Provided by: libterm-sk-perl_0.11-1_all bug

NAME

       Term::Sk - Perl extension for displaying a progress indicator on a terminal.

SYNOPSIS

         use Term::Sk;

         my $ctr = Term::Sk->new('%d Elapsed: %8t %21b %4p %2d (%8c of %11m)',
           {quiet => 0, freq => 10, base => 0, target => 100, pdisp => '!'});

         $ctr->up for (1..100);

         $ctr->down for (1..100);

         $ctr->whisper('abc');

         my last_line = $ctr->get_line;

         $ctr->close;

         print "Number of ticks: ", $ctr->ticks, "\n";

EXAMPLES

       Term::Sk is a class to implement a progress indicator ("Sk" is a short form for "Show
       Key"). This is used to provide immediate feedback for long running processes.

       A sample code fragment that uses Term::Sk:

         use Term::Sk;

         print qq{This is a test of "Term::Sk"\n\n};

         my $target = 2_845;
         my $format = '%2d Elapsed: %8t %21b %4p %2d (%8c of %11m)';

         my $ctr = Term::Sk->new($format,
           {freq => 10, base => 0, target => $target, pdisp => '!'});

         for (1..$target) {
             $ctr->up;
             do_something();
         }

         $ctr->close;

         sub do_something {
             my $test = 0;
             for my $i (0..10_000) {
                 $test += sin($i) * cos($i);
             }
         }

       Another example that counts upwards:

         use Term::Sk;

         my $format = '%21b %4p';

         my $ctr = Term::Sk->new($format, {freq => 's', base => 0, target => 70});

         for (1..10) {
             $ctr->up(7);
             sleep 1;
         }

         $ctr->close;

       At any time, after Term::Sk->new(), you can query the number of ticks (i.e. number of
       calls to $ctr->up or $ctr->down) using the method 'ticks':

         use Term::Sk;

         my $ctr = Term::Sk->new('%6c', {freq => 's', base => 0, target => 70});

         for (1..4288) {
             $ctr->up;
         }

         $ctr->close;

         print "Number of ticks: ", $ctr->ticks, "\n";

       This example uses a simple progress bar in quiet mode (nothing is printed to STDOUT), but
       instead, the content of what would have been printed can now be extracted using the
       get_line() method:

         use Term::Sk;

         my $format = 'Ctr %4c';

         my $ctr = Term::Sk->new($format, {freq => 2, base => 0, target => 10, quiet => 1});

         my $line = $ctr->get_line;
         $line =~ s/\010/</g;
         print "This is what would have been printed upon new(): [$line]\n";

         for my $i (1..10) {
             $ctr->up;

             $line = $ctr->get_line;
             $line =~ s/\010/</g;
             print "This is what would have been printed upon $i. call to up(): [$line]\n";
         }

         $ctr->close;

         $line = $ctr->get_line;
         $line =~ s/\010/</g;
         print "This is what would have been printed upon close(): [$line]\n";

       Here are some examples that show different values for option {num => ...}

         my $format = 'act %c max %m';

         my $ctr1 = Term::Sk->new($format, {base => 1234567, target => 2345678});
         # The following numbers are shown: act 1_234_567 max 2_345_678

         my $ctr2 = Term::Sk->new($format, {base => 1234567, target => 2345678, num => q{9,999}});
         # The following numbers are shown: act 1,234,567 max 2,345,678

         my $ctr3 = Term::Sk->new($format, {base => 1234567, target => 2345678, num => q{9'99}});
         # The following numbers are shown: act 1'23'45'67 max 2'34'56'78

         my $ctr4 = Term::Sk->new($format, {base => 1234567, target => 2345678, num => q{9}});
         # The following numbers are shown: act 1234567 max 2345678

         my $ctr5 = Term::Sk->new($format, {base => 1234567, target => 2345678,
           commify => sub{ join '!', split m{}xms, $_[0]; }});
         # The following numbers are shown: act 1!2!3!4!5!6!7 max 2!3!4!5!6!7!8

DESCRIPTION

   Format strings
       The first parameter to new() is the format string which contains the following special
       characters:

       characters '%d'
           a revolving dash, format '/-\|'

       characters '%t'
           time elapsed, format 'hh:mm:ss'

       characters '%b'
           progress bar, format '#####_____'

       characters '%p'
           Progress in percentage, format '999%'

       characters '%c'
           Actual counter value (commified by '_'), format '99_999_999'

       characters '%m'
           Target maximum value (commified by '_'), format '99_999_999'

       characters '%k'
           Token which updates its value before being displayed.  An example use of this would be
           a loop wherein every step of the loop could be identified by a particular string.  For
           example:

               my $ctr = Term::Sk->new('Processing %k counter %c',
                 {base => 0, token => 'Albania'});
               foreach my $country (@list_of_european_nations) {
                 $ctr->token($country);
                 for (1..500) {
                     $ctr->up;
                     ## do something...
                 }
               };
               $ctr->close;

           You can also have more than one token on a single line. Here is an example:

               my $ctr = Term::Sk->new('Processing %k Region %k counter %c',
                 {base => 0, token => ['Albania', 'South']});
               foreach my $country (@list_of_european_nations) {
                 $ctr->token([$country, 'North']);
                 for (1..500) {
                     $ctr->up;
                     ## do something...
                 }
               };
               $ctr->close;

           The "token" method is used to update the token value. If '%k' is used, then the
           counter must be instantiated with an intial value for the token.

       characters '%P'
           The '%' character itself

   Options
       The second parameter are the following options:

       option {freq => 999}
           This option sets the refresh-frequency on STDOUT to every 999 up() or down() calls. If
           {freq => 999} is not specified at all, then the refresh-frequency is set by default to
           every up() or down() call.

       option {freq => 's'}
           This is a special case whereby the refresh-frequency on STDOUT  is set to every
           second.

       option {freq => 'd'}
           This is a special case whereby the refresh-frequency on STDOUT  is set to every 1/10th
           of a second.

       option {base => 0}
           This specifies the base value from which to count. The default is 0

       option {target => 10_000}
           This specifies the maximum value to which to count. The default is 10_000.

       option {pdisp => '!'}
           This option (with the exclamation mark) is obsolete and has no effect whatsoever. The
           progressbar will always be displayed using the hash-symbol "#".

       option {quiet => 1}
           This option disables most printing to STDOUT, but the content of the would be printed
           line is still available using the method get_line(). The whisper-method, however,
           still shows its output.

           The default is in fact {quiet => !-t STDOUT}

       option {num => '9_999'}
           This option configures the output number format for the counters.

       option {commify => sub{...}}
           This option allows one to register a subroutine that formats the counters.

       option {test => 1}
           This option is used for testing purposes only, it disables all printing to STDOUT,
           even the whisper shows no output. But again, the content of the would be printed line
           is still available using the method get_line().

   Processing
       The new() method immediately displays the initial values on screen. From now on, nothing
       must be printed to STDOUT and/or STDERR. However, you can write to STDOUT during the
       operation using the method whisper().

       We can either count upwards, $ctr->up, or downwards, $ctr->down. Everytime we do so, the
       value is either incremented or decremented and the new value is replaced on STDOUT. We
       should do so regularly during the process. Both methods, $ctr->up(99) and $ctr->down(99)
       can take an optional argument, in which case the value is incremented/decremented by the
       specified amount.

       When our process has finished, we must close the counter ($ctr->close). By doing so, the
       last displayed value is removed from STDOUT, as if nothing had happened. Now we are
       allowed to print again to STDOUT and/or STDERR.

   Post hoc transformation
       In some cases it makes sense to redirected STDOUT to a flat file. In this case, the
       backspace characters remain in the flat file.

       There is a function "rem_backspace()" that removes the backspaces (including the
       characters that they are supposed to remove) from a redirected file.

       Here is a simplified example:

         use Term::Sk qw(rem_backspace);

         my $flatfile = "Test hijabc\010\010\010xyzklmttt\010\010yzz";

         printf "before (len=%3d): '%s'\n", length($flatfile), $flatfile;

         rem_backspace(\$flatfile);

         printf "after  (len=%3d): '%s'\n", length($flatfile), $flatfile;

AUTHOR

       Klaus Eichner, January 2008

COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE

       Copyright (C) 2008-2011 by Klaus Eichner

       This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same
       terms as Perl itself.