Get to your ebooks quickly

So this is going to be a little longer post than usual.

To begin with, here is screenshot of how it would look like finally:

We are using “rofi” here to show the menu. So, lets first install that

cat <<EOF >/etc/yum.repos.d/_copr_yaroslav-i3desktop.repo 
name=Copr repo for i3desktop owned by yaroslav

yum install rofi
Once that is done, we will create a small script to look for all our pdf files and display that in the menu, like above. Save this as ~/bin/ :
#!/usr/bin/env bash
# wget ''

# -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
# Info:
#   author:    Miroslav Vidovic
#   file:
#   created:   13.08.2017.-08:06:54
#   revision:  ---
#   version:   1.0
# -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
# Requirements:
#   rofi
# Description:
#   Use rofi to search my books.
# Usage:
# -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
# Script:
# Modified by Amit Agarwal

# Books directory

# Save find result to F_ARRAY
readarray -t F_ARRAY <<< "$(find "$BOOKS_DIR" -type f -name '*.pdf')"

# Associative array for storing books
# key => book name
# value => absolute path to the file
# BOOKS['filename']='path'
declare -A BOOKS

# Add elements to BOOKS array
get_books() {
    for i in "${!F_ARRAY[@]}"
        file=$(basename "${F_ARRAY[$i]}")

# List for rofi
    for i in "${!BOOKS[@]}"
      echo "$i"

main() {
 book=$( (gen_list) | rofi -dmenu -lines 10 -width 100 -i -matching 
fuzzy -only-match -location 0 -fake-transparency -p "Book > " )
  book=$( (gen_list) | rofi -dmenu -i -matching fuzzy -only-match -p "Book > " )
  xdg-open "${BOOKS[$book]}"

exit 0
In the above script, change the BOOKS_DIR to the one that you would like to see. And finally make some cosmetic changes:
cat <<EOF >~/.Xresources 
rofi.color-enabled: true
rofi.opacity:                        50
rofi.width:                          100
rofi.lines:                          10
rofi.columns:                        4
rofi.font:                           System San Francisco Display 8
rofi.color-normal:                   #fdf6e3,#002b36,#eee8d5,#586e75,#eee8d5
rofi.color-urgent:                   #fdf6e3,#dc322f,#eee8d5,#dc322f,#fdf6e3
rofi.color-active:                   #fdf6e3,#268bd2,#eee8d5,#268bd2,#fdf6e3
rofi.color-window:                   #fdf6e3,#002b36
rofi.yoffset:                        0
rofi.xoffset:                        0
rofi.fixed-num-lines:                false
rofi.terminal:                       rofi-sensible-terminal
rofi.ssh-client:                     ssh
rofi.ssh-command:                    {terminal} -e {ssh-client} {host}                    {cmd}                    {terminal} -e {cmd}
rofi.window-command:                 xkill -id {window}
rofi.disable-history:                false
rofi.levenshtein-sort:               false                 false
rofi.cycle:                          true
rofi.sidebar-mode:                   false                    false
rofi.parse-hosts:                    true
rofi.parse-known-hosts:              true
rofi.combi-modi:                     window,run
rofi.fuzzy:                          true
rofi.glob:                           false
rofi.regex:                          false
rofi.tokenize:                       true
rofi.m:                              -1
rofi.line-margin:                    2
rofi.separator-style:                dash
rofi.hide-scrollbar:                 false
rofi.fullscreen:                     false
rofi.fake-transparency:              true
rofi.dpi:                            -1
rofi.threads:                        1
rofi.scrollbar-width:                8
rofi.scroll-method:                  0
rofi.fake-background:                screenshot

xrdb -merge ~/.Xresources
Finally for easy access, you might want to bind a key to lauch the script that we created and voila.

image viewer tools

These are some of the image viewers that I know, pick your choice 🙂

sudo yum install imageinfo.i686 gtkimageview.i686 imagej.noarch gimmage.i686 gpicview.i386 gthumb.i686 immix.i686 mirage.i686 pony.noarch viewnior.i686 fotoxx.i686

ssh – host hopping (with Jump host)

Most of the times I need to jump hosts with ssh. What do I mean by that. Let me try to explain :

Host Hopping

If I need to got to host h3 then I need to first login to h1 and from there to host h2 and finally to host h3. This can be done with .ssh/config file but for that I need to have some program like nc installed on all the hosts in between which might not be practical in all cases. So, here is something that I found very useful.

ssh -tt h1 ssh -tt h2 ssh -tt h3

In the above command, we can add usernames, if needed. And now for the best part, if we add entry for h2 in h1 and h3 in h2 in the .ssh/config file, then we don’t need to add usernames. Similarly setup passwordless ssh from h2 to h3 and h1 to h2 and you don’t need password for any of the hosts, how cool is that 🙂