'recursor' is a visual authoring tool based on UNIX filesystem. it misplaces and interchanges the concepts of system- and visual- design, subverting files into graphical objects.

'recursor' user-interface

each file on a UNIX filesystem has a set of attributes: type, size, permissions. 'recursor' converts these alphanumeric attributes into visual properties and allows users to create drawings by traversing through the filesystem.

small yellow cubes: device nodes, grey objects: .man files, aquamarine blocks: shell scripts
text and .man files
black object: kernel file, large aquamarine: /bin/bash executable
blue blocks: root-only files

file-type (link, device node, pipe, directory) defines proportions of the graphical object, file-size defines geometrical size and file-permissions set the color.

e.g. an ordinary 64kb binary executable file with permissions 0755 (execute for the owner, read-only for the rest) will yield a purple square, approximately 300x300px big.

if the file contains plain text - that text is used to create a pattern inside the colored object. if file has execute bit set - the content of the object is the output of execution. after the object is created the user can position it on the screen using mouse.

download image of the system (2.4Gb, highly experimental!)

intended to be run in Intel-based (x86) hardware.

The X11 color scheme

aliceblue antiquewhite antiquewhite1 antiquewhite2 antiquewhite3
antiquewhite4 aquamarine aquamarine1 aquamarine2 aquamarine3
aquamarine4 azure azure1 azure2 azure3
azure4 beige bisque bisque1 bisque2
bisque3 bisque4 black blanchedalmond    blue   
blue1 blue2 blue3 blue4 blueviolet
brown brown1 brown2 brown3 brown4
burlywood burlywood1 burlywood2 burlywood3 burlywood4
cadetblue cadetblue1 cadetblue2 cadetblue3 cadetblue4
chartreuse chartreuse1 chartreuse2 chartreuse3 chartreuse4
chocolate chocolate1 chocolate2 chocolate3 chocolate4
coral coral1 coral2 coral3 coral4
cornflowerblue cornsilk cornsilk1 cornsilk2 cornsilk3
cornsilk4 crimson    cyan    cyan1 cyan2
cyan3 cyan4 darkgoldenrod darkgoldenrod1 darkgoldenrod2
darkgoldenrod3 darkgoldenrod4 darkgreen darkkhaki darkolivegreen
darkolivegreen1 darkolivegreen2 darkolivegreen3 darkolivegreen4 darkorange
darkorange1 darkorange2 darkorange3 darkorange4 darkorchid
darkorchid1 darkorchid2 darkorchid3 darkorchid4 darksalmon
darkseagreen darkseagreen1 darkseagreen2 darkseagreen3 darkseagreen4
darkslateblue darkslategray darkslategray1 darkslategray2 darkslategray3
darkslategray4 darkslategrey darkturquoise darkviolet deeppink
deeppink1 deeppink2 deeppink3 deeppink4 deepskyblue
deepskyblue1 deepskyblue2 deepskyblue3 deepskyblue4 dimgray
dimgrey dodgerblue dodgerblue1 dodgerblue2 dodgerblue3
dodgerblue4 firebrick firebrick1 firebrick2 firebrick3
firebrick4 floralwhite forestgreen gainsboro ghostwhite
   gold    gold1 gold2 gold3 gold4
goldenrod goldenrod1 goldenrod2 goldenrod3 goldenrod4
   gray    gray0 gray1 gray10 gray100
gray11 gray12 gray13 gray14 gray15
gray16 gray17 gray18 gray19 gray2
gray20 gray21 gray22 gray23 gray24
gray25 gray26 gray27 gray28 gray29
gray3 gray30 gray31 gray32 gray33
gray34 gray35 gray36 gray37 gray38
gray39 gray4 gray40 gray41 gray42
gray43 gray44 gray45 gray46 gray47
gray48 gray49 gray5 gray50 gray51
gray52 gray53 gray54 gray55 gray56
gray57 gray58 gray59 gray6 gray60
gray61 gray62 gray63 gray64 gray65
gray66 gray67 gray68 gray69 gray7
gray70 gray71 gray72 gray73 gray74
gray75 gray76 gray77 gray78 gray79
gray8 gray80 gray81 gray82 gray83
gray84 gray85 gray86 gray87 gray88
gray89 gray9 gray90 gray91 gray92
gray93 gray94 gray95 gray96 gray97
gray98 gray99 green green1 green2
green3 green4 greenyellow    grey    grey0
grey1 grey10 grey100 grey11 grey12
grey13 grey14 grey15 grey16 grey17
grey18 grey19 grey2 grey20 grey21
grey22 grey23 grey24 grey25 grey26
grey27 grey28 grey29 grey3 grey30
grey31 grey32 grey33 grey34 grey35
grey36 grey37 grey38 grey39 grey4
grey40 grey41 grey42 grey43 grey44
grey45 grey46 grey47 grey48 grey49
grey5 grey50 grey51 grey52 grey53
grey54 grey55 grey56 grey57 grey58
grey59 grey6 grey60 grey61 grey62
grey63 grey64 grey65 grey66 grey67
grey68 grey69 grey7 grey70 grey71
grey72 grey73 grey74 grey75 grey76
grey77 grey78 grey79 grey8 grey80
grey81 grey82 grey83 grey84 grey85
grey86 grey87 grey88 grey89 grey9
grey90 grey91 grey92 grey93 grey94
grey95 grey96 grey97 grey98 grey99
honeydew honeydew1 honeydew2 honeydew3 honeydew4
hotpink hotpink1 hotpink2 hotpink3 hotpink4
indianred indianred1 indianred2 indianred3 indianred4
indigo invis ivory ivory1 ivory2
ivory3 ivory4 khaki khaki1 khaki2
khaki3 khaki4 lavender lavenderblush lavenderblush1
lavenderblush2 lavenderblush3 lavenderblush4 lawngreen lemonchiffon
lemonchiffon1 lemonchiffon2 lemonchiffon3 lemonchiffon4 lightblue
lightblue1 lightblue2 lightblue3 lightblue4 lightcoral
lightcyan lightcyan1 lightcyan2 lightcyan3 lightcyan4
lightgoldenrod lightgoldenrod1 lightgoldenrod2 lightgoldenrod3 lightgoldenrod4
lightgoldenrodyellow lightgray lightgrey lightpink lightpink1
lightpink2 lightpink3 lightpink4 lightsalmon lightsalmon1
lightsalmon2 lightsalmon3 lightsalmon4 lightseagreen lightskyblue
lightskyblue1 lightskyblue2 lightskyblue3 lightskyblue4 lightslateblue
lightslategray lightslategrey lightsteelblue lightsteelblue1 lightsteelblue2
lightsteelblue3 lightsteelblue4 lightyellow lightyellow1 lightyellow2
lightyellow3 lightyellow4 limegreen linen magenta
magenta1 magenta2 magenta3 magenta4 maroon
maroon1 maroon2 maroon3 maroon4 mediumaquamarine
mediumblue mediumorchid mediumorchid1 mediumorchid2 mediumorchid3
mediumorchid4 mediumpurple mediumpurple1 mediumpurple2 mediumpurple3
mediumpurple4 mediumseagreen mediumslateblue mediumspringgreen mediumturquoise
mediumvioletred midnightblue mintcream mistyrose mistyrose1
mistyrose2 mistyrose3 mistyrose4 moccasin navajowhite
navajowhite1 navajowhite2 navajowhite3 navajowhite4    navy   
navyblue    none    oldlace olivedrab olivedrab1
olivedrab2 olivedrab3 olivedrab4 orange orange1
orange2 orange3 orange4 orangered orangered1
orangered2 orangered3 orangered4 orchid orchid1
orchid2 orchid3 orchid4 palegoldenrod palegreen
palegreen1 palegreen2 palegreen3 palegreen4 paleturquoise
paleturquoise1 paleturquoise2 paleturquoise3 paleturquoise4 palevioletred
palevioletred1 palevioletred2 palevioletred3 palevioletred4 papayawhip
peachpuff peachpuff1 peachpuff2 peachpuff3 peachpuff4
   peru       pink    pink1 pink2 pink3
pink4    plum    plum1 plum2 plum3
plum4 powderblue purple purple1 purple2
purple3 purple4    red       red1       red2   
   red3       red4    rosybrown rosybrown1 rosybrown2
rosybrown3 rosybrown4 royalblue royalblue1 royalblue2
royalblue3 royalblue4 saddlebrown salmon salmon1
salmon2 salmon3 salmon4 sandybrown seagreen
seagreen1 seagreen2 seagreen3 seagreen4 seashell
seashell1 seashell2 seashell3 seashell4 sienna
sienna1 sienna2 sienna3 sienna4 skyblue
skyblue1 skyblue2 skyblue3 skyblue4 slateblue
slateblue1 slateblue2 slateblue3 slateblue4 slategray
slategray1 slategray2 slategray3 slategray4 slategrey
   snow    snow1 snow2 snow3 snow4
springgreen springgreen1 springgreen2 springgreen3 springgreen4
steelblue steelblue1 steelblue2 steelblue3 steelblue4
   tan       tan1       tan2       tan3       tan4   
thistle thistle1 thistle2 thistle3 thistle4
tomato tomato1 tomato2 tomato3 tomato4
transparent turquoise turquoise1 turquoise2 turquoise3
turquoise4 violet violetred violetred1 violetred2
violetred3 violetred4 wheat wheat1 wheat2
wheat3 wheat4 white whitesmoke yellow
yellow1 yellow2 yellow3 yellow4 yellowgreen

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