Cool Geekness, Volume 1: smate
Posted by fusionbox on Nov. 4, 2009, 5 p.m.
Mac programmers out there may not agree on everything, but we tend to follow one principle fairly unanimously: if you're doing any sort of coding, TextMate is your best friend. With apologies to the vi/emacs/nano/etc. crowd, there is simply no way to fully express how amazing this text editor has made our development lives on OS X.
We developers here at Fusionbox spend a lot of time connected to other servers via SSH. For me, text editing via one of the default editors (usually vi) can be frustrating; not only do I lose my favorite TextMate features (syntax checking, code completion, etc.), but I also lose valuable time when that particular editor is configured strangely (when the left arrow key spits out gobbledygook instead of actually moving the cursor left, programming can take a really long time).
What's an enterprising OS X developer to do?
While this script is fairly easy to install, there are a few pitfalls to watch out for. To help out, here's a step-by-step guide on how to get this thing running on *nix-based systems (Windows users, you're on your own):
Copy the script to your system - I usually like to have programs I manually install reside in /usr/local/bin. Also make sure to put the correct permissions on it.
[aaron@localhost ~ ]$ cd /usr/local/bin
[aaron@localhost /usr/local/bin]$ sudo wget http://www.sergeant.org/smate
[aaron@localhost /usr/local/bin]$ sudo chmod a+x smate
The program uses familiar conventions:
[aaron@localhost ~ ]$ smate [user@]host:path/to/file
If you get an error like this - "Can't locate KQueue.pm in @INC" - then you need to install the KQueue CPAN module for Perl. Fortunately, this is a very easy process.
[aaron@localhost ~ ]$ sudo perl -MCPAN -e 'install IO:KQueue'
That should do it - happy editing!
NOTE: smate requires rsync to be running on the remote server you are connecting to. The program will not run if rsync is not installed.