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How to create desktop notifications and reminders from Linux terminal

Sometimes it’s useful to get visual feedback from a script. For example when script or cron job completes. Or when long-running build fails. Or when there is urgent problem during script execution. Desktop applications can do this with popup notifications. But it can be done from script too! You can use script commands to send yourself desktop notifications and reminders.

How to quickly view applications' memory use with smem

It’s not always easy to determine memory use by applications. Statistics shown by utilities such as top can be quite difficult to understand. I’d love to see a single number: how much RAM did a process take. It’s even more difficult with web browsers or Electron applications which can run many separate processes. Luckily there is smem!