Software Packages on SDF by Category

This page is intended to present the many, many software packages & programs currently installed on SDF, sorted into categories for ease of reference. New users can refer to this file when trying to find programs, and even long-time SDFers can possibly discover something new here.

Note that this list is not expected to contain every single package currently installed. For a complete list of packages on SDF, see here. For a complete list of software that could be installed if only you were to bug smj, see here.

Programs marked “ARPA”, “MetaARPA”, “DBA”, or similar can only be run by users with the specified membership level.

Note: If you are planning on adding to this file, you are advised to follow the recommendations below.

Text Editors

  • “ce”
  • “ed” — the standard text editor
  • ee
  • emacs
  • “ex”
  • hexedit
  • jed
  • joe
  • “jove”
  • mined
  • nano
  • “ne” — Cambridge text editor
  • nvi
  • pico
  • uemacs
  • “ve”
  • vi
  • vile
  • vim” — Vi IMproved
  • zile

Binary File Editors

  • “beav”
  • bvi
  • “hexedit”
  • “id3”
  • “id3ed”
  • “id3v2”
  • “mp3asm”

E-mail Clients

  • alpine
  • elm
  • “mail”
  • “mailto”
  • “mailx”
  • “mm”
  • “mush”
  • mutt
  • “nmh”
  • “pine”
  • “rmail”
  • “xmh”
  • “biff” — notifies you when new mail arrives
  • fetchmail” — fetch mail from a remote server
  • “formail”
  • “frm”, “nfrm” — list “From:” and “Subject:” of selected messages in mailbox or folder
  • “from”
  • “getmail”
  • “imapfilter”
  • “mailstat”
  • “mdfrm” — parses Maildir files
  • “metamail”
  • “metasend”
  • “mhn”
  • procmail
  • “sendfiles”
  • “splitmail”
  • “ssmtp”

Shells

  • “bash”
  • “csh”
  • “ksh”
  • ksh93
  • “mudsh” — “M.U.D. game-like shell”
  • osh” — a port of the Sixth Edition Thompson shell
  • pdksh
  • “rc”
  • “sh”
  • tcsh
  • zsh

Filesystem Utilities

  • “basename”
  • “chflags”
  • “chgrp”
  • “chmod”
  • “colorls” — like “ls”, but with a ”-G” option that enables colorized output
  • “cp” — copy files
  • “df”
  • “dirname”
  • “du”
  • “file” — determine the type of a file
  • “ln”
  • “ls” — list the contents of a directory
  • “mkdir” — create a directory
  • “mv” — move/rename a file
  • “quota”
  • “readlink”
  • “rm” — delete files
  • “rmdir” — delete empty directories
  • “stat”
  • “touch”

File Processing & Filtering

  • “awk”
  • “cat” — output the contents of a file
  • “cmp” — display differences between two files byte by byte
  • “colrm”
  • “column”
  • “comm” — display line common to two files
  • “cut”
  • “dd”
  • “diff” — display differences between two files line by line
  • “diff3” — display differences between three files line by line
  • “dos2unix” — convert CRLF line endings to LF
  • “expand”
  • “fmt”
  • “fold”
  • “grep” — search files for lines matching a pattern
  • “head” — print the first few lines of a file
  • “hexdump”
  • “indent”
  • “join”
  • “look”
  • “mawk”
  • “merge”
  • “nl” — number lines
  • “od”
  • “par”
  • “paste”
  • “patch” — apply the output of a “diff” command to a file
  • “pr” — format text files for printing
  • “rev”
  • “sdiff”
  • “sed”
  • “sort” — sort lines
  • “split” — split a file into pieces
  • “states”
  • “tabs”
  • “tail” — print the last few lines of a file
  • “tidy”
  • “tr”
  • “uniq”
  • “unix2dos” — convert LF line endings to CRLF
  • “vis”
  • “wc” — count the number of bytes, characters, words, and/or lines in a file
  • “xxd”

Web Browsers

  • “dillo” — only available on the NetBSD 5.0 hosts
  • elinks
  • links
  • lynx
  • w3m

Newsreaders

  • “Pnews” (ARPA)
  • nn” (ARPA)
  • “pine” (ARPA)
  • “rn” (ARPA)
  • slrn” (ARPA)
  • tin” (ARPA)
  • “trn” (ARPA)

File Transfer & Retrieval Programs

  • curl
  • “ftp” (ARPA)
  • “gopher”
  • “kermit” (ARPA)
  • “ncftpget” (ARPA)
  • “rcp”
  • rsync” (MetaARPA)
  • “scp” — copy files between machines using SSH (ARPA)
  • “sftp” — secure file transfer protocol (ARPA)
  • “snarf” (ARPA)
  • “sz, rz, sb, rb, sx, rx”
  • “tftp” (ARPA)
  • unison” (MetaARPA)
  • “uucp”
  • wget” (ARPA)

Network Utilities

  • 6tunnel” — tunnel IPv6 connections over IPv4
  • “cidr”
  • “cu”
  • “dig”
  • geoip
  • “host” — get the IP address for a domain name or vice versa
  • jwhois
  • “ldapsearch”
  • “netstat”
  • “nmap”
  • “nslookup”
  • “ping”
  • “ruptime”
  • “sipcalc”
  • “traceroute” — follow the path packets take to a remote host
  • “uux”
  • “whois”
  • “yuptime”
  • “yusers”
  • “ywho”

Remote Networking

  • “dict” — DICT protocol client
  • “rlogin” (ARPA)
  • “rsh”
  • ssh” (ARPA)
  • “telnet” (ARPA)
  • “tn3270”

Chat-System Clients

  • “bitchx” (ARPA)
  • bsflite” — AIM client (ARPA)
  • centerim” (ARPA)
  • climm” — ICQ client (ARPA)
  • “epic” — IRC client (ARPA)
  • finch” — IRC client; only available on the NetBSD 5.0 hosts (ARPA)
  • “irc” — Blackened, the IRC client (ARPA)
  • irssi” — IRC client (MetaARPA)
  • naim” — AIM client (ARPA)
  • “ninja” (ARPA)
  • scrollz” — IRC client (ARPA)
  • “silc” (ARPA)
  • “tac” (ARPA)
  • ttytter” — terminal-based Twitter client (ARPA)
  • “xaric” — IRC client (ARPA)
  • ysm” — ICQ client (ARPA)

Inter-user Communication Software

  • “mesg”
  • “talk”
  • “wall”
  • “write”
  • “ytalk”

User Information

  • “finger”
  • “groups”
  • “id”
  • “logname”
  • “whoami”

System Information

  • “date”
  • “domainname”
  • “hostname”
  • “machine”
  • “uname”
  • “uptime”
  • “users”

Process Information & Control

  • “env”
  • “kill”
  • “killall”
  • “lsof”
  • “nice”
  • “nohup”
  • “pkill”
  • “printenv”
  • “ps”
  • “pstree” — display a tree of processes
  • “time” — time how long it takes a program to run
  • “top”
  • “w”
  • “watch” — watch a program with update intervals
  • “who”

Compilers

  • “c++” (ARPA)
  • “c89” (wrapper around “cc”)
  • “cc” (ARPA)
  • “clisp” (MetaARPA)
  • “distcc”
  • “distccd”
  • g++” — GNU C++ compiler (ARPA)
  • g77
  • gcc” — GNU C compiler (ARPA)
  • “jikes” (MetaARPA)
  • “nasm” (MetaARPA)

Programming Language Interpreters & Virtual Machines

  • “cint” — C interpreter
  • hugs” — Haskell interpreter
  • “java” (MetaARPA)
  • kaffe” (MetaARPA)
  • “lisp” (MetaARPA; wrapper around “uxlisp”)
  • perl” — pathologically eclectic rubbish lister practical extraction & report language (ARPA)
  • php” — PHP: hypertext preprocessor (ARPA)
  • python” (ARPA)
  • “ruby” (ARPA)

Version Control Systems

  • “cvs”
  • git” (MetaARPA)
  • hg
  • rcs
  • “sccs”
  • svn” (MetaARPA)

Miscellaneous Software Development Programs

  • ant” (MetaARPA)
  • “as” (ARPA)
  • asp2php
  • autoconf
  • automake
  • bison” — GNU yacc
  • “chicken”
  • “cim”
  • “cook”
  • “cpp” — C preprocessor
  • cscope
  • “flex” — GNU lex (ARPA)
  • “gcov”
  • gdb” — GNU debugger
  • gmake
  • “gprof”
  • “ld” (ARPA)
  • “lex” (ARPA)
  • “lint”
  • “m4”
  • “make” (ARPA)
  • “mkdep”
  • “phpize”
  • “yacc” — yet another compiler compiler (ARPA)

Encryption & Cryptography Programs

  • “cksum”
  • gpg
  • “md5”
  • “openssl”
  • “pgp5”
  • “sha1”
  • “sum”

File Format Converters (non-image)

File Archival & Compression Utilities

  • “aetar”
  • “ar”
  • “bsdtar”
  • “bzip2”
  • “compress”
  • “cpio”
  • “freeze”
  • “gtar”
  • “gzip”
  • “lzop”
  • “mousetar”
  • “pax”
  • “shar”
  • “tar”
  • “zip”
  • “znew”
  • “zoo”

File Encoding

  • “caesar”
  • “iconv”
  • “mimencode”
  • “rot13”
  • “uuencode”
  • “yencode”

File Managers

Typesetting

  • Manpages & *roff
    • “colcrt”
    • “eqn”
    • “groff”
    • “groffer”
    • “grog”
    • “grotty”
    • “nroff”
    • “pic”
    • “refer”
    • “tbl”
    • “troff”
    • “vgrind”
  • PostScript & PDFs
    • “abcm2ps” — “Converts ABC to music sheet in PostScript format”
    • “diffpp”
    • “enscript”
    • gs” (“ps2pdf”, “ps2ascii”, “pdf2ps”, “epstopdf”, etc.)
    • “ps2eps”
    • “psnup”
    • “yup”
  • TeX, LaTeX, etc.
    • “dvipdf”
    • “dvips”
    • “etex”
    • latex
    • “lgrind”
    • “mf”
    • “mktexmf”
    • “mktexpk”
    • “mpost”
    • “pdfetex”
    • “pslatex”
    • “tex”

XML Processing Programs

  • “xmllint”
  • “xmlto”
  • “xsltproc”

Text File Pagers

  • “less”
  • “more”
  • “most”
  • “pg”

Games

  • “adv770”
  • “animal” — the computer tries to guess what animal you're thinking of
  • “atc” — air traffic controller game
  • “backgammon” — the game of backgammon; play against the computer or a friend
  • “battlestar” — “a tropical [text] adventure game”
  • “bluemoon” — one of many solitaire card games
  • “boggle”
  • “c4” — Connect Four
  • “canfield” — the solitaire card game canfield
  • “cribbage” — the card game cribbage (played against the computer)
  • “dinkum” — an Australian text-adventure game
  • dopewars
  • “dungeon”
  • “fish”
  • gnuchess4
  • “hack”
  • “knight” — Knight's Tour — move the knight to visit every square on the board
  • “larn” — “exploring the caverns of Larn”
  • “mdg”
  • “monop” — Monopoly
  • “moon-buggy”
  • “moria”
  • “motti”
  • nethack
  • netris” — “A free networked version of T*tris”
  • “nobs” — cribbage game
  • “phantasia”
  • “robots”
  • “robots2”
  • “rogue”
  • “saa” — play the solitaire card game “streets and alleys”
  • “ski” — “an unusual skiing simulation game”
  • “snake”
  • “sokoban”
  • “tetris”
  • thxmoo
  • “tttt”
  • “wand”
  • “worm”
  • “wump”
  • “zombies”

Diversions

(Things otherwise classified as games but without a goal or in which the user doesn't really do anything)

  • “anagram” — search the dictionary for anagrams of a word
  • “arithmetic” — quiz on simple arithmetic
  • “autopun” — “Phonetically Reparse an English Phrase”
  • “aybabtu” — ASCII recreation of the ZeroWing opening sequence
  • “banner”
  • “bcd”
  • “cookie”
  • “countmail” — a program for laughing at the size of your inbox
  • cowsay” — an ASCII cow says stuff
  • “crypto” — “a program to generate and/or solve cryptograms”
  • “cursive”
  • “dive”
  • “factor”
  • figlet
  • “fortune”
  • “macarena” — the horror… the horror…
  • “macarena1” — the horror revisited
  • “morse”
  • “number” — convert Arabic numerals to English
  • “phoon” — shows the phase of the moon with an ASCII image
  • “pig” — anslatetray exttay intoway Igpay Atinlay
  • “pom” — display the phase of the moon
  • “ppt”
  • “primes”
  • “quiz” — “random knowledge tests”
  • “rain” — animated ASCII raindrops on a terminal
  • “sonnet”
  • “suicide”
  • “suicide1”
  • “suicide2”
  • “suicide3”
  • “wargames”
  • “worms” — animate worms on a terminal
  • “wtf”

Game Interpreters & Clients

  • “frotz”
  • “tf”

Mathematical & Statistical Programs

  • “bc”
  • “dc”
  • gnuplot
  • “mathomatic”

Image Creation, Conversion, & Manipulation

  • ImageMagick (“animate”, “compare”, “composite”, “conjure”, “convert”, “display”, “identify”, “import”, “mogrify”, “montage”, “stream”)
  • “compface”
  • “gif2png”, “web2png” — convert GIFs to PNGs
  • “jhead” — digital camera JPEG exif header manipulation tool
  • “netpbm”
  • povray

Spellcheckers

Productivity & Reminder Software

  • “calendar”
  • “leave”
  • remind
  • todo

X11 Programs

(MetaARPA membership required)

  • “bitmap”
  • “ico”
  • “imake”
  • “luit”
  • “mwm”
  • “resize”
  • “startx”
  • “twm”
  • “xcalc”
  • “xclock”
  • “xeyes”
  • “xgamma”
  • “xlsfonts”
  • “xman”
  • “xmh”
  • “xsnow”
  • xterm

Database Programs

  • mysql” (DBA)
  • “psql” (DBA)
  • sqlite” (DBA)
  • “sqlite3” (DBA)

Feed Readers

Terminal Management Programs

  • “clear” — clear the screen
  • “lock” — reserve a terminal
  • “stty” — set various options for the current terminal
  • “tput”
  • “tset”
  • “tty” — give the name of your terminal

Information & Help

  • “apropos” — search for programs by keywords in documentation
  • “ascii”
  • “info”
  • “man” — view the manual page for a command
  • pinfo” — like “info”, but better
  • “vilearn”
  • “vimtutor”
  • “whatis” — get a brief description of a command

Finding Files & Programs

  • “find” — search a directory tree for files that match given criteria (MetaARPA)
  • “locate” — search a database of files for ones with the given name
  • “whereis”
  • “which” — locate a program in your PATH

Guidelines for Maintaining This File

  • Only programs that are located in the default users' PATH should be listed here; i.e., user-written software in ”/sys/sdf/bin” should be left out.
  • Custom commands specific to SDF should be left out. There is already a list of them here.
  • Make sure that a program is currently installed by seeing whether it exists in the PATH (e.g., with ”“command -v program”” or ”“finbin program””). There are many programs that don't have manual pages, and in some cases there may be manual pages left behind from old programs that were uninstalled.
  • While you don't have to, it would be nice if you included a brief description of what each command does along with a link to its official project page (if any).
  • Be sure to list membership requirements for programs that only ARPA or MetaARPA users can run.
  • Try to only list programs that fall into a specific category. You may add a new category if you feel one is needed, but only if you can find more than one program that fits into the new category (three or four programs seems like a good minimum, but we won't force you to follow this rule).
  • If you don't know what a program does (at least not well enough to place it into a category), don't add it.
  • If several closely-related programs come together as part of the same package (e.g., “strfile” and “unstr” with “fortune”, or all of the GhostScript programs), only give the name of the main program.
  • If a program currently just doesn't work (e.g., “hnb”), don't list it here.