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What the heck is this set of "Bash Shell Scripts" ...
Being fairly new to programming for Linux - I am constantly amazed at what a simple BASH script can do.
So.. what is a BASH script? Normally, scripts are interactive. It means they accept command from you (via keyboard) and execute them. But if you use command one by one (sequence of 'n' number of commands) , then you can store this sequence of command to text file and tell the shell to execute this text file instead of entering the commands. This is known as a shell script. Shell script defined as: "Shell Script is a series of commands written in plain text file".
Shell scripting advantages...
Here's a simple Bash Script that I'm putting out there for beta testing - since it involves the use of a web cam (that there are so many different models of) - just cuz it works well on my dev system doesn't mean very much;-) I'm not done with adding features to this script so for now it is very basic and simple.
Web Cam Spy
Place this very simple set of Bash scripts anywhere on your Linux system (i.e home, desktop, etc...)
Double click to activate (make sure the "make executable" property is set to positive) - select to "run". Of course you can also activate via the terminal ;-)
There are 4 different Bash Scripts in this zipped folder:
WCS.sh - This script will hopefully (if working correctly) take a web cam snap shot every 3 minutes and save in a hidden directory (see below for more detailed info...) It can be used to monitor a room/ space, monitor gauge activity of boilers or any other appliance or machinery, monitor any space, or thing, that the web cam can be pointed at, etc...
WCS_Stop.sh - this script will stop the WCS script
WCS_Viewer.sh - this script can be used to preview the smapshots
WCS_MakeVideo.sh - this will create a video of the snapshots
Things you need to know:
Install and compatibility info:
This (the file you download) is a "zip" file - merely unzip it to get the WCS.sh BASH script file.
You'll need to have "fswebcam" installed. You can install using the `apt-get install fswebcam' command in the Terminal.
If you are one that's beta testing the script:
Things/ features I'm considering adding before public release: may release more or less "as is" but have a "PRO" version that impliments the following added features...
A BIG THANKS TO ANYONE THAT TAKES THE TIME TO BETA TEST - YOUR EFFORTS ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED! If you give me permission - I'l put your name on the about screen as a contributor.
Hack'n the Linux - mikeB
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