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

prints message in given argument on on center of screen

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
Sample Output
$ echox "hello world"
                                  hello world

1
2009-05-10 23:24:49

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painful
servermanaged · 470 weeks and 6 days ago
yeah it is, but at least it centers your cursor, I made it up for use in one of my scripts, was the best I found at the time to center cursor on screen
professoralex · 470 weeks and 6 days ago
However, I think that for own purposes all commands do jobs :)
servermanaged · 470 weeks and 6 days ago
Decent for a working one-liner I guess, this looks like a good candidate for being placed in one's .bashrc file. There you could make it readable by actually using variables.
bwoodacre · 470 weeks and 6 days ago

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