On screen display of a command.

This is very useful if you need to show someone some text from a distance. (Like someone standing over your shoulder...) I'd recommend aliasing it to something like: alias osd_cat="osd_cat -o 400 -s 8 -c blue -d 60 -f -*-bitstream\ vera\ sans-*-*-*--200-*-*-*-*-*-*-*" xosd is the utility that provides osd_cat.

By: din7
2009-10-02 18:26:46

What Others Think

Is there an osd_echo?
matthewbauer · 664 weeks and 3 days ago
I get "ABORT: Requested font not found" How do I get a list of what fonts are available on my system?
SuperFly · 664 weeks and 1 day ago
You can use 'xfontsel'.
din7 · 664 weeks and 1 day ago
Doesn't work for me, but cool nonetheless. I'll have to read the docs a bit more to find a variant that works for me. Thanks.
linuxrawkstar · 664 weeks and 1 day ago
works for me with: env|osd_cat -o 400 -s 8 -c blue -d 60 -f '-adobe-helvetica-*-*-*--200-*-*-*-*-*-*-*'
linuxrawkstar · 664 weeks and 1 day ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

You must be signed in to comment.

What's this?

commandlinefu.com is the place to record those command-line gems that you return to again and again. That way others can gain from your CLI wisdom and you from theirs too. All commands can be commented on, discussed and voted up or down.

Share Your Commands

Stay in the loop…

Follow the Tweets.

Every new command is wrapped in a tweet and posted to Twitter. Following the stream is a great way of staying abreast of the latest commands. For the more discerning, there are Twitter accounts for commands that get a minimum of 3 and 10 votes - that way only the great commands get tweeted.

» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu
» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu3
» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu10

Subscribe to the feeds.

Use your favourite RSS aggregator to stay in touch with the latest commands. There are feeds mirroring the 3 Twitter streams as well as for virtually every other subset (users, tags, functions,…):

Subscribe to the feed for: