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     ckstr, errstr, helpstr, valstr - display  a  prompt;  verify
     and return a string answer

     ckstr [-Q] [-W width] [ [-r regexp]  [...]]  [-l length]  [-
     d default]  [-h help]  [-e error]  [-p prompt]  [  -k pid [-
     s signal]]

     /usr/sadm/bin/errstr [-W width] [-e error] [-l length] [  [-
     r regexp] [...]]

     /usr/sadm/bin/helpstr [-W width] [-h help] [-l length] [  [-
     r regexp] [...]]

     /usr/sadm/bin/valstr [-l length] [ [-r regexp] [...]] input

     The ckstr utility prompts a user and validates the response.
     It  defines,  among  other  things,  a  prompt message whose
     response should be a string, text for help  and  error  mes-
     sages,  and  a default value (which are returned if the user
     responds with a <RETURN>).

     The answer returned from this command must match the defined
     regular  expression  and be no longer than the length speci-
     fied. If no regular expression is given, valid input must be
     a  string  with  a  length  less than or equal to the length
     defined with no internal, leading or trailing  white  space.
     If no length is defined, the length is not checked.

     All messages are limited in length to 79 characters and  are
     formatted automatically. Tabs and newlines are removed after
     a single white space character in a message definition,  but
     spaces are not removed. When a tilde is placed at the begin-
     ning or end of a message definition, the default  text  will
     be inserted at that point, allowing both custom text and the
     default text to be displayed.

     If the prompt, help or error message  is  not  defined,  the
     default message (as defined under EXAMPLES) is displayed.

     Three visual tool modules are linked to the  ckstr  command.
     They are errstr (which formats and displays an error message
     on the standard output), helpstr (which formats and displays
     a  help  message  on the standard output), and valstr (which
     validates a response). These modules should be used in  con-
     junction  with   Framed  Access  Command  Environment (FACE)
     objects. In this instance,  the   FACE  object  defines  the

     The following options are supported:

     -d default      Defines the default value  as  default.  The
                     default  is  not  validated  and so does not
                     have to meet any criteria.

     -e error        Defines the error message as  error.

     -h help         Defines the help message as  help.

     -k pid          Specifies that process ID pid is to be  sent
                     a signal if the user chooses to quit.

     -l length       Specifies the maximum length of the input.

     -p prompt       Defines the prompt message as prompt.

     -Q              Specifies that quit will not be allowed as a
                     valid response.

     -r regexp       Specifies  a  regular  expression,   regexp,
                     against which the input should be validated.
                     May include white space. If multiple expres-
                     sions  are  defined,  the  answer need match
                     only one of them.

     -s signal       Specifies that the process  ID  pid  defined
                     with the -k option is to be sent signal sig-
                     nal when quit is chosen.  If  no  signal  is
                     specified, SIGTERM is used.

     -W width        Specifies that prompt, help and  error  mes-
                     sages  will be formatted to a line length of

     The following operand is supported:

     input           Input to be verified against  format  length
                     and/or regular expression criteria.

     Example 1: Default prompt

     The default prompt for ckstr is:

     example% ckstr
     Enter an appropriate value [?,q]:

     Example 2: Default error message

     The default error message is  dependent  upon  the  type  of
     validation  involved.  The user will be told either that the
     length or the pattern matching  failed.  The  default  error
     message is:

     example% /usr/sadm/bin/errstr
     ERROR: Please enter a string which contains no embedded,
     leading or trailing spaces or tabs.

     Example 3: Default help message

     The default help message is also dependent upon the type  of
     validation  involved.   If  a  regular  expression  has been
     defined, the message is:

     example% /usr/sadm/bin/helpstr -r regexp
     Please enter a string which matches the following pattern:

     Other messages define the length requirement and the defini-
     tion of a string.

     Example 4: Using the quit option

     When the quit option is chosen (and allowed), q is  returned
     along  with  the  return  code 3. Quit input gets a trailing

     Example 5: Using the valstr module

     The valstr module will produce a usage message on stderr. It
     returns 0 for success and non-zero for failure.

     example% /usr/sadm/bin/valstr
     usage: valstr [-l length] [[-r regexp] [...]] input

     The following exit values are returned:

     0        Successful execution.

     1        EOF on input, or negative width on  -W option,   or
              usage error.

     2        Invalid regular expression.

     3        User termination (quit).

     See attributes(5) for descriptions of the  following  attri-

    |       ATTRIBUTE TYPE        |       ATTRIBUTE VALUE       |
    | Availability                | SUNWcsu                     |

     face(1), signal.h(3HEAD), attributes(5)

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