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Re: Desiderata.... too

From: Ged Haywood
Subject: Re: Desiderata.... too
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2002 21:57:52 +0000 (GMT)

Hi there,

On Sun, 13 Jan 2002, Day Brown wrote:

> I have a large set of dos ANSI color screens that I'd
> like to see in nix, and a batch program to display them
> in order, and then keep track of which screens were seen.

As I understand it, by "batch program" you mean a kind of script.

> Is there a nix tool to convert dos batch into Linux script?

Hmmm.  Not anything that I'd consider trying.  The commands and
the environment in which they are used are completely different.

> I subbed here hoping to learn something of ncurses,
> which I had thought was the nix version of batch.

What did you think it would do?  ncurses is a screen driver.  It's for
a programmer to help him with his manipulating a display (and getting
a user's keystrokes) in as hardware-independent a fashion as the kit
will permit.  For example, the display may be the console of the local
PC on which his program is running, but it may also be a dumb terminal
hanging off a modem on the other side of the world.  I don't thinkit's
what you need at all.

> Is there a more appropriate scripting tool I should look into?

Read about BASH.  There's a good book in my library called "Learning
Bash".  If you need the ISBN drop me a line.


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