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getkey(1)                                                            getkey(1)



NAME
       getkey - wait until a key is pressed


SYNOPSIS
       getkey [OPTION]... [KEYS]


DESCRIPTION
       getkey  waits  until one of KEYS is pressed.  If KEYS are not specified, any key is accepted.  KEYS are matched
       case-insensitive.


EXIT STATUS
       getkey exits with status 0 if one of the expected keys is pressed.  If invalid arguments are specified,  getkey
       exits  with  status 255.  If getkey is interrupted or the wait times out, getkey exits with other non-zero sta-
       tus.


OPTIONS
       -c, --wait SECONDS
              Wait only for SECONDS seconds.  The default is 0, which means to wait without a time limit.


       -i, --ignore-control-chars
              Don't treat Ctrl+C and Ctrl+D specially.  When this option is not specified, these characters  interrupt
              getkey.


       -m, --message MESSAGE
              Display  MESSAGE  while  waiting.   The  message is used as a format string in sprintf(3), with a single
              argument, the number of seconds left.  Typical usage is therefore "Press a  key  within  %d  seconds  to
              ...".   If  MESSAGE  contains  other  format string directives, the behavior is undefined and getkey may
              crash.

              If there is no time limit specified, the number of seconds left is reported as 0.



                                   Jan 2006                          getkey(1)