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Terminal::Print intends to provide the essential underpinnings of command-line printing, to be the fuel for the fire, so to speak, for libraries which might aim towards 'command-line user interfaces' (CUI), asynchronous monitoring, rogue-like adventures, screensavers, video art, etc.


Right now it only provides a grid with some nice access semantics.

my $screen = Terminal::Print.new;

$screen.initialize-screen;                      # saves current screen state, blanks screen, and hides cursor

$screen.change-cell(9, 23, '%');                # change the contents of the grid cell at column 9 line 23
$screen.cell-string(9, 23);                     # returns the escape sequence to put '%' on column 9 line 23
$screen.print-cell(9, 23);                      # prints "%" on the 9th column of the 23rd line
$screen.print-cell(9, 23, '&');                 # changes the cell at x:9, y:23 to '&' and prints it

$screen.print-string(9, 23, "hello\nworld!");   # prints a whole string (which can include newlines!)

$screen(9,23,'hello\nworld!');                  # uses CALL-ME to dispatch to .print-string

$screen.shutdown-screen;                        # unwinds the process from .initialize-screen

Check out some animations:

perl6 -Ilib examples/rpg-ui.p6
perl6 -Ilib examples/show-love.p6
perl6 -Ilib examples/zig-zag.p6
perl6 -Ilib examples/matrix-ish.p6
perl6 -Ilib examples/async.p6

By default the Terminal::Print object will use ANSI escape sequences for it's cursor drawing, but you can tell it to use universal if you would prefer to use the cursor movement commands as provided by tput. (You should only really need this if you are having trouble with the default).

my $t = Terminal::Print.new(cursor-profile => 'universal')


At first I thought I might try writing a NativeCall wrapper around ncurses. Then I realized that there is absolutely no reason to fight a C library which has mostly bolted on Unicode when I can do it in Pure Perl 6, with native Unicode goodness.


Status: BETA -- Current API is fixed and guaranteed!


It dies immediately complaining about my TERM env setting

In order to make the shelling out to tput safer, I have opted to use a whitelist of valid terminals. The list is quite short at the moment, so my apologies if you trigger this error. Everything should work smoothly once you have added it to the lookup hash in Terminal::Print::Commands. Please consider sending it in as a PR, or filing a bug report!

It seems to be sending the wrong escape codes when using a different terminal on the same box

This should only be an issue for non-ANSI terminal users. The tradeoff we currently make is to only disable precompilation on the module which determines the width and height of the current screen. This means that other escape sequences in Terminal::Print::Commands will only be run once and then cached in precompiled form. Clearing the related precomp files is a quick and dirty solution. If you run into this issue, please let me know. I will certainly get overly excited about your ancient TTY :D


ab5tract, japhb, Bluebear94, Xliff

Released under the Artistic License 2.0.