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Re: A user point of view

From: OKUJI Yoshinori
Subject: Re: A user point of view
Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2000 05:29:31 +0900

From: Thierry Laronde <address@hidden>
Subject: A user point of view
Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2000 21:51:04 +0200

> 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).

  Interesting, but I don't think there is a really safe way, because:

* The history buffer is limited. So a command-line which contains
"setkey" may be erased, before you notice that something is wrong.

* If you removed DEL and BS (this is possible), what can you do?

> 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 ?

  No, although it would be quite easy to implement it.

> - 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) ;

  I'm uncertain of what you mean.

> - 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 ;)

  In the file TODO:

* Add commands to manipulate the menu from the command-line interface. !

This means that I'm planning to add commands like "menulist" and
"menurun". These commands would be used like this:

grub> menulist
0: NetBSD
1: OpenBSD
2: GNU/Hurd
3: FreeDOS

grub> menulist 3
root (hd0,2)
chainloader +1

grub> menurun 3
[Booting FreeDOS]

  However, this isn't as easy to implement as this may seem. So I may
not work on this.


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