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Screenshots from the command line (FreeBSD)

vidcontrol is a nice utility that among other things allows one to capture the state of a video buffer and dump it to a file. The format of this file is specified in the man page as it is not a regular image file. For this reason one needs a specific tool to convert it to something one can play with. These commands are scr2txt (/usr/ports/textproc/scr2txt) and scr2png (/usr/ports/graphics/scr2png).
They can then be combined using one single line:

$ vidcontrol -p < /dev/ttyv0 | scr2txt > /tmp/screenshot.txt

The -p flag instructs vidcontrol to get the current content of the corresponding video buffer. scr2txt reads a vidcontrol dump file from standard input and writes a txt equivalent file to standard output. scr2png works in a similar fashion for png files.

These are the contents of the screenshot.txt file:

$ cat /tmp/screenshot.txt 
[n0str0m0@beastie ~]$ who am i                                                  
n0str0m0         ttyv0    Apr  5 18:59                                          
[n0str0m0@beastie ~]$                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
<some blank lines here>                                                                                

Enjoy!

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