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"psmap" is a program written in C which, given the output of your
race's "stars" command, will produce a nice looking PostScript map
which looks really peachy keen on laser printers. :-)

The most recent version of gbII (2.6.0) comes with psmap built in. To
use it simply type 'psmap'. The output of gbII's psmap is a bit keener
than the original stand-alone psmap. Users of the gbII client will find
this a snappy feature.

You can download the file containing actual PSMAP code from GB-page at
address <> (you may need
to grab it from a web archive). How the actual downloading happens depends
on your favorite netbrowser. Please do notice the file you will be
downloading is a source code written in C.

(The following instructions should work at least in Unix-environments!)
To turn psmap.c-sourcefile to executable program you need to compile
it. The following syntax (or one which closely resembles it) in
unix-shell should do the trick:

   cc -o psmap psmap.c

It will produce you an executable file named psmap. Please do remember
you could use you favorite C-compiler (like gcc) instead of cc.

This one has two phases: 1) to get star-listing from the server and 2)
to turn that listing to the postscript format by using the program you
just compiled.

You need to get the output of "stars"-command from the server. The
easiest way to do it is to log it into file (You are using the client,
aren't you?) by typing after client prompt: stars > star.list This
will produce a file named star-list to your unix-directory. This
star.list should look something like this:

GB II Log File: Wed Feb 19 09:30:44 1997

( 0)                Bambi (       0,       0)  108676
( 1)               Fomori (  -27761,    9231)   88864
( 2)                Indus (  -29082,  -10185)  107207
( 3)             Callisto (    5868,   31080)   87259
( 4)               Tammuz (  -27412,  -14362)  111664
( 5)              Ascella (  -29025,    8470)   89218
( 6)            Hofstader (  -41276,   35805)   59642

[the rest is deleted]

You should give starlist as input to your psmap-program which you
could by typing in the unix shell the command:

   psmap 1 <star.list>
   psmap 2 <star.list>

The command does process the listing of stars in file star.list and it
will generate a postscript file named or The
difference between these two cases is: with argument 1 you get a neat
map with circles around your homesystem at 50000 unit intervals (good
for judging distances from your home system). With argument 2 you get
a plain map with just a names of the stars. or
file should look something like this:


0.5 72 mul 10.5 72 mul translate
  newpath 0 360 arc stroke

  /starname exch def
  /ypos exch def
  /xpos exch def
  xpos ypos 2 drawcircle
  4 xpos add ypos moveto
  starname show

[the rest is deleted again]

Just print it with your postscript-printer. If you don't know how to
print it try to become acquainted with lpr-command or its equivalent
(man lpr :). If you still have problems just contact you system

It will help you to outline the form of the galaxy and help you to
contact other races...Just kill 'em all! :)

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Nov 21, 2012 @ 4:16 pm
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