[Aboriginal] notcurses

David Seikel onefang at gmail.com
Fri May 15 16:50:02 PDT 2015

On Fri, 15 May 2015 17:24:03 -0500 Rob Landley <rob at landley.net> wrote:

> On 05/15/2015 01:40 PM, Kartik Agaram wrote:
> > Rob, I just had your post from the 27th pop up on my RSS reader:
> > http://www.landley.net/notes-2015.html#27-04-2015
> Technically this is a toybox question. :)
> > Are you aware of https://github.com/nsf/termbox? A few weeks ago I
> > replaced ncurses with it in my project
> > (http://github.com/akkartik/mu#readme), and the version I've inlined
> > there is even smaller and even more self-contained (no waf-fling).
> I've looked at a few, but basically the hard part is the keyboard
> scanning function:
> https://github.com/landley/toybox/blob/master/lib/interestingtimes.c#L89
> Which still isn't actually that hard, especially since I had to
> rewrite busybox's implementation way back when because they did it
> wrong, ala these two commits:
> http://git.busybox.net/busybox/commit/?id=988dd5549bc7
> http://git.busybox.net/busybox/commit/?id=5e38cd910aca
> Already had rather extensive learning experiences here, so I might as
> well just implement the result. Once you understand it, it's _really_
> not that hard, the sequences are documented and everything:
> http://man7.org/linux/man-pages/man4/console_codes.4.html
> (There's also xterm's
> http://invisible-island.net/xterm/ctlseqs/ctlseqs.html and the ANSI
> x3.64 standard http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/it/~tapted/ansi.html
> and so on, but the console_codes is mostly a common subset.)
> Also, back in that bulletin board system I mentioned (written back in
> 1990), I implemented my own ansi handler that maintained a screen
> write buffer so I could essentially do virtual terminals in dos. Mine
> could show you ~3 lines of each (cursor and two lines above it,
> unless that goes above top of screen in which case top 3 lines).
> Meaning I got very familiar with the dos version ansi escape
> sequences at one point because I wrote my own driver for it, and my
> limiting factor is it's been so long I don't necessarily remember the
> details and have to look them up again.
> Rob
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Boxes has this already, naturally.  B-)

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