Shell library with powerful and modern UI, large feature set, and `.inputrc` support (by reeflective)

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  • CLI application libraries, updated versions (readline and spf13/cobra console).
    3 projects | /r/golang | 3 Jun 2023
    A readline shell library: `readline` library has been fully rewritten to provide full support for the widespread `.inputrc` init file format (used by bash shells and all programs using the GNU C Readline library). The library has been rewritten into a much more robust codebase with complete test coverage of the core code.
  • Show HN: New set of Go libraries for CLI Development
    5 projects | | 11 Jan 2023
    This library wraps the readline library (described below) and leverages cobra commands in order to provide a closed-loop console working with cobra commands out of the box, also providing many comfort-of-life features at minimum cost, like support for oh-my-posh prompt engines, different menus and much more.

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  • Libraries for CLI and console applications
    6 projects | /r/golang | 7 Jan 2023
    Readline ( Readline libraries in pure Go already exist, and the chzyer/readline one is widely used. However they might lack some features, or even a full-fledged Emacs/Vim edition mode. Most of them lack many UI features found in common shells. Readline has been written to bring a new shell library with features found in most recent shells, with a simple API for developpers.
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reeflective/readline is an open source project licensed under Apache License 2.0 which is an OSI approved license.

The primary programming language of readline is Go.

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