Boxes

Linux Candy: Boxes – command line ASCII boxes

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Boxes is a command line program that draws a wide variety of boxes around input text. In essence, it’s a text filter, and works together with a text editor. Most major text editors support filters, including Vim, Emacs, and Jed. It can also be run from the command line as a standalone tool.

Filters are software that read input text from standard input, modify that text, and write the new text to standard output.

Boxes can draw shapes ranging from simple boxes to complex ASCII art.

Installation

You may find a packages for Boxes in your distribution’s repositories. For example, there’s a package for Boxes in the Arch User Repository. But if you need to compile the source code, the steps are very straightforward.

$ git clone https://github.com/ascii-boxes/boxes.git
$ cd boxes
$ make
$ sudo cp doc/boxes.1 /usr/share/man/man1/boxes.1
$ sudo cp boxes-config /etc/boxes-config
$ sudo cp src/boxes /usr/bin/boxes

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Page 2 – In Operation
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Complete list of articles in this series:

Linux Candy
WallGenGenerate HQ poly wallpapers with a few arguments.
ASCIIQuariumEmbrace marine life from the terminal with beautiful ASCII art
ponysaycowsay reimplemention for ponies
cacafireColor ASCII fire
TernimalAnimated lifeform in the terminal
lolcatRainbows and unicorns
CMatrixncurses program that simulates the display from “The Matrix”
nyancatTerminal-based Pop Tart Cat Animation
xcowsayDisplays a cow on your desktop with message
tetrisTile-matching puzzle video game in your terminal
Steam LocomotiveC program written in 295 lines. It's harmless fun
gtiTypo-based curio inspired by Steam Locomotive
onekoAnimal chasing fun
BoxesCommand line ASCII boxes
BuohOnline strips comics reader
pipes.shAnimated pipes terminal screensaver
VarietyWallpaper manager supporting many desktops and wallpaper sources
eDEX-UISci-fi computer terminal emulator and system monitor
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