screenfetch: Because all the cool kids are doing it

I got an e-mail a month or two ago from someone who preferred to remain anonymous, suggesting screenfetch for attention. I wish the e-mailer had allowed me to use their name, because screenfetch is worth crediting the tipster.

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You’ve probably seen screenfetch (or something like it) at work in screenshots and Linux forums around the Web. It (or something like it) is a fixture in the screenshot threads in the Arch Forums, and I’ve seen it (or something like it) in r/unixporn more than once.

screenfetch does only what you see there: It lists the general information about your system in a way that might, conceivably, help someone build a similar desktop if they liked. Hence the notes on GTK themes, icon themes, fonts, and so forth.

screenfetch in particular has the option to take a screenshot automatically, provided you have some sort of screenshot tool installed — I believe the default is scrot. Others can be used, with a little nudging of screenfetch’s options.

screenfetch is not limited to Arch Linux and Openbox, and a full list of recognized distros, window managers and desktop environments is listed in the --help flag. It’s more than likely that yours is included.

I’ll leave off at this point, because as you might imagine, there is more than one way to get a nifty multicolor ASCII logo and system rundown on your screen. …😉

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