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Linux Candy is a series of articles covering interesting eye candy software. We only feature open-source software in this series.
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.
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
$ 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
Complete list of articles in this series:
|WallGen||Generate HQ poly wallpapers with a few arguments.|
|ASCIIQuarium||Embrace marine life from the terminal with beautiful ASCII art|
|ponysay||cowsay reimplemention for ponies|
|cacafire||Color ASCII fire|
|Ternimal||Animated lifeform in the terminal|
|lolcat||Rainbows and unicorns|
|CMatrix||ncurses program that simulates the display from “The Matrix”|
|nyancat||Terminal-based Pop Tart Cat Animation|
|xcowsay||Displays a cow on your desktop with message|
|tetris||Tile-matching puzzle video game in your terminal|
|Steam Locomotive||C program written in 295 lines. It's harmless fun|
|gti||Typo-based curio inspired by Steam Locomotive|
|oneko||Animal chasing fun|
|Boxes||Command line ASCII boxes|
|Buoh||Online strips comics reader|
|pipes.sh||Animated pipes terminal screensaver|
|Variety||Wallpaper manager supporting many desktops and wallpaper sources|
|eDEX-UI||Sci-fi computer terminal emulator and system monitor|