RevOnline: New version of Shell Command Help

Phil Davis revdev at
Fri Jan 7 02:39:39 EST 2011

I just uploaded a new version of Shell Command Help to RevOnline.

New features added just now (thanks to suggestions on this list):

    * You can pick your command from the scrolling list of commands!
    * You can adjust the width of the list as needed.
    * If retrieving info about a listed command causes LC to quit, you can
      reopen this plugin in LC and right-click on the command to permanently
      remove it from the list. (To restore all commands to the list, delete the
      prefs file. It lives at specialFolderPath() /pdslabs/prefs.)

I was not able to test it on Linux, but it works as expected on Mac & Windows.

Best -

On 1/6/11 6:55 PM, Phil Davis wrote:
> This is great - I'll look into adding a list column to the left of the text 
> body field.
> Phil
> On 1/6/11 4:39 PM, Alex Tweedly wrote:
>> There's not a nice simple command (afaik), but you can do something along the 
>> lines of (in a mix of LC and shell :-)
>> echo $PATH > tPaths
>> set the itemdel to ":"
>> repeat for each item tFolder in tPaths
>>    set the defaultfolder to tFolder
>>    put the files after tAll
>> end repeat
>> doSomeCleverFiltering  tAll            -- that's a library function you are 
>> assumed to have already written :-)
>> doSomethingToAddBuiltins  tAll     -- ditto
>> -- Alex.
>> On 06/01/2011 22:02, Peter Brigham MD wrote:
>>> On Jan 5, 2011, at 2:22 PM, Bob Sneidar wrote:
>>>> Thanks pretty useful if you know already what the command is you need help 
>>>> with. Looks like you are getting the man pages via a shell call yourself.
>>>> What would make this marketable is if there was a way to list all the shell 
>>>> commands available to the system and present them to the user in a list, 
>>>> have the user be able to click on a shell command and have the man page 
>>>> load, and then be able to insert the command into a rev script with the 
>>>> proper LiveCode syntax. I would pay money for that!
>>>> Bob
>>> That was just my reaction to the stack -- great if you know what you're 
>>> doing already, but you have to know shell commands. (I dropped it into my 
>>> Plugins folder anyway....)
>>> Is there a shell command to get all the shell commands on the currently 
>>> running system? If so, it should be a snap to expand the stack accordingly.
>>>> On Dec 28, 2010, at 1:55 AM, Phil Davis wrote:
>>>>> Hi folks,
>>>>> I just uploaded a new version of the Shell() Command Help plugin.
>>>>> New features:
>>>>> - Search for words in the displayed help text.
>>>>> - Print the displayed help text.
>>>>> - Use arrow keys to retrieve previous commands (like the LC message box).
>>>>> Enjoy!
>>>>> -- 
>>>>> Phil Davis
>>> -- Peter
>>> Peter M. Brigham
>>> pmbrig at
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Phil Davis

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