qmenu(1) A tool to create simple menus for terminal interfaces


qmenu [OPTION] [menu_filename]


qmenu creates textual menus in an easy and intuitive way.


-init create the configuration file "qmenu.cfg"

create a menu file model "model.mnu"
file (with .mnu extension) containing the menu's outline


qmenu allows you to create menus for textual interfaces in an easy and intuitive way. Each menu is defined in a file (with extension .mnu) containing the menu's outline. The file is composed by three sections:
1. Screen Area
2. Item Area
3. Option Area

Sections are delimited by the characters $$ and %%, respectively:

Screen area
Item area
Option area

Screen area

This area spans from the beginning of the file to the symbol $$, and contains the "drawing" of the menu in text format. To make menu options selectable, they must be included between two symbols ^


^1. Option 1^
^2. Option 2^

The options can be highlighted with arrow keys or by pressing the first character of the string. In this area you can also add some variables according to the following syntax:


The name of the variable is made up by a prefix (x) and a name between square brackets. The possibile values are:

* c - Centered
* l - Left-justified
* r - Right-justified

Note: If the symbol is capitalized, the value is shown in reverse

Variables can assume the following values:

* TIME - Current time
* MENUNAME - Menu's name
* INFOTERM - Terminal's name
* MNUTRACE - Path menu

Special variables:

& - Cursor position
${PATH} - Displays the contents of the environment variable PATH


C[TITLE] - Menu title centered and in reverse

Item area

In this section, for each menu item you can define:
The action to perform
An help message
An empty row

Each item is made up by 3 lines:

1. Menu option
2. Command to perform
3. Help message
In the first line, insert the first character of the string containing the menu option
In the second line you can specify:
A shell command
A submenu to open ($menuname without extension)
A reserved command (return to go to the previous menu, end to quit menu)

In the third line you can specify a message. This message will replace the variable TITLE in the "Screen area"


ls -lisa; pause
This item shows shell file list

Option area

This section contains a series of generic settings:
TITOLO - Menu title
RVS_ROW=0,22 - Lines displayed in reverse. In this case the lines 0 22
NOKEYDISP - Disables automatic visualization of function keys labels (ET[1-10])
ET[1-10] - Text shown to function key n if NOKEYDISP commented
FZ[1-10] - Command (shell) for the function key n
PW[1-10] - Password to set for the function key n
SHELL=sh - Pressing shift-f1 starts a shell session
EDITOR=vi - Pressing shift-f2 starts vi with the current menu


Written by Stefano Teodorani - https://github.com/teopost.
Translated by Lorenzo Teodorani - https://github.com/teopost2.
Thanks to Giovanni Juan Oteri - https://twitter.com/giovannioteri


Please, report bugs to <https://github.com/teopost/qmenu/issues>
General help using software: <https://github.com/teopost/qmenu>
Report qmenu translation bugs to <https://github.com/teopost/qmenu/issues>


Copyright © 1992-2014 Stefano Teodorani

qmenu is free software: you are free to modify and/or redistribute it under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 3, or any later version. You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with the source for qmenu, see the file COPYING. If now, you can find it at <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>.

qmenu is distributeded in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY, without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE