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Re: dialog package with mouse support

Hugo Vanwoerkom <hvw59601@care2.com> wrote:
> Thomas Dickey wrote:
>> Hugo Vanwoerkom <hvw59601@care2.com> wrote:
>>> Installed libctk-3.0.25. The debian package doesn't work but the tarball 
>>> does: is the *console tool kit*. No longer supported though and no docs 
>>> at all. Is supposed to be a console API interface to gtk. Has sound support.
>> I don't recall noticing this one before.  Here's some commentary on it:
>> 	http://blade.nagaokaut.ac.jp/cgi-bin/scat.rb/ruby/ruby-talk/45570
>> (summary: Linux-specific, no documentation, unsupported...)

> I am into libctk. I changed the headers to that you can invoke it from 
> C++. It is neat code! Written by Kevin Lindsay and Wesley Terpstra when 
> they were working for Stormix which went bellyup in 2001.

> Neat idea guys!

> Was orphaned in oct 2003:
> http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2003/42/

That means it was dead upstream a while before...

> The idea is supreme: a console interface to gtk. You can use anything 
> gtk API but it runs on the console.

> It has not a scrap of docs or man. The examples show up some bugs and I 
> haven't figured out why yet.

> Neither can I get the deb to run. I installed the tar and that runs.

> There is no doubt that this is what Debian *should have* instead of 

why? - Debian should use working code, not an orphaned, undocumented demo.

( otoh, if you feel strongly enough about it, you can finish it ;-)

> dialog, if it weren't for the bugs. You should really be able to use a 
> mouse when using make menuconfig, which uses a stripped version of dialog.

no - lxdialog is actually a fork (which has been hacked at by several
programmers without finding a suitable maintainer).

Thomas E. Dickey

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