menu_driver - command-processing loop of the menu system
int menu_driver(MENU *menu, int c);
Once a menu has been posted (displayed), you should funnel input events
to it through menu_driver. This routine has three major input cases;
either the input is a menu navigation request, it's a printable ASCII
character or it is the KEY_MOUSE special key associated with an mouse
event. The menu driver requests are as follows:
Move left to an item.
Move right to an item.
Move up to an item.
Move down to an item.
Scroll up a line.
Scroll down a line.
Scroll down a page.
Scroll up a page.
Move to the first item.
Move to the last item.
Move to the next item.
Move to the previous item.
Select/deselect an item.
Clear the menu pattern buffer.
Delete the previous character from the pattern buffer.
Move to the next item matching the pattern match.
Move to the previous item matching the pattern match.
If the second argument is a printable ASCII character, the code appends
it to the pattern buffer and attempts to move to the next item matching
the new pattern. If there is no such match, menu_driver returns
E_NO_MATCH and deletes the appended character from the buffer.
If the second argument is one of the above pre-defined requests, the
corresponding action is performed.
If the second argument is the KEY_MOUSE special key, the associated
mouse event is translated into one of the above pre-defined requests.
Currently only clicks in the user window (e.g. inside the menu display
area or the decoration window) are handled. If you click above the dis-
play region of the menu, a REQ_SCR_ULINE is generated, if you dou-
bleclick a REQ_SCR_UPAGE is generated and if you tripleclick a
REQ_FIRST_ITEM is generated. If you click below the display region of
the menu, a REQ_SCR_DLINE is generated, if you doubleclick a
REQ_SCR_DPAGE is generated and if you tripleclick a REQ_LAST_ITEM is
generated. If you click at an item inside the display area of the menu,
the menu cursor is positioned to that item. If you double-click at an
item a REQ_TOGGLE_ITEM is generated and E_UNKNOWN_COMMAND is returned.
This return value makes sense, because a double click usually means
that an item-specific action should be returned. It's exactly the pur-
pose of this return value to signal that an application specific com-
mand should be executed. If a translation into a request was done,
menu_driver returns the result of this request. If you clicked outside
the user window or the mouse event couldn't be translated into a menu
request an E_REQUEST_DENIED is returned.
If the second argument is neither printable ASCII nor one of the above
pre-defined menu requests or KEY_MOUSE, the drive assumes it is an
application-specific command and returns E_UNKNOWN_COMMAND. Applica-
tion-defined commands should be defined relative to MAX_COMMAND, the
maximum value of these pre-defined requests.
menu_driver return one of the following error codes:
E_OK The routine succeeded.
System error occurred (see errno).
Routine detected an incorrect or out-of-range argument.
Routine was called from an initialization or termination function.
The menu has not been posted.
The menu driver code saw an unknown request code.
Character failed to match.
The menu driver could not process the request.
The header file <menu.h> automatically includes the header files
These routines emulate the System V menu library. They were not sup-
ported on Version 7 or BSD versions. The support for mouse events is
Juergen Pfeifer. Manual pages and adaptation for new curses by Eric S.