All command-line parameters (together with some shellex-specific) are passed on to urxvt. This means, you can you e.g. -bg grey20 for a lighter background. Using it for more than just customizing the appearence (for example adding own extensions) might stop shellex from working, so be careful.
See urxvt(1) for a full list of options.
shellex is a shell-based launcher with a lot more features and a lot simpler design. It launches a shell (currently zsh(1)) and shows it in a small terminal (currently urxvt(1)), wrapping every command with a little bit of extra magic (redirecting stdout, stderr, disowning and closing the shell) to get more typical launcher-behaviour.
This gives you a simple launcher with tab-completion and other shell-features, configurable in shell.
shellex uses two X-Resources at the monent, to manipulate its behaviour:
- If pointer, shellex shows the window on the window, the mousepointer is on. If focus, it uses the output, where most of the currently focused window is. Defaults to focus.
- On what screen edge to show the launcher (top or bottom). Defaults to top.
shellex configuration snippets can be found in /usr/lib/shellex/.
On start, shellex looks into /etc/shellex for default-snippets to source (usually this will be symlinks to /usr/lib/shellex/) as well as into $HOME/.shellex/ for any user-configuration. If a file of the same name exists in both locations, it will only use the one in $HOME/.shellex/.
To customize shellex, you can do the following things in $HOME/.shellex/:
- 1. Overwrite a default by creating a new snippet of the same name
- 2. Not include a default by creating a symlink to /dev/null of the same same
- 3. Include an example-snippet not used by default, by creating a symlink to /usr/lib/shellex/snippet
- 4. Write you own snippets with a currently unused name
To avoid naming-conflicts in the future, you should add a common suffix to all your own snippets.
Axel Wagner <[email protected]> and contributors