sc: Old as the hills

No joke, some people put the origins of sc as far back as 1982. Short of core Unix tools, you might not find many more programs as old as this one.

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Thing is, it still works like a champ. It’s hard to complain about sc, unless you want to talk about drawing up four-color pie charts and not playing nice with Excel scripting (in this day and age! šŸ‘æ )

For some of us though, the practical apex of spreadsheets occurred with Visicalc. After that, everything was just lipstick on pigs.

Arch Linux, of all things, has a PKGBUILD in AUR for sc. Debian keeps a copy as well. Your distro might too.

sc isn’t the newest spreadsheet for the console, and it isn’t necessarily the best either. More later. šŸ˜‰

P.S.: vi fans rejoice! vi-like keyboard commands! :mrgreen:

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24 thoughts on “sc: Old as the hills

  1. Scott Hansen

    If you just need a CSV viewer and not a full-blown spreadsheet, you might try tabview: (Disclaimer….yeah, it’s mine šŸ™‚ )
    https://github.com/firecat53/tabview
    Ok…yeah, you do need python, so maybe it’s not _as_ lightweight, but better than opening LibreOffice just to browse a CSV file!

    Scott

    1. K.Mandla Post author

      Definitely will try it. And don’t be shy about mentioning your own work. Somebody has to get the word out. šŸ˜‰

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