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Graphical output in i3bar #3578

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aioobe opened this Issue Jan 5, 2019 · 1 comment

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aioobe commented Jan 5, 2019

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[x] Feature Request

Current Behavior

i3bar is only capable of displaying text. Unicode icon "characters" only get you so far.

Desired Behavior

I'd love to be able to show custom graphics. Primarily to be able to have something like the gnome shell system monitor applet.

I think one would even be able to stick with the text based interface and use base64 encoded png files. We're talking × images anyway.

Please let me know if this is something doable

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Airblader commented Jan 5, 2019

I don't think we'd want to extend the protocol much to make this work, but the idea of sending some base64 encoded stream is at least interesting. I'd be somewhat concerned wiith the performance of this, though, and things like text width prediction would have to be changed etc.

I'm currently not decided on this; my initial response would be to reject this since it doesn't really fit the look&feel of i3 that stays away from graphics. We can certainly keep the issue open for now, though.

There certainly are much more advanced and feature-rich bar applications out there where this would fit much, much better (if they can't already do it anyway – I haven't followed polybar in a while).

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