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charts - Command-line Unix ASCII-based charting / plotting tool - Stack Overflow
Is there a good command-line UNIX charting / graphing / plotting tool out there? I'm looking for something that will plot xy points on an ASCII graph.

Just to clarify, I'm looking for something that will output a graph in ASCII (like ascii-art style), so I can use it over an interactive shell session without needing X.

# data.txt is newline-separated
cat data.txt | eplot -M -x 'ChartFooTitle' -d 2 > /dev/null
graph  diagram  commandline  cli  terminal  visualization  ascii  plaintext 
15 hours ago by dusko
Plain Text Accounting
In 2003, John Wiegley invented Ledger: a plain text data format and command-line reporting tool for efficient double-entry-style accounting. This idea went viral among software developers and technical folk, and we now have 5+ actively-developed Ledger-likes such as hledger and Beancount, with 40+ add-on tools and an active community. This site was created in 2016 to introduce our tools, documentation, and practices.
accounting  cli  plainText 
5 days ago by Jswindle
Managing web bookmarks with Org-mode
For years, I was using delicious for storing, managing, and retrieving web bookmarks. Its Firefox plugin was a perfectly crafted piece of software, where storing, tagging, annotating, and "gardening" was very easily accomplished.

Unfortunately, delicious was sold to Yahoo and later on to AVOS. They decided to transform the perfectly working social bookmark web service to something different. The beloved Firefox plugin stopped working some day. The new delicious did not please me at all, ruining my perfectly functioning work-flows I enjoyed for years.

Therefore, I began to think of an alternative method to manage my bookmarks. Meanwhile, I started to use Org-mode for almost everything. And this is why I wanted to manage bookmarks within Org-mode, losing social bookmark features like RSS-feeds for bookmarks or tags. Once more, the cloud ruined a part of my digital life. Better stay independent.
orgMode  emacs  plainText  bookmarking 
5 days ago by Jswindle
Markdown vs Latex for Academic Writing | J. Alexander Branham
The real purpose of this blog post is not to weigh the pros and cons of plain text vs a word processor, however. It is to compare two different ways that we can type up articles in plain text and then convert them to nicely-formatted files (like a pdf).
LaTeX  plainText  markdown  writing 
7 days ago by Jswindle
What is AsciiBinder?

AsciiBinder is a documentation system built on Asciidoctor ( for people who have a lot of docs to maintain and republish on a regular basis. AsciiBinder was specifically developed to solve two problems at once:

Make it easier for developers and community members to contribute documentation.
Make it easier for content managers to build and publish several variants of the same documentation.

AsciiBinder isn't for blogging.

If you are looking for a great tool for blogging where your articles are sourced in AsciiDoc, this isn't it. Seriously, go check out Awestruct (, which is awesome for that.

AsciiBinder is for documenting versioned, interrelated projects.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a way to:

Source your docs in AsciiDoc
Manage doc changes and doc versions with git
Have the ability to conditionalize topics and produce different distributions of the docs based on those conditions

...then by jove, you've come to the right place.
documentation  ascii  plaintext 
18 days ago by dusko
Starbase Data Tables - an ASCII relational database for UNIX
Starbase is a set of filter programs and an ascii table format for UNIX. The current release contains over 95 programs for manipulating data tables. The ascii database concepts are outlined in the book Unix Relational Database Management by Manis, Schaffer and Jorgensen. This implementation has been written at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and contains many extensions for use with scientific and astrophysical data sets.
database  plaintext  ascii  unix  shell 
23 days ago by dusko
Fsdb - the flatfile streaming database
Fsdb, the flatfile streaming database is package of commands for manipulating flat-ASCII databases from shell scripts. Fsdb is useful to process medium amounts of data (with very little data you’d do it by hand, with megabytes you might want a real database). Fsdb was known as as Jdb from 1991 to Oct. 2008.
plaintext  ascii  terminal  cli  database 
23 days ago by dusko
An Introduction to Display Editing with Vi
An Introduction to Display Editing with Vi

William Joy

Mark Horton

Computer Science Division
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, Ca. 94720
vi  editor  texteditor  plaintext  reference  terminal  cli 
23 days ago by dusko
libcaca – Caca Labs
libcaca is a graphics library that outputs text instead of pixels, so that it can work on older video cards or text terminals. It is not unlike the famous ​AAlib library, with the following improvements:

Unicode support
2048 available colours (some devices can only handle 16)
dithering of colour images
advanced text canvas operations (blitting, rotations)

Libcaca works in a text terminal (and should thus work on all Unix systems including Mac OS X) using the S-Lang or ncurses libraries. It also works natively on DOS and Windows.
terminal  shell  documentation  images  plaintext  commandline  cli 
4 weeks ago by dusko
asciinema - Record and share your terminal sessions, the right way
Record and share your terminal sessions, the right way.
Forget screen recording apps and blurry video. Enjoy a lightweight, purely text-based approach to terminal recording.
terminal  ascii  plaintext  cli  tool  visualization  documentation 
4 weeks ago by dusko

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