Date: June 5
I had a long cross-country flight today. Sleep wasn’t in the cards and I couldn’t make any code come out of my fingers.
So, on a whim, I poked and prodded at my shell history, eventually arriving at a list of my most frequently used commands:
sort $HISTFILE | uniq -c | sort --reverse
zsh‘s history file, which for me is
~/.history, tallies repeated lines, then sorts the most frequently-used lines towards the top.
Here’s what I got. Below is every command I’ve entered ten times or more since I installed Mac OS about six months ago.
281 s 168 g s 111 r 91 a 66 x 63 make && ./jam-1.0.0 44 g d 38 make && ./cheezus2-1.0.0 36 ls 35 b 28 gulp 27 ./cheezus2-1.0.0 23 u 22 rz 22 make 19 g l 17 coffee 15 g pp 14 x ls 14 ssh gany 13 gulp && jpm -b ~/Applications/Firefox.app/Contents/MacOS/firefox run 13 ez 13 d 11 ./make.js index.jade 10 x testbed 10 grunt serve 10 fg
I’ll explain in detail below, but overall these results tell me that I’m generally keystroke-efficient in the terminal. Four of the top five results are one letter, and something like half of my oft-typed commands are under 5 characters. Bear in mind that even the longish commands here were tab-completed. I make heavy use of alphabeticals to slash the time I spend typing to—subjectively—an insignificant proportion of a given task. So while there’s no shortage of bullshit to hamper my efficiency, I can at least rest assured that typing isn’t contributing. Okay, that’s not entirely true because I use Confluence sometimes, but it’ll be a long time before Atlassian flushes that turd.
281 s: My shorthand for the
lscommand. No surprises here.
168 g s:
git status. Git has its own alias mechanism which, for some reason, I use.
111 r: Builtin
zshism for the previous command. Mostly equivalent to
91 a: When
sisn’t enough. This is
ls -alph, a verbose file listing.
66 x: Once stood for
tmux, now aliased to
ecks.pl. TLDR? List tmux sessions.
63 make && ./jam-1.0.0: I was a bit surprised to see this so high. I spent most of an 18 hour train ride in March iterating on some procgen boilerplate, but unfortunately didn’t accomplish much except learning I despise OpenGL viewports an apparently can’t do algebra anymore.
44 g d:
git diff. Naturally.
38 make && ./cheezus2-1.0.0: Similar iteration on Cheezus II.
36 ls: Apparently, I sometimes fall back into old habits.
35 b: This builds whatever’s in the current directory according to whatever build system it looks like it might be using.
28 gulp: I should just use
bhere, but apparently I don’t trust it enough yet.
23 u: Shorthand for
22 rz: Reloads my
22 make: Nuff said.
19 g l: A colorfuler, denser
git logI stole from @stevelosh.
17 coffee: CoffeeScript’s REPL
15 g pp:
git pull, then
git push. Evidently I only do this a few times a month.
14 x ls: How I listed
tmuxsessions before I made ecks.
14 ssh gany: Shelling into my favoritest server in the whole wide world.
13 gulp && jpm -b ~/Applications/Firefox.app/Contents/MacOS/firefox run: Right after I wiped my laptop and before I had it comfortably tweaked, I worked a lot on a Firefox plugin that I still haven’t released because I’m horrible. Jetpack wasn’t smart enough to detect my
brew cask-provided Firefox.
13 ez: Edit my
13 d: My shorthand for
cd. Given no arguments, this jumps back to $HOME sweet home.
11 ./make.js index.jade: I was too impatient to set up a gulpfile one time.
10 x testbed: One of my younger tmux sessions. I’m surprised this is my most frequently attached.
10 grunt serve: Run the serve task in Grunt. Use your imagination.
10 fg: Pick up a suspended process (usually a
C-Z‘d Vim.) Between Vimux, Dispatch and sessions, I don’t need to use this frequently.
Other interesting notes…I’ve run just under 3000 commands total in
zsh since I formatted my laptop in December. Of those, there are just under 1000 distinct commands, of which a whopping 768—over 75%—are unique, entered once and never again.
That’s about it. My shell history in, er, a nutshell. What’s yours?