Re: [dev] dmenu / enso

From: Szabolcs Nagy <>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2009 10:06:26 +0200

On 6/22/09, Kevin Nagel <> wrote:
> Dmenu shows you only a list of commands specified by PATH. It opens
dmenu reads a (possibly empty) list of items, then one can select an
item or type something different, then dmenu outputs the
selected/typed item

what you mean is the dmenu_run script which uses dmenu to execute commands

> 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
dmenu_run can execute commands with parameters

> code completion + brief description + argument specification is the
> value of enso.
dmenu already has completion, on unix brief description + argument
specification is man(1)

the power of dmenu is its simplicity, what you describe is a terminal
with a command interpreter, eg you can use xterm+sh+unix tools
(presumably more powerful than 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
before you can reach the mouse to highlight, you could type that in bc(1)
(plan9 fans may point at plumbing instead..)
Received on Mon Jun 22 2009 - 08:06:26 UTC

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