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Old 04-09-2017, 09:45 AM   #1
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Pop up drop list for searching commands and execution


Sometimes ago I came across a blog post mentioning a software that can pop up a drop down list; then the user can type in keyword searching commands they looking for; then press enter to launch that command.

But I can't remember the name of software. Also searching using keyword like pop up drop down menu linux (or mac I remember mac seems to have such app as well) doesn't find it.

The closest behavior I find is chromium's bookmark search. It's triggered by pressing shift + b, which will popup a dialogue, then I can type in some keyword searching something, then press enter to go to that website. So basically what I am looking for is an app - when pressing hot key, it will pop up a drop down list where I can search commands with keyword being inputted; when done, pressing enter to launch the command or app.

What package can achieve this?

Thanks
 
Old 04-09-2017, 11:37 AM   #2
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Sounds like dmenu

Although the actual thing run by hotkey is dmenu_run. Normally associated with suckless-tools and the dwm window manager.
 
Old 04-09-2017, 11:40 AM   #3
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It's usually among your Desktop Environment's keyboard shortcuts. alt-f2 should bring up a text box in many of them.

In the shell, if you are using bash, then you may have some extended tab-completion capabilities. Just start typing and pressing tab and it will offer options based on what you have typed so far. The utility apropos also gives some hints.

Last edited by Turbocapitalist; 04-09-2017 at 11:41 AM.
 
Old 04-09-2017, 01:59 PM   #4
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Referenced from dmenu I find rofi which looks like fits my requirement as well.

Thanks for the information. I really appreciate it!
 
  


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