Pop up a dialog box from a shell script?

Pop up a dialog box from a shell script?

Post by bob desinge » Fri, 12 Apr 1996 04:00:00

What's the easiest way for me to pop up an error-message dialog box from
a shell script?  It doesn't have to be fancy; I just want to tell people
that a program doesn't exist any more.  Bonus points for Motif look and

This is for Solaris running CDE, so our options seem to be:
* dtksh
* Tk/Tcl
* an X11/Motif compiled application

I'd like to pick up something from the net, of course, or at least not
have to write it myself.  I could modify something that was freely
available, but if I have to write it from scratch it won't get written.

HP-UX has a program called xdialog that does what we need, but that's
only on HP-UX.  Its sources aren't available anywhere that I could find.

The cheap workaround is to pop up an xterm with a shell behind it that
blats the message to stdout, then exits after the user types Return.
The script is attached in shar format (encased in MIME).

-- bd

[ t 1K ]
#! /bin/sh
# This is a shell archive.  Remove anything before this line, then unpack
# it by saving it into a file and typing "sh file".  To overwrite existing
# files, type "sh file -c".  You can also feed this as standard input via
# unshar, or by typing "sh <file", e.g..  If this archive is complete, you
# will see the following message at the end:
#               "End of shell archive."
# Contents:  popup

PATH=/bin:/usr/bin:/usr/ucb ; export PATH
if test -f 'popup' -a "${1}" != "-c" ; then
  echo shar: Will not clobber existing file \"'popup'\"
echo shar: Extracting \"'popup'\" \(1022 characters\)
sed "s/^X//" >'popup' <<'END_OF_FILE'
X#! /bin/ksh
X# Cheap and cheerful script to pop up an "error dialog box",
X# to use the term loosely.
X# get the offending program name into the dialog box
Xcat >/tmp/popup.$$ <<\EOF
X#! /bin/ksh
X: pop up a pseudo-dialog-box and return an error
XTERM=xterm        PATH=/bin:/usr/bin:$PATH
Xtput bold
Xecho "                             W a r n i n g"
Xtput rmso
Xcat <<EOM
XThe program $1 does not work under Solaris.
XPlease remove it from your ~/.mailrc file.
XThe line in your ~/.mailrc probably looks like this:
X    set sendmail='$1'
XTo comment it out instead of deleting it, use the \`#' character:
X    # set sendmail='$1'
XThen, after editing, exit your mail-reading program and restart it.
Xread junk?"Press Return after you have done this:  "
Xexit 0
Xchmod +x /tmp/popup.$$
Xxterm -title "/usr/local/bin/signmymail is old" -geometry 80x15 \
X       -font screen16 -bg Navy -fg PapayaWhip -ms Navy -cr Red \
X       -e /tmp/popup.$$ /usr/local/bin/signmymail
Xrm -f /tmp/popup.$$
X# inform dtmail that we failed so that it will inform the user
Xexit 99
if test 1022 -ne `wc -c <'popup'`; then
    echo shar: \"'popup'\" unpacked with wrong size!
chmod +x 'popup'
# end of 'popup'
echo shar: End of shell archive.
exit 0


Pop up a dialog box from a shell script?

Post by Corne Beers » Sat, 13 Apr 1996 04:00:00


I used xterm for displaying the message an application is moved:

appl_temp=/tmp/`basename $0`.$$
cat > ${appl_temp} << EndOfText
Sorry for you
$0 is moved to an other directory.

        - do a rehash to rescan the path
        - do a restart workspace manager for fresh menus
        - logout and login to refresh everything
        - try the /appl directories for the new location
                and adapt your aliasses, menus or other invokations
        - or call the helpdesk.


xterm -e more ${appl_temp}
rm ${appl_temp}

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