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WHIPTAIL(1)									      WHIPTAIL(1)

NAME
       whiptail - display dialog boxes from shell scripts

SYNOPSIS
       whiptail [ --title title ] [ --backtitle backtitle ] [ --clear ] [ --default-item string ]
       [ --defaultno ] [ --fb ] [ --nocancel ] [ --yes-button text  ]  [  --no-button  text  ]	[
       --ok-button  text  ]  [	--cancel-button  text ] [ --noitem [ ] --output-fd fd ] [ --sepa-
       rate-output ] [ --scrolltext ] [ --topleft ] box-options

DESCRIPTION
       whiptail is a program that will let you present a variety of questions or display messages
       using  dialog boxes from a shell script. Currently, these types of dialog boxes are imple-
       mented:

       yes/no box, menu box, input box, message box, text box, info box, checklist box, radiolist
       box gauge box, and password box.

OPTIONS
       --clear
	      The  screen  will be cleared to the screen attribute on exit.  This doesn't work in
	      an xterm (and descendants) if alternate screen switching	is  enabled,  because  in
	      that case slang writes to (and clears) an alternate screen.

       --defaultno
	      The dialog box will open with the cursor over the No button.

       --default-item string
	      Set   the  default  item	in a menu box.	Normally the first item in the box is the
	      default.

       --fb, --fullbuttons
	      Use full buttons. (By default, whiptail uses compact buttons).

       --nocancel
	      The dialog box won't have a Cancel button.

       --yes-button text
	      Set the text of the Yes button.

       --no-button text
	      Set the text of the No button.

       --ok-button text
	      Set the text of the Ok button.

       --cancel-button text
	      Set the text of the Cancel button.

       --noitem
	      The menu, checklist and radiolist widgets will display  tags  only,  not	the  item
	      strings.	The menu widget still needs some items specified, but checklist and radi-
	      olist expect only tag and status.

       --notags
	      Don't display tags in the menu, checklist and radiolist widgets.

       --separate-output
	      For checklist widgets, output result one line at a time,	with  no  quoting.   This
	      facilitates parsing by another program.

       --output-fd fd
	      Direct  output  to the given file descriptor.  Most whiptail scripts write to stan-
	      dard error, but  error  messages	may  also  be written there,  depending  on  your
	      script.

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

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

       --scrolltext
	      Force the display of a vertical scrollbar.

       --topleft
	      Put window in top-left corner.

       -h, --help
	      Print a help message and exit.

       -v, --version
	      Print version information and exit.

       Box Options

       --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 be fit in one line, it will be automatically divided into multiple lines at
	      appropriate places. The text string may 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 button and a No button, in which the user can switch between by  pressing
	      the TAB key.

       --msgbox text height width
	      A  message box is very similar to a yes/no box.  The only difference between a mes-
	      sage 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 mes-
	      sage, the user can press the ENTER key so that whiptail will exit and  the  calling
	      shell script can continue its operation.

       --infobox text height width
	      An  info box is basically a message box.	However, in this case, whiptail will exit
	      immediately after displaying the message to the user. The  screen  is  not  cleared
	      when  whiptail exits, so that the message will remain on the screen until the call-
	      ing 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.

       --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 inputing the string, the BACKSPACE key can be used to correct
	      typing errors. If the input string is longer than the width of the dialog box,  the
	      input field will be scrolled. On exit, the input string will be printed on stderr.

       --passwordbox text height width [init]
	      A  password  box is similar to an input box, except the text the user enters is not
	      displayed. This is useful when prompting for passwords or other sensitive  informa-
	      tion. Be aware that if anything is passed in "init", it will be visible in the sys-
	      tem'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.

       --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 UP/DOWN,
	      PGUP/PGDN 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. For more convenience, forward and backward searching functions
	      are also provided.

       --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. 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 UP/DOWN keys, the first letter of the tag  as  a  hot-key.  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. When whiptail exits, the tag  of  the
	      chosen menu entry will be printed on stderr.

       --checklist text height width list-height [ tag item status ] ...
	      A  checklist  box  is similar to a menu box in that there are multiple entries pre-
	      sented in the form of a menu.  You can select and deselect items	using  the  SPACE
	      key.   The  initial  on/off state of each entry is specified by status.  On exit, a
	      list of the tag strings of those entries that are turned	on  will  be  printed  on
	      stderr.

       --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.

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

NOTES
       whiptail interprets arguments starting with a dash "-" as being arguments.  To avoid this,
       and  start  some  text  in, for example, a menubox item, with a dash, whiptail honours the
       getopt convention of accepting the special argument "--" which means  that  all	following
       arguments with dashes are to be treated verbatim and not parsed as options.

DIAGNOSTICS
       Exit  status  is 0 if whiptail is exited by pressing the Yes or OK button, and 1 if the No
       or Cancel button is pressed. Otherwise, if errors occur inside  whiptail  or  whiptail  is
       exited by pressing the ESC key, the exit status is -1.

AUTHOR
       Based on the man page for dialog(1) by:

       Savio Lam (lam836@cs.cuhk.hk) - version 0.3

       Stuart Herbert (S.Herbert@sheffield.ac.uk) - patch for version 0.4

       Modifications for whiptail by:

       Enrique Zanardi (ezanard@debian.org)

       Alastair McKinstry (mckinstry@debian.org)

Whiptail Version 0.52.5 		 31 January 2007			      WHIPTAIL(1)
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