“Whilst an increasing number of recent converts are avoiding it (and I don’t blame them really), the shell is still a key tool for the majority of GNU/Linux users. Shell scripts are knocked-up, shared and deployed in all sorts of circumstances – some simply time-saving, others life-saving. But even if the shell script has been written by somebody else, running it can be a cumbersome and frightening exercise for users of lesser experience or confidence. How do we bring the flexibility of the shell script to the GUI-only user? Recently faced with just such a quandary, http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/columns/saving_my_sanity_zenity_shell_script_interaction_gui”>I discovered Zenity: a tool which just might have saved my sanity.”
Zenity: Shell Script Interaction Via the GUI
Submitted by fsmag 2009-01-30 General Development 10 Comments
It’s a tool to show simple dialog boxes from the terminal. These tools have been around forever. Big deal.
The author uses it to pop up a message when his network-connection script runs. Seems he just realised that there’s a world of desktop users out there too. Taking care to make your programs (shell scripts or otherwise) user-friendly, interactive and informative isn’t newsworthy. Indeed, it should be compulsory.