Re: [dev] [dmenu] tip

From: Dieter Plaetinck <>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2011 21:14:56 +0200

On Sun, 15 May 2011 22:46:17 +0100
Connor Lane Smith <> wrote:

> Hey all,
> I've been tinkering with dmenu the last few days. I think it would be
> good to get a 4.3 release out at some point soon, so if anyone could
> report any bugs to me that would be swell.
> A brief list of changes:
> In terms of SLOC, tip is about the size of 4.0 and most of the 3.x
> series, with a current count of 683 lines of C and 7 of shell script.
> (Which is quite small, considering it now has a cursor, vertical
> lines, and paste.)
> It ought to be a lot faster. The main data structure now uses an
> array, and I've optimised incremental search, so the longer you type
> the quicker matching will become; and jumping to the last menu item is
> now O(1). It only starts to get noticeably sluggish on an Atom netbook
> when dealing with half a million items or so.
> dmenu_path is a shell script again. Based on my tests it's slightly
> slower than the C version, but is still a lot faster than the original
> script, so I think that's acceptable -- I don't notice a cache miss,
> with a few thousand executables. (Use '-f' or a watcher process and
> you're golden.)
> For portability, dmenu is now ANSI C90, which more compilers support
> than C99, and dmenu_path is POSIX compliant, whereas the old script
> wasn't. I also checked the Makefile is POSIX compliant and works with
> BSD make. ;)
> Any bugs, tell me!
> Thanks,
> cls

Sounds good!

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