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Old 10-28-2006, 05:43 AM   #1
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Xdialog checklist help

Hi, I'm writing a shell script with Xdialog. I've read several guides and downloaded several scripts to see how to do it but I got no where.

What I'm trying to do is use a checklist to select various options in my script.

Xdialog --backtitle "$BGTITLE" \
        --title "Remove user" \
        --checkist "Please select the options you'd like to remove the user with" 0 0 2 \
 "Remove" "Are you sure you want to remove this user?" off \
 "Directory" "Remove users directory?" off 2>$TEMP
That is the code that I have at the moment. What I want to achieve is that if the Remove check is selected continue with the script removing the user specified earlier as $UNAME via a inputbox. Else it will show an error message. Also if the Directory check is selected, also remove the home directory of the user.

I've read several examples (such as the XDialog home page) how to do it but non of the examples help me implement --checklist in my script.

Any help would be much appreciated.
Thank you in advance
Old 10-29-2006, 09:21 AM   #2
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Hello and welcome to LQ. Hope you like it here.

What I would do is start by setting up an outline for what you want to achieve using shell commands and review the options the commands allow. Then get input for any options the commands may allow. Then add error checking for each option and for dialog's exit values. End with the final "do you really want to X" question before execution. If you do not check execution exit values and feed them back in a dialog you should not consider your script finished.

Here's a crude example using gdialog since I don't have xdialog (principle is the same). I've added some error checking so you get the basic idea. If you however manage to do stuff like outlined above you would have much easier time coding which should result in better readability and easier maintainability. This is a kludge:

#!/bin/sh - 
# Purpose: "Remove account" dialog example
# Args: none
# Variables. Change these.

# Variables.
msg=( "Napalm. Smell. Morning." "Wisely choose, you should." "Whatever." \
"OMG! PONIES!" "Bah!" "WTF?" "FCOL, NOT AGAIN!" "Ill hit YOU one more time!" \
"You owe me USD `date +%s`!" "Your ${RANDOM}th moronic move..." )

# Functions.
rmTemp() { [ -f "${tmpf}" ] && rm "${tmpf}"; }

selectUser() { # Select username and do some checks.
$dialog --title "Title" --inputbox "${mesg}Select user to remove" 10 10 2> "${tmpf}"
# Did the user click "OK"?
if [ $? -ne 0 ]; then rmTemp; exit 1; fi
USER=($(< "${tmpf}"))
# Is the variable filled?
if [ $? -eq 0 -a ${#USER[@]} -eq 0 -o ${#USER[@]} -gt 1 ]; then
 # No, rerun. Entertain user ;-p
 mesg="${msg[${RANDOM:0:1}]}\n"; selectUser
 # Yes. Let's prepare for checks.
 # Minimal username length
 if [ ${#USER} -lt 3 ]; then
  # Rerun
  mesg="${msg[${RANDOM:0:1}]}\n"; selectUser
 # Garbage input
 if [ "${USER//[^$good_chars]/}" != "${USER}" ]; then
  # Rerun
  mesg="${msg[${RANDOM:0:1}]}\n"; selectUser
 # Get account specs from passwd.
 USERSPECS=$(getent passwd $USER)
 # Get value of unprivileged users.
 SYSUIDS=($(grep ^UID_MIN /etc/login.defs 2>/dev/null))
 # Fill with reasonable default if value is empty.
 if [ -z $SYSUIDS ]; then SYSUIDS=500; fi
 # Check if user is a privileged slash system user.
 if [ ${USERSPECS[2]} -le $SYSUIDS ]; then
  mesg="Can't remove privileged users.\n"; selectUser
 # Check where $USER hangs his hat (/home).
 case "${USERSPECS[5]}" in
  *) mesg="Home ("${USERSPECS[5]}") is not in /home.\n"; selectUser;;

selectOpts() { # Username confirmation and option remove $HOME.
if [ -z $USER_NAME -o -z $USER_HOME ]; then exit 127; fi
$dialog --title "Title" --checklist \
"${mesg}Please select the options you'd like to remove the user with" 10 10 2 \
 r0 "Are you sure you want to remove user $USER_NAME?" off \
 r1 "Remove users home $USER_HOME?" off 2> "${tmpf}" 
if [ $? -eq 0 ]; then
 opts=($(<"${tmpf}")); opts=${opts[@]//\"/}
 # Is them variables filled?
 if [ $? -eq 0 -a ${#opts[@]} -ge 0 ]; then
  for opt in ${opts[@]}; do case "${opt}" in
  r0) DEL=YES;; r1) USERDEL_FLAGS="-r";; *) ;;
  esac; done
  # We're good to go. Don't do stuff but echo.
  # Note exit values should be checked and fed back in a $dialog.
  case "$DEL" in YES) echo "userdel ${USERDEL_FLAGS} $USER_NAME";; esac
  # No, rerun. Entertain user some more.
  mesg="${msg[${RANDOM:0:1}]}\n"; selectOpts


exit 0

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Old 10-31-2006, 02:57 AM   #3
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Thank you for the quick reply. I just posted a snippet of the entire script so I had covered most of the other things (such as error handling). I haven't yet had the time to look into implementing your example (or the method more like) into my script due to work and other things but I will more than likely give it a shot tonight. Thank you for also showing me the error handling if someone does not put anything into the inputbox.


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