Debian Bug report logs - #406278
whiptail manpage issues

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Package: whiptail; Maintainer for whiptail is Alastair McKinstry <mckinstry@debian.org>; Source for whiptail is src:newt.

Reported by: dickey@his.com

Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2007 02:03:02 UTC

Severity: normal

Found in version newt/0.52.2-8

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Report forwarded to debian-bugs-dist@lists.debian.org, Alastair McKinstry <mckinstry@debian.org>:
Bug#406278; Package whiptail. Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to dickey@his.com:
New Bug report received and forwarded. Copy sent to Alastair McKinstry <mckinstry@debian.org>. Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #5 received at submit@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: Thomas Dickey <tom@invisible-island.net>
To: Debian Bug Tracking System <submit@bugs.debian.org>
Subject: whiptail manpage issues
Date: Tue, 09 Jan 2007 20:55:33 -0500
Package: whiptail
Version: 0.52.2-8
Severity: normal


Reading whiptail's manpage, I notice that the credits lists in "based on"
not only do not include its borrowing from dialog over the past 7 years,
but also omit one of the original authors.  Granted that its manpage was
originally a direct copy (changing "dialog" to "whiptail"), one would
have supposed that its maintainers would keep it up to date.

Compare with dialog's manpage...

See also
	http://invisible-island.net/dialog/CHANGES

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 4.0
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Kernel: Linux 2.6.15-td3
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=C (charmap=ANSI_X3.4-1968)

Versions of packages whiptail depends on:
ii  libc6                        2.3.6.ds1-8 GNU C Library: Shared libraries
ii  libnewt0.52                  0.52.2-8    Not Erik's Windowing Toolkit - tex
ii  libpopt0                     1.10-3      lib for parsing cmdline parameters
ii  libslang2                    2.0.6-4     The S-Lang programming library - r

whiptail recommends no packages.

-- no debconf information



Information forwarded to debian-bugs-dist@lists.debian.org, Alastair McKinstry <mckinstry@debian.org>:
Bug#406278; Package whiptail. (Sun, 16 Dec 2012 20:27:03 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Acknowledgement sent to "Javier P.L." <fco.plj@gmail.com>:
Extra info received and forwarded to list. Copy sent to Alastair McKinstry <mckinstry@debian.org>. (Sun, 16 Dec 2012 20:27:03 GMT) Full text and rfc822 format available.

Message #10 received at 406278@bugs.debian.org (full text, mbox):

From: "Javier P.L." <fco.plj@gmail.com>
To: 406278@bugs.debian.org
Subject: manpage says exit code -1 not 255
Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2012 14:23:41 -0600
[Message part 1 (text/plain, inline)]
It's been also reported in Ubuntu[0] that it doesn't document the proper exit
status:

DIAGNOSTICS
       Exit status is 0 if whiptail is exited by pressing the Yes or OK but‐
       ton, and 1 if the No or Cancel button is pressed. Otherwise, if errors
       occur inside whiptail or whiptail is exited by pressing the ESC key,
       the exit status is -1.

However it's not possible for a Unix process to return exit status -1. It returns 255, as confirmed by

whiptail --yesno Wibble? 7 50; echo $?

then hit ESC.

Maybe when fixing the other issues it may be updated as well to change -1 for
255 in the man page

[0] https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/newt/+bug/1010534
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