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Command line-using functions for Common lisp

These provide a bunch of functions of some commandline utilities, so their output can be more easily used..

For the wmctrl, iwlist scanning, pinot-search, ps and top command. I use the wmctrl to control my the windows.(Maybe later that code will end up here too)


Main functions and variables:


Uses the ps commands, the defun ps takes as argument what aspects you want +ps-allowed+ contains the ones available. It defaultly returns a list of lists filled with the values as requested, but there is also a :hook keyword so you can take the information immediately.

Using cffi on the C interface would probably be superior.

Warning: some of the available options, like :args produce list, because how it works internally, tokenizing on whitespace instead of how the table works.

Also a ps-do where you just provide (non-keyword)variables it will fill the variables with the associated keywords. For the reason as in the warnig ps-do has &rest for the last element, for this reason all things to query for in the list +ps-produce-list+ must be last. (this is unfortunate, probably a CFFI interface would be better)


Uses wmctrl The function wm-list works the same as the ps one, you provide a list of stuff you want, +wmctrl-allowed+ listing them, and there is also a wm-list-do that works the same.

:command is also allowed, wmctrl doesn't(afaik) do this, but cl-wmctrl uses a ps command to get it anyway. (because it is useful)

iw-scan, iw-scan-continuous

Uses (sudo) iwlist wlan0 scanning and looks at its output.

iw-scan is the main function, it defaultly returns a list for each interface which then contains a list of plists with the different properties of the cells.

provides a :cell-hook that runs of each cell, and a :hook running on each interface.(Using latter makes the earlier moot.) :sudo is defaultly on.

iw-cur returns the current connection.

It is the reason why the read-tab-listing package exists in j-basic.


Function of the same name runs a pinot-search command. Turns the names of different entries into keywords a list with keywords. Of course, pinot has to be set up. Defaultly, the function uses the special variable contents, *search-engine* and *search-db*, defaulting to :xapian and (from-homedir ".pinot/").

(:ran-query query time time-unit) where query is the query string. time-unit is a symbol, but for instance microseconds is :|ms|, because if it were :|Ms| that would be different!(So symbol with lowercase.)

(:showing-of shown-cnt total-cnt), number pinot-parse tells us we got and the number it says match the query.

(:not-identified ...stuff..)(hopefully none of that),

and for the search results, result-number ..plist.. each of the words pinot lists is plist-ified: :location, :date, :size, :score, :title, :type, :language, :extract.


Commandline-acpi-user. Note that a CFFI based on the C-interface to acpi would be superior. Earlier used the classes because you can then have:documentation, but it is overkill.

It consists of an acpi command, all arguments are optional, defaultly it uses acpi --everything, otherwise, see the docstring.


Provides a function top that handles few lines of top output(badly) and runs the lines through a function. Defaultly the function is top-line which makes plists.(and top thus produces a list of plists)


Basic functions providing access to commandline. If clisp it uses clisps facility, otherwise, trivial shell.


  • Would be better if cl-ps-command figured out the table instead of tokenizing, but feel hardly worth the effort for me.

  • Use of streams, using external-program might be better, but probably hardly worth it.


Everything is under GPLv3, license included under doc/


Jasper den Ouden


Command line wrappers for wmctrl, iwlist scanning, pinot-search, ps, acpi and top



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