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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?

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.
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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.

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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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