iTerm 3 Test Builds & Shell Integration

They had me at:

When shell integration is enabled, iTerm2 automatically adds a mark at each command prompt. Marks are indicated visually by a small blue triangle in the left margin.

You can navigate marks with Cmd-Shift-Up and Down-arrow keys.

I started running the test builds of iTerm 3 last week and overall I love it and haven’t had any stability issues that I can recall because of using it (though since I use

most of the time it wouldn’t exactly be a big deal if I did.)

I was a little wary of the idea of shell integration with iTerm 3 but I read about the features this brings and went ahead and started kicking the tires. Automatic profile switching, the ability to right-click a filename on a remote host and

a copy of it locally, not to mention easily paging my way through exiting jobs has been a really useful enhancement to an already great piece of software. It’s funny how something like a terminal window can actually improve over time.

(Don’t sweat the fact that the documentation mentions to

the script down and then pipe it to

for the integration glue; download the script and look it over and you’ll see it figures out you’re using a superior shell like

and correctly appends the appropriate

directive for you upon execution. Obviously you shouldn’t blindly be

ing yourself to failure so you’d be checking that script yourself anyway, right?

In the process of encoding my LaserDiscs of the theatrical releases of the original Star Wars trilogy, I’ve ended up with multiple files for each film. This is because back in my day, there was no BluRay or DVD and a LaserDisc can only accommodate 30-45 minutes each side.

For my co-host and those under the age of 30: Yes, we flipped a movie over periodically to continue watching it. The 1% had their “auto flip” LD players that had a laser that could play both sides without such vulgar measures, but most of us flipped.

In the case of the Holy Trinity, this is really ugly because there are three “sides” for each of the original releases, so you’ll end up with three files that you’ve encoded. Now how to gracefully get them all into one file without using really stupid workarounds?

You’ll need a script (below) and

, which you can build from source or get binaries for at the mencoder download page. Ensure mencoder is in your $PATH, make this script executable, and merge your treasured videos into a single file.