Return to Basics – revisited

Return to basics is a modern BASIC interpreted written by Gordon Henderson.

Current version is 2.22

As per instructions on the website you grab the latest .deb file using


then install using

sudo dpkg -i rtb-2.22-1.deb


if you get problems with missing dependencies use:

sudo apt-get install -f

and this should pull in anything that is missing.

there is an excellent man file

man rtb

to run type rtb at the command prompt


As rtb allows command line arguments you can set it like I have here to use large fonts

rtb -l but this causes issues with the resolution so you can also specify the windows size

rtb -x1024 -y700

or combine both the above

rtb -l -x1024 -y700

# some more ls aliases
alias ll='ls -alF'
alias la='ls -A'
alias l='ls -CF'
alias rtb='rtb -l -x1024 -y700'

I have added an entry in .bashrc so it does this every time as in when you type rtb it runs it with the specified arguments,

note that to do this you should

open an xterm window

edit .bashrc

save and then EXIT the xterm window,  restart the xterm window (this will re-read .bashrc) it should then work as expected.

as always there is a man file for alias so man alias for more info.

When you start rtb it starts in a new window, your xterm window has info on how rtb is running


So it shows that I have forced a specific resolution.