GQView Collections on the Framebuffer

So there I was, waiting for some nVidia drivers to compile so I could get back into X11, flipping through images in fbi, when I realized I was sick and tired of fragile, irritating, one-liners to pipe lists of images into it.

Enter gqfbi. A little, one-hour creation of mine which makes using fbi so much more comfortable.

GQfbi is a small, Python-based wrapper script for the fbi framebuffer image viewer which will make it just Do What I Mean™.

Features include:

  • Automatically excluding files fbi won’t recognize to prevent it from pausing for a second or two to force you to read the “couldn’t load this image” message.
  • Support for taking any combination of paths to images, directories, and GQview/Geeqie collections.
  • Calls fbi with readahead and auto-scaling enabled. (I’ll make them optional when I get around to actually making optparse do something useful)

Planned features:

  • Support for asking fbi to slideshow, shuffle, and loop.
  • Support for taking Zip/RAR/CBZ/CBR archives as input for framebuffer manga-reading.
  • Its own git repository rather than lurking in my roaming profile’s ~/bin

If you like it, please let me know. I don’t use it often, so you’ll probably be single-handedly responsible for getting a feature implemented.

CC BY-SA 4.0 GQView Collections on the Framebuffer by Stephan Sokolow is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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