How2 use curses for data input

Miles Thompson milesthompson at sprint.ca
Fri Apr 21 01:15:40 CEST 2000


Grant,

I located it on the RH system here in the office at home. The target machine
is Debian, and I think I can install RPM on it so that if need be, I can get
the RPM. Debian doesn't seem to have a snack package.

Thanks for the lead, much appreciated. I've searched google, www.python.org,
and www.debian.org for information on how to use it. All that's on my system
is snack.py, .pyc and _snackmodule.so. I *hoped* there might be some clues
in __builtin__ or in snakc.py, but I drew a blank.

Do you have any suggestions where I might dig something up? (I had really
hoped that RH might have something, but nope!)

Regards - Miles

Grant Edwards wrote:

> In article <38FF6DE2.5751423A at sprint.ca>, Miles Thompson wrote:
>
> >I 've read the curses part of the manual, and the HOWTO, but I'm not
> >much wiser. I need to capture some user input (name of a new directory
> >for archiving some web files), and I understand how to define a window,
> >etc. What I don't know to do is how to edit the lines, and loop from
> >last to first.
>
> You might want to take a look at the "snack" module, which is a
> wrapper for the newt library (which is based on slang rather
> than curses).  It impliments a set of text-mode widgets such as
> buttons, scroll lists, data entry fields, checkboxes, etc.  You
> stick a bunch of them on a "form" and pop it up.  When the user
> is done, you get the values back somehow (I forget exactly).
>
> If all you need to do is prompt the user for some data, it
> should do the trick.
>
> Redhat's text-mode installer is (or at least was) written in
> Python using snack/newt.
>
> --
> Grant Edwards                   grante             Yow!  Why was I BORN?
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