[ubuntu-studio-users] Tunning music files in batch?

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net
Tue Nov 19 17:42:20 UTC 2013

On Tue, 2013-11-19 at 08:49 -0800, leo wrote:
> Many times I read threads, like this one, and others regarding
> discussions on various other programs.
> I've been using Ubuntu a bit over a year now and many times I feel
> daunted by suggestions using command lines.
> I'm a GUI type of guy.
> Where would be an appropriate place in the Ubuntu world for me to
> vent....or solicit my desire to learn how and when to use command
> lines, rather than GUI's ?

For the record: The original poster wants to write a "batch" file. Linux
doesn't know batch files, but they are something similar as shell
scripts. Most common is to use the slow, but more comprehensive bash or
the faster, but less comprehensive dash on Linux, other shells are
unusual for averaged usage. /bin/sh usually is a link to bash or dash
and it's a little bit tricky to write scripts that run with bash and
dash. An analogy for a shell script is a play list. A play list for
commands, operations. IOW the command line is useful when there is no
program available for doing some jobs in a wanted order. There's no need
to have special skills, it's easy to write simple shell scripts, they
might work less effective when written without knowledge, but they'll
work. Some dinos are used to the C64 where the BASIC interpreter did run
the BASIC programs without compiling and the full screen editor was the
"desktop". For other dino's computers it's similar, e.g. DR DOS (batch
files), QL.

You don't need the command line.

Another advantage when using Linux by command line, but than IMO using a
another distro, is customization, optimization of Linux installs. Ubuntu
is nice, ready to go, but it's reputation among experienced Linux users
for good reasons usually is bad, very bad, very, very bad.

Now to your request: Using the command line is more effective, if you
build your Linux install in another style, than the pre-build Ubuntu.
Ubuntu is a GUI based distro with it's advantages and drawbacks.

You could ask what ever you want on this list, but IMO you should
install another Linux, multi-boot or as guest in VirtualBox on your
Ubuntu and then use a forum for this distro.

I recommend to start with a minimal (not regular) Debian install or with
a regular Arch Linux install. The Debian community is huge and you can
ask what ever you want on the mailing lists. Arch IMO is the better
choice, but the official lists don't allow newbie questions, especially
not basics about shell scripts.

However, it can't harm to start with installing VirtualBox to your
Ubuntu Studio and then test distros, such as Arch Linux (the forums are
ok for newbies too, just the mailing lists are not for novices), others
like Gentoo.


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