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== Introduction ==
 
== Introduction ==
  
[http://www.suckless.org/programs/dmenu.html dmenu] is a fast and lightweight dynamic menu launcher for X. It can be compared to 'Quicksilver' on OS X, or 'Launchy' on Windows.  With a quick keystroke, the dmenu menu appears, enabling you to type the name of a program you wish to start.
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[http://www.suckless.org/programs/dmenu.html dmenu] is a fast and lightweight dynamic menu for X. It reads arbitrary text from stdin, and creates a menu with one item for each line. The user can then select an item, through the arrow keys or typing a part of the name, and the line is printed to stdout. dmenu_run is a wrapper that ships with the dmenu distribution that allows its use as an application launcher.
  
 
== Installation ==
 
== Installation ==

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Introduction

dmenu is a fast and lightweight dynamic menu for X. It reads arbitrary text from stdin, and creates a menu with one item for each line. The user can then select an item, through the arrow keys or typing a part of the name, and the line is printed to stdout. dmenu_run is a wrapper that ships with the dmenu distribution that allows its use as an application launcher.

Installation

Installing dmenu is simple:

# pacman -S dmenu

run it

$ dmenu_run

Configuration

Now, you will need to attach the dmenu_run command to a keystroke combination. This can be done either via your window manager or desktop environment configuration, or with a program like xbindkeys. See the Hotkeys article for more information.

External Resources

  • dmenu – The official dmenu website
  • Yeganesh – a light wrapper that reorders commands based on popularity