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Old 07-27-2012, 12:07 PM   #1
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xdotool - intercept keystroke for only one window class.

Hey folks - I'm trying to make a switch to chrome and one of the things I didn't want to give up was some of my functionality with tabmix plus, so I thought I'd try to script it with xbindkeys and xdotools. I'm okay with doing this any way possible to achieve the end I'm looking for.

My xbindkeysrc line:
    m:0x14 + c:28
    Control+Mod2 + t
That works as expected, and it calls the script. The script works as expected in Chrome, but doesn't 'pass through' ctrl+t to other applications like I was expecting/hoping, hence the post!

# To get the window class of Chrome - run this and then click on chrome:
# xprop -id $(xdotool selectwindow) | awk '/WM_CLASS/{print $4}'
which xdotool >/dev/null 2>&1
if [ $? -ne 0 ]; then
    echo "xdotool must be installed to use this program."
    exit 1

ActiveWindow="$(xdotool getactivewindow)"
ActiveClass="$(xprop -id ${ActiveWindow} | awk '/WM_CLASS/{print $4}' | sed 's/\"//g')"
if [ "${ActiveClass}" = "${SearchClass}" ]; then
    xdotool keydown alt
    sleep 0.1
    xdotool key d
    sleep 0.1
    xdotool key Return
    sleep 0.1
    xdotool keyup alt
    xdotool key ctrl+t
I've tried a few variations, and I'm not seeing an infinite loop like I was worried about, but it's certainly not working... Thanks in advance for any help!

Edit: Have a more immediate hack of just sending that key combo to firefox as well, so they both work as expected, but still would prefer to know how I should have done this

Last edited by Vryali; 07-27-2012 at 12:19 PM.


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