Re: [wmii] Fwd: Re: wmii post from requires approval

From: Steffen Liebergeld <>
Date: Fri, 07 Apr 2006 12:39:50 +0200

On Fri, 7 Apr 2006 09:26:15 +0000, "Salva Peiró" <> said:
> On 4/6/06, <> wrote:
>> On Thursday 06 April 2006 11:38, Anselm R. Garbe wrote: > If
>> someone presents a nice idea which works with sh, maybe in >
>> conjunction with awk, I'm open to do it. Otherwise blame X that >
>> it needs to grab shortcuts and there is no portable way to get >
>> keyboard events in any other way.

> As talked yesterday on irc, about removing the duplicity of having
> to write the keybindings in two places (and thus keep them
> consistent), so as garbeam suggested, i've wrote a wmiirc that greps
> itself for extracting the list of keybindings to be grabbed, and
> then write them to /def/keys, and also grouped all the key handling
> related stuff in a handlekeys function.

I had some time to think about it yesterday... Actually the best idea
I had would be to have a seperate file with only a list of keybindings
and their action. Maybe something like that:

$MODKEY-Control-c xwrite /view/sel/sel/ctl kill
$MODKEY-Control-l xwrite /view/sel/sel/ctl sendto next

I think that would be quite easy to parse. All fields are seperated by
whitespaces/tabs (or both) and the first field represents the
shortcut, whereas all the following fields together represent the

> Now, more than ever, I think a advice/comments regarding this
> behaviour, it's worth, just because it's not the default way of
> doing things, and because it can obviously have unwanted side
> effects, due to grep matching '$MODKEY.*)' that we don't want:

> <snip> MODKEY=M4 # changed $MODKEY to Mod4 (instead of $MODKEY=Alt)
> <snip> that matches '$MODKEY=Alt)'

> <snip> klist=`grep '$MODKEY.*)' $HOME/.wmii-3/wmiirc | sed -n 's/^[
> ]*//g; s/).*$//; s/$MODKEY/'$MODKEY'/; 2,$p'` <snip> also as the
> grep command in wmiirc, used to extract the keys matches itself:
> '$MODKEY.*)', it has to be dropped by sed that discards it's first
> match.

> by now i've placed: handlekeys() { # greps wmiirc itself, to extract
> keybidings to be un/grabbed or reacted # you're adviced to be
> careful, because putting $MODKEY.*), could trash # /def/keys and
> result in a apparently strange key reacting behavious at worst. ...
> }
> (it's long but necessary, tand now hope that people read their
> wmiirc :-P)

It is not bullet proof and will look like a weakness or the result or
bad design for people new to wmii. Thus I think we should eliminate
hacks like that.

Microsoft is simply one example of a proprietary software developer, a
software developer that tries to subjugate users to keep them divided
and helpless. -- Richard M. Stallman
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