[Mono-list] Fwd: getline.cs Partying like its 1988

Andy_Bach at wiwb.uscourts.gov Andy_Bach at wiwb.uscourts.gov
Fri Aug 29 11:53:14 EDT 2008

 via Miguel de Icaza on 8/26/08

 In an age where the Unix shell is more relevant every passing minute, we
 need to have proper command line editing tools everywhere.

 For a project of mine, this weekend I put together a command-line editing
 class for .NET shell applications. The Mono.Terminal.LineEdit class can be
 used by shell applications to get readline-like capabilities without
 depending on any external C libraries.

 To use it, just do:

             using Mono.Terminal;

             LineEditor le = new LineEditor ("MyApp");
             while ((s = le.Edit ("prompt> ", "")) != null)
                         Console.WriteLine ("You typed: " + s);

 It supports the regular cursor editing, Emacs-like editing commands,
 history, incremental search in the history as well as history loading and

 The code is self-contained, and can be easily reused outside of my
 project. To use it, you just need to include the getline.cs file in your
 project. This is built on top of System.Console, so it does not have
 external library dependencies and will work on both Mono and .NET (finally
 bringing joy to people using command-line applications that use

 It is licensed under the MIT X11 license and the Apache 2.0 license so
 there are no annoying licensing issues and can be mixed with anything out
Andy Bach
Systems Mangler
Internet: andy_bach at wiwb.uscourts.gov
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