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Make the Sound Good when using PulseAudio in Linux

Linux uses PulseAudio, which has a poor default configuration, resulting in bad sound.

With some tinkering with the PulseAudio file, reading a lot of websites about the settings, I was able to get PulseAudio to have sound that’s subjectively as good as BSD, Mac, etc. By default, PulseAudio uses a resampler called “speex-float-1” which is horrendous. The reason this is chosen is to maintain compatibility on very small and bad sound cards. This shall be reconfigured to either “speex-float-10” or “soxr-vhq” for best quality. Some other changes also improve the sound.

Make the Sound Good (Reddit | r/linuxmint)
Also see: PulseAudio (Linux Reviews)

Ramdisks: Why You Might Enjoy One, Plus a Performance Puzzler

A ramdisk – or if you prefer, RAMdisk – is a method of taking a section of memory and treating it as disk.  If you think about it for a moment, the pros/cons should be obvious: RAM is much faster than even the fastest disk, so operations on the ramdisk are much faster…

Source: Ramdisks: Why You Might Enjoy One, Plus a Performance Puzzler – LowEndBox

How to use the scp Command in Linux

SCP is short for secure copy protocol and is used to copy files and directories between multiple Linux machines over a network. The data transferred using SCP is encrypted to protect your data against nefarious agents.

The SCP command uses SSH for data transfer and thus uses all the same usernames and passwords you would use for SSH. As a result, it is an extremely useful command for transferring files securely without too much added complexity.

Source: How to use the scp Command in Linux – Pi My Life Up

Here Today, Gone When You Exit: Proper Tempfiles in Shell Scripts

In the course of my career, I’ve periodically come across code like this in shell scripts:

TEMP_FILE=/tmp/tempfile

Or sometimes, slightly more elegantly:

TEMPFILE=/tmp/tempfile.$$

The problems with the first example are obvious, especially if it appears in many different scripts. The second is better. The “$$” means “my process ID”, who if whatever script had a process ID of 5309, the TEMPFILE variable would be set to /tmp/tempfile.5309. This makes collisions between scripts extremely unlikely, but is still suboptimal. What if there is a file called /tmp/tempfile.5309 and it’s owned by another user, or what if you don’t have permission to write to /tmp? It’d be better to find out immediately than many lines later when you try to write something. …

Source: Here Today, Gone When You Exit: Proper Tempfiles in Shell Scripts – LowEndBox

How to use the cp Command

The cp command is ideal for copying files and directories on a Linux or Unix distribution. You will likely not need to use additional options for most tasks as the basic command will achieve most requirements.

This tutorial will take you through several use cases for using cp on a Linux distribution. For example, we cover copying single files, copying multiple files and directories, setting backups, copying recursively, and much more.

Source: How to use the cp Command – Pi My Life Up

5 Modern Bash Scripting Techniques That Only A Few Programmers Know

The following concepts modernize your automation scripts with some lesser-known modern Bash scripting techniques.

Source: 5 Modern Bash Scripting Techniques That Only A Few Programmers Know | Level Up Coding

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