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Figlet is easy to find for download on the internet, and works for any text. Quite cool.
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Requires figlet. Other than that, this should be portable enough across all the Bourne-compatible shells (sh, bash, ksh, zsh, etc).
Produces a massive number using figlet that counts down the number of seconds for any given minute interval. For example, here's a 4-minute timer:
i=$((4*60)); while [ $i -gt 0 ]; do clear; echo $i | figlet; sleep 1; i=$(($i-1)); done;
And a 1-minute timer:
i=$((1*60)); while [ $i -gt 0 ]; do clear; echo $i | figlet; sleep 1; i=$(($i-1)); done;
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