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j4-dmenu-desktop

Build Status

j4-dmenu-desktop is a replacement for i3-dmenu-desktop. It's purpose is to find .desktop files and offer you a menu to start an application using dmenu. Since r2.7 j4-dmenu-desktop doesn't require i3wm anymore and should work just fine on about any desktop environment.

You can also execute shell commands using it.

Build requirements

  • Compiler with basic C++11 support (GCC 4.77 or later required, Clang works, too)
  • CMake

Building is the usual cmake/make thingy:

cmake .
make
sudo make install

Distribution packages

Archlinux

The package is provided by the AUR. You can install it with an AUR helper of your choice: j4-dmenu-desktop-git or manually by invoking the following commands as a regular user. (to build packages from the AUR, the base-devel package group is assumed to be installed)

wget https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/j4/j4-dmenu-desktop-git/j4-dmenu-desktop-git.tar.gz
tar xf j4-dmenu-desktop-git.tar.gz
cd j4-dmenu-desktop-git
makepkg -si

Gentoo

The package is provided by the gentoo-el overlay. You can install it with the following commands as root. (you need to have layman installed and configured)

layman -a gentoo-el
echo "=x11-misc/j4-dmenu-desktop-9999 **" >> /etc/portage/package.accept_keywords
emerge x11-misc/j4-dmenu-desktop

Ubuntu

The package is now in the apt repository. You can install it via

sudo apt-get install j4-dmenu-desktop

Invocation

Usage:

j4-dmenu-desktop [--dmenu="dmenu -i"] [--term="i3-sensible-terminal"]
j4-dmenu-desktop --help

Options:

--dmenu=<command>
    Determines the command used to invoke dmenu
    Executed with your shell ($SHELL) or /bin/sh
--use-xdg-de
    Enables reading $XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP to determine the desktop environment
--display-binary
    Display binary name after each entry (off by default)
--no-generic
    Do not include the generic name of desktop entries
--term=<command>
    Sets the terminal emulator used to start terminal apps
--usage-log=<file>
    Must point to a read-writeable file (will create if not exists).
    In this mode entries are sorted by usage frequency.
--help
    Display this help message

FAQ / RAQ / RMR

Case insensitivity?

Add the -i option to the dmenu command

I want it to display normal binaries, too, yes?

You can put this in a script file and use it instead of calling j4dd directly:

j4-dmenu-desktop --dmenu="(cat ; (stest -flx $(echo $PATH | tr : ' ') | sort -u)) | dmenu"

Exchanging the cat and (stest ... sort -u) parts will swap the two parts (j4dd's output and the list of binaries).

Get the output into a pipe / launching a program by arbitrary user input

GOTO

How much faster is it?

% time i3-dmenu-desktop --dmenu="cat"
[{"success":true}]
i3-dmenu-desktop --dmenu="cat"  0.37s user 0.02s system 96% cpu 0.404 total
% time ./j4-dmenu-desktop --dmenu=cat
./j4-dmenu-desktop --dmenu=cat  0.01s user 0.01s system 107% cpu 0.015 total

More than 25 times faster :)