by J. Bromley, S. Mironov
xkb-switch is a C++ program that allows to query and change the XKB layout state. Originally ruby-based code written by J.Broomley.
- XKeyboard.cpp Implementation for XKB query/set class
- XKbSwitch.cpp Main program
The C++ class has no special dependencies on anything outside of X-related libraries, so it can be easily used with other software.
To build the program manually, do the following.
- Unpack the tarball and cd to source directory
- cmake .
- sudo make install
$ xkb-switch --help Usage: xkb-switch -s ARG Sets current layout group to ARG xkb-switch -l|--list Displays all layout groups xkb-switch -h|--help Displays this message xkb-switch -v|--version Shows version number xkb-switch -w|--wait [-p] Waits for group change and exits xkb-switch -W Infinitely waits for group change xkb-switch -n|--next Switch to the next layout group xkb-switch -x Print X layout string xkb-switch [-p] Displays current layout group xkb-switch --test Run some internal tests
Xkb-switch now contains a library libxkbswitch.so which can be called from within Vim scripts. See this article in Russian for details. Thanks to lyokha for contribution.
xkb-group.sh can help you to manage layout groups. Just run it and send some input at it's stdin every time you want to trigger layouts from primary to secondary and back. For example:
$ xkb-group.sh us ru switch # switch from us to ru or from current layout to us switch # switch from ru to us or from us to ru (from other terminal) $ xkb-switch -s de # switch to 'de' layout, change secondary layout to 'de' (back to terminal running xkb-group.sh) switch # switch from de to us switch # switch from us to de
Bugs or Problems
Admittedly, I only tested with a few different layouts that I used. If you find any bugs let me know at Github or email@example.com.
Xkb-switch contains some testing facilities, please include output of `xkb-switch -x' command in the report.