Looking for ‘Life: zivot

I haven’t got much time today, so I can only jot a note as a signpost in a search for something else.

For a while I have been wondering why I couldn’t find a version of Conway’s Game of Life for the console, outside of the demo version packed in teapot or a few semi-eponymous “life” packages intended for graphical worlds.

I did find zivot the other day, but … it’s a little less than I anticipated.

This is more of a frame-by-frame snapshot of each stage, and not so much a full animated version. It seems odd to me that I can’t find something ncurses-based that animates the sequences more gracefully. I must be overlooking it.

I guess I’ll just have to stick with worms. :D

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12 Responses to “Looking for ‘Life: zivot”

  1. 1 Ivica 2011/02/20 at 7:50 AM

    Zivot –or Ĺ˝ivot means life in my country Serbia, it must be some one from here that made this port of the game.

    • 2 K.Mandla 2011/02/20 at 7:54 AM

      That’s a real possibility. I couldn’t seem to find a home page for it; I understood it to be quite old and perhaps the original site is lost, or hiding in archive.org.

    • 3 lo0m 2011/02/21 at 4:50 PM

      or czech btw.. propably all slovanian language group shares this word

  2. 4 Dan 2011/02/20 at 9:40 AM

    dblife should work with curses:

    and there is always cage and python

    not sure if this will be a repeat post as a very brief message flashed by as I submitted my last post and that post has not appeared.

  3. 6 joem 2011/02/20 at 12:37 PM

    I know I’ve come across several, but I couldn’t easily find any I saved. A quick googling resulting in a few. The first I tried was pylife: http://davidbau.com/archives/2006/07/26/python_curses_life.html and it worked pretty well for me. I look forward to seeing what else you come up with.

  4. 7 aash 2011/02/20 at 4:15 PM

    Hey if I have 3Gb ram and I want to install a 64bit OS how much space should I allocate for swap?

  5. 9 TheDude 2011/02/20 at 10:34 PM

    down on


    there is a link for life.c using ncurses. I found it just a few days ago by accident. =)

  6. 10 Kyle 2011/02/22 at 3:33 AM

    Google for conways life ncurses.
    First hit:
    Added it to the AUR too.

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