Bonus: The honored dead

Speaking of stalled software, there is one thing sadder: stuff that just doesn’t work any more.

Sometimes I can fight my way around a broken program, install an older library, or even do my best heart surgery and adjust the code inside.

I have a grand total of zero talent when it comes to coding though, and when I run into software that needs more than a new dependency or a small nudge … I fail miserably.

So I did my level best, but a few of these things eluded me.

  • BrainCurses … well, it looked fun; it’s a knockoff of the old Mastermind board game from decades ago. But it spews forth errors when I try to build it, and I am at a loss for what’s wrong there.
  • Likewise, A Helpful TTY, a/k/a ah-tty, is lost to me. It looks like a great tool for people who are new to the terminal (and for experienced people who don’t know everything ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). Unfortunately, that too is eluding me. Neither is in Arch or Debian, so I get no guidance from there. Sigh.
  • I don’t hold out much hope for sked. My meager attempt to build sked was greeted with error messages so insulting that I stood in the corner and cried for 10 minutes.
  • quftp was also curmudgeonly. That I expected though, since the last update was in 2003. A 10-year gap is a challenge to overcome.
  • getwifi was another that might just have been out of the loop for too long. No matter the configuration, error messages that I can’t quite fix on my own.

Of course, it’s not the end of the world. I am sure some talented coder will come along and coach resurrect these. In a manner of speaking.

And in the mean time, I have hundreds of others to pursue. So if you will excuse me. … ๐Ÿ™‚

3 thoughts on “Bonus: The honored dead

  1. Aaron

    I downloaded the source for braincurses. When I tried to use ‘make’ I got the following errors:
    g++ -c -o curses/windows.o curses/windows.cpp
    curses/windows.cpp: In function โ€˜bool getInput(Guess&, int, Winders)โ€™:
    curses/windows.cpp:194:30: error: โ€˜strcmpโ€™ was not declared in this scope
    make: *** [curses/windows.o] Error 1

    I looked it up and this site:
    under C++ issues said that I needed to include to get the strcmp function. So, I went into the curses/windows.h file and added
    to the list of includes at the top of the file. After that it compiled fine. Good luck!

    1. Aaron

      The #include should be followed by cstring in angle brackets. I don’t know why that didn’t show up in the post.

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