tinycmd

Why use tinycmd?

Have you ever been in a situation where you wanted to help a friend or relative install or configure something on their computer over the phone or through Email, but they didn’t have a background in computers?

If you have, then you know that in many cases, it is not easy to guide them through the graphical interface; as you have to imagine another person’s desktop, which can greatly vary on different computers.

In these cases, it is much simpler to just ask the person to open up a terminal window and type a command string. However, will it be easy for the person without experience in computers to type what you say?

If you use phone, it can be hard for them to find the special characters on the keyboard, and they can also put whitespaces in the wrong places of the command string.

On the other hand, when using text, it might be necessary to first explain to them how the clipboard works. How they can copy the command string, and then find the command is not working correctly. (they can, for example, copy everything except the last character of the string).

The solution is to use command string shortening — tinycmd.

You can simply save your command right here. To run it (if tinycmd is installed on the computer), the person just needs to type this into the terminal and press return:

t 2b3

Where t is the tinycmd command and 2b3 is an unique shortcut for the command.

You can also use it for presentations and master classes, or if you need to use a piece of paper to write a manual for someone.

Installation

Before using tinycmd, install it to your computer.

(Installation is required only for running commands. Saving them on this site is available without installation).

The installation is as simple as:

wget http://tinycmd.org/t && chmod 755 t && sudo mv t /usr/local/bin/

Write a command string below, then press the “Save” button to create a shortcut.