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CKDATE(1)							     CKDATE(1)

       ckdate, errdate, helpdate, valdate - prompts for and validates a date

       ckdate [-Q] [-W width] [-f format] [-d default] [-h help]
	    [-e error] [-p prompt] [-k pid [-s signal]]

       /usr/sadm/bin/errdate [-W width] [-e error] [-f format]

       /usr/sadm/bin/helpdate [-W width] [-h help] [-f format]

       /usr/sadm/bin/valdate [-f format] input

       The  ckdate  utility  prompts  a	 user  and  validates the response. It
       defines, among other things, a prompt message whose response should  be
       a  date,	 text  for help and error messages, and a default value (which
       will be returned if  the	 user  responds	 with  a   RETURN).  The  user
       response must match the defined format for a date.

       All  messages  are limited in length to 70 characters and are formatted
       automatically. Any white space used in the definition  (including  new‐
       line) is stripped. The -W option cancels the automatic formatting. When
       a tilde is placed at the beginning or end of a message definition,  the
       default	text will be inserted at that point, allowing both custom text
       and the default text to be displayed.

       If the prompt, help or error message is not defined, the	 default  mes‐
       sage (as defined under NOTES) will be displayed.

       Three  visual  tool  modules are linked to the ckdate command. They are
       errdate (which formats and displays an error message), helpdate	(which
       formats	and  displays  a help message), and valdate (which validates a
       response). These	 modules  should  be  used  in	conjunction  with  FML
       objects. In this instance, the FML object defines the prompt. When for‐
       mat is defined in the errdate and helpdate modules, the	messages  will
       describe the expected format.

       The following options are supported:

       -d default
		     Defines  the  default  value as default. The default does
		     not have to meet the format criteria.

       -e error
		     Defines the error message as error.

       -f format
		     Specifies the format against which the input will be ver‐
		     ified. Possible formats and their definitions are:

		     %b	 =
			      abbreviated month name (jan, feb, mar)

		     %B	 =
			      full month name %d  = day of month (01 - 31)

		     %D	 =
			      date as %m/%d/%y (the default format)

		     %e	 =
			      day of month (1 - 31; single digits are preceded
			      by a blank)

		     %h	 =
			      abbreviated month name, identical to %b%

		     %m	 =
			      month number (01 - 12)

		     %y	 =
			      year within century (for instance, 89)

		     %Y	 =
			      year as CCYY (for instance, 1989)

       -h help
		     Defines the help messages as help.

       -k pid
		     Specifies that process ID pid is to be sent a  signal  if
		     the user chooses to abort.

       -p prompt
		     Defines the prompt message as prompt.

		     Specifies	that  quit  will  not  be  allowed  as a valid

       -s signal
		     Specifies that the process ID pid	defined	 with  the  -k
		     option  is	 to be sent signal signal when quit is chosen.
		     If no signal is specified, SIGTERM is used.

       -W width
		     Specifies that prompt, help and error  messages  will  be
		     formatted to a line length of width.

       The following operand is supported:

		Input to be verified against format criteria.

       The following exit values are returned:

	    Successful execution.

	    EOF on input, or negative width on	-W option, or usage error.

	    User termination (quit).

	    Garbled format argument.


       The default prompt for ckdate is:

	 Enter the date [?,q]:

       The default error message is:

	 ERROR - Please enter a date.  Format is <format>.

       The default help message is:

	 Please enter a date. Format is <format>.

       When  the quit option is chosen (and allowed), q is returned along with
       the return code 3. The valdate module will not produce any output.   It
       returns zero for success and non-zero for failure.

				 Sep 14, 1992			     CKDATE(1)

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