Super simple presentations

This weekends In The Other BSD's section had a link to a nycbug thread about presentation software. That was strangely apropos, last week I made slides for a lightning talk using my own template and beamer just exploded. I fixed the issue with beamer, I was pretty upset, upset enough to try looking for other software to use when I can.

At the start of the nycbug thread suckless sent is mentioned. sent is a really simple presentation tool that, it takes some input files and shows them as a slideshow. No pdf output, no templates, just a presentation.

sent isn't packaged in FreeBSD, suckless make it rather easy to build their tools(you normally edit a header and rebuild to do config) so I grabbed the source and built it.

I had to add some search paths to get it to build:

$ git diff
diff --git a/ b/
index ed08199..6f5f3e4 100644
--- a/
+++ b/
@@ -11,8 +11,9 @@ X11INC = /usr/X11R6/include
 X11LIB = /usr/X11R6/lib

 # includes and libs
-INCS = -I. -I/usr/include -I/usr/include/freetype2 -I${X11INC}
-LIBS = -L/usr/lib -lc -lm -L${X11LIB} -lXft -lfontconfig -lX11 -lpng
+INCS = -I. -I/usr/include -I/usr/include/freetype2 -I${X11INC} -I/usr/local/include -I/usr/local/include/freetype2
+LIBS = -L/usr/lib -L/usr/local/lib -lc -lm -L${X11LIB} -lXft -lfontconfig -lX11 -lpng

# flags

Sent just expects paragraphs of text.

Sent slide show gif