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bash screensaver (scrolling ascii art with customizable message)

Terminal - bash screensaver (scrolling ascii art with customizable message)
while [ 1 ]; do banner 'ze missiles, zey are coming! ' | while IFS="\n" read l; do echo "$l"; sleep 0.01; done; done
2009-12-14 07:40:07
User: craigds
Functions: banner echo read sleep
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bash screensaver (scrolling ascii art with customizable message)

Displays a scrolling banner which loops until you hit Ctrl-C to terminate it.

Make sure you finish your banner message with a space so it will loop nicely.

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Terminal - Alternatives
while [ 1 ]; do clear; echo 'YOUR TEXT HERE' | figlet -f banner -t | while IFS="\n" read l; do echo "$l"; sleep 0.01; done; done
2011-02-13 18:52:39
User: lkjoel
Functions: banner echo read sleep
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Change YOUR TEXT HERE to the text you want.

On figlet -f banner, you can change it to any figlet font you have installed.

One variant for Star Wars fans could be this:

while [ 1 ]; do clear; echo 'Star Wars' | figlet -f starwars -t | while IFS="\n" read l; do echo "$l"; sleep 0.01; done; done

NOTICE: You need to install figlet.

On Ubuntu, this command is:

sudo apt-get install figlet

On Debian, this command is:

aptitude install figlet

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What others think

works only for up to 10 chars here. :/

Comment by phaidros 289 weeks and 4 days ago

Make sure you have sysvbanner installed.

On Ubuntu the command to install it is:

sudo apt-get install sysvbanner

On Debian it is:

aptitude install sysvbanner

Comment by lkjoel 229 weeks and 1 day ago

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