SYNOPSISgspl-pmenu [ -h header ] [ -d delim ] [ -s start ] [ -f file ] [ -N num ] [ -F ] [ -n ] [ -m ]
DESCRIPTIONgspl-pmenu is a simple curses-based program to select one (or more) of a list of options from within a shell script.
The options are supplied on standard input, typically in the form:
in multiple columns if possible, with one of the items (often the first) highlighted and the user is invited to move the highlight to a selected item if appropriate using the cursor keys and then press ENTER.
The selected row is then output on standard output.
When the options are displayed on the screen, the cursor keys, together with h, l, k and <j> may be used to move left, right, up and down respectively. The numeric keypad in numeric mode may also be used.
If available, Next page, Previous page or N and P may be used to select the next column or screenful. Any other character may be used to select the next row starting with that character.
When the correct entry has been selected, press ENTER to select it. Alternatively press q to quit with no output.
The behaviour of gspl-pmenu may be modified by means of various options.
- -h text
Display a heading to be centred at the top of the screen. The heading
may consist of more than one line, each of which is centred
separately. When gspl-pmenu is invoked from the shell, the heading should be
enclosed in quotes.
As an alternative, the header may be provided in the standard input. To signify this, the text should be a single = sign thus:
The standard input will be read up to the first blank line to constitute the header, and thereafter the selection rows.
- -d char
- Use the specified char as a delimiter rather than tab.
- -s num
- Initialise the display to select the given item rather than the first on entry.
- -f file
- Take input from the specified file rather than standard input.
- -N num
Enables multiple selection menus to be provided for in one file. The
standard input is read up to the first line consisting of the given
number (possibly negative) and a colon. Input is terminated by a blank
line. Thus the input file might look like:
1: optiona1 description1 optiona2 description2 options3 description3 2: optionb1 description4 optionb2 description5 optionb3 description6
With the appropriate set of options and descriptions selected by
If headers are to be supplied in the file using "-h =", then these should follow the numbers with a blank line, thus:
1: Header for first group of selections optiona1 description1 optiona2 description2 options3 description3 2: Header for second group optionb1 description4 optionb2 description5 optionb3 description6
- Just return the first field of the selection ``the option'' on exit, not the whole line.
- Return the number (starting at 1) of the row selected on exit, rather than the text of the line.
Enable multi-selection mode. In this mode several lines may be
selected, by moving to each line and pressing space. Pressing space
again deselects the line. A plus sign appears against each choice to
When all have been selected, press q to quit.
The ENTER key behaves slightly differently. If the last action was to select or deselect an entry, then the program exits as if q had been pressed. If the last character was not a space, then the current line is selected or deselected.
Help filesHelp files may be provided for each item in a list by providing text files in the directory from which gspl-pmenu is run with names:
where "item1" etc are the first field in each choice.
To provide a ``catch all'' for items without help files, a help file named
may be provided.
COPYRIGHTCopyright (c) 2009 Free Software Foundation, Inc. This is free software. You may redistribute copies of it under the terms of the GNU General Public License <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.
AUTHORJohn M Collins, Xi Software Ltd.