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  • Ask HN: Interesting TUIs (text user interfaces), maybe forgotten ones?
    57 projects | | 6 May 2024
    Here's an "awesome" TUI list I like:

    And here's a list I made myself, the ones with rainbows have TUIs or pretty colors:

  • List of projects that provide terminal user interfaces
    1 project | | 14 Mar 2024
  • Contour: Modern and Fast Terminal Emulator
    12 projects | | 8 Oct 2023
    > Editing multiline inputs is awful.

    Outside of "line at a time" i/o (a rarely used mode where an entire line is edited locally and then sent to the host), most of what users see is as interactive is controlled by the program you are interacting with. The terminal just takes commands from the host and does what it is told. BTW, line at a time mode isn't used that much. The only thing I use that uses line at a time mode is telenet in LINEMODE.

    > Navigating history is so-so

    Yes, that is because the program you are likely interacting with where history is relevant implements it's own repl or command line (i.e. bash, zsh, python, etc...) and it is responsible for it's own history and may implement it completely differently than say, bash or zsh.

    > Why are terminals always stuck in the 70s? Can I get a modern terminal?

    We do have a modern terminal: the web browser... and it's pretty nice.

    There have been a ton of tries at more modern terminals, but ultimately, they end up really being limited by the software running in the terminal session. In the 90s we had a ton of commercial terminal emulators that would allow you to create full guis, complete with dialogs and forms. In the 00's there were a few tries at terminals that would allow html output and embedding of html forms for input (can't remember the names of them). I suppose there's also the whole X11 thing... which is so good enough that it's really hard to kill.

    Let's get back to character mode:

    A lot of interactive terminal software is built using different libraries - so sometimes you get a terminal gui based on ncurses, terminal.gui, or something else... here's a list: Most of these libraries try to use most of the features in your terminal emulator, but often, just use stuff that is in everything.

    For command line programs (i.e. just type a command), a lot of the experience is dictated by the parser used by the tool and whatever the underlying operating system has for passing arguments. Some shells and terminal emulators (like iTerm2 on mac) try to smooth this out, but again, there's a lot of variety in command line parsers.

    Probably the biggest modern improvement in the shell world was gettext and various command-line completion libraries which allows command parameter completion if the developer supports it or uses a parser that supports completion. But none of this is the terminal itself doing the work.

  • DIY nas,suggestions for how to have an OLED screen like qnap showing space available, current IP,etc
    1 project | /r/HomeNAS | 11 May 2023
    Haven't done much in grafana but probably use that to constantly output to a small display. Depending on if you want to install a display server... Seems like there are lots of options, maybe grafterm is what you're looking for:
  • What can you do in a terminal?
    2 projects | /r/linuxquestions | 7 Mar 2023
    Check out this list of great TUI projects if you really want to see what terminal only is capable of.
  • I wrote a TUI snake game in BASH v5.1+
    4 projects | /r/linux | 10 Jan 2023
    This looks really cool! Would you mind PRing it to my awesome TUIs list?
  • Awesome CLI & TUI Applications Directory site
    8 projects | /r/commandline | 19 Nov 2022
    See also:
  • Are there any TUI apps you recommend outside of ncdu / nnn / htop / vim / bat / fd / tig / duf?
    22 projects | /r/commandline | 12 Oct 2022
    Here's a good list
  • What's the most beautifully designed TUI-app you've used?
    2 projects | /r/commandline | 27 Sep 2022
    Have a browse at the awesome-tui list and in the reddit search bar: this question is asked quite often and there are already plenty of answers :)
  • [Possibly OT] Is there a list of command-line versions of any Unix/Linux GUI applications?
    2 projects | /r/linuxquestions | 19 Jul 2022 and Though it doesn't mention a specific GUI apps (eg, Lynx is under either Web Browser or Web on those lists), and it's just lists, no actual comparison or review etc. I usually found AlternativeTo to be somewhat decent start to see what features and alternatives I can expect across platform.
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