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The beu package is intended to be an easy way to explore several complementary Python packages.

  • There is a script to help you get all the system requirements installed

  • The beu module auto-imports several relevant modules as their preferred 2-character (or 3-character) shortcuts for quick interaction

  • The beu-ipython command is a shortcut to start an ipython session with the beu module imported before you see the shell prompt

  • The commands provided by the other packages are all installed to the same place

  • All the advanced features of the packages are made available (since some packages will do more when certain other packages can be imported)

See the following docs:


Install system requirements and install beu package to ~/.beu (Debian-based distros and Mac). Also modify one of ~/.zshrc, ~/.bashrc, or ~/.bash_profile.

% curl -o- | bash

Source the file

% source ~/.beu/

Mac Note

VLC related things (vlc-helper package, system dbus, etc) are not installed since VLC cannot be controlled with dbus on mac

Linux Cloud Note

VLC related things (vlc-helper package, system dbus, etc) and MOC related things (mocp & mocp-cli packages, system moc) are not installed since you can’t watch videos or listen to audio.


The beu-ipython script is provided (with the b shortcut set in ~/.beu/

% b --help
Usage: beu-ipython [OPTIONS]

  Start ipython with `beu` and `pprint` imported

  --no-vi      Do not use vi editing mode
  --no-colors  Do not use colors / syntax highlighting
  --help       Show this message and exit.
% b
Python 3.6.8 (default, Jan 14 2019, 17:05:23)
Type "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.

IPython 7.6.0 -- An enhanced Interactive Python. Type '?' for help.

In [1]: beu.ih
Out[1]: <module 'input_helper' from '/tmp/stuff/venv/lib/python3.6/site-packages/input_helper/'>

In [2]:
Out[2]: <module 'bg_helper' from '/tmp/stuff/venv/lib/python3.6/site-packages/bg_helper/'>

In [3]: beu.rh
Out[3]: <module 'redis_helper' from '/tmp/stuff/venv/lib/python3.6/site-packages/redis_helper/'>

In [4]: beu.chloop
Out[4]: <module 'chloop' from '/tmp/stuff/venv/lib/python3.6/site-packages/chloop/'>

In [5]:
Out[5]: <module 'parse_helper' from '/tmp/stuff/venv/lib/python3.6/site-packages/parse_helper/'>

In [6]: beu.yh
Out[6]: <module 'yt_helper' from '/tmp/stuff/venv/lib/python3.6/site-packages/yt_helper/'>

In [7]: beu.fh
Out[7]: <module 'fs_helper' from '/tmp/stuff/venv/lib/python3.6/site-packages/fs_helper/'>

In [8]: beu.dh
Out[8]: <module 'dt_helper' from '/tmp/stuff/venv/lib/python3.6/site-packages/dt_helper/'>

In [9]:
Out[9]: <module 'settings_helper' from '/tmp/stuff/venv/lib/python3.6/site-packages/settings_helper/'>

In [10]: beu.ah
Out[10]: <module 'aws_info_helper' from '/tmp/stuff/venv/lib/python3.6/site-packages/aws_info_helper/'>

In [11]: beu.jh
Out[11]: <module 'jira_helper' from '/tmp/stuff/venv/lib/python3.6//site-packages/jira_helper/'>

In [12]: beu.ewm
Out[12]: <module 'easy_workflow_manager' from '/tmp/stuff/venv/lib/python3.6/site-packages/easy_workflow_manager/'>

In [13]:
Out[13]: <module 'mongo_helper' from '/tmp/stuff/venv/lib/python3.6/site-packages/mongo_helper/'>

In [14]: beu.sqh
Out[14]: <module 'sql_helper' from '/tmp/stuff/venv/lib/python3.6/site-packages/sql_helper/'>

In [15]: beu.moc
Out[15]: <module 'moc' from '/tmp/stuff/venv/lib/python3.6/site-packages/moc/'>

In [16]: beu.mocp_cli
Out[16]: <module 'mocp_cli' from '/tmp/stuff/venv/lib/python3.6/site-packages/mocp_cli/'>

In [17]: beu.vh
Out[17]: <module 'vlc_helper' from '/tmp/stuff/venv/lib/python3.6/site-packages/vlc_helper/'>

In [18]: beu.wh
Out[18]: <module 'webclient_helper' from '/tmp/stuff/venv/lib/python3.6/site-packages/webclient_helper/'>

In [19]:
Out[19]: <module 'testing_helper' from '/tmp/stuff/venv/lib/python3.6/site-packages/testing_helper/'>

In [20]: beu.rmh
Out[20]: <module 'readme_helper' from '/tmp/stuff/venv/lib/python3.6/site-packages/readme_helper/'>


Use beu-update to get the latest changes

% beu-update


You should be able to pass the --help option to any of the command/shortcuts listed below for more info.

  • Use m (mocplayer) to start the REPL to control audio playback and making annotations

  • Use rh-shell to explore Collection objects

Note: see the file to see all defined shortcuts.

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