Given how widespread usage of Linux and MacOS is in 2020, there are lots of newer alternative CLI tools that are reasonable substitutes for historic Unix utilities. In some cases these tools are also cross-platform and have Windows versions.
Starship is a cross platform prompt that changes context based on the content of the folder you are currently in. The prompt can display Java, Python, and git information as well as other data.
Since it is cross platform it also means you don’t have to maintain a
.bashrc file and a Powershell profile separately, you can just use this.
Ripgrep recursively searches directories for a regex pattern, whilst respecting things such as choice of programming language, or the contents of your
cat replacement with syntax highlighting, and line numbers:
Procs is an alternative to the venerable
ps. A nice feature is Docker container information, and the option to specify the process name in the command line rather than piping through
Each of these CLI tools is written in Rust. I don’t have any further comment to make on that at this time!