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Re: [Suggestion] LILO-like direct menu item access && scripting

From: Marc-Jano Knopp
Subject: Re: [Suggestion] LILO-like direct menu item access && scripting
Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2005 23:51:32 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.1i

On Tue, 08 Feb 2005 at 21:48 (+0000), Marco Gerards wrote:
> Marc-Jano Knopp <address@hidden> writes:
> > On Mon, 07 Feb 2005 at 17:33 (+0000), Marco Gerards wrote:

I see that the whole problem is a misunderstanding about what we
mean by LILO menu mode - I'm sorry if I explained it too ambiguously
and I will hereby not just clarify, but simplify this issue *a lot*:

In GRUB, one should be able to move the selection bar absolutely
to a specific menu item by means of hotkeys (or "hotstrings").

I propose to have the single-letter command 's' (I hope it's not
bound yet) for choosing a specific menu item by hotkey.


  1. Hit 's'
  2. Hit hotkey of wanted menu item (e.g. 'l' for Linux)

  The wanted menu item is now selected (not executed).

If one wants to use "hotstrings" to select a specific menu item,
step 2 needs pressing [Return] after entering the string.

That's all!

Now *that* should be easy to code (for a GRUB developer :-).

> >> But it would be nice, IMHO, if it was clear which entry has which
> >> hotkey.  Perhaps the title can be followed by the key in some
> >> different color or so?
> >
> > Hmm... I think the other way round would be nicer, as that's the
> > usual way to do it (and everything is naturally aligned nicely then).
> > (I think in LILO menus the order is the same, i.e. first letters, then
> > name of the menu item).
> The other way around?  Can you describe that please?

Suggested way:

  menuitemtitle1 hotkey1
  menuitemtitle2 hotkey2
  menuitemtitle3 hotkey3

My (and LILO's (and Carlito's)) way:

  hotkey1 menuitemtitle1
  hotkey2 menuitemtitle2
  hotkey3 menuitemtitle3

I guess a run-time-interpreted format string for menu item formatting
would be best.

> It seems you really are looking for reasons to install windows, no?

Definitely not! :-)

Best regards


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