Re: [dev] [st][patch] Allow mouse selection override using ShiftMask

From: Hiltjo Posthuma <>
Date: Mon, 12 May 2014 12:47:00 +0200

On Mon, May 12, 2014 at 11:44 AM, Raphaƫl Proust <> wrote:
> There was a similar idea proposed sometime ago on the mailing list[0].
Interesting, I have not seen that patch before but it looks almost identical :)

> And a discussion following about who's responsibility it is to provide
> the feature.
> ... E.g., dvtm (which has more weight in a suckless
> discussion than tmux) already provide this[1] escape mechanism.
I don't know if dvtm has more weight in a suckless discussion. As far
as I can tell alot of people use tmux, but I don't have any hard
numbers or anything. This discussion is becoming a bit confusing since
dvtm, tmux and st have some overlapping functionality. I can disable
mode-mouse in tmux, but this was just one example. There are alot more
applications that use different mouse behaviour which is useful to

> Anyone has further ideas about such a feature and whether it belongs to the terminal?
In st's-case I think it belongs in st, since it's an X application
(for X clipboard copy/paste) and so it's the most practical layer to
add this functionality (afaict).

> (Tangentially, a lot of suckless software is designed with dwm in mind
> rather than other window managers. Should st be designed with dvtm in
> mind rather than other terminal managers?)
No it should not. Suckless software should work independent of
eachother assuming it's environment is somewhat sane (imho).

As described in the post you linked
( maybe ShiftMask can be
added as a configurable shortcut to allow shortcuts using ShiftMask
and also allow things like rectangular (SEL_RECTANGULAR) to work?

Kind regards,
Received on Mon May 12 2014 - 12:47:00 CEST

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