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XMenu is a menu utility for X.
XMenu receives a menu specification in stdin, shows a menu for the user
to select one of the options, and outputs the option selected to stdout.
XMenu can be controlled both via mouse and via keyboard. The menu is a
pop-up menu (that is, after selecting an option, the menu disappears).

Check out my other project, xclickroot[0] for an application that can
spawn xmenu by right clicking on the root window (i.e. on the desktop).


§ Features

XMenu comes with the following features:
• XMenu reads something in and prints something out, the UNIX way.
• Submenus (some menu entries can spawn another menu).
• Separators (menu entries can be separated by a line).
• Icons (menu entries can be preceded by an icon image).

§ Files

The files are:
• ./README: This file.
• ./Makefile: The makefile.
• ./config.h: The hardcoded default configuration for XMenu.
• ./ The setup for the makefile.
• ./demo.gif: A gif demonstrating how XMenu works.
• ./xmenu.1: The manual file (man page) for XMenu.
• ./xmenu.c: The source code of XMenu.
• ./ A sample script illustrating how to use XMenu.
• ./icons/: Icons for the sample script

§ Installation

First, edit ./ to match your local setup.

In order to build XMenu you need the Imlib2, Xlib and Xft header files.
The default configuration for XMenu is specified in the file config.h,
you can edit it, but most configuration can be changed at runtime via
X resources. Enter the following command to build XMenu. This command
creates the binary file ./xmenu.


By default, XMenu is installed into the /usr/local prefix. Enter the
following command to install XMenu (if necessary as root). This command
installs the binary file ./xmenu into the ${PREFIX}/bin/ directory, and
the manual file ./xmenu.1 into ${MANPREFIX}/man1/ directory.

make install

§ Running XMenu

XMenu receives as input a menu specification where each line is a menu
entry. Each line can be indented with tabs to represent nested menus.
Each line is made out of a label and a command separated by any number
of tabs. Lines without labels are menu separators.

See the script ./ for an example of how to use XMenu to draw a
simple menu with submenus and separators. The file ./demo.gif shows how
the menu generated by that script looks like.

Read the manual for more information on running XMenu.

§ License

This software is in public domain and is provided AS IS, with NO WARRANTY.