The pathconv function converts an alias to its pathname. By default, it takes the alias as a string from the standard input.
If -f is specified, the full path will be returned (this is the default).
If -t is specified, pathconv will truncate a pathname specified in string in a format suitable for display as a frame title. This format is a shortened version of the full pathname, created by deleting components of the path from the middle of the string until it is under DISPLAYW — 6 characters in length, and then inserting ellipses ( . . . ) between the remaining pieces. Ellipses are also used to show truncation at the ends of the strings if necessary, unless the -l option is given.
If -l is specified, < and > will be used instead of ellipses ( . . . ) to indicate truncation at the ends of the string generated by the -t option. Using -l allows display of the longest possible string while still notifying users it has been truncated.
If -n is specified, num is the maximum length of the string (in characters) generated by the -t option. The argument num can be any integer from 1 to 255.
| string If the -v option is used, then alias or string can be specified when pathconv is called. The argument alias must be an alias defined in the alias_file named when fmli was invoked. The argument string can only be used with the -t option and must be a pathname.
Here is a menu descriptor that uses pathconv to construct the menu title. It searches for MYPATH in the alias_file named when fmli was invoked:
menu=`pathconv -v MYPATH/ls` . . .
where there is a line in alias_file that defines MYPATH. For example, MYPATH=$HOME/bin:/usr/bin.
Here is a menu descriptor that takes alias from the standard input.
menu=`echo MYPATH/ls | pathconv` . . .
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:
|ATTRIBUTE TYPE||ATTRIBUTE VALUE|