The ckstr utility prompts a user and validates the response. It defines, among other things, a prompt
message whose response should be a string, text for help and error messages, and a default value (which are returned if the user responds with a RETURN).
The answer returned from this command must match the defined regular expression and be no longer than the length specified. If no regular expression is given, valid input must be a string with a length less than or equal to the length defined with no internal, leading or trailing white space. If no length is defined, the length is not checked.
All messages are limited in length to 79 characters and are formatted automatically. Tabs and newlines are removed after a single white space character in a message definition, but spaces are not removed. 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 message (as defined under EXAMPLES) is displayed.
Three visual tool modules are linked to the ckstr command. They are errstr (which formats and displays an error message on the standard output), helpstr (which formats and displays a help message on the standard output), and valstr (which validates a response). These modules should be used in conjunction with Framed Access Command Environment (FACE) objects. In this instance, the FACE object defines the prompt.