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jsjupiter Update copyright year Mar 13, 2013
kobo Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
mailtests Test files for testing viewmailattachments, viewhtmlmail Sep 18, 2015
mapping Plot election results, blue-red-purple Jan 14, 2017
motioncam Add a trivial (but helpful) debug print Jan 9, 2015
puzzles A couple of trivial scripts to solve CarTalk puzzlers Oct 8, 2016
pycamera Print date and time on each (verbose) iteration. May 24, 2014
rpi Remove a misleading comment Dec 24, 2014
weather Accept -d argument for debugging Nov 26, 2013
.gitignore Ignore directories named data, for testing data analysis scripts Feb 6, 2017
COPYING Add GPLv2 COPYING file Jun 25, 2013
README Domaincheck (for expiration date) using python-whois Feb 18, 2017
analemma.py Show equinoxes and all special dates graphically Dec 29, 2016
androidfiles.py Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
animate.js Simple Javascript image animations Sep 29, 2015
aptver Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
balanceparens.py Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
bdump Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
birdcodes-usgs.py New set of bird codes, from a different source. Sep 11, 2015
birdcodes.py Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
calendarparse.py Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
cellaut.py Merge branch 'master' of github.com:akkana/scripts May 1, 2013
chatsounds.py Silence #python by default, so much traffic Dec 6, 2016
check-monitors check-monitors Feb 9, 2017
colormatch.php Add colormatch PHP script Feb 26, 2015
conjunctions.py Add an sql output format. Use ISO for times in the database, Feb 2, 2017
countsyl Convert to python 2/3; print ranges more nicely Jan 16, 2017
courseratext Be smarter about adding paragraph breaks: Jul 16, 2013
decodemail.py Rearrange the code logic. How did that ever work? Feb 29, 2016
delaytest.cgi Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
diff2rss Diff two files and output RSS of the differences. A possible solution… Sep 21, 2015
diffiles.py Find files that differ between two directories -- Mar 22, 2013
doc2html Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
docx2html Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
domaincheck.py Sort domains in order of expiration Feb 19, 2017
eggtimer Add a collection of old scripts I hadn't gotten around to adding Dec 30, 2012
epubtag.py Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
falls_between.py Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
fincompare.py Exit on Ctrl-Q Jan 28, 2017
fixbookcover Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
fontasia Store categories in ~/.config/fontasia/fontasia.conf instead of .font… Jan 2, 2017
fotogr Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
gimageview.py Somewhat minimal (but still hugeexample of a gtk image viewer Apr 19, 2014
gphoto.py Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
htmlmail.py Handle nonascii characters (assume UTF-8) in both body and headers Dec 11, 2016
imageviewer.py Temporarily remove the subtraction from allocation that we were using… Nov 14, 2015
langgrep Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
linkedinify Fix broken LinkedIn URLs Sep 10, 2014
louder Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
masq Switch to using 192.168.2 for compatibility with the PiDoorbell tutorial Apr 8, 2014
moonpos Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
mouseevent.py Read mouse events, even if not in X. Linux only. Dec 2, 2013
musicplayer.py Improve skipping Jun 13, 2015
noblank Disable screen blanking Jun 24, 2014
pathmatch Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
play_chord.py Trivial change in a comment Oct 8, 2016
podcopy Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
preso Contrain the window size, so it won't change size even if the browser… Nov 14, 2016
pyclip Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
pykey Add a collection of old scripts I hadn't gotten around to adding Dec 30, 2012
pyplay.py Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
pyruler Add a collection of old scripts I hadn't gotten around to adding Dec 30, 2012
pysync Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
python-cheatsheet.py Add hasattr __getitem__ for finding list-like objects Feb 19, 2017
qhtmlprint Reorder some lines and add an attempt to crop now that QPrinter no lo… Jan 17, 2016
quickbrowse Quit only on ctrl-q, not q without ctrl Sep 3, 2016
randombg Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
randomline Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
readkey.py Read input without waiting for newlines Dec 30, 2012
repo-pullpush Rename repo-pullpush and add a README entry for it Apr 5, 2016
serio Braindead simple serial communication program in Python May 20, 2013
shorturl Don't need urlparse any more Jun 5, 2015
shorturl-gi3 Port shorturl to py3/gtk3/GI, as an example of how to Jan 17, 2017
sieve.py Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
sinkto Add a de-personalized version of the sinkto script Jul 26, 2015
sonogram.py Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
speedtestserver Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
termcolors Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
termsize Use os.get_terminal_size() if it exists (python3). Feb 6, 2017
turtlefrac.py Add quit on q key Nov 5, 2016
tweet Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
urldownloader.py Add a separator between filename and cgi args Feb 3, 2016
vcalparse Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
viewhtmlmail Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
viewmailattachments Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
vol Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
waymaker Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
weborphans Add some common filenames that aren't really orphans Jun 5, 2015
wikitable.py Remove my test URL May 14, 2016
wordview Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
xbright Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017
xlsrd Convert scripts to be compatible with Python 3. Jan 16, 2017

README

A collection of useful scripts and snippets, in various languges.

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Subdirectories:
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jsjupiter:
    My Jupiter's Moons Javascript web app: show the Galilean moons and
    their shadows, and predict transits, shadow transits and eclipses.

kobo:
    Module of utilities useful with Kobo ebook readers.

mapping:
    Scripts related to mapping / GIS.

mapping/election2016:
    Map blue-red-purple US presidential election results by county.

mailtests:
    Messages with attachments for testing viewmailattachments.

motioncam:
    An automated motion-sensitive camera driver, for Raspberry Pi or
    other machines. Requires pycamera module.

pycamera:
    A wrapper that can drive a Pi camera module, a USB webcam or an
    external gphoto2-compatible camera using similar APIs.

rpi:
    Scripts for the Raspberry Pi. Mostly wrappers to talk to sensors.

weather:
    Some attempts at accessing various weather APIs and plotting
    statistics.

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Scripts in this directory:
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analemma.py:
    Plot the analemma from the selected location, using PyEphem and PyGTK.

androidfiles.py:
    A tiny Python module to make it easier to list files on an
    Android device using adb, and copy individual files to the device.
    Used by podcopy.

animate.js:
    Simple code for animating a series of images in javascript.

aptver:
    Search for Debian packages, installed or uninstalled, matching
    a pattern, and print out versions and descriptions.

balanceparens.py:
    A very simple parenthesis (and brace and bracket) counter.
    Why isn't there a better one already on Linux?

birdcodes.py:
    Give common name for those obscure 4-letter bird codes.

bdump:
    Ascii/hex/decimal dumps of any file. Like od but much more readable.

chatsounds.py:
    An xchat Python script to handle nick (and other special-case) sounds.
    Also a rare example of an xchat Python script.

cellaut.py:
    Simple cellular automata simulation in Python. Slow.

check-monitors
    A trivial shell script to probe for connected monitors and
    use xrandr to activate the right one.

colormatch.php:
    Find the nearest matching color name. http://shallowsky.com/colormatch/

conjunctions.py:
    Predict planetary visibility and conjunctions for a specified
    date range.

countsyl:
    Count likely syllables in words, giving best guess and likely max.

decodemail.py:
    Decode email lines encoded in RFC 2047 format, printing only lines
    that match a specific header (Subject:, From:, etc.).

delaytest.cgi:
    A CGI script in Python that spits out some text slowly, with delays.
    Use it on your webserver (or localhost) to test things like parallel
    downloads to make sure they work with slow servers.

domaincheck.py:
    Check for expiring domains, using python-whois.

diff2rss:
    Diff two files and output RSS of the differences.
    A possible (though poor) solution for web pages that don't offer RSS feeds.

diffiles.py:
    Find files that differ between two directories -- even if
    they've been moved to different places in the directory structure.

doc2html:
    Run wvHtml on a .doc file, but then use BeautifulSoup to clean
    up at least some of the mess wvHtml makes.

docx2html:
    Run mammoth on a .docx file to convert to HTML, then prettyprint
    it with BeautifulSoup.

eggtimer:
    Pop up a reminder window in a specified number of minutes.

epubtag.py:
    Display author, title and tag information for ebooks in epub format;
    or add or modify an ebook's topic tags, title or cover.
    Can be imported as a module (there are examples in the kobo/ directory
    and in fixbookcover).

falls_between.py:
    given a day of the week ("tue") or a day of the month (15),
    did it occur between two given dates?

fincompare.py:
    Download financial data from Yahoo finance and plot lots of
    different funds on the same scale.
    Can also take data from a local spreadsheet or other source.

fixbookcover:
    Fix books whose cover doesn't include the title, like many
    Project Gutenberg books.

fontasia:
    A Linux font chooser and categorizer.
    Also works as a GIMP plug-in font chooser.

fotogr:
    Find tagged photos: search for strings in files named Keyword or Tags
    beneath the current directory.

htmlmail.py:
    Compose and send HTML mail, including image attachments.

imageviewer.py:
    A generic image viewer widget and image viewer window that can
    be imported into other python programs.

langgrep:
    Search (grep) for patterns only within scripts written in a
    specified language (e.g. in all python scripts).

louder:
    Increase alsa system volume by a small increment. Symlink it to
    another name like "quieter" and it will decrease instead.
    Bind those to volume increase/decrease keys on your laptop.
    and set it as the system wallpaper.

masq:
    Set up IP masquerading to talk to another computer, such as a
    Raspberry Pi, over eth0 while using wlan0 for the internet.

moonpos:
    Predict when the moon (or another body) will be at a specified
    altitude and azimuth during a specified time window

mouseevent.py:
    Read mouse events from /dev/input even if not running X,
    using the python evdev module. Linux only.

musicplayer.py:
    A little toy music player in Python, illustrating how to play audio.
    Actually more than a toy now -- I use it as my main music player.

noblank:
    Turn off screen blanking. Run this when you're giving a presentation.
    Linux-specific.

nokeywords:
    Find directories beneath the present one that don't contain a
    Keywords or Tags file -- i.e. image directories that need to be tagged
    with metapho.

pathmatch:
    Search your executable path to find programs matching a string.
    Like str<tab> except you can match patterns anywhere in the
    string, not just at the beginning.

pisoothe:
    Play sound samples (e.g. soothing white or pink noise samples)
    in a loop, reacting to key events for volume control or to skip
    to the next sample.

play_chord.py:
    Example of how to generate and play chords using Python and NumPy.

podcopy:
    Copy podcasts (fetched with podget) to a mounted mp3 player or directory,
    or to an Android device via adb.
    Remove characters in filenames that would cause problems on vfat
    filesystems, and ensure filenames are unique and files aren't dups.

preso:
    A lightweight presentation program for displaying HTML slides.

pyclip:
    Read the X clipboard.

pykey:
    Simulate keypresses under X. A simpler, Python version of
    Crikey http://shallowsky.com/software/crikey/

pyplay.py:
    A class to play sounds asynchronously by calling aplay (or an app
    of your choice). Don't repeat a sound that's already playing.
    Used in the xchat script chatsounds.py.

pyruler:
    An X pixel ruler. Useful for measuring things like icon sizes.

pysync:
    Call rsync, but check first what would be changed, and save the
    password between the two calls.

python-cheatsheet.py:
    Cheatsheet and syntax reminders for useful Python features.

randombg:
    Choose a random background (wallpaper) from a directory named based on
    current X resolution. So you can have different sets of backgrounds
    sized for laptop screen, external monitor etc.

randomline:
    Print a random line from a file. Useful for things like choosing
    a random wallpaper or random system beep tone.

readkey.py:
    Read a key press from the keyboard without waiting for a newline.
    For CLI programs: doesn't need X, tkintr, pygame or similar libs.

repo-pullpush:
    Modify a git repository, taking the existing URL, making that
    the pushurl and adding a passwordless pull URL alongside it.

serio:
    A proof-of-concept serial terminal app in Python.
    Don't take this seriously; it's not meant as a real app (yet?)

shorturl:
    Use a URL shortening service to get a shorter URL.
    Can take input from the current X selection, and automatically
    select its output for pasting into a browser or Twitter window.

shorturl-gi3:
    shorturl ported to python3, GTK3 and GObject introspection (GI).
    Most useful as an example of how to use GI-GTK3.

sieve.py:
    Visualization of the Sieve of Eratosthenes, using Python curses.
    (Not very useful, but makes a good curses example.)

sinkto:
    Synchronize files in a list between two machines.
    Good for syncing updated scripts, dot files, documents,
    email folders etc. to a laptop when preparing for or returning
    from a trip, or just for keeping several machines in sync.

speedtestserver:
    A mini http server that can introduce delays or other glitches
    that are useful for testing http download clients.
    Unfortunately, it's only single-threaded which makes it
    not very useful except as an illustration of how to make
    a mini server in Python. Use delaytest.cgi for actual testing.

termcolors:
    Display ANSI colors for the current terminal.

termsize:
    Set stty size to the size of the current terminal window
    (e.g. when logged in to an embedded Posix device over a serial line).

turtlefrac.py:
    Draw fractals (specifically a Sierpinski triangle)
    as an example of how to use Python turtle graphics.

tweet:
    Play birdsong from a specific bird. Requires ripped tracks from a
    bird song CD: for example, the Stokes, Cornell or Peterson collections.

qhtmlprint:
    Convert a set of HTML slides (e.g. in navigate.js) into PDF.
    For turning an HTML presentation into a PDF slide deck.

quickbrowse:
    A very minimal browser in pygtk. If you don't pass an argument but
    there's anything in the X selection when you run it, it will
    browse to that URL first. I use it to check URLs that don't
    work in my regular Firefox profile, either because of noscript/cookie
    issues or because of Firefox compatibility issues.

urldownloader.py:
    Maintain a queue of URLs to download asynchronously to local files.

vcalparse:
    Parse and print an icalendar/vcalendar/ICS file using python-vobject.

viewhtmlmail:
     Take an mbox HTML message (e.g. from mutt), split it using munpack,
     and rewrite it so it can be viewed in an external browser.

viewmailattachments:
     Show all attachments to an HTML message in a Firefox window,
     first running them through unoconv or other conversion programs
     as needed to convert MS Office formats to HTML or PDF.

vol:
    A simple python-gtk volume slider. Much simpler and smaller than
    alsamixergui.

waymaker:
    Take a file and of descriptions, multi-line and separated by blank lines,
    and turn it into a collection of GPX waypoints suitable for import into
    any mapping program (e.g. Osmand or PyTopo).

weather/cwop.py:
    Download and parse readings from Citizen Weather Observation Program
    stations.

weather/noaatemps.py:
    Display and plot weather means for a set of stations,
    by downloading NOAA data files.

weather/weatherwin:
    Display a window showing temperature and today's forecast
    for several cities at once.

weborphans:
    Check a web site (perhaps localhost) against a local mirror,
    checking for broken links and orphaned files.

wikitable.py:
    Parse a data table from a wikipedia page, outputting CSV.

wordview:
    Convert a doc or docx file to html, and call a new firefox window on it.
    Predecessor to (and simpler than) viewmailattachments.

xbright:
    Adjust brightness of an X11 display up or down using xrandr.

xlsrd:
    Display an .xls spreadsheet as a formatted ASCII table, using
    the xlrd package to parse the spreadsheet.