Commands using tput (31)

  • 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. Show Sample Output


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    while sleep 1;do tput sc;tput cup 0 $(($(tput cols)-29));date;tput rc;done &
    glaudiston · 2011-02-17 11:13:19 12
  • Displays an animated hourglass for x amount of seconds Show Sample Output


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    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;);}
    AskApache · 2012-06-21 05:40:22 7
  • hypnotizing pendulum


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    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
    knoppix5 · 2015-01-05 18:56:49 3
  • 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


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

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    COL=$(( $(tput cols) / 2 )); clear; tput setaf 2; while :; do tput cup $((RANDOM%COL)) $((RANDOM%COL)); printf "%$((RANDOM%COL))s" $((RANDOM%2)); done
    sputnick · 2009-12-15 02:48:28 2
  • 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:]' or seq -s'-~?' 0 $(( $(tput cols) /3 )) | tr -d '[:digit:]' You will lose chararacters at the end if the length isn't cleanly divisible. Show Sample Output


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    seq -s'#' 0 $(tput cols) | tr -d '[:digit:]'
    jgc · 2010-04-01 09:06:44 0
  • Gives not only date but also some interesting status about the System Show Sample Output


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    while true; do tput sc; tput cup 0 $(($(tput cols)-74)); w | grep load; tput rc; sleep 10; done &
    ahofmann · 2011-04-27 09:28:27 0
  • 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 "\33]4;%p1%d;rgb:%p2%{255}%*%{1000}%/%2.2X/%p3%{255}%*%{1000}%/%2.2X/%p4%{255}%*%{1000}%/%2.2X\33\\\33[!p\33[?3;4l\33[4l\33>\33[?12l\33[?25h\33[27m\33(B\33[m" 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 Show Sample Output


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    termtrace(){( strace -s 1000 -e write tput $@ 2>&2 2>&1 ) | grep -o '"[^"]*"';}
    AskApache · 2010-03-17 08:53:41 0

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    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
    knoppix5 · 2015-05-03 01:51:27 0
  • Same as original, but works in bash


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    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
    dave1010 · 2010-05-28 16:07:56 1
  • A simple way yo do a progress bar like wget. Show Sample Output


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    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
    glaudiston · 2011-02-20 02:17:05 1

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    fortune | toilet -w $(($(tput cols)-5)) -f pagga | cowsay -n -f beavis.zen
    kev · 2012-04-29 06:12:04 2

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    printf -v _hr "%*s" $(tput cols) && echo ${_hr// /${1--}}
    wuziduzi · 2018-11-12 18:01:25 0
  • You will see it on the corner of your running terminal. Show Sample Output


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    while sleep 1; do tput sc; tput cup 0 $(($(tput cols)-29)); date; tput rc; done &
    rakibfiha · 2019-10-19 20:50:48 0
  • 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


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    ^J tput sgr0 ^J
    berta · 2009-02-17 09:57:22 4
  • 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 Show Sample Output


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    function echox { echo `tput cup $(($(tput lines))) $(( ($(tput cols) - $(echo "${#1}"))/2 ))`"$1"`tput cup $(tput lines) $(( $(tput cols)-1 ))`; }
    professoralex · 2009-05-10 23:24:49 4
  • 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 (8.8.8.8), 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.


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    while :; do ping -W1 -c1 -n 8.8.8.8 > /dev/null || tput bel > /dev/console; sleep 1; done
    hackerb9 · 2010-09-24 06:34:12 1
  • 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! Show Sample Output


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    curl -s http://www.cavejohnsonhere.com/random/ | grep quote_main | cut -d \> -f 2- | fmt -w $(tput cols)
    ColOfNature · 2011-05-06 01:28:40 0
  • Checks your gmail account every 30 seconds and display the number of new messages in the top right corner of the terminal. A kind of CLI "Gmail notifier" if you will. :-) This is a mashup of http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/7916/put-a-console-clock-in-top-right-corner and http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/3386/check-your-unread-gmail-from-the-command-line


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    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 &
    saze · 2011-09-07 08:40:28 0
  • 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


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    tput setf 4
    Dhinesh · 2011-11-22 11:42:48 0

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    ( 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; )
    mkfmn · 2012-09-18 11:23:46 0

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    clear; tput cup 8 8; for i in $(seq 1 10); do echo -n "$((11-$i)) ";sleep 1; done; tput cup 10 8; echo -e "DONE\n\n"
    rgregor · 2013-10-01 11:21:25 0
  • tput rmam will disable line wrapping so that long lines are truncated to width of the terminal ($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


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    tput rmam
    kennyld · 2014-02-26 07:06:37 0
  • Good for use in your ~/.bash_profile or a script. Show Sample Output


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    BOLD=$(tput bold); NORM=$(tput sgr0)
    thrifus · 2015-10-12 15:53:12 0

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    tput rmso
    hansgruber · 2017-07-13 20:01:42 0
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