Re: [hackers] [dmenu][RFC][PATCH 0/4] Using sort and simple C program to get dmenu history functionality

From: Silvan Jegen <>
Date: Wed, 2 Dec 2015 09:05:57 +0100

On Tue, Dec 1, 2015 at 8:04 PM, Silvan Jegen <> wrote:
> Heyho!
> On Tue, Dec 01, 2015 at 05:51:59AM -0800, Xarchus wrote:
>> This updhist awk script replacement will work with multiselect (multiple
>> inputs will simply increment their count or added as new). This includes
>> the case when dmenu outputs duplicate strings (with multiselect, a same
>> entry can be generated multiple times).
>> But speaking of multiselect, the dmenu_run as it is now does not handle
>> very gracefully multiple selections ... Multiple programs selected in dmenu
>> will all be started, but sequentially, with the next waiting for the
>> previous to exit (an artifact of them all being fed to one shell instance).
>> I am not sure if that is the intention: my preference would be to start
>> each program as soon as it's selected with Ctrl-Return.
> Personally I don't use multiselect so I will let others deal with that
> use case...

Maybe I care a bit after all...

Using something like

echo -e "echo 1\nsleep 5; echo awesome\necho 200" | while read cmd; do
${SHELL:-"/bin/sh"} -c "$cmd" & done

would start each program after after a newline has been read. I don't
know how multiselect is implemented but it should be easily possible
to send the program name with newline after Ctrl-Return has been
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