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#151 2013-06-18 21:11:41

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Re: Interrobang: a tiny menu packing a big bang (syntax)

I'm still loving Interrobang and would just like to thank you again for this awesome utility. It's become one of those things that I didn't know I needed so badly until I started using it.

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#152 2013-06-18 21:17:30

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Re: Interrobang: a tiny menu packing a big bang (syntax)

Trilby, thanks for the suggestion! I am really liking the flexibility of Interrobang.

The "TAB()" parameter sets a handler for the default (non-bang) queries, correct? If that is the case, then it should be possible to do the same kind of history lookup there as well.

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#153 2013-06-18 21:19:37

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Re: Interrobang: a tiny menu packing a big bang (syntax)

Trilby wrote:

EDIT correction: perhaps bash's "compgen" command will work from a zsh shell, it so then you'd only need it installed.  But I've never tried this myself - I'm pretty sure compgen is a bash builtin, though, so I'd be surprised if this worked.

I've been using Interrobang with ZSH so far without a problem -- I didn't have to make any changes to the default config, either.

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#154 2013-06-18 21:26:45

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Re: Interrobang: a tiny menu packing a big bang (syntax)

Thanks for the thanks.

The TAB() does set the default completer.  I do have to write a man page for this thing soon, and hopefully I'll clarify some of this.  Originally I hoped the rc file would be fairly self explanatory ... and originally I think it was - but as bits and peices have been added, there are quite a few options that warrant a proper man page.

I'm (pleasantly) surprised to here this works with zsh.  But is zsh really your systemwide default shell?  Interrobang uses the system() function which invokes the default shell, then runs the command "compgen ..." - this *shouldn't* work if that defualt shell is zsh.


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#155 2013-06-18 22:08:50

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Re: Interrobang: a tiny menu packing a big bang (syntax)

@Trilby, you are correct: I tried replacing /bin/sh with a symlink to /bin/zsh and the completion stopped working. Reverting to /bin/bash fixed the issue.

So it seems it will work if you have bash, and /bin/sh links to /bin/bash; otherwise it may fail. Although, an easy work-around (if you have bash installed), would be to just create a "compgen" script which calls the bash compgen.

Of course, native ZSH completion would be ideal, but I haven't looked into that either... Perhaps another thing I can check into over the weekend smile

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#156 2013-06-19 01:45:46

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Re: Interrobang: a tiny menu packing a big bang (syntax)

thx for the tips guys, after copying the rc file from github tab completion works smile

really loving interrobang, was wondering if i could make a suggestion/request? it would be cool to have commonly-chosen options before uncommon ones. that have Interrobang remember what i input so that after 3-4 time i press 'f' to launch firefox the next time i press f>TAB it would auto choose firefox as first completion option out of the whole list of apps starting with 'f'

i hope i made sesne smile

best and thx alot for this great little app

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#157 2013-06-19 02:12:27

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Re: Interrobang: a tiny menu packing a big bang (syntax)

That can be done - see the post right before your first post in this thread.

Interrobang is kept intentionally ignorant of such details so that users *can* be creative with things like that.  It would take a (very) little bit of shell scripting, but should be pretty easy.  If no one else gets a fully working version before then, I could throw something together over the weekend.

The rc file notes that it is not interpreted by a shell interpreter - which may actually be a bit misleading: the *file* is not parsed by a shell, but the entries are.  See the optional complex completer as an example, it is a series of bash commands, that process the completion options.


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#158 2013-06-19 11:12:40

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Re: Interrobang: a tiny menu packing a big bang (syntax)

Hey Trilby,

I looked into ZSH completion a bit this morning, and it looks like there is a way to enable a bash-like compgen tool:

autoload bashcompinit
bashcompinit

If you run those commands in a ZSH script or session, it should make "compgen" available.

However, I created two small scripts two scripts to test the different version of compgen, and the results do not appear to be the same.

In theory though, with a little more playing around, it should be possible for people who only have ZSH to include those two lines in their .zshrc, and then use some (possibly slightly modified) version of compgen in there .interrobangrc.

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#159 2013-06-19 11:19:07

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Re: Interrobang: a tiny menu packing a big bang (syntax)

On a different note, I have a few more questions for you when you have the time:

1. There is currently no hook for when the bang-less command is run, only one for it's tab completion, so there is no way currently to create a history file of the commands that were actually run, correct?

2. Would it be worth creating a minimal default config file (e.g. /etc/intterobangrc) which gets parsed first? This way users could at least use the basic functionality of interrobang with having to manually copy the config file to their home directory.

3. Do you have any suggestions for improving font appearance?

Currently I have:

font         -*-droid sans mono-medium-r-*-*-14-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

In my interrobangrc file. I have not been able to figure out a way to enable anti-aliasing, however, in order to achieve something similar to what you might get in the console using with an "xft:" font specification. The problem is especially noticeable at larger font sizes.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!

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#160 2013-06-19 11:19:52

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Re: Interrobang: a tiny menu packing a big bang (syntax)

Trilby wrote:

EDIT, this may be innaccurate: You either need bash as your default shell, or you need to write a custom completer in the rc file.  If you have bash installed, but just not as the default, you could probably just prepend "/bin/bash -c" to the current completer.
If you find any way to get zsh to provide completion options, that would be even better - but so far we've had no luck on that.
EDIT correction: perhaps bash's "compgen" command will work from a zsh shell, it so then you'd only need it installed.  But I've never tried this myself - I'm pretty sure compgen is a bash builtin, though, so I'd be surprised if this worked.

zsh has 'emulate' built-in command (see zshbuiltins(1)), so I think 'compgen' should work, but that doesn't solve the integration into interrobang...

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#161 2013-06-19 11:34:23

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Re: Interrobang: a tiny menu packing a big bang (syntax)

Interesting.  I can't get it to really work though.  Regardless of what it is passed as a parameter, it just dumps the *full* completion list.  The following seems to *mostly* work:

TAB()		PRE="%s"; for OPT in "$(compgen -cf | grep ^%s)"; do echo "${PRE}${OPT}"; done

Though I do *love* the fact that the only way to get completion results from zsh, so far, is to have zsh call on bash!  I know zsh is quite popular, and rightfully so, so this is no flame, but (I think) a well reasoned criticism: zsh has a lot of "magic" that it doesn't want the user to understand.  It's built in completion is a strenth ... but you can't use it in creative ways.  There is the advice to not prevent users from doing something stupid, as in doing so you'll prevent them from doing anything creative.  Zsh is really nice in having things work well for expected tasks, but prevents the type of creative re-purposing that I feel thrives in bash. (just my 2 cents ... you may want a refund).

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#162 2013-06-19 11:59:04

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Re: Interrobang: a tiny menu packing a big bang (syntax)

thx Trilby

Trilby wrote:

It would take a (very) little bit of shell scripting, but should be pretty easy.  If no one else gets a fully working version before then, I could throw something together over the weekend.

that would be epic, unfortunantly i dont know any coding at all (im an academic), but i can help out with testing, documentation etc

wanted to thank you again for Interrobang, its really great and i enjoy it very much!

Z.

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#163 2013-06-20 18:06:45

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Re: Interrobang: a tiny menu packing a big bang (syntax)

Couple more ideas:

1. Include an option to automatically display matches, without pressing tab.
2. Include an option to align the tab completion results to the left-side instead of the right-side.

Are any of these suggestions things you would be willing to include in interrobang? If so, I can open up some issues on GH, and perhaps submit a couple PRs to implement them.

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#164 2013-06-20 18:16:29

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Re: Interrobang: a tiny menu packing a big bang (syntax)

Both might be easy enough to do - but are you sure they are good ideas?  The first would require a refreshing of the completion list with every keypress *and* it would have completion results after the very first key was pressed ... that'd be a lot of options.

The second one, I suppose, is just a matter of aesthetics: I *want* space between where the text I'd type would be entered and where the options are.  Left-aligning the completion options would feel cramped, and would leave a useless gap on the right in many cases. ... unless you want the options on the left and the text entry on the right (?)


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#165 2013-06-20 18:33:34

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Re: Interrobang: a tiny menu packing a big bang (syntax)

What I was thinking of doing was piping the results to something like "head -3", so that only a few results would ever be displayed.

If I'm then able to get it set up so that the results are optimized based on my usage history (see above post regarding main hook), then I should be able to run almost any of the common applications I use with only ~2 keystrokes after invoking Interrobang, and by limiting the number of results displayed, it never should appear too cluttered.

I agree that having the tab-completion results right next to the command might be a bit cluttered though. I think I will have to try it out and see how it looks. I main reason I am thinking that it would be useful now is because I'll always know where to look to see what the current 'candidate' command is. The way it is set up now, if there are many options, then I look right next to the command being typed. If only a few possible options remain, however, I have to scan the right side of the screen to find the results.

Of course, this is a very minor issue, but I thought it would be good to at least try it out. Perhaps an ideal solution for me at least might be to align the results left, but have a small amount of padding (~20px) to avoid becoming too cramped.

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#166 2013-06-20 18:50:11

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Re: Interrobang: a tiny menu packing a big bang (syntax)

Displaying (part of) completion list would also be useful when completing files, it could display something like "foo.zip bar.zip (another 5 items)". Possible usage would be to open last downloaded file, e.g. sort files in download folder by creation/modification time and show N newest files. Another issue with this: whether tab should cycle through all items in completion list, or only through the shown items.

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#167 2013-06-20 19:08:38

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Re: Interrobang: a tiny menu packing a big bang (syntax)

As is, if there is a long list, only those that will fit in the bar are displayed - but tab does cycle through all of them.  It was actually a bit tricky to make sure one could tab through all the options while having the slected item displayed in the list (if the real list was long).

Actually - I know I solved this in my head, I should see if I actually wrote that code yet. (edit: nope, this code is still just in my head - this is the first task Opps,that was done - I just hadn't installed it yet).

Adding some indicator that what is shown is not the full list is a good idea - I'll get on that soon.(done)

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#168 2013-06-21 01:15:08

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Re: Interrobang: a tiny menu packing a big bang (syntax)

This is awesome.

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#169 2013-06-22 02:41:56

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Re: Interrobang: a tiny menu packing a big bang (syntax)

Trying to set up default tab completion now such that commands from a history file are prepended to the tab-completion results, but so far no luck.

Here is what I have so far:

HIST=~/.interrobang_history
TAB() (grep %s $HIST | sort | uniq -c | sort -r | awk '{print $2}'; compgen -P "%s" -cf %s) |  awk ' !x[$0]++' | head -5

(The second awk removes redundant entries...)

The parameter to maintain a history (courtesy of Trilby) is:

run_hook     cmd="%s"; echo $cmd >> ~/.interrobang_history; $cmd

When I use the above TAB(), however, the history commands are not prepended as expected, and the listed completion options all include the string being typed twice, e.g.

input: ch

chchang chchecksites chcheck-regexp chchromium ...

Any ideas?

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#170 2013-06-22 03:05:43

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Re: Interrobang: a tiny menu packing a big bang (syntax)

Your tab completion command has 3 %s in it, but there are only two strings passed to the printf function.

That should be

pre="%s"; str="%s"; grep "$str" ~/.interrobang_history | sort | uniq -c | sort -r | awk '{print $2}';  compgen -P "$pre" -cf $str

edit: fixed typo

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#171 2013-06-22 10:52:27

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Re: Interrobang: a tiny menu packing a big bang (syntax)

Hmm. did you try that out? It seems to return the entire history followed by all possible commands, regardless of the input.

What are the two string that are input into compgen? The second one ($str) is the input string, right? What is $pre?

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#172 2013-06-22 10:57:35

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Re: Interrobang: a tiny menu packing a big bang (syntax)

No, I didn't try it - it looked odd to me, but I just revised based on the apparent intent of you version.

The two strings passed are the prefix and the query string.  Or, specifically, the second %s is replaced by the last "word" in the line, and the first %s is everything up to the last "word".  For normal completion, you'd only want to match against the last word, and prepend everything that came before it.

If I were to have typed "mupdf ~/doc/pdfs/Ma" the completer should look for files starting with Ma in that folder - it should not look for file/commands starting with "mupdf ~/...".  The mupdf part is already complete.


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#173 2013-06-22 11:13:19

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Re: Interrobang: a tiny menu packing a big bang (syntax)

Hmm. okay, so when you are only typing a single command, the prefix would just be an empty string?

For example, would typing the input "chr" set pre="" and str="chr", resulting in:

(pre=""; str="chr" grep "$str" ~/.interrobang_history | sort | uniq -c | sort -r | awk '{print $2}'; compgen -P "$pre" -cf $str) | awk ' !x[$0]++' | head -5

When I run the above on the command line, it returns the desired result (combination of history and commands starting in 'chr'). But when used in interrobangrc, the result is not the same so I think there is still something I am misunderstanding.

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#174 2013-06-22 11:24:55

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Yes, pre would be empty.


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#175 2013-06-22 11:30:15

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Well, there is a typo.  The value of str is only set for gret in that one.  That should have been `str="chr"; grep "$str"...`

It works as expected here.


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