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Old 08-15-2009, 08:38 AM   #1
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suggest software for full screen menu/launcher

I installed ubuntu on my ps3 to use to stream music and possibly fire up a name emulator. The issue I have is that using a desktop is impractical.

What I'd like is a basic menu that I could use the up and down arrow keys to select the options. Preferably full screen and perfect if the options would execute terminal commands rather than pointing to locations etc.


I'm wanting to set up this so that I don't need a keyboard or mouse plugged in. I'll then use the ps3 controller to issue up, down, left and right movement and the buttons as enter it left mouse button.
The menu would act like any other launcher or menu in a desktop environment only full screen.

I hope I made my point a little better.

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Old 08-15-2009, 12:21 PM   #2
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How does what you want differ, except for the "arrow key" stuff, from just typing in the command you want to run in the terminal display? Note that, with command completion, all you need to type is the first few characters of something and then push the "Tab" key once to have the system "complete" the command as far as it can, and twice to get a list of the possible completions.

You can also enter the command history (or his<tab>) to display a list of the last few (well, about a thousand) commands you've entered preceded by a number. To re-execute one of those commands, just enter an exclamation and the command number.

An easy way to find a specific command in that list is to pipe the history output through the grep function. For example, if I wanted to find last few times I used the lshw command, this is what I' do:
$ history | grep lshw
  139  lshw --help                    
  140  lshw -C Disk                   
  141  lshw -C FS                     
  142  man lshw                       
  143  lshw -short                    
  144  lshw -C volume                 
  145  lshw -C volume | egrep -i '(description|volume)'
  146  lshw -C volume 2>/dev/null | egrep -i '(description|volume|name)'
 1006  history | grep lshw
and then run the one I wanted like this:
$ !146
lshw -C volume 2>/dev/null | egrep -i '(description|volume|name)'
       description: Windows NTFS volume
       logical name: /dev/sda1
       logical name: /Vista
       description: Extended partition
       logical name: /dev/sda2
          description: Linux filesystem partition
          logical name: /dev/sda5
          logical name: /Jaunty
          description: Linux swap / Solaris partition
          logical name: /dev/sda6
          description: Linux filesystem partition
          logical name: /dev/sda7
          logical name: /Share
       description: Windows NTFS volume
       logical name: /dev/sda3
       logical name: /Vista/Recovery
       description: EXT3 volume
       logical name: /dev/sdb1
       logical name: /boot
       description: Linux LVM Physical Volume partition
       logical name: /dev/sdb2

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Thanks for the input but its not what I was looking for.
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Using history as PTrenholme suggested is flexible, especially using the Ctrl+R facility to search through the history but then you would need a keyboard.

Perhaps closer to what you are looking for (but still needing a keyboard) is the bash select command. See Advanced Bash Scripting for examples and GNU Bash Reference for reference..

If your requirement for no keyboard is essential and the PS3 controller works exactly like up, down, left, right and enter then ncurses might be a solution.


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