I’m writing a “fun” script, and one of the fun commands it executes is Asciiquarium. This is my guide on how I got it working in Centos 6 🙂


First the dependecies :

yum install perl-Curses perl-ExtUtils-MakeMaker

If you miss one, you will get his error :

Can't locate ExtUtils/MakeMaker.pm in @INC

First we need Term::Animation, this can be installed using by downloading and making it locally. Note that make test, will fail due to missing Test::More in Centos, that’s not a big deal, and it will work without it as well.

wget http://search.cpan.org/CPAN/authors/id/K/KB/KBAUCOM/Term-Animation-2.4.tar.gz
tar -zxvf Term-Animation-2.4.tar.gz
cd Term-Animation-2.4/
perl Makefile.PL && make
make install

After we got that installed, we can download ASCIIQuarium and install it :

wget http://www.robobunny.com/projects/asciiquarium/asciiquarium.tar.gz
tar -zxvf asciiquarium.tar.gz
cd asciiquarium_1.0/
cp asciiquarium /usr/games/
chmod 755 /usr/games/asciiquarium

And there we go running /usr/games/asciiquarium will give you a nice fish aquarium onscreen 🙂

ASCIIQuarium in action