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asked 2015-01-29 20:32:00 +0000

Kretortex gravatar image

Hey, at the moment I have a mode which allows me to start my favourite Programs with just hitting one key.

It looks like this:

mode "startPrograms" {

bindsym t exec telegram

bindsym e exec thunderbird


bindsym $modeOne+g mode "startPrograms"

Now because I added more and more programs. I would like to see a prompt showing me the shortcuts for the programs, when entering the "startPrograms" mode.

How could I do this?

I tried something with this:

name=i3-input -P 'Programs:'

But I don't know how to do a prompt with more than one line. Or should I really read the input and work with it?

Can anyone help me? This would be great!

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answered 2015-01-29 20:51:19 +0000

Pinyaka gravatar image

updated 2015-01-29 20:54:38 +0000

Basically, rename your mode from StartPrograms to the help text that you want to display. Here is what I have for my "system" mode.

bindsym $mod+y mode "$system_menu"
set $system_menu (l)oad i3 config (L)ock (r)estart i3 (R)eboot (s)uspend (S)hutdown
mode "$system_menu" {
     bindsym l reload, $return
     bindsym Shift+l exec i3exit lock, $return
     bindsym r restart, $return
     bindsym Shift+r exec i3exit reboot, $return
     bindsym s exec i3exit suspend, $return
     bindsym Shift+s exec i3exit shutdown, $return
     bindsym space $return
     bindsym Return $return
     bindsym Escape $return

I don't need to capture input at all as the "name" of the mode is the help text.

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Sadly this would get too long in my case, thank you anyway.

Kretortex gravatar imageKretortex ( 2015-01-29 20:54:15 +0000 )edit

How were you planning to display the shortcuts if just displaying the shortcuts is too long?

Pinyaka gravatar imagePinyaka ( 2015-01-29 20:55:50 +0000 )edit

it is not too long for displaying them. It is just too long for displaying them where the mode Name is displayed.

Kretortex gravatar imageKretortex ( 2015-01-29 21:33:10 +0000 )edit

answered 2015-04-19 03:36:06 +0000

i3convert gravatar image

updated 2015-04-19 03:44:05 +0000

If you don't insist on i3-input, you can use dmenu. A sample script in bash that uses it would be:

command=`echo -e "$list" | dmenu`

Now you can start typing a name of the command and it's going to narrow the set of options. If you want the options to be listed vertically (as opposed to horizontally), use dmenu -l 10 instead of dmenu, where the number after -l specifies the maximum number of options to be displayed at any particular time.

In this example, I use names of actual commands, but you can use dmenu to select from a set of arbitrary strings and then based on what is selected, you could run arbitrary commands (using for instance the case statement in bash).

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answered 2015-04-18 23:08:30 +0000

I am solving this issue is the following way:

  • Favourite programs associated with workspace.
  • Mode connecting workspace and keys.
  • Help text file, cut-and-paste of bind-keys definition, in case I forget.

Result: For example, pressing Numeric-Pad-8+t+Return goes to the "network" workspace and opens Telegram. In case I forget, I can press Numeric-Pad-8+h+See-the-key-I-have-to-press+Return

using key 8 on the numeric pad

set  $8 KP_Up

And this is the "network" workspace: set $W8 "8: Network"

Shift+numericpad8 goes to workspace 8 and enters the network mode

bindsym Shift+$8  workspace  $W8; mode "Network"

When entering the mode "Network", I have these keybindings:

# Network {{{
mode "Network" {
    bindsym h exec xmessage -nearmouse -file ~/.config/i3/help_Network.txt
    bindsym i exec urxvtc -e irssi
    bindsym r exec urxvtc -e rtorrent
    bindsym t exec /usr/local/bin/Telegram/Telegram
    bindsym w exec wicd-gtk -n 

    # back to normal: Enter or Escape
    bindsym Return mode "default"
    bindsym Escape mode "default"
# }}}

And this is the text file, cut-and-paste of the key-bindings:

w wicd
t Telegram
i rssi
r rtorrent
h help

- connman
- wpa_gui
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