I am setting up Satnogs monitor, which needs a lot of unusual (unicode) symbols to show a world map with symbols. In order to get them, I was using a fork of yaft. On my raspberry pi, I could simply open this from a terminal, it would switch to a yaft non gui terminal, and then I could run it. However, I am setting it up on another raspberry pi and symbols are not working. Instead of trying to find the underlying issue I want to just use another terminal that works (konsole works on my main machine but that requires installing all of KDE). Are there any I can start from the command line and use without a window manager, and that support all symbols?
I've actually tried
satnogs-monitor on Xubuntu, and XTerm does support all the symbols required to show a decent image. So just make sure you have
xterm command available, and try running it like
xterm -geometry WIDTHxHEIGHT, where
HEIGHT are your screen resolution dimensions. From the window that appears, run
satnogs-monitor as you would usually do.
Here's the command I tried when testing fully DE-less X11 session on Xubuntu 19.04 in QEMU (after having stopped the
startx /usr/bin/xterm -geometry 1024x768
satnogs-monitor -s 175 in the terminal here gives me the following result:
You'll just have to set it up to have black background and white foreground instead of the default colors. Namely, I have put the following into
xterm*background: black xterm*foreground: white
Now the result is
While not exactly what you're asking for, you could run a simple window manager like
i3 then fullscreen a terminal emulator like
xterm. This saves you installing an entire desktop environment and will be nice and light weight.
You can configure
i3 to start a terminal in full screen or use
dmenu to launch a program.