Introduction to AAlib

AAlib is a library to render any graphic into ASCII Art.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.9 platform.

This package is known to build properly using the gcc-6 compiler.

Package Information

AAlib Dependencies


X Window System, S-Lang-2.2.4, and GPM-1.20.7

User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/aalib

Installation of AAlib

Fix a minor problem with the included m4 file:

sed -i -e '/AM_PATH_AALIB,/s/AM_PATH_AALIB/[&]/' aalib.m4

Install AAlib by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr             \
            --infodir=/usr/share/info \
            --mandir=/usr/share/man   \
            --disable-static          &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install


Installed Programs: aafire, aainfo, aalib-config, aasavefont, and aatest
Installed Library: libaa.{so,a}
Installed Directories: None

Short Descriptions


is little toy of AAlib, rendering an animated fire in ASCII Art.


provides information for your current settings related to AAlib.


provides configuration info for AAlib.


saves a font to a file.


shows the abilities of AAlib in a little test.


is a collection of routines to render any graphical input in portable format to ASCII Art. It can be used through many programs and has a very well documented API, so you can easily put it into your own programs.

Last updated on 2016-07-03 16:34:26 -0500