xfwm4 kbd shortcut editor feature request

Brian J. Tarricone bjt23 at cornell.edu
Sat Aug 7 09:14:23 CEST 2004

On Fri, 6 Aug 2004, Leonard Clark wrote:

> Brian:
> The howto has a quick section on this, works fine:
> http://xfce.org/index.php?page=documentation&lang=en#shortcuts
>  From xfce.org:
> "This is how to create a personal key theme :
> $ mkdir -p ~/.themes/xfwm4/custom.keys/
> $ cp /usr/local/share/xfwm4/themes/default.keys/keythemerc 
> ~/.themes/xfwm4/custom.keys/
> $ ${EDITOR} ~/.themes/xfwm4/custom.keys/keythemerc"
> That oughta do ya :-)

yeah, i'm quite aware of how to do this...  my main machine already has 
this done; and i only noticed this annoying behaviour when i did a fresh 
install on my new laptop.  hence why the GUI-able method of doing this 
is a feature request.  the current setup (allowing editing of systemwide 
themes and then popping an error) is a bit non-intuitive, and to a new 
user, the immediate thought would most likely be, "what's the point of 
this?  i can't change the keybindings!"

actually, thinking about it again, how useful is the multi-theme thing 
anyway?  i mean, do people really switch between a set of well-defined 
bindings often?  i'm seriously asking, cuz i really don't know.  a nice 
simplification is to do away with the idea of keythemes entirely (well, 
in the GUI at least), and just offer an interface to edit bindings.  
present the systemwide 'Default' theme on first use, but as soon as the 
user tries to edit something, copy Default to something like 
~/.themes/Custom.xfwm4, and then all future edits happen on that.  i 
dunno.  it takes a way quite a bit of flexibility, but, at least with 
regard to my personal usage patterns, the flexibility is totally 
unnecessary (and annoying, since it necessitates creating a custom 
theme).  i'm sure other people will see it differently, however ^_~.


> Brian J. Tarricone wrote:
> > hi JF,
> > 
> > if i don't have any custom keybinding profiles defined, the only one in 
> > the list is 'Default', and i can attempt to edit it, but if i try, i get 
> > an error that it can't write to the file in $prefix/share/themes/....  
> > it would be much more useful to somehow show the user (set the widgets 
> > on the right insensitive?) if a profile is non-editable, and provide a 
> > means to create a new profile from within the GUI.
> > 
> > thoughts?
> > 
> > 	-brian
> > 
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