My choice of tools (on Linux)

This part of my blog is a work in progress. If I discover a new or a better tool that really helps, then I will add it. So check back later again …

Disk tools:

Testdisk

Did you ever delete files you wanted to keep or format the wrong drive. Behold, this tool might come to a rescue. Check it’s website for more details.

What I can say. Not so long ago I made a tiny mistake. I formatted the wrong drive. What used to be my hard disk containing a linux software raid partition, was now a reformatted ext4 partition. Problem was, the second hard disk (of the raid couple) was already reformed and waiting to receive all that nice data from the other raid disk (so not raid backup). Anyway, Testdisk came to a rescue. It easily found my removed linux software raid partition table and restored it. I did not loose a bit of data!

NCurses Disk Usage

This disk usage analyzer tool is awesome. It is so for it’s simplicity, beauty and ease of use. I admit, there is no GUI, but it does work on NCurse… and what else do we want. Best of all: there are no other dependencies, it is small and quick, and can be used on remote servers over ssh (or equivalent). Check it out!

 

System tools

Packer

A nifty wrapper script for pacman on arch-linux (my linux of choice). It just helps a lot in installing packages from AUR, but also from the normal repositories.

 

Media tools

Mp3splt Project

This little tool does only one simple thing, but it does it well! Split your mp3 files! I used it as follows:

mp3splt -a -t 10.0 -o [email protected] -d splitted inputfile.mp3

where: -a = for silence detection -t = to specify an approximated time (per output file) -o = output filename (and I use @n to give it a number) -d = the output folder (I do not want to flood the current one)

 

ffmpeg

This is the army-knife of audio conversion. Take the audio from a video file, convert it, sample the 5.1 audio to create stereo audio. It does it all… easy and well!

ffmpeg -i inputfile.avi outputfile1.ac3
ffmpeg -i outputfile1.ac3 -ac 2 outputfile2.ac3
ffmpeg -i outputfile2.ac3 outputfile1.mp3

see the man-pages for more info.

 

Acidrip

Perfect to put your DVDs on harddisk. It can convert it or copy it (lossless). It comes with a GUI… and it is nice.

 

Mediainfo

Provides codec information from multimedia files. I use it to determine the best conversion settings for ffmpeg.

 

Mencoder

Makes it very easy to merge two avi files together. See this post for the exact commands to use.