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Terminal - Commands tagged Matrix - 6 results
yes 'c=(" " " " " " 0 1); printf "${c[RANDOM%5]}"' | bash
echo -e "CHECK=SAMPLE" output --command_to_long
2013-04-03 08:46:47
User: techie
Functions: echo

This is longer than others on here. The reason for this is I have combined two different matrix commands so it would work on all computers. I logged onto my server through a computer and it worked fine. I logged into my server through a mac and it looked $4!t so I have made one that works through both.

while true; do printf "\e[32m%X\e[0m" $((RANDOM%2)); for ((i=0; i<$((RANDOM%128)); i++)) do printf " "; done; done
2012-11-27 10:40:42
User: seb1245
Functions: printf

Unlike other alternatives, this command only relies on bash builtins and should also work on windows platforms with the bash executable.

Sparseness corresponds to the number 128 and can be adjusted. To print all possible digits instead of only 0 and 1 replace RANDOM%2 by RANDOM%10 or RANDOM%16 to add letters [A-F].

perl -e '$|++; while (1) { print " " x (rand(35) + 1), int(rand(2)) }'
echo -e "\e[32m"; while :; do printf '%*c' $(($RANDOM % 30)) $(($RANDOM % 2)); done
2012-09-25 17:36:25
Functions: echo printf
Tags: random Matrix

Prints 0's and 1's in The Matrix style. You can easily modify to print 0-9 digits using $RANDOM %10 insted of %2.

(set -o noglob;while sleep 0.05;do for r in `grep -ao '[[:print:]]' /dev/urandom|head -$((COLUMNS/3))`;do [ $((RANDOM%6)) -le 1 ] && r=\ ;echo -ne "\e[$((RANDOM%7/-6+2));32m $r ";done;echo;done)
2012-04-13 02:09:10
User: khopesh
Functions: echo head set sleep

A tweak using Patola's code as a base, this full-width green matrix display has all the frills (and all the printable characters).

You don't need the surrounding parens if you don't care about losing globbing capabilities. Z-shell (/bin/zsh) needs neither the parens nor the `set -o noglob`

Screen shot (animated): http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg32/scaled.php?server=32&filename=matrixh.gif&res=landing

If it's too slow, try lowering the `sleep 0.05` or even replacing it with `true` (which is faster than `sleep 0`).

I squashed it as narrow as I could to conserve space, though somebody could probably squeeze a char or two out.