number: What computers were made for

I found a lonesome leftover title from bsd-games hiding in my vimwiki directory. This is number, which, if you think about it, does pretty much exactly what it promises.


number takes a series of digits and converts them into written English. It’s a niche application, but one that could come in handy.

By itself, number breaks apart its output line-by-line. If you want a full string, you’ll have to feed it its only flag, -l.

And that’s about it. If you feel like really putting number through its paces, give this a try.

number -l $( < /dev/urandom tr -dc 0-9 | head -c24 )

Things like that are what computers were made for. 😉