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btt-presets

A preset JSON configuration for BetterTouchTool. Provides view setup and action forwarding for various controller scripts.

Required controller scripts and compiled service binaries for the preset can be found at andrewchidden/btt-controllers.

Article about the preset at andrewchidden.com.

Preset preview (The entries in red are private and not included in this repository.)

Installation

  1. If not already installed, download and install BetterTouchTool.
    • UPDATE (Aug 28): The preset was exported and tested using BTT v2.536 and may not work for the recently released BTT v2.6xx. You can download btt2.536.zip here: https://bettertouchtool.net/releases/
  2. Download the latest controller scripts and compiled service binaries for the preset: andrewchidden/btt-controllers.
    • git clone the repository to have the path ~/bettertouchtool.
    • Alternatively, download the zip archive, decompress, and move + rename as ~/bettertouchtool.
  3. Download a preset:
    • andrewchidden-with-settings.bttpreset if new to BetterTouchTool. Contains everything including BetterTouchTool settings to allow the preset to function as intended.
    • andrewchidden.bttpreset if already using BetterTouchTool. Only contains controls and triggers. You will need to manually configure parts of the preset and/or BTT after installation.
  4. Open the preset (double-click) to import it into BetterTouchTool.
  5. Configure the preset—please look at the next section for instructions. This is required for the preset to work!

Configuration

For all steps, see the environment variables::setting section for help if needed.

  1. Identify where you downloaded the controller scripts. Ideally they already have the path ~/bettertouchtool.
    • If this is not the case, set the environment variable BTT_USR_ROOT to the controllers directory.
  2. Set the environment variables BTT_WEBSERVER_URL and BTT_WEBSERVER_SHAREDSECRET corresponding to the BetterTouchTool web server URL and shared secret. Can be found by enabling “Advanced” mode, opening “Advanced Settings,” and then navigating to the “Webserver” tab.
  3. Set the environment variable BTT_EVENTKIT_CALENDAR_NAMES to a comma-delimited, case-sensitive list of calendar names that should be checked for upcoming events.
  4. Set the environment variable BTT_GIT_WORKING_DIR to the primary working directory for Git diff statistics and macro-triggered Git operations.
  5. If necessary, modify the “General Touch Bar Settings” to match those below:

General Touch Bar settings

Environment Variables

Setting

To set some environment variable <env_var> to value <value>, modify (or create) the file ~/.bash_profile to include the line export <env_var>=<value>.

Documentation

Required

  • BTT_USR_ROOT is the path to the user-facing folder containing preset scripts and configurations. Defaults to ~/bettertouchtool.
  • BTT_WEBSERVER_URL is the BetterTouchTool web server URL in the format protocol://address:port. If not specified, will default to http://127.0.0.1:64875. Be advised that HTTPS incurs some latency.
  • BTT_WEBSERVER_SHAREDSECRET is the optional shared secret to authenticate pushes to the BetterTouchTool web server. Leave blank if not using a shared secret to authenticate pushes.

User-Facing

  • BTT_EVENTKIT_CALENDAR_NAMES is the comma-delimited, case-sensitive list of calendar names to check for upcoming events. If not specified, all calendars are checked.
  • BTT_GIT_WORKING_DIR is the working directory to use for macro-triggered Git operations and diff statistics. If not specified, Git commands will fail.
  • BTT_EVENTKIT_MAXLENGTH is the maximum length of the calendar text status. Long event names will be truncated in the middle with an ellipsis. If not specified, defaults to 40.

System

  • BTT_SYS_ROOT is the path to the system folder used by services to save and share state. Defaults to ~/.btt.

Here be Dragons

  • Dragon: Shell scripts run through BetterTouchTool do not receive environment variables regardless where the variable was specified and when BetterTouchTool was launched.
    • Slayer: Controller runners that require access to BTT_ environment variables perform source ~/.bash_profile at the start.

Contact

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"andrewchidden.com"

License

Copyright © 2018 CarbonTech Software LLC

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