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Context sensitive shortcuts

asked 2015-10-07 23:28:13 +0000

Hello,

is it possible to have context sensitive shortcuts. E. g. a shortcut should only be possible to trigger if application A is (not) running.

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answered 2015-10-08 06:07:40 +0000

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As @i3convert pointed out, this isn't possible directly. However, starting with 4.11 the focus command returns success depending on whether a window was focused. This allows something like this:

[ "$(i3-msg '[class=\"firefox\"] focus')" = "[{\"success\":true\}]" ] || i3-msg exec firefox`

Also see https://github.com/i3/i3/issues/1809

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answered 2015-10-08 02:01:25 +0000

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updated 2015-10-08 02:02:29 +0000

I don't think i3 directly provides this functionality. However, you can write a script that checks whether a given application is running (maybe checking the output of ps -A will be good enough in your case? read the man page for ps to fine-tune it), and triggers a given action only if it is (not) running. Then you bind the script to the shortcut you had in mind.

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