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     ckitem, erritem, helpitem - build a  menu;  prompt  for  and
     return a menu item

     ckitem [-Q] [-W width] [-uno] [-f filename] [-l label] [  [-
     i invis] [,...]] [-m max] [-d default] [-h help] [-e  error]
     [-p prompt] [ -k pid [-s signal]] [ choice [...]]

     /usr/sadm/bin/erritem [-W width] [-e error] [ choice [..]]

     /usr/sadm/bin/helpitem [-W width] [-h help] [ choice [..]]

     The ckitem utility builds a menu and  prompts  the  user  to
     choose  one item from a menu of items. It then  verifies the
     response. Options  for  this  command  define,  among  other
     things, a prompt message whose response will be a menu item,
     text for help and error messages, and a default value (which
     will  be  returned  if  the  user  responds  with a carriage

     By default, the menu is  formatted  so  that  each  item  is
     prepended  by  a number and is printed in columns across the
     terminal. Column length is determined by the longest choice.
     Items are alphabetized.

     All messages are limited in length to 70 characters and  are
     formatted automatically. Any white space used in the defini-
     tion (including newline) is stripped. The -W option  cancels
     the  automatic  formatting.  When  a  tilde is placed at the
     beginning 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 NOTES) will be displayed.

     Two visual tool modules are linked to  the  ckitem  command.
     They  are  erritem (which formats and displays an error mes-
     sage) and helpitem (which formats and displays a  help  mes-
     sage).  These modules should be used in conjunction with FML
     objects. In  this  instance,  the  FML  object  defines  the
     prompt.  When  choice  is defined in these modules, the mes-
     sages will describe the available menu choice (or choices).

     The following options are supported:

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

     -e error        Define the error message as  error.

     -f filename     Define a file, filename,  which  contains  a
                     list  of  menu  items to be displayed.  (The
                     format      of      this      file       is:
                     token<tab>description.  Lines beginning with
                     a pound sign (#) are designated as  comments
                     and ignored.)

     -h help         Define the help messages as  help.

     -i invis        Define invisible menu choices  (those  which
                     will not be printed in the menu). (For exam-
                     ple, ``all'' used  as  an  invisible  choice
                     would mean it is a legal option but does not
                     appear in the menu. Any number of  invisible
                     choices  may  be defined.) Invisible choices
                     should be made known to a user either in the
                     prompt or in a help message.

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

     -l label        Define a label, label, to  print  above  the

     -m max          Define the maximum number  of  menu  choices
                     that the user can choose. The default is 1.

     -n              Specify  that  menu  items  should  not   be
                     displayed in alphabetical order.

     -o              Specify that only one  menu  token  will  be

     -p prompt       Define the prompt message as prompt.

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

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

     -u              Specify that menu items should be  displayed
                     as an unnumbered list.

     -W width        Specify that prompt, help and error messages
                     will be formatted to a line length of width.

     The following operand is supported:

     choice          Define menu items. Items should be separated
                     by white space or newline.

     The following exit values are returned:

     0        Successful execution.

     1        EOF on input, or negative width on  -W  option,  or
              inability  to  open  file  on  -f  option, or usage

     3        User termination (quit).

     4        No choices from which to choose.

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

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


     The user may input the number of the menu  item  if  choices
     are  numbered or as much of the string required for a unique
     identification of the item. Long menus  are  paged  with  10
     items per page.

     When menu entries are defined both in a file (by  using  the
     -f  option)  and  also on the command line, they are usually
     combined alphabetically. However, if the -n option  is  used
     to suppress  alphabetical ordering, then the entries defined
     in the file are shown first, followed by the options defined
     on the command line.

     The default prompt for ckitem is:

     Enter selection [?,??,q]:

     One  question  mark  will  give  a  help  message  and  then
     redisplay  the  prompt.  Two question marks will give a help
     message and then redisplay the menu label, the menu and  the

     The default error message if you typed a number is:

     ERROR: Bad numeric choice specification

     The default error message if you typed a string is:

     ERROR: Entry does not match available menu selection. Enter the number
     of the menu item you wish to select, the token which is associated
     with the menu item, or a partial string which uniquely identifies the
     token for the menu item. Enter ?? to reprint the menu.

     The default help message is:

     Enter the number of the menu item you wish to select, the token
     which is associated with the menu item, or a partial string which
     uniquely identifies the token for the menu item. Enter ? to
     reprint the menu.

     When the quit option is chosen (and allowed), q is  returned
     along with the return code 3.

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