Big Countdown Clock with hours, minutes and seconds

watch -tn1 'date +%r | figlet'
Figlet is easy to find for download on the internet, and works for any text. Quite cool.
Sample Output
  ___   __    ____  _  _    _  _    __        _    __  __
 / _ \ / /_ _| ___|| || | _| || |  / /_      / \  |  \/  |
| | | | '_ (_)___ \| || |(_) || |_| '_ \    / _ \ | |\/| |
| |_| | (_) | ___) |__   _||__   _| (_) |  / ___ \| |  | |
 \___/ \___(_)____/   |_|(_)  |_|  \___/  /_/   \_\_|  |_|

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By: SuperFly
2010-06-22 10:59:16

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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; Show Sample Output


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    i=$((15*60)); while [ $i -gt 0 ]; do clear; echo $i | figlet; sleep 1; i=$(($i-1)); done;
    atoponce · 2010-06-22 17:49:36 1

What Others Think

That's not really a "countdown clock." BTW: Once installed, figlet fonts can be show by "showfigfonts" command. There is also a massive library of font files to be found here: http://www.jave.de/figlet/fonts.html
punkwalrus · 417 weeks and 3 days ago

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