Quick beets import tip

Starting with beets to manage and organise your music library? Read the ‘getting started‘ guide? An additional quick tip:

Import your first few albums individually using

beet import -t $album_directory

The -t flag is for timid(ly).

Why? If you’re like me, you might not be in 100% agreement with how MusicBrainz represents the match metadata; and -t will ask for confirmation which you can either accept ([Enter] or A) or reject (U for ‘Use as-is’).

If the first few matches are fine, you can drop the flag; if not, you can figure out how to finesse it to import files to your liking via beets‘s excellent plugins.

Scrollback / Terminal History in screen or byobu

This is another case of “should have read the manual”, but there are ways to see previous output in both screen and byobu.

In screen: ctrl + a + [
In byobu: F7

These key combinations cause screen/byobu to enter copy mode, where you can navigate using vi keys, can set marks for copying using return and the like.

This should have been blindingly obvious, but I guess years ago I got used to using screen without scrollback. There more you know… the more it seems that you don’t know anything at all.