I'm generally busy with more than one thing to do during the work day. I'd like an easy to customize dialog box that I can specify at the terminal.

An example, when I'm done with a background copy in a terminal (In X11), I'd like it to pop up with "copy complete".

Something like cp alpha bravo && foobar "copy complete"

Has anyone come across something like this?

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look at the documentation for cdialog dialog and kdialog

  • I have used kdialog in this exact fashion, btw. And for user input and further script control.
    – maxwellb
    Jun 24, 2010 at 5:06
  • Awesome and easy. kdialog does the trick
    – bobby
    Jun 24, 2010 at 5:19

In case someone is looking for this functionality for Gnome, there's Zenity.


For the matter, in case that you want the old-style command prompt dialog-box prompts like what you get during debian installation, you can try ncurses

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    Technically true, but ncurses is just a library that you can use from a C program. It's not something you can invoke from a terminal; you'd need to write a program (probably in C) to use it. A tool like dialog is more appropriate here.
    – sleske
    Jun 24, 2010 at 9:36

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