fmli(1) User Commands fmli(1)
fmli - invoke FMLI
fmli [-a alias_file] [-c command_file] [-i initialization_file] file-
The fmli command invokes the Form and Menu Language Interpreter and
opens the frame(s) specified by the filename argument. The filename
argument is the pathname of the initial frame definition file(s), and
must follow the naming convention Menu.xxx, Form.xxx, or Text.xxx for a
menu, form or text frame respectively, where xxx is any string that
conforms to UNIX system file naming conventions. The FMLI descriptor
lifetime will be ignored for all frames opened by argument to fmli.
These frames have a lifetime of immortal by default.
The following options are supported:
-a alias_file If -a is specified, alias_file is the name of a
file which contains lines of the form
alias=pathname. Thereafter, $alias can be used
in definition files to simplify references to
objects or devices with lengthy pathnames, or
to define a search path (similar to $PATH in
the UNIX system shell).
-c command_file If -c is specified, command_file is the name of
a file in which default FMLI commands can be
disabled, and new application-specific commands
can be defined. The contents of command_file
are reflected in the FMLI Command Menu.
-i initialization_file If -i is specified, initialization_file is the
name of a file in which the following charac-
teristics of the application as a whole can be
- A transient introductory frame
displaying product information
- A banner, its position, and
other elements of the banner
- Color attributes for all ele-
ments of the screen
- Screen Labeled Keys (SLKs) and
their layout on the screen.
Example 1: Examples of the fmli command.
To invoke fmli:
example% fmli Menu.start
where Menu.start is an example of filename named according to the file
name conventions for menu definition files explained above.
To invoke fmli and name an initialization file:
example% fmli -i init.myapp Menu.start
where init.myapp is an example of initialization_file.
LOADPFK Leaving this environment variable unset tells FMLI, for
certain terminals like the AT&T 5620 and 630, to down-
load its equivalent character sequences for using func-
tion keys into the terminal's programmable function
keys, wiping out any settings the user may already have
set in the function keys. Setting LOADPFK=NO in the
environment will prevent this downloading.
COLUMNS Can be used to override the width of the logical screen
defined for the terminal set in TERM. For terminals
with a 132-column mode, for example, invoking FMLI
with the line
COLUMNS=132 fmli frame-file
will allow this wider screen width to be used.
LINES Can be used to override the length of the logical
screen defined for the terminal set in TERM.
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:
tab() allbox; cw(2.750000i)| cw(2.750000i) lw(2.750000i)|
lw(2.750000i). ATTRIBUTE TYPEATTRIBUTE VALUE AvailabilitySUNWcsu
If filename is not supplied to the fmli command, fmli returns the mes-
Initial object must be specified.
If filename does not exist or is not readable, fmli returns an error
message and exits. The example command line above returns the following
message and exits:
Can't open object "Menu.start"
If filename exists, but does not start with one of the three correct
object names (Menu., Form., or Text.) or if it is named correctly but
does not contain the proper data, fmli starts to build the screen by
putting out the screen labels for function keys, after which it flashes
I do not recognize that kind of object
and then exits.
SunOS 5.10 14 Sep 1992 fmli(1)