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Simulate typing

Terminal - Simulate typing
echo "You can simulate on-screen typing just like in the movies" | pv -qL 10
2010-01-14 20:17:44
User: dennisw
Functions: echo
Simulate typing

This will output the characters at 10 per second.


There are 5 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
echo "You can have a bit more realistic typing with some shell magic." | pv -qL $[10+(-2 + RANDOM%5)]
echo "pretty realistic virtual typing" | randtype -m 4
2010-02-25 15:30:28
User: tehdog
Functions: echo

this also generates errors (change 4 to higher number for more mistakes)

echo -e "You are a jerk\b\b\b\bwonderful person" | pv -qL $[10+(-2 + RANDOM%5)]
2013-01-09 19:18:07
User: joeheyming
Functions: echo

The output will show jerk, then wonderful person since echo parses the \b character.

message="I have a nice easy typing pace"; for ((i=0; i<${#message}; i++)); do echo "after 200" | tclsh; printf "${message:$i:1}"; done; echo;

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What others think

I've done this with cstream, but you've got a working solution there as well

Comment by linuxrawkstar 306 weeks and 3 days ago

I wrote something like this a while back using only bash. It's fun to pipe dmesg to it:

dmesg|while read x;do for((i=0;i<${#x};i++));do echo -n "${x:$i:1}";sleep .06;done;echo;done
Comment by eightmillion 306 weeks and 3 days ago

Funny !

Comment by CodSpirit 306 weeks and 2 days ago

Ha! I like fun stuff like this.

Comment by Chokkan 306 weeks and 2 days ago

Something to add to a .bashrc for a bit 'o fun.

Comment by bubnoff 296 weeks and 3 days ago

Huh, I though expect would work for this, but it doesn't seem to want to act like a filter, bummer.

Comment by kevingranade 262 weeks and 6 days ago

eightmillion: cool!

neither of the main commandlines work for me tho

Comment by compgrokker 257 weeks ago

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