Re: [dev] [surf] next release

From: Peter John Hartman <>
Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2009 10:50:25 -0400 (EDT)

On Wed, 21 Oct 2009, Anselm R Garbe wrote:

> 2009/10/21 Anselm R Garbe <>:
>> 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.
> Or more generically having some control-key interface that calls a
> script and reads a line and puts that as input.
> Kind regards,
> Anselm

Like Shift-Insert? :-) Or have I misunderstood your proposal?

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