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-7.6 systemd platform.

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.


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 2014-08-25 12:23:21 -0700