Debian Bug report logs - #292418
dialog: confusing sentence about --form in the man page

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Package: dialog; Maintainer for dialog is Santiago Vila <>; Source for dialog is src:dialog.

Reported by: Moritz Bunkus <>

Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2005 22:18:34 UTC

Severity: minor

Found in version 1.0-20050116-1

Fixed in version dialog/1.0-20050206-1

Done: Santiago Vila <>

Bug is archived. No further changes may be made.

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From: Moritz Bunkus <>
To: Debian Bug Tracking System <>
Subject: dialog: confusing sentence about --form in the man page
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2005 23:11:12 +0100
Package: dialog
Version: 1.0-20050116-1
Severity: minor

The man page contains the following sentence about --form's entries:

   On exit, the contents of the form-fields are written to dialog's
   output,  each  field  separated by a newline.  Input-only fields
   (flen is zero) are not written out.

If flen is zero then there can be no input on such fields
whatsoever. I think those should be named "output-only" fields
instead, or maybe "informational fields" or something like that.

But maybe I just don't get it ;)

-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Kernel: Linux 2.6.7-mh3
Locale: LANG=en_US, LC_CTYPE=en_US

Versions of packages dialog depends on:
ii  debianutils                 2.8.3        Miscellaneous utilities specific t
ii  libc6                       2.3.2.ds1-16 GNU C Library: Shared libraries an
ii  libncursesw5                5.4-4        Shared libraries for terminal hand

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Message #10 received at (full text, mbox):

From: Santiago Vila <>
Subject: Bug#292418: fixed in dialog 1.0-20050206-1
Date: Mon, 07 Feb 2005 12:02:37 -0500
Source: dialog
Source-Version: 1.0-20050206-1

We believe that the bug you reported is fixed in the latest version of
dialog, which is due to be installed in the Debian FTP archive:

  to pool/main/d/dialog/dialog_1.0-20050206-1.diff.gz
  to pool/main/d/dialog/dialog_1.0-20050206-1.dsc
  to pool/main/d/dialog/dialog_1.0-20050206-1_i386.deb
  to pool/main/d/dialog/dialog_1.0-20050206.orig.tar.gz

A summary of the changes between this version and the previous one is

Thank you for reporting the bug, which will now be closed.  If you
have further comments please address them to,
and the maintainer will reopen the bug report if appropriate.

Debian distribution maintenance software
Santiago Vila <> (supplier of updated dialog package)

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Format: 1.7
Date: Mon,  7 Feb 2005 16:35:12 +0000
Source: dialog
Binary: dialog
Architecture: source i386
Version: 1.0-20050206-1
Distribution: unstable
Urgency: low
Maintainer: Santiago Vila <>
Changed-By: Santiago Vila <>
 dialog     - Displays user-friendly dialog boxes from shell scripts
Closes: 292417 292418
 dialog (1.0-20050206-1) unstable; urgency=low
   * New upstream release.
   * The formbox widget now displays fields with flen==0 (Closes: #292417).
   * Clarified manpage about output from formbox widget (Closes: #292418).
 3131ce7b3828d1d435c8e40c7c941eb6 593 misc optional dialog_1.0-20050206-1.dsc
 50f51f34e4ab36b9ce56dce98ea83afc 299742 misc optional dialog_1.0-20050206.orig.tar.gz
 028546c104dd930ebf2876f263000063 7764 misc optional dialog_1.0-20050206-1.diff.gz
 9591e9a737169e09b5c0920b4e16de23 186280 misc optional dialog_1.0-20050206-1_i386.deb

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