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Old 04-24-2005, 12:22 AM   #1
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Custom shell menu?

I don't have a technical question, just looking for a nudge in the right direction.

I'm looking to create my own custom Menu/GUI to make executing repetative shell commands or programs easier. I'm not well versed in programming languages so I'm looking for something thats very easy to use but yet customizable.

I've seen many simple ANSI based menus but wanted to apply some of my graphic arts talents into creating something that looks really nice. I don't want anything that loads in KDE, just a simple but fast menu that loads after boot.

Anyone know of a menu system that could be fully customized by using image files to navigate through a few menu/submenus via simple keyboard commands?
Old 04-24-2005, 10:37 AM   #2
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I am assuming that you want to have this menu available to you within whatever desktop environment/window manager you are using now. Is that correct, or do you want the menu available in console?

One solution, which probably won't satisfy your wish to use your graphical skills but will give you menu items, is to use a window manager such as fluxbox or xfce. With those two, you could write the short scripts you want to run and put them into a bin directory in your home directory. Then modify the window manager's menu to add the names of those scripts.

Another option might be to use dialog, kdialog or gdialog. I have to admit, though, that I have not used any of those, so I can't be much help with constructing the menu you are looking for in them.


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