Entries tagged commandline

PHP Commandline Notification

Posted on 3. Januar 2018 Comments

When you run long (PHP) jobs it’s easy to forget about the terminal. That’s why I’ve created a small PHP package that will make a little sound. Because PHP itself doesn’t have this functionality anymore it’s possible to just echo the ASCII sign for BEL. Simply put this at the end of your PHP job:

use repat\CommandlineBell;
// flashes screen if possible, otherwise just bell()
// makes a beep sound

Under the hood it’s really just:
echo "0x07";

A good (non-PHP) alternative I found is brb by Viktor Fröberg, just run commands like this

php artisan migrate --seed ; brb

Of course it’s always possible to just run a TTS app on the commandline via exec() like this:

exec("say terminal task done");

Or you could do it similar to brb:

php artisan migrate --seed ; say seeding done

Source on GitHub

Screenshots don’t show up on the desktop anymore on MacOS

Posted on 19. Januar 2017 Comments

This is a bug in finder, the files are being stored and will show up in the console with the ls command. However, to see them in finder, click on the Apple symbol on the top left corner, select Force Quit and then Finder. It probably would also help to just reboot.


MySQL Workbench Error: line contains NULL byte

Posted on 21. April 2016 Comments

When importing CSV (or other) files into the database, scripts (especially PHP or C-related languages), will stop if there is – for whatever reason – a NULL byte in your file because it signals end of file/string, see Null bytes related issues.

So when importing a file like that with MySQL Workbench you will get this error:

line contains NULL byte

You can solve this by using the commandline tool tr (from coreutils):

tr < file-with-nulls -d '\000' > file-without-nulls

To check if there are any null bytes in your file, use the python IDE and type in:


Thanks to Pointy from Stackoverflow