Is there a standalone spreadsheet program available for Freebsd?

Tim Daneliuk tundra at
Fri Apr 17 15:51:33 UTC 2020

On 4/17/20 10:30 AM, Bob Willcox wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 17, 2020 at 04:13:05PM +0100, Arthur Chance wrote:
>> On 17/04/2020 16:05, Bob Willcox wrote:
>>> On Fri, Apr 17, 2020 at 07:32:22AM -0500, D'Arcy Cain wrote:
>>>> On 2020-04-17 07:05, Bob Willcox wrote:
>>>>> I would like to find a spreadsheet that I can run on FreeBSD in X that is
>>>>> essentially standalone and drag with it tons of other stuff. I have openoffice
>>>>> installed but it seems way over the top for my intended purpose.
>>>> What is the intended purpose.  A spreadsheet program is designed to be
>>>> very flexible and allow many different uses.  If you have a very
>>>> specific use something else may make more sense and be even smaller if
>>>> that is one of the requirements.
>>>> If you do need a spreadsheet anyway, knowing the intended use may
>>>> determine what products you need.  Not all programs may have the
>>>> features you need.
>>> Thanks for your response.
>>> What I would like would be something simple w/o lots of features as my intended
>>> use is simple. I just want to be able to list expense items and their cost and
>>> have them added up as a monthly expense budget. That's all.
>> It's not a spreadsheet or under X and so may be inappropriate for your
>> needs but awk with flat files could do that trivially, and it's in the
>> base system. Not everything needs a GUI.
> Yeah, I actually had considered that. I've been writing awk progams for years
> (since 1982) and can see where I could try that approach. Guess I was being
> lazy and just thinking that maybe there was something out there more like what
> spreadsheet programs were back in the mid '80s.

I have to say that, for most of us, the use of things like spreadsheets
is pretty lightweight.  In that light, I have incrementally been moving
to Google Sheets (and Docs).  It's cloud based so it runs on everything
that has a decent browser.  That way, I don't have to cruft up my
BSD and Linux systems with business applications that typically are:
A) Large with lots of dependencies and B) Often not frequently or well

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