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README.md

conlecterm - a simple tabbed terminal

A simple frame for embedding applications that support the XEmbed protocol. The program uses the GTK Socket class to generate a window for the embedded application to use.

The display uses a GTK Notebook to collect multiple applications into a single top level window.

Each group of applications is termed a session and multiple sessions can be defined each having the option of a different tab orientation.

Tabs can be moved by draggng them to the desired position.

The order of the tabs is saved in the session file when close button is clicked.

Configuration

the configuration file has three kinds of configuration elements

  • Commands

    A list of strings, the first being the program. Any string may optionally contain the Window ID or tab text.

  • Panes

    Define the text that appears on the tab, the command to run, the initial directory.

Programs using XEmbed

Working

  • urxvt works
  • emacs works

Partially working

  • gvim (Ubuntu: vim-gtk) very slow (30 sec) to start shows menu proxy timeout. Seems to be an Ubuntu bug.

Not working

  • xterm not accepting focus, but X cut and paste works.

Compiling

The program is written in Haskell and requires GTK and X11

Haskell packages:

Operating System Packages


Ubuntu libghc-gtk-dev libghc-x11-dev libghc-parsec3-dev libghc-hashtables-dev libghc-aeson-dev FreeBSD hs-gtk2hs hs-X11 hs-parsec hs-hashtables hs-aeson

Installing the above packages should bring in the right dependencies.

A simple Makefile is provided.

Building with cabal

cabal sandbox init
cabal update
cabal install alex
cabal install happy
cabal install gtk2hs-buildtools
cabal install --dependencies-only
cabal build

Configuration

Configuration directory is searched from:

  • ${XDG_HOME}/conlecterm
  • ${HOME}/.config/conlecterm
  • ${HOME}/.conlecterm

Then first directory found is used and this is checked for a configuration file.

The configuration is loaded from a file in the above directory called config.rc.

The program will not start if a valid directory is not found or the directory does not contain a config.rc.

Saved session files are called SESSION.session where SESSION is replaced by the session name. The format of this file JSON.

Bugs

TODO

  • add the send function