Provided by: xlife_5.0-8_i386
lifeconv - convert old life patterns to 2.0 format
is a format-conversiontool for xlife(6) pattern files. For information
on the pattern file format, see its manual page.
A leading -[RAPp] argument forces the conversion format. Otherwise it
uses the following rules:
1) If the image won’t fit in a 1000x876 screen, leave it alone (thus,
very large patterns like the breeder are left in #A format).
2) Otherwise, convert it to whichever of ‘P’ or ‘R’ format takes up
less disk space. Offsets are generated in the header so that the hot
spot is at the center of the bounding rectangle.
Option ‘p’ converts from old P format to new P format. In old P for‐
mat, the y offset at which a line was to be loaded was its absolute
line number. In the new format, it’s the line number relative to the
#P control line (if the #P is the first line in the save file the two
All #-constructs other than #A, #R and #I are passed through without
With no file arguments, lifeconv acts as a filter. If given file argu‐
ments, the files will be converted to the new format in place.
Eric S. Raymond <email@example.com>