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README.md

bash-life


Contents

  1. About
  2. License
  3. Prerequisites
  4. Exit status
  5. How to use
  • Get bash-life
  • Start bash-life
  • Setup and start simulation
  1. Further development

1. About

A Game of Life simulator written in Bash.

The Game of Life is a cellular automaton devised by the British mathematician John Horton Conway in 1970.

The universe of the Game of Life is an infinite two-dimensional orthogonal grid of square cells, each of which is in one of two possible states, alive or dead. Every cell interacts with its eight neighbours, which are the cells that are horizontally, vertically, or diagonally adjacent. At each step in time, the following transitions occur:

  1. Any live cell with fewer than two live neighbours dies, as if caused by under-population.
  2. Any live cell with two or three live neighbours lives on to the next generation.
  3. Any live cell with more than three live neighbours dies, as if by overcrowding.
  4. Any dead cell with exactly three live neighbours becomes a live cell, as if by reproduction.

The initial pattern constitutes the seed of the system. The first generation is created by applying the above rules simultaneously to every cell in the seed—births and deaths occur simultaneously, and the discrete moment at which this happens is sometimes called a tick (in other words, each generation is a pure function of the preceding one). The rules continue to be applied repeatedly to create further generations.

Source: Conway's Game of Life - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

2. License

This project is licensed under GNU General Public License Version 3+. For the full license, see LICENSE.

3. Prerequisites

  • Bash shell ≥ 4.2
  • tput for terminal handling. Can be found in different ncurses packages on Linux distributions (see the table below for major distros).
Distrbution Package name
Arch Linux ncurses
Debian ncurses-bin
Fedora ncurses
openSUSE ncurses-utils
Ubuntu ncurses-bin

4. Exit status

  • 0 bash-life exited successfully.
  • 1 Missing necessary program (tput) to run bash-life.
  • 2 Too small terminal size (80×6).

5. How to use

Get bash-life

First you have to acquire bash-life:

git clone https://github.com/szantaii/bash-life.git

Enter bash-life's directory:

cd bash-life

Start bash-life

Use the Bash interpreter to start the game:

bash bash-life.sh

Setup and start simulation

                                   bash-life                                    
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
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|                        o                                                     |
|                         o                                                    |
|                       ooo                                                    |
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+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
Navigate: arrow keys, Toggle cell: spacebar                    Start: s, Quit: q

TODO

6. Further development

  • Add code comments. (high priority)
  • Fill section '5. How to use' in README. (normal priority)

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