Let’s pipe in your terminal!


screenshot of pipes.sh.

A blog post introduced me this very interesting screensaver for terminal. Although I don’t use any kind of screensaver, not for X window or terminal, I decided to add support for multiple pipes, then I added another and another feature. Here is a screencast I recorded for showing the changes I made, much better than last time I did for Christmas terminal, though I still messed up with the recording region.

My modified code is on Gist, a snapshot of the code is listed as follows.

# The author of the original script is unknown to me. The first entry I can
# find was posted at 2010-03-21 09:50:09 on Arch Linux Forums (doesn't mean the
# poster is the author at all):
#   https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=728932#p728932
# I, Yu-Jie Lin, made a few changes and additions:
#   -p, -R, and -C
#   Screenshot: http://flic.kr/p/dRnLVj
#   Screencast: http://youtu.be/5XnGSFg_gTk
# And push the commits to Gist:
#   https://gist.github.com/4689307

f=75 s=13 r=2000 t=0
w=$(tput cols) h=$(tput lines)
v=( [00]="\x83" [01]="\x8f" [03]="\x93"
    [10]="\x9b" [11]="\x81" [12]="\x93"
    [21]="\x97" [22]="\x83" [23]="\x9b"
    [30]="\x97" [32]="\x8f" [33]="\x81" )

while getopts "p:f:s:r:RCh" arg; do
case $arg in
    p) ((p=(OPTARG>0)?OPTARG:p));;
    f) ((f=(OPTARG>19 && OPTARG<101)?OPTARG:f));;
    s) ((s=(OPTARG>4 && OPTARG<16 )?OPTARG:s));;
    r) ((r=(OPTARG>0)?OPTARG:r));;
    R) RNDSTART=1;;
    C) NOCOLOR=1;;
    h) echo -e "Usage: $(basename $0) [OPTION]..."
        echo -e "Animated pipes terminal screensaver.\n"
        echo -e " -p [1-]\tnumber of pipes (D=1)."
        echo -e " -f [20-100]\tframerate (D=75)."
        echo -e " -s [5-15]\tprobability of a straight fitting (D=13)."
        echo -e " -r LIMIT\treset after x characters (D=2000)."
        echo -e " -R \t\trandom starting point."
        echo -e " -C \t\tno color."
        echo -e " -h\t\thelp (this screen).\n"
        exit 0;;

for (( i=1; i<=p; i++ )); do
    c[i]=$((i%8)) n[i]=0 l[i]=0

tput smcup
tput reset
tput civis
while ! read -t0.0$((1000/f)) -n1; do
    for (( i=1; i<=p; i++ )); do
        # New position:
        ((${l[i]}%2)) && ((x[i]+=(${l[i]}==1)?1:-1))
        ((!(${l[i]}%2))) && ((y[i]+=(${l[i]}==2)?1:-1))

        # Loop on edges (change color on loop):
        ((c[i]=(${x[i]}>w || ${x[i]}<0 || ${y[i]}>h || ${y[i]}<0)?RANDOM%8:${c[i]}))

        # New random direction:

        # Print:
        tput cup ${y[i]} ${x[i]}
        [[ $NOCOLOR == 0 ]] && echo -ne "\033[1;3${c[i]}m"
        echo -ne "\xe2\x94${v[${l[i]}${n[i]}]}"
    ((t*p>=r)) && tput reset && tput civis && t=0 || ((t++))
tput rmcup

Except simplifying the code in arithmetic evaluation and adding the features I want, I didn’t actually code much. The code was good enough, though hard to read. (*Cough* I have no idea what the algorithm of the pipe drawing is.)

There is only one issue I have with this script, my cursor isn’t fully restore after the script quits. The blinking, that is. I have to reset to get terminal reset to have the blinking cursor, those term is too complicated to comprehend for me, so I have no idea how to fix it. I can use reset at the end of script, but I think the original script may restore cursor correctly, that is I am guessing my terminal setting doesn’t work perfectly.

Also, I tried to find the original author of this piece of code, the only entry I could find was posted in 2010. Still, there was no notion about who wrote the code. So, I modified the code without knowing if I had the permission. If you know who wrote this script, please give me the information.

pretty, pretty, lines, drawing. going, going, pipes, turning.