You can either install nicethings globally or locally on your system. A global installation allows all users on a machine to use nicethings, while a local installation only allows one user to use nicethings.

See the options below for installing nicethings:

Installing nicethings globally

This option will install nicethings into /usr/local/bin/.

This section assumes you have downloaded nicethings.

To install nicethings globally
  1. Run cd nicethings
  2. Run sudo make install-global

Installing nicethings locally

This option will install nicethings into ~/.local/bin/.

This section assumes you have downloaded nicethings.

To install nicethings locally
  1. Run cd nicethings
  2. Run make install-local

Installing nicethings to a custom directory

If you wish to have nicethings exist elsewhere on your system, you can also build a single-file executable. Building a single-file executable allows you to place the executable in convenient places on your system, such as a directory on your $PATH.

This section assumes you have downloaded nicethings.

To install nicethings to a custom directory

Warning: You will have to manually uninstall custom installations

  1. Run cd nicethings
  2. Run make install-custom location=~/path/to/custom/location

Example: In step 2., you could run make install-custom location=~/bin/

Uninstalling nicethings

Depending on your installation method, you can uninstall a global or local installation of nicethings.

See the options below for uninstalling nicethings:

Uninstalling nicethings globally

This option will remove the nicethings executable from /usr/local/bin/.

This section assumes you have downloaded nicethings.

To uninstall nicethings globally
  1. Run cd nicethings
  2. Run sudo make uninstall-global

Uninstalling nicethings locally

This option will remove the nicethings executable from ~/.local/bin/.

This section assumes you have downloaded nicethings.

To uninstall nicethings locally
  1. Run cd nicethings
  2. Run make uninstall-local

Using nicethings

This section will teach you how to use nicethings’s commands.

This section assumes you have installed nicethings.

Showing the help message

The help message will provide a list of available commands. This is list useful in case you forget the name of a command or how to use a command.

To show the help message
  1. Run nicethings help

Displaying your list

Displaying your list will allow you to view items you have added to your list. You will notice numbers beside the items in your list.

Note: These numbers are useful references for when you want to remove items from your list.

To display your list
  1. Run nicethings ls

Adding an item to your list

Adding an item to your list will save it to a text file to access later.

To add an item to your list
  1. Run nicethings add "this is an example of an item using double quotation marks"

Note: The double quotation marks are optional, but recommended

Removing an item from your list

When removing an item from your list, you can reference the numbers beside each item when Displaying Your List. You can use these numbers when removing an item from your list.

To remove an item from your list
  1. Run nicethings rm 1

Note 1: The “1” in the procedure above will remove the first item in your list.

Note 2: You may need to run nicethings ls first to see which numbers correspond with which item in your list.

List of commands

This section lists and describes nicethings’s commands.

Usage examples

The examples below assume that you have added nicethings to your $PATH.

nicethings help

nicethings ls

nicethings add "this is a nice message"

nicethings rm 1

Note: You may have to run nicethings ls to see which number corresponds to which item in your list.