Re: [dev] ASCII Delimited Text

From: Peter Nagy <>
Date: Tue, 22 May 2018 13:24:11 +0000

Smells like an st patch
Peter Nagy
 - To reach a goal one has to enjoy the journey
On May 22, 2018 1:21:13 PM UTC, Adrian Grigore <> wrote:
>> Maybe a nice thing to have would be to get the terminal emulator to
>treat the field and record separator in a special way. So the programs
>all output fs and rs, and the terminal emulator uses these characters
>layout the data in a tabular way.
>There's no terminal that does this, right?
>On Tue, May 22, 2018 at 3:24 AM, Raphaël Proust <> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> On 2018-05-22 00:38, Connor Lane Smith wrote:
>>> On 21 May 2018 at 17:12, Adrian Grigore
><> wrote:
>>>> I'm having problems compiling usul:
>>> This is a surprise. Where did you get usul from?
>> I sent the copy. I use usul regularly so I still have the whole repo
>> locally.
>>> I have been wondering lately about resurrecting usul, since 'tabular
>>> munging' with Unix utilities without the ability to set $FS and $RS
>>> can be really unpleasant, and I've had to do quite a bit of it
>>> recently.
>>> I did also write a program to complement usul which performs elastic
>>> tabbing on its input, the idea being that you end up with a nice
>>> tabular view in your terminal. I think ideally you might want 'real'
>>> terminal support for it though, as when printing to the tty you
>>> need to buffer a lot of data (i.e. until a line with no FS), or you
>>> need to do crazy tty-rewriting ANSI escapes, which it did support
>>> is a massive hack.
>> In what way is the elastic tabbing different from what Plan9's mc(1)?
>> Ciao,
>> -- Raphaël
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