[FRPythoneers] Text UI

Ken Kinder kkinder at tridog.com
Fri Jul 27 14:14:14 MDT 2001


Yeah, I was going for something more stand-alone. The intent of the
script is to walk you through the install process and check for
dependencies. If it has a slew of dependencies itself, it kind of
defeats the purpose.

Sean Reifschneider wrote:
> 
> On Fri, Jul 27, 2001 at 11:12:27AM -0600, Ken Kinder wrote:
> >Does anyone have suggestions for a simple, but attractive Python Text
> >UI? Something curses-based? I'm looking something similar to dialog.py
> >but that doesn't depend on a Linux-only binary... It should be
> >reasonably portable.
> 
> I don't really, but I'll just let you know what I HAVE used...
> 
> Curses is pretty low-level, and recently a new curses module has been
> releases which should handle things like text coloring and all.  I built an
> app in curses and it worked fine, but did require some jumping through
> hoops and thinking the way the curses folks do.
> 
> I also used snack (there are two modules named snack now, this would
> obviously be the UI module).  It's a Python wrapper for RedHat's NEWT (the
> toolkit that all the redhat install stuff is written using).  Snack is
> incredibly poorly documented, and also fairly incomplete.  The full
> functionality of the C library that RedHat uses for the installer doesn't
> seem to be available, or wasn't when I was trying to use it (around 2 years
> ago).
> 
> Sean
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