Nice launcher for i3wm: xlunch

I am happy user of i3 for some time now. About a year ago, I changed my app launcher from dmenu to xlunch and it’s been pretty fine experience. So let me share this with you.

There is no Fedora package for xlunch yet and I am too lazy to create one. Volunteers! But the installation is like:

git clone https://github.com/Tomas-M/xlunch
cd xlunch
sudo dnf install imlib2-devel libX11-devel
make

I don’t even bother to install it and keep this in the workspace directory, I assume the installation would go something like:

make install DESTDIR=/usr/local

The migration was pretty easy - in the .i3/autostart file I deleted dmenu_path and added new line that ensures generation of entries after each start. It takes a while because the script converts many SVG icons to raster images, but it’s no big deal for me. There is also a faster script available in the git repo that does not generate such nice icons but I like to have the fancy ones:

bash /home/lzap/work/xlunch/extra/genentries -p /home/lzap/.local/share/icons > /home/lzap/.config/xlunch/entries.dsv 2>/dev/null &

And that’s all, assuming you have this configuration:

bindsym $mod+space exec /home/lzap/work/xlunch/xlunch -i /home/lzap/.config/xlunch/entries.dsv -f RobotoCondensed-Regular.ttf/10 -G

In my case that’s WIN key with SPACE combination what brings the thing. Have fun.

08 February 2019 | linux | fedora | i3wm
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