fltrdr

A TUI text reader for the terminal.


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Fltrdr

A TUI text reader for the terminal.

fltrdr

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About

Fltrdr, or flat-reader, is an interactive text reader for the terminal. It is flat in the sense that the reader is word-based. It creates a horizontal stream of words by ignoring all newline characters and removing sequential whitespace. Its purpose is to facilitate reading, scanning, and searching text. The program has a play mode that moves the reader forward one word at a time, along with a configurable words per minute (WPM) setting. It can be used to read ASCII text from either a file or a pipe.

Features

  • word-based text reader
  • vi inspired key-bindings
  • read text from a file or stdin
  • play mode with variable speed controlled through WPM
  • in play mode, longer pauses occur on words that end in punctuation
  • focus point to align the current word
  • focus point tries to be smart about its placement, ignoring any surrounding punctuation or plurality
  • search forwards and backwards using regular expressions
  • command prompt to interact with the program
  • store your settings in a configuration file
  • choose how many words are shown at a time
  • colours can be customized
  • chars/symbols can be customized
  • show/hide parts of the interface

Limitations

Currently, it only handles ASCII text properly. Reading unicode characters may result in strange or improper output. This can be worked around by filtering the text through a program like iconv with a command such as cat <file> | iconv -f utf-8 -t ascii//translit.

Usage

View the usage and help output with the --help or -h flag. The help output contains the documentation for the key bindings and commands for customization.

Configuration

The default config locations are ${XDG_CONFIG_HOME}/fltrdr/config and ${HOME}/.fltrdr/config. A custom path can also be passed to override the default locations using the --config option. The config directory and file must be created by the user. If the file does not exist, the program continues as normal.

The file, config, is a plain text file that can contain any of the commands listed in the Commands section of the --help output. Each command must be on its own line. Lines that begin with the # character are treated as comments.

An example config file can be found in ./example/config

Terminal Compatibility

This program uses raw terminal control sequences to manipulate the terminal, such as moving the cursor, styling the output text, and clearing the screen. Although some of the control sequences used may not work as intended on all terminals, they should work fine on any modern terminal emulator.

Pre-Build

This section describes what environments this program may run on, any prior requirements or dependencies needed, and any third party libraries used.

Important

Any shell commands using relative paths are expected to be executed in the root directory of this repository.

Environment

  • Linux (supported)
  • BSD (supported)
  • macOS (supported)

macOS

Using a new version of gcc or llvm is required, as the default Apple llvm compiler does not support C++17 Standard Library features such as std::filesystem.

A new compiler can be installed through a third party package manager such as Brew. Assuming you have Brew already installed, the following commands should install the latest gcc compiler.

brew install gcc
brew link gcc

The following line will then need to be appended to the CMakeLists.txt file. Where <path-to-*> is the canonical path to the new gcc binary.

set (CMAKE_CXX_COMPILER <path-to-g++>)

Requirements

  • C++17 compiler/library
  • CMake >= 3.8

Dependencies

  • stdc++fs (libstdc++fs) included in the C++17 Standard Library

Included Libraries:

  • parg: for parsing CLI args, included as ./src/ob/parg.hh

Build

The following shell command will build the project in release mode:

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./build.sh

To build in debug mode, run the script with the --debug flag.

Install

The following shell command will install the project in release mode:

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./install.sh

To install in debug mode, run the script with the --debug flag.

Config

The following shell commands will create a config directory in the XDG_CONFIG_HOME default directory and copy over the example config file:

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mkdir -p ~/.config/fltrdr
cp ./example/config ~/.config/fltrdr/config

License

This project is licensed under the MIT License.

Copyright (c) 2019 Brett Robinson

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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