Running Unix commands in real life


This was a fun mental experiment, via nixCraft.

  • sudo(1) or doas(1) are the obvious choices, for overriding bad decisions.

  • scp(1) to globally teleport wherever I want. I’d need to make sure I have access to a remote server, and keep the local server alive so I can upload myself back.

  • zzz(8), for dealing with insomnia. I might want this even more than the first one.

  • stty(1) sane, if my vision gets blurry, or if I need to clean my glasses.

  • ps(1) aux, to see what unhelpful thoughts my subconscious mind is wasting time on, so I can kill(1) them.

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