|Photo by Kenny Milton Freeland (CC BY-NC-DN 2.0) |
(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Immediately open up a new terminal and start reworking the commands. The goal is to craft a better command that can deliver the results before the original bash window finishes. Lookup man pages and skim as fast as you can to learn what you need. When feeling sadistic toss in pv in the original command so you have a constant clock counting down how much time is left before you lose.
Computers are really fast and so rarely do I win, but when I do win it is a sweet victory. And like all good games it teaches you something and automatically gets harder the more you play (and easier if you forget things). The "Ai" you compete against is constantly getting better and stuff you learn in this game will be incorporated into future initial bash commands.
So the next time you see someone sitting there waiting for their bash command to execute ask them to try playing bash racing.