Re: [dev] [surf] next release

From: Anselm R Garbe <>
Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2009 15:42:08 +0100

2009/10/21 Peter John Hartman <>:
> On Wed, 21 Oct 2009, Julien Steinhauser wrote:
>> On Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 09:17:52AM -0400, Peter John Hartman wrote:
>>> What about cases in which one wishes to both type a few words and then
>>> paste?  For example, when I want
>>> to do a smart prefix search (via dmenu) on Bob McCrue (who sits in my
>>> selection buffer) but I also
>>> want to do something like "University of Wherever" + "Bob McCrue" where
>>> the first part is something
>>> I type in by hand and the second part is something I want to just "paste"
>>> in?   The same argument
>>> could be launched with respect to the find feature (which now utilizes
>>> dmenu).
>>> Or maybe you have something else in mind when you talk of "integrating
>>> into dmenu's cache"?
>>> Peter
>> sselp does it also in case you wish to paste "and" write.
>> Select something, then run echo `sselp` | dmenu, tab, space
>> and what you write after that follows your selection,
>> terminate dmenu and all is printed out.
> Fair enough; but the functionality still seems a bit stifling, doesn't it?
>  Particular problems I would see with this (in terms of "workflow") are as
> follow.
> Let's use the simple example of the surf-find function which now uses dmenu.
> (1) You have to know in advance if you want to paste into the input field or
> not (on your proposal).
> But sometimes we don't want what is in our x selection buffer to show up as
> an option in the find.
> For example, if I have a huge chunk of code in my x selection buffer, but I
> want to find someone's name.  But sometimes we do want what is in our x
> selection buffer to show up as a option in find.
> Hence, we have to know in advance on your proposal, which strikes me as bad.
> (2) You can't easily just type something, then paste, then keep typing
> something (on your proposal).
> In fact, you can't type something and then paste either, as the paste
> selection disappears after
> you start typing.  This again seems like a limitation.
> These considerations suggest that perhaps a patch to dmenu should be
> re-evaluated for inclusion in
> vanilla?

Well I'd be fine to support ^p in order to paste selection until "\n"
into dmenu if that helps.

Kind regards,
Received on Wed Oct 21 2009 - 14:42:08 UTC

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