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A user point of view

From: Thierry Laronde
Subject: A user point of view
Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2000 21:51:04 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.0.1i


I have continued to play a bit with GRUB, and here are some
questions/suggestions about some features (not all have the same degree
of importance).


I have mapped the ASCII codes in order to be "easily" accessed via an
azerty french keyboard.
The list of mapping is specially suited for the menu.lst, of course. But
there can be some problems on the command line :
you can not, obviously, type "setkey a q" followed by "setkey q a",
simply because you have just remapped `q' to `a'...
But you can always get back a `q' from the buffer, because GRUB
implements the history of commands, that's right.

But I think it could be useful (in some cases) to have the ability to
go back to the default keymap (no translation). And because the keyboard
can be a real mess if you need the command, the command must be easy to
obtain : i have thought about `setkey default' but if you are not able
to type a `a' ... but there remains the history list; if there is a mess,
that's because you used the command ; so the command is in the history ; 
so the command without options : `setkey' could perhaps return to the 
default (no mapping).


At the moment, in order to display a (relatively) long message, I use
`cat' and `pause'. Have you planned to implement a `echo' or `print'
command ?

MENU.LST as a BATCH file

In the TODO file, you speak about the BATCH ability. AFAIU, the menu.lst
is "almost" a batch, the entries can be considered as "functions". In an
intermediary state, do you plan to allow :
- other commands to be treated without the need to select a menu item
  (for example, even if the example is not that good, remapping the
  keyboard) ;
- the entries to be booted via the command line (obviously, this means
  giving a valid name (i.e. "linux" or "hurd", etc... and a description
  - the "title") : typing "The beautiful OS I have designed by myself"
        would be a bit too long to type for a command name ;)

Thierry LARONDE <address@hidden>
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