pxboard is a shell script that, according to the comments in it, can be used to let XBoard display a game through a command
cat GAMEFILE | pxboard
I thought this was totally obsolete. For one, the smae can be achieved by simply typing the shorter
But perhaps the intended use is when the game isn't supplied by a simple cat command on a file, but by some other method. Like output of a mailing program.
But nowadays almost no one would use mailing programs from the command line. If they get sent games by e-mail (does anyone still do that???) he would probably copy-paste those from his e-mail client (or from a webmail or other www page) into an xboard instance he started separately. If games are in a PGN file, he could double-click that file to launch XBoard with that file as argument, as the PGN mime type gets associated with XBoard on install.
I don't know what was the original idea for installing pxboard. Should it be moved to $bindir and be given executable mode, so that 'pxboard' would work as a command on the command-line? If so, "make install" should do that, but no longer does.
Conclusion: either the Makefile should be adapted to do that, or all references to pxboard should be removed from the man pages.
Op ma., nov. 8, 2021 om 01:43, Tim Mann <firstname.lastname@example.org> schreef:
Ubuntu probably chose not to package pxboard. You can get it here:
The man page for xboard describes piping with the pxboard script.
pxboard is not on my system. I am running Ubuntu 18.04.