I’m running test cases from the console a lot lately. Besides missing Eclipse, my productivity has dropped as I’ll task switch to something else while the tests run, and I typically only notice the tests have completed after my other supposedly-parallel task hits an interrupt.
To help with this, I’m using an old
bell script I had laying around. I came across it awhile ago, and it is pretty simple, but I thought it might be worth rehashing the trick for others finding themselves on the command line lately.
It looks like:
#!/bin/sh echo ^G
^G is not two literal characters
G, but a single control character
BEL. How you enter
BEL depends on your editor–in
vim, you do
Ctrl-V Ctrl-G in insert mode.
chmod u+x bell and then just run
bell from the command line, you should hear a “ding” system bell.
Now when running tests, I do:
grails test-app ; bell
Switch away, and then I can come back immediately when I hear the “ding”. The pre-emptive task switch makes me feel more productive anyway.