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Old 04-09-2004, 01:35 PM   #16
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Perhaps...perhaps not. At least we have choices.
Personally I prefer import, since I can script it to use variable compression and file formats, and automatically save it to a specified directory, named according to when the snapshot was taken and what window manager is being used. Overkill? Perhaps.

Also. taking a snapshot of the commandline can come in handy. I tend to enjoy messing around with command prompts on occasion. I can use fbdump to snap a shot of tty1, including my ridiculous prompt on top of the framebuffer penguin. Unnecessary? Almost definitely.

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Old 04-11-2004, 10:16 PM   #17
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Why not just create a keyboard binding, so that with a couple of keypresses, ksnaphot (or whatever) opens?

Because the 2 steps are still there - open a console and then type in whatever is needed. In fact, that's several keypresses. Using ksnapshot as an example: click the K, hover over Graphics, hover over More Programs (on my box) and click ksnapshot. Then click the relevant button.

Or am I splitting hairs?
Look, the ignorant bit was uncalled for and I do apologize.

Now, consider this scenario. I'm running Window Maker, I map the "print screen" key to execute
Code:
import -window root screenshot.jpg
. Now whenever I want to take a screenshot I depress the "print screen" button on my keyboard and go on about my business. The picture is dropped in the root of my home directory (actually, it's dropped into whatever directory you were in when you started X, could be a sub-directory of your home directory--you get the picture...ha, get the picture. I am SO funny).

The kicker about this is, wait for it, ONE STEP! That's right, one step. Actually, just one key. The command is mapped to a single keystroke, the app that takes care of the business end is a command line tool which runs in the background, sorta like cron or fetchmail, out of sight. So, the desire to implement a command line screen capture tool that can be hidden from view so that you just get a clean shot of whatever you happen to have on your desktop can be useful and, in this case, even desireable.

Does that make more sense now?
 
Old 11-21-2006, 08:41 AM   #18
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One need for the above is for those who remotely support systems via ssh to be able to get a screen shot of what the user is talking about.

Thanks to all for the reference to import and xwd. They just made my life a whole lot easier.

Dave

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Aaah, now I get it.

Why not just create a keyboard binding, so that with a couple of keypresses, ksnaphot (or whatever) opens?

Because the 2 steps are still there - open a console and then type in whatever is needed. In fact, that's several keypresses. Using ksnapshot as an example: click the K, hover over Graphics, hover over More Programs (on my box) and click ksnapshot. Then click the relevant button.

Or am I splitting hairs?
 
Old 09-19-2009, 07:56 AM   #19
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Automated testing

You may want to do this if you need a script to run without user interaction.
 
  


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