Re: [wmii] rc0: 20060427-rc0-tschernobyl, wmiirc shortcuts patch

From: Anselm R. Garbe <>
Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2006 22:13:49 +0200

On Sat, Apr 29, 2006 at 10:44:23PM +0400, Alex Elide wrote:
> On Sat, Apr 29, 2006 at 06:42:39PM +0200, Anselm R. Garbe wrote:
> > Nah, that is somewhat over-engineered to my taste as a default ;)
> > Though thanks anyway.
> ---end quoted text---
> and what do you think about this function?
> --
> function bind_key(){
> KEYS[$((${#KEYS[@]}+1))]="$1"
> ACTIONS[$((${#ACTIONS[@]}+1))]="$2"
> }
> --
> it is very simple to bind keys
> --
> C=Control
> bind_key $C-Return 'aterm &'
> .....
> bind_key $M-d 'xw /view/sel/mode default'
> bind_key $M-s 'xw /view/sel/mode stack'
> bind_key $M-m 'xw /view/sel/mode max'
> --
> then, you can easily define active hotkeys with
> --
> for i in "${KEYS[@]}"; do echo "$i"; done | wmiir write /def/keys
> --
> process hotkey events with
> --
> # in event loop
> case "$type" in
> .......
> Key)
> for i in `seq 0 ${#KEYS[@]}`; do
> [ "$1" = "${KEYS[$i]}" ] && eval "${ACTIONS[$i]}"
> done
> ;;
> .......
> esac
> --
> I think, this is better, then necessity to maintain two
> separate list of buttons and actions in two different places
> in wmiirc.

I agree that maintaining two places for shortcuts (first place
the defintions and second place the event messages) in wmiirc is
a bit messy and not optimal, but it is the way which sucks less
in my eyes. Your proposal doesn't look to be sh-compliant, I
doubt that it would run in old plain sh or ksh on a BSD without
trouble, thus it cannot be a default (even it it might be POSIX
sh compliant).

Also, all approaches I can guess which only use one place to
define and catch the shortcuts (the most portable and elegant
approach was an awk-based one I recently saw on IRC), lack to
support straight-forward execution of multiple commands in the
event catching loop (beside being somewhat cryptic and awkward).

Currently I can easily do:

                foo -bar
                bar -foo
                baz -foo=bar -bar=baz -bank
                xwrite /ctl wtf
                xterm -e foobar &
                xwrite /ctl $a

It might be possible to handle such kind of stuff in such kind
of function like your in bind_key(), but it would look very ugly
and very cryptic.

That is why I favorize a simple approach. What would seem more
straightforward in my eyes than trying to handle all this stuff
in a shell script (and I'm curios that nobody proposed something
like the following idea already) is to use a generator-language to
generate wmiirc - which seems much simplier than doing nasty
stuff in sh.

Anyway, I don't ask anyone to bother his time to do such stuff,
because using yet another generator language as default is not
planned, because this means yet another layer and dependency.

Thus I personally think, that the current approach sucks less
after all.


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