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Make Your Scripts User Friendly with Zenity

May 14, 2008, 04:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Diehl)

"The first time I played with Zenity, I recognized several potential uses for it. While I'm pretty comfortable with interacting with computers with a command line interface, I know many people are not. Zenity creates GUI widgets from a simple command line and can be used from any shell script. This allows an Administrator to write a shell script that performs a given function but make the program easy for less sophisticated users to interact with.

"There are many times when you need to perform a repetitive task but you don't want to expose your users to the shell prompt. As much as I don't like having to point at things with a mouse in order to get a computer to do what I want, I understand that sometimes, using a GUI can reduce the chance of making a simple mistake..."

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