Ansi for Emacs

When you create shell scripts, it can be quite nice with colored output. It happens that I create shell scripts using Emacs batch mode. To get colored output in these scripts, I created a library called ansi.el that takes a string and applies some kind of ansi effect to it.

Example of Emacs batch script that uses ansi.el:

#!/usr/bin/env emacs --script

(require 'ansi)

;; Do something

 (if success
     (ansi-green "Your task was successfully completed!")
   (ansi-red "Something went wrong!")))

In cases where a lot of different colors are mixed it can be quite cumbersome to write the ansi- prefix all over. Using the with-ansi block, the prefix can be skipped. For example:

#!/usr/bin/env emacs --script

(require 'ansi)

 (message "  |\\_/|  ")
 (message " / %s %s \\ " (blue "@") (green "@"))
 (message "( > %s < )" (blink (yellow "º")))
 (message " `»»x««´ ")
 (message " /  %s  \\ " (red "O")))

Yes, it will print a cat with one blue eye, one green eye, a blinking yellow nose and a red button.


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