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Take a break on the Linux command line with nyancat

We’re now on day six of the Linux command-line toys creation calendar, the place we discover a few of the enjoyable, entertaining, and in some instances, totally ineffective toys out there on your Linux terminal. All can be found underneath an open supply license.

Will all of them be distinctive? Yes. Will all of them be distinctive to you? I do not know, however, chances are high you may discover at the least one new toy to play with by the point our creation calendar is finished.

Today’s choice is a continuation on the theme we began yesterday: cats and rainbows. Wait, there’s extra cat-related rainbow enjoyable available on the Linux command line? You guess there’s.

So let’s make a throwback all the best way to 2011’s Nyan Cat with a command-line toy name, not surprisingly, nyancat. Did you miss the cultural phenomenon that was Nyan Cat? Watch the embed beneath, I will wait.

Now, let’s recreate that tremendous expertise in your terminal. Nyancat is packaged for a lot of distributions (Arch, Debian, Gentoo, Ubuntu, and so on.) however not for mine (Fedora), however compiling from supply was easy. In reality, I grabbed the supply, constructed it, and launched it in a single line:

git clone && cd nyancat && make && cd src && ./nyancat

This launched straight right into a nyancat expertise full with a counter of how lengthy I had been having fun with the nyancat magic for.

You can discover the supply for nyancat on GitHub underneath an NCSA open source license.

The command-line model of Nyan Cat was once accessible by a public Telnet server (or, for much more pun, with netcat) so that you simply did not even have to put in it, however sadly was shut down attributable to bandwidth limitations. Nevertheless, the gallery from the previous Telnet server working Nyan Cat on quite a lot of previous units is well-worth testing, and perhaps you’d love to do the neighborhood a favor by launching your personal public mirror and letting the creator know in order that they could share it with the general public but once more?

Do you have got a favourite command-line toy that you simply suppose I should profile? The calendar for this sequence is usually crammed out however I’ve obtained a couple of spots left. Let me know within the feedback beneath, and I will test it out. If there’s area, I will attempt to embody it. If not, however I get some good submissions, I will do a round-up of honorable mentions on the finish.

Check out yesterday’s toy, Bring some color to your Linux terminal with lolcat, and verify again tomorrow for an additional!

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