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bash script - dialog

I am writing a quite complex (for me) interface using dialog.
I was wondering if anyone can provide a solution for the following situation:
Instead of creating a fix list of items in a menu like this:

dialog --title "bla" --menu "bla2 " 11 60 4 \
   "1" "selection 1" \
   "2" "selection 2" \
   "3" "selection 3 \
   "4" "Exit" 2>/tmp/x

I need a VARIABLE list of items
Of course, the dimension of the dialog box can be automatically resized using 0 0 0 as dimension, however I see no solution to getting menu entries from a loop.

It should look like:
dialog --title "bla" --menu "bla2 " 0 0 0 \
for i in 1 2 3 4 5
   "$i" "selection $i" \
 "E" "Exit" 2>/tmp/x
Since there's no way AFAIK to introduce a for/while loop inside the dialog body, I'm looking for an alternative.

Anyone can give one?
Thank you
1 Solution

echo -n > test.rc
for i in 1 2 3 4 5; do echo \"$i\" \"selection $i\" >> test.rc; done
echo \"E\" \"Exit\" >> test.rc

dialog --title "bla" --menu "bla2 " 11 60 4 --file test.rc
kronostmAuthor Commented:
Thank you, exactly what I was looking for.

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