The Alp is a new unit meant for measuring time. To understand and use
this unit, the program included in this distribution has been
created. It's both a command-line tool, named "alp", and a Python
You can learn about the Alp unit and download documentation about it
Alp software is free software under the terms of the GNU General
Public License version 3 (or any later version). The author of Alp
software is Niels G. W. Serup, contactable at email@example.com. This is
version 0.1.1 of the program.
The libraries used by Alp software are GPL-compatible.
The Alp program and module is contained in a single file,
``alp.py``. It is not necessary to install it, but it can make it
easier to use the Alp software.
Just run this (requires that you have python-setuptools installed)::
# easy_install Alp
Get the newest version of Alp at
http://metanohi.name/projects/alp/ or at
Extract the downloaded file and run this in a terminal::
# python setup.py install
Python 2.5+ is probably a requirement.
For formatting and control codes, Alp will attempt to use ncurses. If
that fails, Alp will try to use the Python termcolor module, available
at http://pypi.python.org/pypi/termcolor/, installable using ``$ sudo
easy_install termcolor`` (released under the GPLv3+).
If present, Alp will also use the ``setproctitle`` Python module,
available at http://pypi.python.org/pypi/setproctitle/, installable
using ``$ sudo easy_install setproctitle`` (released under the New BSD
When using the Alp software as a command-line tool, simply run
``alp``. Run ``alp --help`` to see what options you can specify.
When using it as a module, just use ``import alp`` in your Python
program. To learn how the Alp module works, run ``pydoc alp`` or
``python -c 'import alp; help(alp)'``. There are also a couple of
tests in the ``tests`` directory.
Alp software is written in Python and uses Git for branches. To get the
latest branch, get it from gitorious.org like this::
$ git clone git://gitorious.org/Alp/alp.git
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