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DIALOG(1)							     DIALOG(1)

       dialog - display dialog boxes from shell scripts

       dialog --clear
       dialog --create-rc file
       dialog --print-maxsize
       dialog common-options box-options

       Dialog is a program that will let you to present a variety of questions
       or display messages using dialog boxes  from  a	shell  script.	 These
       types  of  dialog boxes are implemented (though not all are necessarily
       compiled into dialog):

	      calendar, checklist, form, fselect,  gauge,  infobox,  inputbox,
	      inputmenu, menu, msgbox (message), password, pause, progressbox,
	      radiolist,  tailbox,  tailboxbg,	textbox,  timebox,  and	 yesno

       You can put more than one dialog box into a script:

       -    Use	 the  "--and-widget"  token  to force Dialog to proceed to the
	    next dialog unless you have pressed ESC to cancel, or

       -    Simply add the tokens for the next dialog  box,  making  a	chain.
	    Dialog  stops  chaining  when  the	return	code  from a dialog is
	    nonzero, e.g., Cancel or No (see DIAGNOSTICS).

       Some widgets, e.g., checklist, will  write  text	 to  dialog's  output.
       Normally that is the standard error, but there are options for changing
       this: "--output-fd", "--stderr" and "--stdout".	No text is written  if
       the Cancel button (or ESC) is pressed; dialog exits immediately in that

       All options begin with "--" (two ASCII  hyphens,	 for  the  benefit  of
       those using systems with deranged locale support).

       A "--" by itself is used as an escape, i.e., the next token on the com‐
       mand-line is not treated as an option.
	      dialog --title -- --Not an option

       The "--args" option tells dialog to list the command-line parameters to
       the  standard  error.   This  is	 useful when debugging complex scripts
       using the "--" and "--file", since the command-line may be rewritten as
       these are expanded.

       The "--file" option tells dialog to read parameters from the file named
       as its value.
	      dialog --file parameterfile
       Blanks not within double-quotes are discarded (use backslashes to quote
       single  characters).   The  result  is  inserted into the command-line,
       replacing "--file" and its option value.	 Interpretation	 of  the  com‐
       mand-line resumes from that point.

   Common Options
       --aspect ratio
	      This  gives  you some control over the box dimensions when using
	      auto sizing (specifying 0 for height and width).	It  represents
	      width / height.  The default is 9, which means 9 characters wide
	      to every 1 line high.

       --backtitle backtitle
	      Specifies a backtitle string to be displayed on the backdrop, at
	      the top of the screen.

       --begin y x
	      Specify the position of the upper left corner of a dialog box on
	      the screen.

       --cancel-label string
	      Override the label used for "Cancel" buttons.

	      Clears the widget screen, keeping only  the  screen_color	 back‐
	      ground.	Use  this when you combine widgets with "--and-widget"
	      to erase the contents of a previous widget on the screen, so  it
	      won't  be seen under the contents of a following widget.	Under‐
	      stand this as the complement of "--keep-window".	To compare the
	      effects, use these:
	      All three widgets visible, staircase effect, ordered 1,2,3:
		 dialog				--begin 2 2 --yesno "" 0 0 \
		     --and-widget		--begin 4 4 --yesno "" 0 0 \
		     --and-widget		--begin 6 6 --yesno "" 0 0
		 Only the last widget is left visible:
			   dialog	    --clear	  --begin 2 2 --yesno "" 0 0 \
			       --and-widget --clear	  --begin 4 4 --yesno "" 0 0 \
			       --and-widget		  --begin 6 6 --yesno "" 0 0
			   All three widgets visible, staircase effect, ordered 3,2,1:
				     dialog	      --keep-window --begin 2 2 --yesno "" 0 0 \
					 --and-widget --keep-window --begin 4 4 --yesno "" 0 0 \
					 --and-widget		    --begin 6 6 --yesno "" 0 0
				     First and third widget visible, staircase effect, ordered 3,1:
					       dialog		--keep-window --begin 2 2 --yesno "" 0 0 \
						   --and-widget --clear	      --begin 4 4 --yesno "" 0 0 \
						   --and-widget		      --begin 6 6 --yesno "" 0 0

						      Note,  if	 you  want  to
						      restore original console
						      colors   and  send  your
						      cursor  home  after  the
						      dialog	program	   has
						      exited,	  use	   the
						      clear (1) command.

						      Interpret	 embedded "\Z"
						      sequences in the	dialog
						      text  by	the  following
						      character,  which	 tells
						      dialog  to set colors or
						      video   attributes:    0
						      through  7  are the ANSI
						      used in  curses:	black,
						      red,    green,   yellow,
						      blue, magenta, cyan  and
						      white	 respectively.
						      Bold  is	set  by	  'b',
						      reset  by	 'B'.  Reverse
						      is set by 'r', reset  by
						      'R'.   Underline	is set
						      by 'u',  reset  by  'U'.
						      The settings are cumula‐
						      tive,   e.g.,   "\Zb\Z1"
						      makes the following text
						      bold  (perhaps   bright)
						      red.    Restore	normal
						      settings with "\Zn".

						      Interpret embedded  new‐
						      lines in the dialog text
						      as  a  newline  on   the
						      screen.  Otherwise, dia‐
						      log will only wrap lines
						      where   needed   to  fit
						      inside  the  text	  box.
						      Even though you can con‐
						      trol  line  breaks  with
						      this,  dialog will still
						      wrap any lines that  are
						      too  long	 for the width
						      of the box.  Without cr-
						      wrap, the layout of your
						      text may be formatted to
						      look  nice in the source
						      code  of	 your	script
						      without	affecting  the
						      way it will look in  the

						      See  also the "--no-col‐
						      lapse"   and    "--trim"

					       --create-rc file
						      When   dialog   supports
						      run-time	configuration,
						      this can be used to dump
						      a	 sample	 configuration
						      file  to the file speci‐
						      fied by file.

						      Make the	default	 value
						      of  the yes/no box a No.
						      Likewise,	   make	   the
						      default  button  of wid‐
						      gets that	 provide  "OK"
						      and  "Cancel"  a Cancel.
						      If    "--nocancel"    or
						      "--visit-items"	   are
						      given   those    options
						      overrides	 this,	making
						      the    default	button
						      always "Yes" (internally
						      the same as "OK").

					       --default-item string
						      Set the default item  in
						      a	  checklist,  form  or
						      menu box.	 Normally  the
						      first item in the box is
						      the default.

					       --exit-label string
						      Override the label  used
						      for "EXIT" buttons.

						      Show  an	extra  button,
						      between "OK"  and	 "Can‐
						      cel" buttons.

					       --extra-label string
						      Override	the label used
						      for   "Extra"   buttons.
						      Note: for inputmenu wid‐
						      gets, this  defaults  to

					       --help Prints  the help message
						      to dialog's output.  The
						      help  message is printed
						      if no options are given.

						      Show a help-button after
						      "OK"  and	 "Cancel" but‐
						      tons,  i.e.,  in	check‐
						      list, radiolist and menu
						      boxes.  If "--item-help"
						      is  also	given, on exit
						      the return  status  will
						      be  the  same as for the
						      "OK"  button,  and   the
						      item-help	 text  will be
						      written to dialog's out‐
						      put   after   the	 token
						      "HELP".  Otherwise,  the
						      return status will indi‐
						      cate that the Help  but‐
						      ton  was pressed, and no
						      message printed.

					       --help-label string
						      Override the label  used
						      for "Help" buttons.

						      If  the  help-button  is
						      selected,	  writes   the
						      checklist,  radiolist or
						      form  information	 after
						      the   item-help	"HELP"
						      information.   This  can
						      be  used	to reconstruct
						      the state of a checklist
						      after   processing   the
						      help request.

						      Ignore options that dia‐
						      log  does not recognize.
						      Some   well-known	  ones
						      such   as	 "--icon"  are
						      ignored anyway, but this
						      is  a  better choice for
						      compatibility with other

					       --input-fd fd
						      Read keyboard input from
						      the given file  descrip‐
						      tor.	Most	dialog
						      scripts  read  from  the
						      standard	input, but the
						      gauge  widget  reads   a
						      pipe  (which  is	always
						      standard	input).	  Some
						      configurations   do  not
						      work properly when  dia‐
						      log  tries to reopen the
						      terminal.	   Use	  this
						      option (with appropriate
						      juggling	  of	 file-
						      descriptors)   if	  your
						      script must work in that
						      type of environment.

						      Makes  the password wid‐
						      get friendlier but  less
						      secure,	 by    echoing
						      asterisks for each char‐

						      Interpret	 the tags data
						      for checklist, radiolist
						      and  menu boxes adding a
						      column  which  is	  dis‐
						      played   in  the	bottom
						      line of the screen,  for
						      the  currently  selected

						      Normally	 when	dialog
						      performs	several	 tail‐
						      boxbg widgets  connected
						      by   "--and-widget",  it
						      clears  the  old	widget
						      from   the   screen   by
						      painting over  it.   Use
						      this  option to suppress
						      that repainting.

						      At exit, dialog repaints
						      all of the widgets which
						      have  been  marked  with
						      "--keep-window", even if
						      they are	not  tailboxbg
						      widgets.	  That	causes
						      them to be repainted  in
						      reverse  order.  See the
						      discussion    of	   the
						      "--clear"	  option   for

					       --max-input size
						      Limit input  strings  to
						      the  given size.	If not
						      specified, the limit  is


						      Suppress	 the  "Cancel"
						      button   in   checklist,
						      inputbox	and  menu  box
						      modes.   A  script   can
						      still  test  if the user
						      pressed the ESC  key  to
						      cancel to quit.

						      Normally dialog converts
						      tabs   to	  spaces   and
						      reduces  multiple spaces
						      to a  single  space  for
						      text  which is displayed
						      in a message boxes, etc.
						      Use  this option to dis‐
						      able that feature.  Note
						      that  dialog  will still
						      wrap  text,  subject  to
						      the    "--cr-wrap"   and
						      "--trim" options.

						      Tells dialog to put  the
						      tailboxbg	  box  in  the
						      background, printing its
						      process  id  to dialog's
						      output.  SIGHUP is  dis‐
						      abled for the background

					       --no-label string
						      Override the label  used
						      for "No" buttons.

						      Suppress	 shadows  that
						      would be	drawn  to  the
						      right and bottom of each
						      dialog box.

					       --ok-label string
						      Override the label  used
						      for "OK" buttons.

					       --output-fd fd
						      Direct   output  to  the
						      given  file  descriptor.
						      Most    dialog   scripts
						      write  to	 the  standard
						      error,  but  error  mes‐
						      sages may also be	 writ‐
						      ten  there, depending on
						      your script.

						      Print the	 maximum  size
						      of  dialog  boxes, i.e.,
						      the screen size, to dia‐
						      log's  output.  This may
						      be used  alone,  without
						      other options.

						      Prints  the size of each
						      dialog box  to  dialog's

						      Prints  dialog's version
						      to   dialog's    output.
						      This  may be used alone,
						      without other options.

						      For  checklist  widgets,
						      output  result  one line
						      at a time, with no quot‐
						      ing.   This  facilitates
						      parsing by another  pro‐

					       --separator string

					       --separate-widget string
						      Specify  a  string  that
						      will separate the output
						      on  dialog's output from
						      each  widget.   This  is
						      used to simplify parsing
						      the result of  a	dialog
						      with   several  widgets.
						      If this  option  is  not
						      given, the default sepa‐
						      rator string  is	a  tab

						      Draw  a  shadow  to  the
						      right and bottom of each
						      dialog box.

						      Use   single-quoting  as
						      needed (and no quotes if
						      unneeded) for the output
						      of checklist's  as  well
						      as  the  item-help text.
						      If this  option  is  not
						      set,  dialog uses double
						      quotes around each item.
						      That requires occasional
						      use  of  backslashes  to
						      make  the	 output useful
						      in shell scripts.

						      Check the resulting size
						      of  a  dialog box before
						      trying to use it, print‐
						      ing  the	resulting size
						      if it is larger than the
						      screen.  (This option is
						      obsolete, since all new-
						      window	 calls	   are

					       --sleep secs
						      Sleep  (delay)  for  the
						      given  number of seconds
						      after processing a  dia‐
						      log box.

						      Direct   output  to  the
						      standard error.  This is
						      the    default,	 since
						      curses  normally	writes
						      screen  updates  to  the
						      standard output.

						      Direct  output  to   the
						      standard	output.	  This
						      option is	 provided  for
						      compatibility with Xdia‐
						      log, however using it in
						      portable	scripts is not
						      recommended,	 since
						      curses  normally	writes
						      its  screen  updates  to
						      the standard output.  If
						      you  use	this   option,
						      dialog	attempts    to
						      reopen the  terminal  so
						      it can write to the dis‐
						      play.  Depending on  the
						      platform	and your envi‐
						      ronment, that may fail.

						      Convert each tab charac‐
						      ter  to one or more spa‐
						      ces  (for	 the   textbox
						      widget;  otherwise  to a
						      single  space).	Other‐
						      wise,  tabs are rendered
						      according to the	curses
						      library's	   interpreta‐

					       --tab-len n
						      Specify  the  number  of
						      spaces  that a tab char‐
						      acter  occupies  if  the
						      "--tab-correct"	option
						      is given.	  The  default
						      is  8.   This  option is
						      only effective  for  the
						      textbox widget.

					       --timeout secs
						      Timeout (exit with error
						      code)   if    no	  user
						      response	  within   the
						      given number of seconds.
						      This  is	overridden  if
						      the background  "--tail‐
						      boxbg  is used.  A time‐
						      out of zero  seconds  is

					       --title title
						      Specifies a title string
						      to be displayed  at  the
						      top of the dialog box.

					       --trim eliminate	       leading
						      blanks,	trim   literal
						      newlines	 and  repeated
						      blanks   from    message

						      See also the "--cr-wrap"
						      and      "--no-collapse"

						      Same   as	 "--print-ver‐

						      Modify the tab-traversal
						      of  checklist, radiobox,
						      menubox and inputmenu to
						      include	the   list  of
						      items  as	 one  of   the
						      states.	This is useful
						      as a visual  aid,	 i.e.,
						      the    cursor   position
						      helps some users.

						      When  this   option   is
						      given,   the  cursor  is
						      initially placed on  the
						      list.	 Abbreviations
						      (the first letter of the
						      tag)  apply  to the list
						      items.  If  you  tab  to
						      the button row, abbrevi‐
						      ations apply to the but‐

					       --yes-label string
						      Override	the label used
						      for "Yes" buttons.

   Box Options
       All dialog boxes have at least three parameters:

       text the caption or contents of the box.

	    the height of the dialog box.

	    the width of the dialog box.

       Other parameters depend on the box type.

       --calendar text height width day month year
	      A calendar box  displays	month,	day  and  year	in  separately
	      adjustable  windows.   If	 the values for day, month or year are
	      missing or negative, the current date's corresponding values are
	      used.   You  can	increment  or decrement any of those using the
	      left-, up-, right- and down-arrows.  Use vi-style h, j, k and  l
	      for  moving  around  the	array  of days in a month.  Use tab or
	      backtab to move between windows.	If the year is given as	 zero,
	      the current date is used as an initial value.

	      On exit, the date is printed in the form day/month/year.

       --checklist text height width list-height [ tag item status ] ...
	      A	 checklist  box	 is  similar to a menu box; there are multiple
	      entries presented in the form of a menu.	 Instead  of  choosing
	      one  entry among the entries, each entry can be turned on or off
	      by the user.  The initial on/off state of each entry  is	speci‐
	      fied by status.

	      On  exit,	 a  list  of the tag strings of those entries that are
	      turned on will be printed on dialog's output.  If	 the  "--sepa‐
	      rate-output"  option is not given, the strings will be quoted to
	      make it simple for scripts to separate them.  See the "--single-
	      quoted" option, which modifies the quoting behavior.

       --form text height width formheight [ label y x item y x flen ilen ] ...
	      The form dialog displays a form consisting of labels and fields,
	      which are positioned on a scrollable window by coordinates given
	      in the script.  The field length flen and input-length ilen tell
	      how long the field can be.  The former defines the length	 shown
	      for  a  selected field, while the latter defines the permissible
	      length of the data entered in the field.

	      -	 If flen is zero, the corresponding field cannot  be  altered.
		 and the contents of the field determine the displayed-length.

	      -	 If  flen  is  negative,  the  corresponding  field  cannot be
		 altered, and the negated value of flen is used	 as  the  dis‐

	      -	 If ilen is zero, it is set to flen.

	      Use  up/down  arrows  (or	 control/N, control/P) to move between
	      fields.  Use tab to move between windows.

	      On exit, the contents of the form-fields are written to dialog's
	      output,  each  field  separated  by a newline.  The text used to
	      fill non-editable fields (flen is zero or negative) is not writ‐
	      ten out.

       --fselect filepath height width
	      The  file-selection dialog displays a text-entry window in which
	      you can type a filename (or directory), and above that two  win‐
	      dows with directory names and filenames.

	      Here  filepath  can  be  a  filepath  in which case the file and
	      directory windows will display the contents of the path and  the
	      text-entry window will contain the preselected filename.

	      Use  tab	or arrow keys to move between the windows.  Within the
	      directory or filename windows, use the  up/down  arrow  keys  to
	      scroll  the  current  selection.	 Use the space-bar to copy the
	      current selection into the text-entry window.

	      Typing any printable characters switches focus to the text-entry
	      window,  entering that character as well as scrolling the direc‐
	      tory and filename windows to the closest match.

	      Use a carriage return or the "OK" button to accept  the  current
	      value in the text-entry window and exit.

	      On  exit,	 the  contents of the text-entry window are written to
	      dialog's output.

       --gauge text height width [percent]
	      A gauge box displays a meter along the bottom of the  box.   The
	      meter  indicates	the percentage.	 New percentages are read from
	      standard input, one integer per line.  The meter is  updated  to
	      reflect  each  new  percentage.  If the standard input reads the
	      string "XXX", then subsequent lines up to another "XXX" are used
	      for  a  new  prompt.  The gauge exits when EOF is reached on the
	      standard input.

	      The percent value denotes the initial percentage	shown  in  the
	      meter.  If not specified, it is zero.

	      On  exit,	 no  text  is  written to dialog's output.  The widget
	      accepts no input, so the exit status is always OK.

       --infobox text height width
	      An info box is basically a message box.  However, in this	 case,
	      dialog will exit immediately after displaying the message to the
	      user.  The screen is not cleared when dialog exits, so that  the
	      message will remain on the screen until the calling shell script
	      clears it later.	This is useful when you	 want  to  inform  the
	      user  that some operations are carrying on that may require some
	      time to finish.

	      On exit, no text is written to dialog's output.	Only  an  "OK"
	      button  is  provided  for	 input,	 but an ESC exit status may be

       --inputbox text height width [init]
	      An input box is useful when  you	want  to  ask  questions  that
	      require  the  user  to input a string as the answer.  If init is
	      supplied it is used to initialize the input string.  When enter‐
	      ing  the	string,	 the  backspace, delete and cursor keys can be
	      used to correct typing errors.  If the input  string  is	longer
	      than  can	 fit  in  the  dialog  box,  the  input	 field will be

	      On exit, the input string will be printed on dialog's output.

       --inputmenu text height width menu-height [ tag item ] ...
	      An inputmenu box is very similar to an ordinary menu box.	 There
	      are only a few differences between them:

	      1.  The	entries	  are  not  automatically  centered  but  left

	      2.  An extra button (called Rename) is  implied  to  rename  the
		  current item when it is pressed.

	      3.  It  is  possible to rename the current entry by pressing the
		  Rename button.  Then dialog will write the following on dia‐
		  log's output.

		  RENAMED <tag> <item>

       --menu text height width menu-height [ tag item ] ...
	      As  its  name  suggests,	a menu box is a dialog box that can be
	      used to present a list of choices in the form of a menu for  the
	      user to choose.  Choices are displayed in the order given.  Each
	      menu entry consists of a tag string and an item string.  The tag
	      gives  the entry a name to distinguish it from the other entries
	      in the menu.  The item is a short description of the option that
	      the  entry  represents.	The  user  can	move  between the menu
	      entries by pressing the cursor keys, the first letter of the tag
	      as  a  hot-key,  or  the	number keys 1-9. There are menu-height
	      entries displayed in the menu at one time, but the menu will  be
	      scrolled if there are more entries than that.

	      On exit the tag of the chosen menu entry will be printed on dia‐
	      log's output.  If the "--help-button" option is given, the  cor‐
	      responding  help	text  will  be printed if the user selects the
	      help button.

       --msgbox text height width
	      A message box is very similar to a yes/no box.  The only differ‐
	      ence  between  a	message box and a yes/no box is that a message
	      box has only a single OK button.	You can use this dialog box to
	      display  any  message  you like.	After reading the message, the
	      user can press the ENTER key so that dialog will	exit  and  the
	      calling shell script can continue its operation.

	      If  the message is too large for the space, dialog may allow you
	      to scroll it, provided that the underlying curses implementation
	      is  capable  enough.  In this case, a percentage is shown in the
	      base of the widget.

	      On exit, no text is written to dialog's output.	Only  an  "OK"
	      button  is  provided  for	 input,	 but an ESC exit status may be

       --pause text height width seconds
	      A pause box displays a meter along the bottom of the  box.   The
	      meter  indicates	how  many  seconds remain until the end of the
	      pause.  The pause exits when timeout is reached (status  OK)  or
	      the user presses the Exit button (status CANCEL).

       --passwordbox text height width [init]
	      A	 password box is similar to an input box, except that the text
	      the user enters is not displayed.	 This is useful when prompting
	      for  passwords or other sensitive information.  Be aware that if
	      anything is passed in "init", it will be visible in the system's
	      process table to casual snoopers.	 Also, it is very confusing to
	      the user to provide them with a  default	password  they	cannot
	      see.   For  these	 reasons,  using "init" is highly discouraged.
	      See "--insecure" if you do not care about your password.

	      On exit, the input string will be printed on dialog's output.

       --passwordform text height width formheight [ label y x item y  x  flen
       ilen ] ...
	      This  is	identical  to  --form  except that all text fields are
	      treated as password widgets rather than inputbox widgets.

       --progressbox text height width

       --progressbox height width
	      A progressbox is similar to an tailbox, except that it will exit
	      when  it	reaches	 the end of the file.  If three parameters are
	      given, it displays the text under the title, delineated from the
	      scrolling	 file's	 contents.   If only two parameters are given,
	      this text is omitted.

       --radiolist text height width list-height  [ tag item status ] ...
	      A radiolist box is similar to a menu box.	 The  only  difference
	      is  that	you can indicate which entry is currently selected, by
	      setting its status to on.

	      On exit, the name of the selected item is	 written  to  dialog's

       --tailbox file height width
	      Display text from a file in a dialog box, as in a "tail -f" com‐
	      mand.  Scroll left/right using vi-style 'h' and 'l',  or	arrow-
	      keys.  A '0' resets the scrolling.

	      On  exit,	 no  text is written to dialog's output.  Only an "OK"
	      button is provided for input, but an  ESC	 exit  status  may  be

       --tailboxbg file height width
	      Display  text  from a file in a dialog box as a background task,
	      as in a "tail -f &" command.  Scroll left/right  using  vi-style
	      'h' and 'l', or arrow-keys.  A '0' resets the scrolling.

	      Dialog  treats  the background task specially if there are other
	      widgets (--and-widget) on the screen concurrently.  Until	 those
	      widgets  are  closed (e.g., an "OK"), dialog will perform all of
	      the tailboxbg widgets in the same process, polling for  updates.
	      You may use a tab to traverse between the widgets on the screen,
	      and close them individually, e.g., by pressing ENTER.  Once  the
	      non-tailboxbg  widgets are closed, dialog forks a copy of itself
	      into the background, and prints its process  id  if  the	"--no-
	      kill" option is given.

	      On  exit, no text is written to dialog's output.	Only an "EXIT"
	      button is provided for input, but an  ESC	 exit  status  may  be

	      NOTE:  Older versions of dialog forked immediately and attempted
	      to update the screen individually.  Besides being bad  for  per‐
	      formance,	 it  was  unworkable.  Some older scripts may not work
	      properly with the polled scheme.

       --textbox file height width
	      A text box lets you display the contents of a  text  file	 in  a
	      dialog box.  It is like a simple text file viewer.  The user can
	      move through the file by using the  cursor,  page-up,  page-down
	      and HOME/END keys available on most keyboards.  If the lines are
	      too long to be displayed in the box, the LEFT/RIGHT keys can  be
	      used  to	scroll the text region horizontally.  You may also use
	      vi-style keys h, j, k, l in place of the cursor keys, and B or N
	      in  place	 of  the  page-up  and page-down keys.	Scroll up/down
	      using vi-style 'k' and 'j', or  arrow-keys.   Scroll  left/right
	      using  vi-style  'h'  and	 'l', or arrow-keys.  A '0' resets the
	      left/right scrolling.  For more  convenience,  vi-style  forward
	      and backward searching functions are also provided.

	      On  exit, no text is written to dialog's output.	Only an "EXIT"
	      button is provided for input, but an  ESC	 exit  status  may  be

       --timebox text height [width hour minute second]
	      A	 dialog	 is  displayed which allows you to select hour, minute
	      and second.  If the values for hour, minute or second are	 miss‐
	      ing  or  negative,  the  current date's corresponding values are
	      used.  You can increment or decrement any	 of  those  using  the
	      left-,  up-, right- and down-arrows.  Use tab or backtab to move
	      between windows.

	      On exit, the result is printed in the form hour:minute:second.

       --yesno text height width
	      A yes/no dialog box of size height rows by width columns will be
	      displayed.  The string specified by text is displayed inside the
	      dialog box.  If this string is too long to fit in one  line,  it
	      will be automatically divided into multiple lines at appropriate
	      places.  The text string can also contain the sub-string "\n" or
	      newline  characters  `\n'	 to  control line breaking explicitly.
	      This dialog box is useful for asking questions that require  the
	      user  to answer either yes or no.	 The dialog box has a Yes but‐
	      ton and a No button, in which the user  can  switch  between  by
	      pressing the TAB key.

	      On  exit, no text is written to dialog's output.	In addition to
	      the "Yes" and "No" exit codes (see DIAGNOSTICS) an ESC exit sta‐
	      tus may be returned.

	      The  codes used for "Yes" and "No" match those used for "OK" and
	      "Cancel", internally no distinction is made.

   Obsolete Options
       --beep This was used to tell the original cdialog that it should make a
	      beep  when  the separate processes of the tailboxbg widget would
	      repaint the screen.

	      Beep after a user has completed a widget by pressing one of  the

       1.  Create a sample configuration file by typing:

		 "dialog --create-rc <file>"

       2.  At start, dialog determines the settings to use as follows:

	   a)  if  environment	variable DIALOGRC is set, its value determines
	       the name of the configuration file.

	   b)  if the file in (a) is not found, use the	 file  $HOME/.dialogrc
	       as the configuration file.

	   c)  if  the	file  in (b) is not found, try using the GLOBALRC file
	       determined at compile-time, i.e., /etc/dialogrc.

	   d)  if the file in (c) is not found, use compiled in defaults.

       3.  Edit the sample configuration file and copy it to some  place  that
	   dialog can find, as stated in step 2 above.

       You can override or add to key bindings in dialog by adding to the con‐
       figuration file.	 Dialog's bindkey command  maps	 single	 keys  to  its
       internal coding.
		 bindkey widget curses_key dialog_key
		 The widget name can be "*" (all widgets), or specific widgets
		 such as textbox.  Specific widget bindings override  the  "*"
		 bindings.   User-defined bindings override the built-in bind‐

		 The curses_key can be any of the names derived from curses.h,
		 e.g.,	"HELP"	from  "KEY_HELP".  Dialog also recognizes ANSI
		 control characters such as "^A", "^?", as well as C1-controls
		 such as "~A" and "~?".	 Finally, it allows any single charac‐
		 ter to be escaped with a backslash.

		 Dialog's   internal   keycode	 names	 correspond   to   the
		 DLG_KEYS_ENUM	 type	in   dlg_keys.h,   e.g.,  "HELP"  from

       DIALOGOPTS     Define this variable to apply any of the common  options
		      to  each	widget.	  Most of the common options are reset
		      before processing each widget.  If you set  the  options
		      in  this	environment variable, they are applied to dia‐
		      log's state after the reset.  As in the "--file" option,
		      double-quotes and backslashes are interpreted.

		      The  "--file"  option  is not considered a common option
		      (so you cannot embed it within  this  environment	 vari‐

       DIALOGRC	      Define  this variable if you want to specify the name of
		      the configuration file to use.







       DIALOG_OK      Define any of these variables to change the exit code on
		      Cancel  (1), error (-1), ESC (255), Extra (3), Help (2),
		      Help with --item-help (2), or OK	(0).   Normally	 shell
		      scripts cannot distinguish between -1 and 255.

       DIALOG_TTY     Set  this	 variable to "1" to provide compatibility with
		      older versions of	 dialog	 which	assumed	 that  if  the
		      script  redirects	 the standard output, that the "--std‐
		      out" option was given.

       $HOME/.dialogrc	   default configuration file

       The dialog sources contain several samples of how to use the  different
       box  options  and  how  they look.  Just take a look into the directory
       samples/ of the source.

       Exit status is subject to being overridden  by  environment  variables.
       Normally they are:

       0    if dialog is exited by pressing the Yes or OK button.

       1    if the No or Cancel button is pressed.

       2    if the Help button is pressed.

       3    if the Extra button is pressed.

       -1   if	errors occur inside dialog or dialog is exited by pressing the
	    ESC key.


       Thomas E. Dickey (updates for 0.9b and beyond)

       Tobias C. Rittweiler

       Valery Reznic - the form and progressbox widgets.

       Yura Kalinichenko adapted the gauge widget as "pause".

       This is a rewrite (except as needed to provide  compatibility)  of  the
       earlier version of dialog 0.9a, which lists as authors:

	      Savio Lam - version 0.3, "dialog"

	      Stuart Herbert - patch for version 0.4

	      Marc Ewing - the gauge widget.

	      Pasquale De Marco "Pako" - version 0.9a, "cdialog"

$Date: 2006/01/19 19:33:47 $					     DIALOG(1)

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