kuesvr - the CERN KUIP edit server
kuesvr -p pid -c cmd -t tmpfile [ -e editor ] file
kuesvr is a small program called from KUIP. (KUIP stands for Kit for a
User Interface Package; it is part of the Packlib library from CERN.)
kuesvr allows the user to call up an editor from within a KUIP program
(PAW, for instance) on the file given by file, and continue to use the
In general kuesvr is not called directly from the command line (in
Debian it is not even located in the $PATH); instead it will be run
automatically from a KUIP program when an editor is needed, as long as
the command line set with KUIP's HOST_EDITOR command ends with an
ampersand ('&'), and $DISPLAY is set. If $DISPLAY is unset (or, on
non-Debian systems, if kuesvr cannot be found in $PATH), the ampersand
will be ignored. For instance,
PAW > HOST_EDITOR 'emacs -geometry 80x48 &'
The editor is expected to create its own graphical window. However,
since 'vi' is a frequent choice, setting HOST_EDITOR to 'vi &' will
automatically be interpreted as 'x-terminal-emulator -e vi &' instead.
-c cmd Specifies the KUIP command invoking the edit server.
Specifies the editor to be used. By default it is vi. Even
though this flag is optional, it will be set anyway when kuesvr
is called from the KUIP library.
-p pid Specifies the process ID of the calling program.
Specifies the name of the temporary file used for communication
between the calling program and the edit server. This is a
Debian extension added for security reasons. It is a required
argument, so this version of kuesvr will not work with a KUIP
application using CERN's unmodified Packlib; nor will CERN's
unmodified kuesvr work with the Debian version of Packlib.
o paw(1) - a program that can use the edit server
o the KUIP online help available with command "help host_editor"
o the KUIP manual, available at
This manual page was written by Kevin McCarty <email@example.com> for
the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).
March 4, 2005