MiscTools - Miscellaneous UNIX Utilities

misctools – Miscellaneous UNIX Utilities


The misctools package is a collection of small but useful utilities. Though they are small and trivial, I've found these programs to be indispensable. The utilities are:

basecvt A simple program for converting numeric values from one base to another.
bat A binary dump program; similar to the UNIX od command, but produces output in a much more useful format.
cpmod A program to copy file permissions.
dirstack A curses-based directory browser/selector.
dirtree A program that generates a hierarchical list of filenames for a given directory tree.
djinn A wrapper program that allows a Java program to run as a true UNIX daemon.
ftrunc A program that truncates files to specified lengths.
man2pdf A script that converts manpages into PDF files.
man2ps A script that converts manpages into PostScript files.
pascii A program that reads characters from the keyboard and displays their ASCII codes in various formats.
pfortune A program that prints out random fortunes.
pkgenv A simple shell environment manager for software packages.
psprint A script that formats and prints various types of files to a PostScript printer.
ps2pdf A script that converts PostScript files into PDF files.
ranline A program that reads a line at random from standard input or a file.
stat A program that prints out information about a file.
texi2pdf A script that converts Texinfo files into PDF files.
texi2ps A script that converts Texinfo files into PostScript files.
textlock A password-protection program like xlock for use on text terminals.
watcherd A program that watches the size of a file and invokes another program when the file size increases.
wrap A program that reformats text, wrapping words as necessary, to fit within a specified number of columns.


Documentation is included in the distribution in the form of manpages and PDF files.


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Note that misctools requires the cbase library.

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