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Terminal - Commands using tput - 23 results
clear; while sleep 1; do d=$(date +"%H:%M:%S"); e=$(echo "toilet -t -f mono12 $d");tput setaf 1 cup 0; eval $e; tput setaf 4 cup 8; eval "$e -F flop";tput cup 0; done
clear;while true;sleep 1;do for((a=1;a<=$(tput cols)/3;a++));do tput cup 0 $a;echo " " $(date);done;sleep 1;for((a;a>=1;a--));do tput cup 0 $a;echo $(date) " ";done;done
tput rmam
2014-02-26 07:06:37
User: kennyld
Functions: tput
Tags: bash ksh
tput rmam

will disable line wrapping so that long lines are truncated to width of the terminal ($COLUMNS).

tput smam

will re-enable wrapping.

I've always used tput in bash scripts but I guess it works on the command line too.

Doesn't work in all terminals.

See http://www.gnu.org/software/termutils/manual/termutils-2.0/html_chapter/tput_1.html

clear; tput cup 8 8; for i in $(seq 1 10); do echo -n "$((11-$i)) ";sleep 1; done; tput cup 10 8; echo -e "DONE\n\n"
( x=`tput op` y=`printf %$((${COLUMNS}-6))s`;for i in {0..256};do o=00$i;echo -e ${o:${#o}-3:3} `tput setaf $i;tput setab $i`${y// /=}$x;done; )
hourglass(){ trap 'tput cnorm' 0 1 2 15 RETURN;local s=$(($SECONDS +$1));(tput civis;while (($SECONDS<$s));do for f in '|' '\' '-' '/';do echo -n "$f";sleep .2s;echo -n $'\b';done;done;);}
2012-06-21 05:40:22
User: AskApache
Functions: echo sleep tput trap

Displays an animated hourglass for x amount of seconds

fortune | toilet -w $(($(tput cols)-5)) -f pagga | cowsay -n -f beavis.zen
tput setf 4
2011-11-22 11:42:48
User: Dhinesh
Functions: tput
Tags: terminal

This will change your terminal foreground colour.Depending on the system, tput uses the terminfo or termcap database, as well as looking into the environment for the terminal type.

You can use "setb" to set terminal background colour

while sleep 30; do tput sc;tput cup 0 $(($(tput cols)-15));echo -n " New Emails: $(curl -u username:password --silent https://mail.google.com/mail/feed/atom | grep 'fullcount' | grep -o '[0-9]\+')";tput rc; done &
curl -s http://www.cavejohnsonhere.com/random/ | grep quote_main | cut -d \> -f 2- | fmt -w $(tput cols)
2011-05-06 01:28:40
User: ColOfNature
Functions: cut fmt grep tput

There's been a similar Futurama thing around for a while, which grabs a quote from the /. headers [curl -Ism3 slashdot.org | egrep "^X-(F|B|L)" | cut -d \- -f 2- | fmt -w $(tput cols)]. Same deal, but more likely to stop working when someone forgets to pay the bill on the domain. Until then: Cave Johnson!

while true; do tput sc; tput cup 0 $(($(tput cols)-74)); w | grep load; tput rc; sleep 10; done &
2011-04-27 09:28:27
User: ahofmann
Functions: grep sleep tput

Gives not only date but also some interesting status about the System

p(){ c=$(($(tput cols)-3));j=$(($1*c/100)); tput sc;printf "[$(for((k=0;k<j;k++));do printf "=";done;)>";tput cuf $((c-j));printf "]";tput rc; };for((i=0; i<=100; i++));do p i;done;echo
2011-02-20 02:17:05
User: glaudiston
Functions: printf tput

A simple way yo do a progress bar like wget.

while sleep 1;do tput sc;tput cup 0 $(($(tput cols)-29));date;tput rc;done &
2011-02-17 11:13:19
User: glaudiston
Functions: sleep tput

A nice way to use the console in full screen without forget the current time.

you can too add other infos like cpu and mem use.

while :; do ping -W1 -c1 -n > /dev/null || tput bel > /dev/console; sleep 1; done
2010-09-24 06:34:12
User: hackerb9
Functions: ping sleep tput

This is like ping -a, but it does the opposite. It alerts you if the network is down, not up. Note that the beep will be from the speaker on the server, not from your terminal.

Once a second, this script checks if the Internet is accessible and beeps if it is not. I define the Net as being "UP", if I can ping Google's public DNS server (, but of course you could pick a different static IP address. I redirect the beep to /dev/console so that I can run this in the background from /etc/rc.local. Of course, doing that requires that the script is run by a UID or GID that has write permissions to /dev/console (usually only root).

Question: I am not sure if the -W1 flag works under BSD. I have only tested this under GNU/Linux using ping from iputils. If anybody knows how portable -W is, please post a comment.

while [ 1 -lt 2 ]; do i=0; COL=$((RANDOM%$(tput cols)));ROW=$((RANDOM%$(tput cols)));while [ $i -lt $COL ]; do tput cup $i $ROW;echo -e "\033[1;34m" $(cat /dev/urandom | head -1 | cut -c1-1) 2>/dev/null ; i=$(expr $i + 1); done; done
2010-05-28 16:07:56
User: dave1010
Functions: cat cut expr head tput

Same as original, but works in bash

while :; do integer i=0; COL=$((RANDOM%$(tput cols))); ROW=$((RANDOM%$(tput cols))); while (( i <= COL)) do tput cup $i $ROW; echo "\033[1;34m" $(cat /dev/urandom | head -1 | cut -c1-1) 2>/dev/null; i=$(expr $i + 1); done done
seq -s'#' 0 $(tput cols) | tr -d '[:digit:]'
2010-04-01 09:06:44
User: jgc
Functions: seq tput tr
Tags: seq tr tput

Print a row of characters across the terminal. Uses tput to establish the current terminal width, and generates a line of characters just long enough to cross it. In the example '#' is used.

It's possible to use a repeating sequence by dividing the columns by the number of characters in the sequence like this:

seq -s'~-' 0 $(( $(tput cols) /2 )) | tr -d '[:digit:]'


seq -s'-~?' 0 $(( $(tput cols) /3 )) | tr -d '[:digit:]'

You will lose chararacters at the end if the length isn't cleanly divisible.

termtrace(){( strace -s 1000 -e write tput $@ 2>&2 2>&1 ) | grep -o '"[^"]*"';}
2010-03-17 08:53:41
User: AskApache
Functions: grep strace tput write

Depending on the TERM, the terminfo version, ncurses version, etc.. you may be using a varied assortment of terminal escape codes. With this command you can easily find out exactly what is going on.. This is terminal escape zen!

( 2>&2 strace -f -F -e write -s 1000 sh -c 'echo -e "initc\nis2\ncnorm\nrmso\nsgr0" | tput -S' 2>&1 ) | grep -o '"\\[^"]*"' --color=always


Lets say you want to find out what you need to echo in order to get the text to blink..

echo -e "`tput blink`This will blink`tput sgr0` This wont"

Now you can use this function instead of calling tput (tput is much smarter for portable code because it works differently depending on the current TERM, and tput -T anyterm works too.) to turn that echo into a much faster executing code. tput queries files, opens files, etc.. but echo is very strait and narrow.

So now you can do this:

echo -e "\33[5mThis will blink\33(B\33[m This wont"

More at http://www.askapache.com/linux-unix/bash_profile-functions-advanced-shell.html

COL=$(( $(tput cols) / 2 )); clear; tput setaf 2; while :; do tput cup $((RANDOM%COL)) $((RANDOM%COL)); printf "%$((RANDOM%COL))s" $((RANDOM%2)); done
alias :q='tput setaf 1; echo >&2 "this is NOT vi(m) :/"; tput sgr0'
2009-12-08 12:59:44
User: sputnick
Functions: alias echo tput
Tags: vim alias vi tput

For vi(m) users :

Add it in your ~/.bashrc

Add an "exit" @ the end if you are masochist ;)

tput smcup; echo "Doing some things..."; sleep 2; tput rmcup
2009-10-08 16:48:04
User: jgc
Functions: echo sleep tput

Very useful for interactive scripts where you would like to return the terminal contents to its original state before the script was run. This would be similar to how vi exits and returns you to your original terminal screen.

Save and clear the terminal contents with:

tput smcup

Execute some commands, then restore the saved terminal contents with:

tput rmcup
function echox { echo `tput cup $(($(tput lines))) $(( ($(tput cols) - $(echo "${#1}"))/2 ))`"$1"`tput cup $(tput lines) $(( $(tput cols)-1 ))`; }
2009-05-10 23:24:49
Functions: echo tput
function echox { echo `tput cup $(($(tput lines))) $(( ($(tput cols) - $(echo "${#1}"))/2 ))`"$1"`tput cup $(tput lines) $(( $(tput cols)-1 ))`; }

echox prints given argument on bottom line center screen in terminal

function echoxy { echo `tput cup $(($(tput lines)/2)) $(( ($(tput cols) - $(echo "${#1}"))/2))`"$1"`tput cup $(tput lines) $(( $(tput cols)-1 ))`; }

exhoxy prints given argument center screen

function echos { echo `tput cup $(($(tput lines)-2)) $(($(tput cols)-$(echo ${#1})))&&tput sc`"$1"`tput cup $(($(tput lines)-2)) 0 && tput rc`; } while [ 1 ]; do echos "`date`"; done

echos prints date and time on second from last line (used as status message)

you can easily use these functions by placing them in your .bashrc file, make sure to source your .bashrc once you do

^J tput sgr0 ^J
2009-02-17 09:57:22
User: berta
Functions: tput

when your terminal session seems unrensponsive (this normally happen after outputting some binary data directly on your standard output) it may me saned by hitting:

CTRL+J tput sgr0 CTRL+J

Note: don't press the Enter key, just ctrl+j