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Date:      Thu, 19 Mar 2009 16:22:01 -0700
From:      Chuck Swiger <>
To:        Polytropon <>
Cc:        FreeBSD Questions <>
Subject:   Re: Text mode dialog library like TSO
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On Mar 19, 2009, at 4:13 PM, Polytropon wrote:
> I'm searching for something really strange, maybe some reader will
> be able to tell me what I'm searching for. :-)
> For a special application, I need a programmable dialog library that
> has... well, how to describe it... anyone know SIOS? Or at least TSO?
> A bit like this. A kind of form-driven screen layout.

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> The whole library should be accessible via C, or at least for a
> shell script. You know, a bit like Tcl/Tk, but in text mode.

Consider looking at dialog(3), which rides on top of ncurses.
There's also a CLI utility by the same name handy for shell-scripting  


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