Setting short cut key for plugin

Diego Ongaro ongardie at
Tue Jan 8 03:03:00 CET 2008

On Jan 7, 2008 6:39 PM, Erik Harrison <erikharrison at> wrote:
> On Jan 7, 2008 4:04 PM, Enrico Tröger <enrico.troeger at> wrote:
> > Wouldn't it be now really time to think about a solution to get a
> > xfce4-popup in the panel which can generally popup any plugin which
> > register to a new popup-signal or something like this (as we told
> > about before in the thread about the popup-command for the dict
> > plugin)? I really dislike the idea that some plugins have their own
> > code for the same purpose. Furthermore, I extended the code for the
> > popup command in the dict plugin which I got from the windowlist plguin
> > a little bit to add a usage message available with the -h/--help
> > option. Other popu commands doesn't have this, a unique command line
> > tool would be better, IMO.
> >
> > Nick, Jasper could you comment on this?
> I'm neither, but. . .
> $ xfce4-panel-msg plugin message
> Then we add a 'message' signal for plugins to listen for, which passes
> in the string above. The panel provides a trivial dbus api for sending
> messages which xfce4-panel-msg uses.
> Hmmm. Trouble is managing to send the signal to the right plugin. We
> could use the plugin instance ID, but that isn't readily key bindable.
> We could use the plugin name, but that's potentially problematic with
> multple instances.
> How do plugins which handroll this sort of thing handle it? Are they
> all Xfce X-XFCE-Unique? Or do they have some internal logic?
> Or maybe "command" is better than message.

Erik, I think you're complicating this too much. If the plugin is
trying to do something fancy, then it should create its own dbus api
for whatever it wants to do.

However, the standard usage is to pop up the plugin's menu. In that
case, a simple popup-signal will do the trick. Use "Returns : TRUE to
stop other handlers from being invoked for the event. FALSE to
propagate the event further." for callbacks to figure out which
instance of the plugin is handling it, or picking an arbitrary one
should be fine. Any reason why this wouldn't be sufficient for most

Just my 2 cents,

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