Bug 217454 - add getkey flag to echo the key that was pressed
add getkey flag to echo the key that was pressed
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: initscripts (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Bill Nottingham
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2006-11-27 18:06 EST by Will Woods
Modified: 2014-03-16 23:04 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2008-04-13 12:51:25 EDT
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patch against getkey.c from initscripts-8.45.6 (1.35 KB, patch)
2006-11-27 18:06 EST, Will Woods
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Description Will Woods 2006-11-27 18:06:29 EST
getkey should have a flag that makes it echo the key that was pressed. 

This could be used to allow rc.sysinit to have multiple entries like "Press 'I'
to enter interactive startup."
Comment 1 Will Woods 2006-11-27 18:06:29 EST
Created attachment 142243 [details]
patch against getkey.c from initscripts-8.45.6
Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 2006-11-28 02:09:22 EST
Not sure what you mean by 'this could be used'... it's normally echoed anyway.
Comment 3 Will Woods 2006-11-28 11:48:53 EST
Not to stdout. This patch lets you do stuff like:

echo "Do you wanna? [Y/N]"
ch=$(getkey -k YN)
if [ "$ch" == "Y" ]; then
Comment 4 Bill Nottingham 2006-11-28 11:57:49 EST
Can't you just use 'read' for that?

(The reason getkey is used in rc.sysinit is so it can read something without
actually prompting.)
Comment 5 Will Woods 2006-11-28 12:04:03 EST
Right. So if you wanted to have multiple options at startup, say:

Press 'I' to enter interactive startup.
Press 'T' to start in text mode.

You'd need to be able to differentiate between 'I' and 'T' being pressed.

Perhaps, though, something more robust could be written to do a proper startup menu.
Comment 6 Bill Nottingham 2006-11-28 12:07:14 EST
I'd prefer something else. 'T' wouldn't necessarily work right, other than
calling 'telinit' at the end of rc.sysinit.
Comment 7 Bug Zapper 2008-04-03 14:43:02 EDT
Based on the date this bug was created, it appears to have been reported
against rawhide during the development of a Fedora release that is no
longer maintained. In order to refocus our efforts as a project we are
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Comment 8 Will Woods 2008-04-13 12:51:25 EDT
I think we agree that the feature I was proposing here is still a good idea, but
this implementation is not the best way to do it.

Closing NOTABUG.

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