Subject: Re: Graphical Sysinst in 2.0
To: Chapman Flack <email@example.com>
From: Jeremy C. Reed <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 09/03/2004 14:19:51
On Fri, 3 Sep 2004, Chapman Flack wrote:
> They had taken Tcl and developed an extension, much like Tk, but with just
> a few simple widgets for lists and selections and basic stuff that could
> be rendered equally decently in curses or X. Then they migrated a bunch
> of their sysadmin scripts to vtcl. Run them on a bare terminal, you see
> curses. Run them under X, you see X. Same scripts.
> Assuming they didn't do something silly like patent the idea, it seems
> pretty sensible to me, and could be done as easily in any extensible
> scripting language (ksh comes to mind, but that's me).
Sounds like a good idea.
OpenBSD does its installer all in shell script (which runs other tools).
We could attempt doing something similar using dialog/cdialog and then
graphical with xdialog (or other).
Or maybe try libdialog. Or maybe find some wrapper for the curses commands
to convert to X11?
I wrote a simple X11 menu tool for using with shell scripts to pop up
different dialogs too. (But it is ugly.)
Jeremy C. Reed
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