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MSGC(1) 			   BSD General Commands Manual				  MSGC(1)

     msgc, msg_window, msg_string, msg_clear, msg_standout, msg_standend, msg_display,
     msg_display_add, msg_prompt, msg_prompt_add, msg_prompt_win, msg_prompt_noecho, msg_row,
     msg_table_add -- simple message list compiler

     msgc [-o name] file

     #include "msg_defs.h"

     msg_window(WINDOW *window);

     const char *
     msg_string(msg msg_no);




     msg_display(msg msg_no, ...);

     msg_display_add(msg msg_no, ...);

     msg_prompt(msg msg_no, const char *def, char *val, int max_chars, ...);

     msg_prompt_add(msg msg_no, const char *def, char *val, int max_chars, ...);

     msg_prompt_win(msg msg_no, WINDOW *win, const char *def, char *val, int max_chars, ...);

     msg_prompt_noecho(msg msg_no, const char *def, char *val, int max_chars, ...);


     msg_table_add(msg msg_no, ...);

     This implements a curses based message display system.  A source file that lists messages
     with associated names is given to msgc and produces both a .c and a .h file that implement
     the menu system.  The standard root name of the files is msg_defs.  The -o name can be used
     to specify a different root name.

     MSGDEF  Can be set to point to a different set of definition files for msgc.  The current
	     location defaults to /usr/share/misc.


     The format is very simple.  Each message is started with the word 'message' followed by the
     name of the message.  The body of the message is next and is started by a { and closed by a
     }.  The braces are not part of the message.  Everything, including newlines between the
     braces are part of the message.

     The defined messages are used through calls routines that manipulate the messages.  You
     first need to set the curses(3) environment up and then tell the message system which window
     to use for displaying message by calling the function msg_window().

     All variable argument lists in the functions are used as are arguments to sprintf(3).  The
     messages may have sprintf(3) conversions in them and the corresponding parameters should
     match.  Messages are identified by name using the notation 'MSG_name' where ``name'' is the
     name in the message source file.  (The definitions are accessed by including the generated
     .h file into a source file wanting to use the message routines.)

     The function msg_string() just returns a pointer to the actual message string.  The func-
     tions msg_clear(), msg_standout() and msg_standend() respectively clear the message window,
     set standout mode and clear standout mode.

     The functions msg_display() and msg_display_add() cause a defined message to be displayed in
     the message window and does the requested conversions before printing.  The difference is
     that msg_display() clears the window before displaying the message.  These functions fill
     paragraphs for readability.  The msg_table_add() function behaves like msg_display_add() but
     does not fill text.

     The remaining functions deal with a prompt facility.  A prompt message is either taken from
     the message directory or from a given string.  The message is processed with sprintf(3) and
     then displayed.  If the parameter def is non-NULL and not a string of zero length, a default
     value is printed in brackets.  The user is allowed to type in a response.	If the user types
     just the newline character, the default is returned in the value.	The parameter max_chars
     is the length of the parameter val, where the results are stored.	The parameters def and
     val may point to the same character array.  If the default is chosen, the character array is
     not changed.  The functions msg_echo() and msg_noecho() control whether the prompt routine
     echo or don't echo the input that is typed by the user.

     msg_prompt_win() uses the specified curses window instead of the default one.

     msg_row() return the current row - i.e.: getcury(msg_win) + getbegy(msg_win).

     Philip A. Nelson for Piermont Information Systems Inc.

BSD					September 25, 2003				      BSD
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