September 3, 2009

Zenity Brings a Little GUI Goodness to Linux Shell Scripts

One of the powers of the Linux command shell is the wealth of commands available to accomplish most any task. That amount of power can be intimidating to the less experienced users. Most typical computer users rarely open up a terminal window, or a DOS command box in Windows, unless they need to do some trouble shooting.

Adding a graphical user interface (GUI) component to any utility script is bound to make it more user friendly than a command-line only version. That's where Zenity comes in. Zenity is the command line interface to the GTK+ library of dialogs. It's a rewrite of the old gdialog utility but much more user friendly. The key to effectively using Zenity is to understand when and where to use it...

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