Rice Installer

A noob’s rice installer for Linux systems.

Why something like this?

As a Linux user who likes to hop a lot, I always have to go through the hassle of getting all my dots from Git repos and placing them manually in their place.
One can argue that the same thing can be achieved by shell scripts, but scripts tend to be larger and slower.
This program is written in C++, which is compiled and theoretically runs faster.
Scripts are tedious and larger too.
Rice Installer aims to provide a better solution for managing and installing dots.

An insight into working

rci is the command line utility to use Rice Installer.
rci can install dots from a tar packages as of now. It will eventually support Git repos too.
It read a file called index.sc situated in tar package’s root.
A typical index.sc looks something like this:

print Installing i3 config
print Installing Polybar config
print Installing Zsh config and aliases
print Installation finished.
  • Syntax
    location of file in Tar package=location of file to move to

The rci‘s Parser provide two builtin functions called print and endl.

print <string> is used to print a string to standard output.

endl is used to print a new line to standard output. (print function is unable to print newlines via \n character. Use this instead).


Nah mate. It’s not even in alpha stage.

It cannot execute required commands to install the rice such as fc-cache -fv which required sometimes for installing new fonts.

You can try it out and help me develop it ?

Clone this repository

git clone https://github.com/clawbhaiya/rci.git

And run make all in the project’s root. The resulting binary is placed in build/ folder.


./rci <name-of-tar-package>

As rci is unable to make folders according to its need, the user themselves have to create folders they specify in index.sc.



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