Tagged: shell scripting

Newline / convert newline shell script

When pasting data to a text file, for use with python and other data editing tools, it may be better to use a code text editor, like BB Edit or Text Wrangler. These apps can save your .txt files with UNIX line returns which is necessary to make some scripts work properly.

Technically the line breaks are invisible, but using the ‘tr’ command, in a UNIX shell, you could display them as any character you like, eg:

In the terminal type:
cat /path/some/file.txt | tr ‘\n’ ‘U’

In the above example, if the input file uses UNIX style line returns, \n ,each line will have a ‘U’ at the end, or nothing if the file is using another type of return.

To change line returns from Mac to Unix in a data file, try the shell script below.



newFile=`basename -s ".txt" $theFile`.UnixLineReturns.txt

theDir=`dirname $theFile`

echo "theFile: $theFile"
echo "newFile: $newFile"
echo "theDir: $theDir"

cat "$theFile" | tr ‘\r’ ‘\n’ > "$theDir/$newFile"

Rsync backup

The scripts, below, allow you to sync directories or drives easily. Great for backups.

Save the scripts to text files with the .sh extension. Make them executable (chmod +x).


#!/bin/sh if [ $# -ne 2 ]; then echo 1>&2 "USAGE: syncDir.sh /source/dir /backup/dir/" exit 127 fi rsync --delete -av "$1" "$2"

Usage, in terminal window: path/to/syncDir.sh /source/dir/ /backup/dir/. It is recommended to set up mySync.sh, second script below, to execute syncDir.sh and supply the arguments for source directory and target backup directory.

Customize the paths to the syncDir.sh script, your source directory and the target backup directory.

~/scripts/syncDir.sh /Volumes/sourceDir/ /Volumes/backupDir

Execute the script in a terminal window (drag and drop and hit enter, or enter the path to the script and hit enter), or set up a cron job to execute this script on a schedule.

Important note!
Seems that sometimes we need to run rsync as superuser, to allow the “–delete” flag to do it’s work deleting or moving files that you have deleted or moved on your source directory. So you can run syncDir.sh as superuser by typing:

sudo ~/scripts/syncDir.sh /Volumes/sourceDir/ /Volumes/backupDir

I recommend testing these scripts thoroughly, with temporary directories and files, before using them on valuable data!

Shell Scripting Notes – Apple Primer

Shell scripting primer from Apple:




You can use regular expressions to search for strings in a file or a block of text by using the grep command. For example, to look for the word “bar” in the file foo.txt, you might do this:

grep "bar" foo.txt # or cat foo.txt | grep "bar"

Positional anchors allow you to specify the position within a line of text where an expression is allowed to match. There are two positional anchors that are regularly used: caret (^) and dollar ($). When placed at the beginning or end of an expression, these match the beginning and end of a line of text, respectively.

For example:

# Expression: /^Mary/ grep "^Mary" < poem.txt

This matches the word “Mary”, but only when it appears at the beginning of a line.

Extracting raw keyframe data from After Effects keyframe data

You can easily “export” keyframe data from After Effects by copying the key frames in the timeline, then pasting them to a text file.

We want to extract raw key frame data, from After Effects formatted key fame data, via shell script, so that it can be used by Maya or other animation apps.

After Effects keyframe data looks like this:

Adobe After Effects 8.0 Keyframe Data Units Per Second 29.97 Source Width 900 Source Height 506 Source Pixel Aspect Ratio 1 Comp Pixel Aspect Ratio 1 Effects Sound Keys #1 Output 1 #22 Frame 1 0.000261479 2 0.00608461 3 0.0153011 4 0.0274689 5 0.0395869 6 0.0493024 7 0.0562797 8 0.0557284

We need something more like this:

0.000261479 0.00608461 0.0153011 0.0274689 0.0395869 0.0493024 0.0562797 0.0557284

Use this shell script to extract the keys: AfterEffectsKeyExtract.sh
Read this for a detailed explanation of the script.
Usage (in the terminal): path/to/AfterEffectsKeyExtract.sh path/to/keyFrameData.txt

Use this shell script to batch process several files:
Usage (in the terminal): path/to/BatchExtract.sh path/to/directory

Also see: http://oliverwolfson.com/importing-keyframe-data-to-maya/

Here is a primer on shell scripting. You can run a shell script on a Mac or in Linux, through the Terminal, or on a PC with a app like Cygwin.

UPDATE! The NEW! The python script, linked here, will do the same, import After Effects Sound Keys keyframes, from .txt files, to Maya, but it will also take care of the formatting, so there is no need to run the shell script on your After Effects keyframes before importing. Look for the NEW! script.