Provided by: pdmenu_1.3.2_i386 bug


       pdmenu - simple full screen menu program


       pdmenu [options] [menufile ...]


       pdmenu  is  a  simple  menu program that displays a menu from which the
       user can pick programs to run. Submenus are supported.

       When you run pdmenu , you will be presented with a menu. Simply use the
       arrow  keys  to move to the program you want to run, and press Enter to
       run the program. When the program ends, you will  be  returned  to  the

       If you are running pdmenu at the linux console, and gpm is running, you
       can move the mouse and click to navigate through the menus.

       Some menu items are actually submenus, and will  take  you  to  another
       menu.   Others  may cause a text edit window to be displayed, where you
       can enter parameters for a command before running it. Still others  may
       run a command, and display the output in a window.


       Here are all keys you need to get around in pdmenu:

       [up arrow], 8, -
              Move up one line in the menu.

       [down arrow], 2, +
              Move down one line.

       [page up], [ctrl-u]
              Move up an entire screen.

       [page down], [space], [ctrl-v]
              Move down an entire screen.

       [home] Move to the first entry of the menu.

       [end]  Move to the last entry of the menu.

       q      Exit the current menu, or exit pdmenu if used on the first menu.
              Does not work in the text edit windows. (This will not  work  if
              there  is  also  a  hotkey  set  up  for  'q',  the hotkey takes

       ESC    Close the currently active window, and return  to  the  previous
              window, or exit pdmenu if used on the first menu.

              Exit pdmenu immediately.

              Force a redraw of the screen.

              Launch the selected menu item. In a text edit window, closes the

              Performs a destructive backspace in a text edit window.

              Some letters of a  menu  item  may  be  highlighted.  These  are
              hotkeys;  simply press the highlighted letter to select the next
              menu item with that hotkey.


       -h, --help
              Display usage summary and exit.

       -c, --color
              Use color. By default, pdmenu will display in  black  and  white
              mode. If your terminal supports color, use this switch.

       -u, --unpark
              "Unparks"  the  cursor  from the bottom of the screen. When this
              option is selected, the cursor moves to be on the  line  of  the
              menu  that is currently selected. This makes pdmenu more useable
              with speech synthesis systems that need to know what line is the
              current line on the screen.

       -mmenuid, --menu=menuid
              Instead  of  displaying the first menu from the menufile, select
              the menu with the id "menuid" and display it.

       -q, --quit
              By default, at the opening menu, 'q' will exit pdmenu.   If  the
              -q  switch  is  specified,  this  will  not be the case. This is
              useful if you want to prevent the user from ever exiting pdmenu.
              (This  also  disables  control-c and the right mouse button from
              exiting pdmenu.)

       -r, --retro
              This makes pdmenu use an old style for displaying  menus.  Menus
              in  the  background  don't  change color, or lose their hotkeys.
              Note that this will also be a little bit faster than the default
              on slow terminals and the like.

       -l, --lowbit
              By   default,  pdmenu  will  use  nice  high  bit  line  drawing
              characters if it thinks your terminal is capable.  Sometimes  it
              gets  this  wrong  and  you get borders that look all messed up.
              Then you should use this --lowbit switch to force it to use  low
              bit line drawing characters.

       -n, --numeric
              Disables  the  use  of  the keys 2 and 8 for moving up and down.
              This is useful if you want to use numbered hotkeys.

       menufile ...
              Specify a menu definition file or files to use. If  you  specify
              multiple files, they will all be loaded in together. By default,
              the first menu in the first  menufile  will  be  displayed  when
              pdmenu starts, but this can be overridden by the --menu= option.
              If menufile is "-", pdmenu will read standard input  as  a  menu


       To  use the mouse to cut and paste as usual, hold down on the shift key
       when you use the mouse.


              Default config file. See pdmenurc(5) for details.
              If this exists, it overrides /etc/pdmenurc. See pdmenurc(5)  for


              Set this variable to make pdmenu to use color by default.


       Redistribution is subject to the GNU public license.


       See the file BUGS that came with pdmenu for the current buglist.


       Joey Hess, <>.