Re: [dwm] More suckless software

From: mikshaw <>
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2007 07:16:27 -0700 (PDT)

I agree with Tony, although I feel there is a place
for all...scripts, aliases, symlinks, etc.

I'd have to say I disagree with Arun's belief about
the purpose of dmenu. As I see it, dmenu is not a
shell replacement or alternative at all. It does not
"execute" anything. It is instead a tool that can used
for many list-and-select activities, one of which is a
menu-driven program launcher. If you truly do want the
ability to use aliases with dmenu, you can incorporate
the behavior in your script by checking dmenu's output
rather than simply using it as a command string.

--- Tony Lainson <> wrote:

> Arun G Nair <> wrote:
> > The purpose of dmenu is to execute something
> instead of
> > executing it with an ampersand (&) in the shell
> imo. And in that case
> > respecting aliases is a good thing, imho.
> Creating scripts in ~/bin/ is just as easy as using
> the "alias"
> builtin, but you'll have far fewer hassles. Using
> scripts also
> encourages you to do more than just aliasing, so you
> build up a rich
> collection of little shell programs that suit your
> individual working
> style much better than the ones they're built on.
> That surely is what
> the UNIX gods intended for us to do. :-)
> Tony

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