I have built a video wall out of raspberry pis and I am trying to create a menu in the command line for the master pi to select a video to play. Whats the easiest way to do that?

  • interesting, have you looked at menus using regular bash scripts? btw how many pi's did you hook up for the pi-wall?
    – feverDream
    Dec 20, 2013 at 18:15
  • 9 pis as far as screens go, plus one for the master. Bash Scripts would be nice to use, but I havent really used much bash until starting this project, so I'm not sure how to do that.
    – Red
    Dec 20, 2013 at 19:26
  • Nice, what player are you using? Can you update the update the question with the command you are using?
    – feverDream
    Dec 21, 2013 at 5:22
  • How did you split the video out between different pis? Jan 22, 2014 at 19:33

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Maybe have a look at curses or dialog.


Another idea is to write the command line menu entirely by yourself. For example, if you are familiar with C/C++ you can use the system command and issue a "clear" in order to clear the screen in the output and present/refresh the new state of your menu. If you want to create something simple it is not a bad idea because you don't have to read anything about ncurses, etc.

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