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Request: Bring back xfrun4 mode


Description Timo Lindemann 2012-07-17 14:02:22 CEST
I hope this is the place to bring up a suggestion. I've been using xfrun4 so much  the past years that I really am not happy with appfinder. xfrun4 could autocomplete previously entered commands; appfinder seems not to be capable of remembering or completing some of my most used scripts (residing in ~/bin, for instance, which is in $PATH). That would not be so annoying if appfinder would actually remember commands that were run, which it somehow forgets after a reboot. 

Because this severely impacts my workflow and is so annoying, I suggest adding xfrun4 behaviour back to appfinder and make it an option. 

Examples of commands that are run the most on my box from Alt+F2 which are just not cached by appfinder over reboots: 

sudo hibernate # suspends system
hddual.sh # script in ~/bin
single.sh # script in ~/bin
dpmsoff.sh # script in ~/bin

also, things like 

startx ~/bin/fallout2.sh -- :1 # starts fallout 2 via wine, it's just an example 

used to work because xfrun remembered the whole line. 

Thanks for your consideration.
Comment 1 Timo Lindemann 2012-07-17 14:08:20 CEST
Oh, and I forgot: I type 


in the run dialog. xfrun4 would just execute /usr/bin/xt (a symlink; xfterm in the past, terminator nowadays). appfinder somehow likes to start xterm. I can see what makes it select xterm, but this is clearly not what I wanted. 

For these reasons, I really miss xfrun4.
Comment 2 Vince C. 2012-07-26 14:14:22 CEST
I second that (if we're both talkig about Xfce 4.10). I'll summarize my post on Xfce forums ( http://forum.xfce.org/viewtopic.php?id=7321 ):

If you wanted to run the same command more than once in Xfce 4.8, all you had to do (if you had already typed the command) was hit Alt+F2 then Enter. Now with 4.10 it's Alt+F2, Down, Down, Left, Down, Right, then all the way down for commands are sorted aplhabetically...

A first suggestion (though not perfect) would be to make xfrun4 remember the last command typed.

A more elaborate solution would be to have the Down key bring the history of -*typed*- commands instead, like web browsers do when you press Down in a field when Autocomplete is enabled. To bring the list of application icons, a Browse button may be present, at the bottom of the dialog, for instance. Showing the application selector shouldn't be the default action, IMHO.
Comment 3 Silvio Knizek 2013-01-10 20:04:54 CET
Just run xfce4-appfinder -c
Comment 4 Git Bot editbugs 2020-05-26 00:54:35 CEST
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Bug #9131

Reported by:
Timo Lindemann
Reported on: 2012-07-17
Last modified on: 2020-05-26


Nick Schermer
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