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nankura
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:42 am    Post subject: Alsi or Similiar Reply with quote

Hey guys, i recently moved from archlinux to gentoo

Im looking for a program similiar to alsi, it was an archlinux system information tool, which you could just put the line "alsi" in your .bashrc file and all terminals would display nicely layed out system info, with a coloured archlinux logo

now i understand its built for archlinux, and i would to see it ported over, and i definatly dont have the knowledge for that, but im wondering if gentoo has a similiar program, Most ones i see are very "unclean" and i liked how it was coloured.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On an arch system, find out where the thing lives
Code:
$ which alsi

Now find out whether it is a compiled program or a shellscript.
Code:
$ file `which alsi`
or
Code:
file <fill-in-the-path-of-alsi>


If it's a shell script, copy it to a gentoo box and try it out, maybe it works out of the box.
If it does not, there is a chance of a meaningful error message.

If it's a compiled program, locate the source code.
There is surely an arch tool or a utility website or something that helps you with that.

Then, read the Gentoo Development Guide: Ebuild Writing. It's quite easy to write an ebuild in 90% of cases.
Alsi most likely falls in these 90%.
When you have a working ebuild, create a bug on b.g.o. and ask for inclusion. Or maybe ask the sunrise guys.
If you face problems writing the ebuild, ask again.
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