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Old 04-13-2006, 01:38 PM   #1
vito_huang
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how to write command line program?


just wondering how those great command line programs are made such as links, vim , top etc.i mean how to they wrote those interface.
i know we can write GUI programs using gtk or qt. but when is comes to making command line programs how is the interface made ( for example mc, how is those split screens, using keyboard to select things etc are impliment), is there any equivalent gtk or qt for making command line interface?

can someone give me some direction on how to write command interface programs?

thanks
 
Old 04-13-2006, 01:46 PM   #2
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I think what you need is ncurses. Vi etc. might have been written with their own screen handling routines, not sure about that. But programs like fcdisk, mc and lynx use ncurses for sure.

There is plenty of documentation and demos included with the package, and various websites offer an on-line function reference. I just do not have the links at hand, but it is easy to find when you google.

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Old 04-13-2006, 09:21 PM   #3
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To get started, from the command line enter "man bash".
This will tell you about the bash shell, which is where most of it starts.

If you want to learn shell scripting, you also need to learn about sed, awk, grep, cut, cat, and an assortment of other commands that let you manipulate strings.
 
Old 04-14-2006, 12:20 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by jlinkels
I think what you need is ncurses. Vi etc. might have been written with their own screen handling routines, not sure about that. But programs like fcdisk, mc and lynx use ncurses for sure.

There is plenty of documentation and demos included with the package, and various websites offer an on-line function reference. I just do not have the links at hand, but it is easy to find when you google.
I agree. FYI, ncurses is a console-based, "pseudo" GUI library. More on ncurses here.

http://invisible-island.net/ncurses/ncurses-intro.html
 
  


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