The Console Pane

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Figure 1: The Console pane

The top part of the console (the larger part) contains messaging output. The output portion of the pane echoes commands, provides command process status information, and shows any warnings, errors, or confirmation output that result from command processing. The lower part of the pane contains the command prompt (e.g., pfc3d> ). Program commands are entered at the command prompt. See the Command Index and FISH Index for access to all program commands and FISH functions.

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At the Prompt

Commands are issued at the command prompt (pfc> in PFC; flac3d> in FLAC3D) by typing them at the prompt and pressing ↵Enter. Text at the prompt may be selected and copied; text may be pasted at the prompt as well.

In addition to typing commands, there are a few other actions that may be performed.

Right-clicking in the prompt options to:

  • undo the last command (if possible; the command is disabled if not)
  • redo the last command
  • select text and cut, copy, or delete selected text (these actions are also available via keystroke command: Ctrl+X, Ctrl+C, Backspace or Delete, respectively)
  • paste text (also available via Ctrl+V key command)

Four special keystroke commands at the prompt are available to provide help.

  • Press Ctrl+spacebar on the active line to access the Inline Help facility. If a recognizable command or FISH function is identified on the line, the tool will provide an interactive list of keywords that may be inserted at the current cursor position. Opens to the program commands if there is not a recognized command on the prompt.
  • Press F1 to open the page of documentation for the command currently in the prompt (if recognized). If the cursor is located at or after a recognized keyword, the documentation will open on the page at the specific location where the keyword is defined. Opens to the documentation front page if there is not a recognized command on the prompt.
  • Press ? to print a list in the console output of keywords that may be used at the current cursor position. Produces an error in a dialog and in console output if there is not a recognized command on the prompt.
  • Press up and down arrow keys ( and ) to track through the list of previously issued commands.

In the Output

Operations in the output area of the Console pane are straightforward:

  • select text (click and drag at cursor)
  • select all text (right-click and choose “Select All”)
  • copy (right-click and choose “Copy” when there is a selection)
  • clear all (right-click and choose “Clear All”)

Additional Aspects of Working in the Console Pane

  • Appearance, length, and kind of console output may be customized by the user via the “Console” panel in the Options Dialog (on the toolbar press the “Options” button ( opts ) to access).
  • Operations available on the toolbar when the Console pane is active are described in the topic Console Pane Toolbar.
  • Output in the console can be saved to a log. See the “General” panel in the Options Dialog or use the command program log at the command prompt.
  • Review the topic Control Panel in the Console Pane for additional facilities available when the Console pane is active.

Operations on the Console Pane

See the Panes section for information on actions that can be performed on the Console pane: moving, resizing, floating, docking, showing/opening, hiding/closing.