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stermp.h, trying to port conio.h to Linux

This time I want to rescue an old project. I started it long ago. These days I’ve been reading some source codes in facebook using conio.h so I hope this could be interesting for anyone.

Of course there are some libraries that allow us to to write strings in colors and get/set position on screen and keys without echoing and pressing Enter, or we can do it without them, using ANSI codes directly but we would have to do a lot of changes in the source code.

I tried to keep the name of the functions the same, we use:

  • clrscr() : To clean screen
  • textbackground(color) : To change background color
  • textcolor(color) : To change text color
  • gotoxy(x,y) : Go to specific position
  • wherex() : To get X position
  • wherey() : To get Y position
  • getch() : To get a key press without ENTER
  • getche() : Like getch but echoing character on screen
  • kbhit() : To know if a key has been pressed without stopping execution. Returns true or false

We also have some additional stuff like:

  • wherexy() : Returns X,Y position in a struct
  • kbhit2() : Gets a key code if pressed without stopping execution
  • kbhit_pre() : Prepares to do lots of kbhits() to increase performance
  • restore_terminal_color() : Restores terminal color
  • screenheight() : Gets screen height.
  • screenwidth() : Gets screen width.

I tried also to keep color names the same. Let’s see an example:

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#include <stdio.h>
#include <time.h>
#include "stermp.h"

void update_time()
{
  struct tm *tm;
  time_t _time;
  char text[50];
  textcolor(YELLOW);
  _time=time(NULL);
  tm = localtime(&_time);
  strftime(text,50,"%d/%m/%Y %H:%M:%S", tm);
  gotoxy(1,1);
  printf("%s    ", text);
}

int main()
{
  int x,y;
  int width, height;
  int key;
  term_init();

  width = screenwidth();
  height = screenheight();
  /* Rellenamos de verde la pantalla */
  textbackground(GREEN);
  clrscr();

  textbackground(BLUE);
  /* Rellenamos de azul la primera fila */
  for (x=0; x<width; x++)
    printf(" ");

  gotoxy(1,height);
  /* Rellenamos de azul la última fila */
  for (x=0; x<width; x++)
    printf(" ");

  gotoxy(2,2);
  while ((key=kbhit2())==0)
      update_time();

  printf("You have pressed: %d\n", key);

  term_defaults();
 
}

We can see I’m calling term_init() and term_defaults() but they are just to restore terminal after the execution ends.
You can download the source code on github. Just include stermp.h in your code and include stermp.h and stermp.c in your project.

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