Simple interfaces without xwindows

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by FinleysDad » Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:21 am
Hi everyone...

I'm playing around with coding and stuff. The project i am trying to use my Pi for doesn't need to boot all the way into LXDE really..

So I thought a simple interface like shown in the image would do me fine...

In the old days of pascal with DOS this was easy can anyone suggestion what to use to create a screen like this with the RasPi please?
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by bbb » Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:59 am
Ncurses should do the trick:

something like 'apt-get libncurses-dev' should install the header files, you need to do 'apt-cache search ncurses' to find the actual package names. I have seen mention of python/ruby bindings too ...
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by FinleysDad » Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:19 pm
Thank you very much. That looks like it will do exactly what I want.

Should be a nice little challenge to learn it too. thanks again for your help
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by ukscone » Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:17 pm
check out dialog & cdk (& ncurses)
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by pbreneman » Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:37 am
With Free Pascal you can do things similar to what you did with Turbo Pascal. I have a number of minimal distributions of Free Pascal that make it *very* easy to try things. See this new message:
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by » Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:35 pm
If you want simple graphics, of the old style where you poke pixels into a framebuffer, then look at the SDL libraries. That's more or less what you get with SDL. There are point plotting and line drawing libraries, but sometimes you just want to poke pixels :)

My BASIC interpreter uses SDL extensively and runs well on the console. Great to do simple graphics, etc. in (fun too if you like that sort of thing!)

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by geezbeez » Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:10 pm
Try this for fun, on your PI
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cat > <<EOF
NC='\e[0m' # No Color
tput cup 10 10
echo -e "${red}Raspberry ${greenbg}${black}PI${NC}"
tput cup 20 0
. ./
rm ./
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by geezbeez » Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:29 pm
Also fun,

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 sudo apt-get install caca-utils

P.S. Is anyone interested in this?
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by mikerr » Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:04 pm
Haha - cacafire even worked well inside a remote ssh terminal (putty) !

Not sure I'll ever use it again though.
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by geezbeez » Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:25 pm
Haha - cacafire even worked well inside a remote ssh terminal (putty) !

That's the idea,
Supprisingly impressive over wifi ssh session using ConnectBot on an Andriod device. :P
Works whatever size you set the size of the terminal to on ConnectBot
There's not a great deal of point in cacafire in its self other than to demonstrate what can be done without XWindows/vnc both of which I think are a bit heavy for simple Raspberry projects.
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