Re: [dev] dmenu / enso

From: Kevin Nagel <>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2009 08:45:11 +0100 (BST)

Dmenu shows you only a list of commands specified by PATH. It opens
the app then without any parameters and while selecting for an app
(or command) there is no description what it does. I think sth like
code completion + brief description + argument specification is the
value of enso.

Another neat thing is you could open, e.g. open openoffice writer,
type in "2+3/5", highlight, type in enso-terminal "calc this", and
the result replaces the "2+3/5" string in your document. They claim
that you can do this with other programs as well. I believe I can
program the parser as a unix command, but when it is run from dmenu,
then I need to specify arguments.


On Mon, June 22, 2009 12:40 am, Kris Maglione wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 10:31:21PM +0100, Kevin Nagel wrote:
>>is it possible to expand dmenu into sth similar like enso
> The idea seems absurd. We already have unix commands to perform
> all of the requisite functionality. And, with dmenu, you've no
> need to hold the caps lock key as you type (are these people
> insane?). I just open a terminal for such things:
> <M-Return>
> dict antidisestablishmentarianism<Return>
> <M-S-c>
> Easily fast enough, and complete with standard tab completion.
> If you want something different, bind a key to open dmenu,
> execute a command, and display the output somewhere, but I don't
> see the point.
> --
> Kris Maglione
> If the designers of X Windows built cars, there would be no fewer
> than
> five steering wheels hidden about the cockpit, none of which
> followed
> the same principles ‚€“ but you‚€™d be able to shift gears with your
> car
> stereo. Useful feature that.
> --Marcus J. Ranum, DEC

Looking forward to hearing from you.
Kind regards,
Kevin Nagel
PhD Student
EMBL Outstation - Hinxton
European Bioinformatics Institute
Wellcome Trust Genome Campus
Cambridge, CB10 1SD
United Kingdom
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