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Old 04-22-2009, 08:48 AM   #1
PhillipHuang
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How to create text mode GUI?


Hi all,

I want to create a simply "GUI" in Linux text mode,just like those UIs when use "test mode install". My questions are below:

1. Which language would be the best choice for this task?
2. If use Perl, is there any relevant .pm?

Please give me some hints, thanks in advanced.

Phillip
 
Old 04-22-2009, 09:01 AM   #2
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The toolkit you're looking for is called ncurses.

See:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ncurses
http://www.gnu.org/software/ncurses/

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ncurses is a programming library providing an API, allowing the programmer to write text user interfaces in a terminal-independent manner. It's a toolkit for developing "GUI-like" apps which run under a terminal emulator.
There are probably others available, but that's the one that is used for all the open source software I can think of.
 
Old 04-22-2009, 11:03 AM   #3
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To me a "GUI" means that you can click on things with a mouse. The typical text-mode interaction just allows tabbing between options, and selecting with "enter". That you can do---eg---with dialog.
 
Old 04-22-2009, 10:39 PM   #4
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Spudley/Pixellany,

Thanks for your kindly help. I will try ncurses.

Phillip
 
  


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