whiptail manpage says exit code -1 not 255

Bug #1010534 reported by Brian Candler on 2012-06-08
This bug affects 1 person
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newt (Debian)
newt (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Description: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Release: 12.04
whiptail 0.52.11-2ubuntu10

whiptail(1) says the following:

       Exit status is 0 if whiptail is exited by pressing the Yes or OK but‐
       ton, and 1 if the No or Cancel button is pressed. Otherwise, if errors
       occur inside whiptail or whiptail is exited by pressing the ESC key,
       the exit status is -1.

However it's not possible for a Unix process to return exit status -1. It returns 255, as confirmed by

whiptail --yesno Wibble? 7 50; echo $?

then hit ESC.

tags: added: manpage precise
Javier López (javier-lopez) wrote :

I can confirm this in upstream, debian and ubuntu versions, I've added a comment to a debian related report which list other
inaccuracies in the man page, I'd suggest waiting for the changes coming from Debian (and from them to go to upstream), since it's not a critical problem.
Ubuntu Bug Squad volunteer triager

Changed in newt (Debian):
status: Unknown → New
Changed in newt (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Thomas Ward (teward) wrote :

Marked as "Triaged" status, and "Low" importance, per the request of Javier P.L. (chilicuil)

Changed in newt (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: Confirmed → Triaged
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