ascii lists ASCII idiomatic names and octal/decimal code-point forms. It provides easy conversion between various byte representations and the American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) character table. It knows about a wide variety of hex, binary, octal, Teletype mnemonic, ISO/ECMA code point, slang names, XML entity names, and other representations. Given any one on the command line, it will try to display all others. Called with no arguments, it displays a small, handy ASCII chart.
Galaxis is a curses-based clone of Christian Franz's game Galaxis for the Macintosh. It is a logic puzzle--you must drop probes in space to locate four lifeboats from a distressed interstellar liner. Can you locate them all before you run out of probes and they run out of oxygen?
gif2png is a simple command-line utility to convert images from GIF to PNG format. It automatically preserves transparency, interlacing and text comments, and it can do multiple images in one command (e.g., gif2png *.gif). The distribution also includes a web2png script that can be used to convert an entire web tree; it calls gif2png to do image conversions, then patches IMG SRC tags correctly in referring pages.
gpsd is a daemon that listens to a GPS or Loran receiver and translates the positional data into a simplified format that can be more easily used by other programs, like chart plotters. The package comes with a sample client that plots the location of the currently visible GPS satellites (if available) and a speedometer. It can also use DGPS/ip.
SNG (Scriptable Network Graphics) is a mini-language designed specifically to represent the entire contents of a PNG in an editable form. Thus, SNGs representing elaborate graphics images and ancillary chunk data can be readily generated or modified using only text tools. SNG is implemented by a compiler/decompiler called sng that losslessly translates between SNG and PNG.
VMS Empire is a simulation of a full-scale war between two emperors, the computer and you. Naturally, there is only room for one, so the object of the game is to destroy the other. The computer plays by the same rules that you do. This game was ancestral to all later expand/explore/exploit/exterminate games, including Civilization and Master of Orion.
CVSps collect changesets from CVS repositories. It can be used either by humans to inspect changesets or as an exporter from CVS to other version control systems - it can be told to emit a fast-export stream to standard output. The code has been end-of-lifed and using cvs-fast-export instead is recommended.
doclifter helps with lifting documents with nroff markup to XML-DocBook. Lifting documents from presentation level to semantic level is hard, and a really good job requires human polishing. This tool aims to do everything that can be mechanized, and to preserve any troff-level information that might have structural implications in XML comments. TBL tables are translated into DocBook table markup, PIC into SVG, and EQN into MathML (relying on pic2svg and GNU eqn for the last two).
freecode-submit is a script that supports remote submission of release updates to Freecode via its JSON API. It is intended for use in project release scripts. It reads the metadata from an RFC-2822-like message on standard input, possibly with overrides by command-line switches. It supersedes freshmeat-submit, which no longer works following the site name change.
cstrings is a lightweight internationalization tool for C code. It is useful for those who find gettext too bulky and intrusive. It extracts strings from a program, and turns them into #defines in a prepended code section. It has good features for building up your message base incrementally.
WUMPUS is a bit of retrocomputing nostalgia. It is an exact clone, even down to the godawful user interface, of an ancient classic game. This version fixes two minor bugs in an earlier 1992 USENET posting of the source. This package also includes superhack, which is a structurally similar game with a different premise.
minised is the fast, small sed originally distributed in the GNU toolkit and still distributed with Minix. The members of the GNU Project removed it when they built their own sed around an enhanced regexp package, but it's still better for some uses (in particular, it's faster and less memory-intensive).
ski is a game in which you ski down an infinite slope, facing such hazards as trees, ice, bare ground, and the man-eating Yeti. Since you have put your jet-powered skis on backwards, you can't see ahead where you are going; only behind where you have been. However, you can turn to either side, jump or hop through the air, teleport through hyperspace, launch nuclear ICBMs, and cast spells to call the Fire Demon. And since the hazards occur in patches, you can skillfully outmaneuver them. A fun and very silly game that proves you don't need fancy graphical user interfaces to have a good time.
X Video Explorer automates calculations for generating XFree86 video modelines. This program is meant for the rare cases where you don't already have a functioning modeline that can be tweaked with xvidtune(1) or kvideogen(1) or the like; it should get you to where you can use those tools.
shipper is a power distribution tool for developers with multiple projects who do frequent releases. It automates the tedious process of shipping a software release and (if desired) templating a project Web page. It can deliver releases in correct form to SourceForge, Berlios, and Savannah, and knows how to post a release announcement to freecode.com via freecode-submit.
Morse Classic is a Morse code training program for aspiring radio hams. It can generate random tests or simulated QSOs resembling those used in the ARRL test (a QSO generator is included). There are a plethora of options for varying the training method. In one of the simpler modes, this program will take text from standard input and render it as Morse code beeps.
A tool for editing version-control repository history, reposurgeon enables risky operations that version-control systems don't want to let you do, such as editing past comments and metadata and removing commits. It works with any version control system that can export and import git fast-import streams, including git, hg, bzr, CVS, and RCS. It can also read Subversion dump files directly, and can thus be used to script production of very high-quality conversions from Subversion to any supported DVCS.
Running sccs2rcs in a directory with an SCCS subdirectory will convert all the SCCS files to corresponding RCS master files in a new RCS directory; the SCCS data itself is accessed read-only. It will complain and terminate if any of the SCCS files are checked out, or if the RCS directory already exists and is non-empty. If the directory contains snapshot auxiliary data produced by Emacs VC mode for tagging, that will be used too.
deheader analyzes C and C++ files to determine which header inclusions can be removed while still allowing them to compile. This may result in substantial improvements in compilation time, especially on large C++ projects. It also sometimes exposes dependencies and cohesions of which developers were unaware.
coverity-submit submits scan requests to the Coverity demo server. If you are a registered user of Coverity's self-build server and have the cov-build tools installed locally, this script automates the process of running the tools and submitting the results with an analysis request to Coverity. It can be configured to store build passwords, local build commands, and other required information for multiple projects so you don't have to remember it - just call the tool and let it manage the details.
giflib is a library for rendering and generating GIF image files. This is the GIF service code in C used for over two decades by graphics applications, Web browsers, game consoles, ATMs, and pretty much anything else that throws pixels on a display. It is simple, stable, and bulletproof.
irked is an IRC client that runs as a daemon accepting notification requests as JSON objects presented to a listening socket. It is meant to be used by hook scripts in version-control repositories, allowing them to send commit notifications to project IRC channels. A hook script that works with git, hg, and svn is included in the distribution.
cvs-fast-export analyzes a collection of RCS files in a CVS repository (or outside of one) and, when possible, emits an equivalent history in the form of a fast-import stream. Not all possible histories can be rendered this way; the program tries to emit useful warnings when it can't. The program can also produce a visualization of the resulting commit DAG in the DOT format handled by the graphviz suite. The package also includes cvssync, a tool for mirroring masters from remote CVS hosts.
Re: Unique and powerful addition to DocBook toolchain
> The only significant problem I've run
> into with the
> 1.0.0 version is in the implementation
> it uses for dealing
> with ISO character entities: In some XML
> instances, it
> generates internal DTD subsets that
> include entity
> declarations which reference the SGML
> versions of the ISO
> character-entity sets instead of the XML
> But that's a really minor issue, and one
> that I'm sure
> Eric will probably have fixed in the
> next release.
Your wish is granted. :-)