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       ratmenu - create a menu to run commands


       ratmenu  [  -display  displayname  ]  [  -font  fname  ]  [  -fg  foreground-color ] [ -bg
       background-color ] [ -io item-offset  ]  [  -label  name  ]  [  -shell  prog  ]  [  -align
       {left|center|right}   ]   [  -style  {snazzy|dreary}  ]  [  -persist  ]  [  -version  ]  [
       menuitem command ] ...


       ratmenu is a simple program that accepts a list of menu item  and  command  pairs  on  the
       command line.  It creates a window that consists of nothing but a menu.  When a particular
       item is selected, the corresponding command is executed.

       ratmenu does not recognize any usage of the rodent.  It is entirely keystroke operated.

       Menu items must be followed by a command.  The syntax is  based  on  that  of  the  dialog

       ratmenu accepts the following command line options.

              -display displayname
                     Use the X display displayname, instead of the default display.

              -font fname
                     (X Resource: font) Use the font fname, instead of the default font.

              -label name
                     Change  both  the window and icon labels of the window to name.  The default
                     label is the last component of the path  used  to  run  ratmenu,  typically,

              -fg foreground-color
                     (X  Resource:  fgcolor)  Set  the  foreground color to foreground-color.  By
                     default, the foreground color is black.

              -bg background-color
                     (X Resource: bgcolor) Set the  background  color  to  background-color.   By
                     default, the background color is white.

              -io item-offset
                     Set  the  first selected item to item-offset.  By default, the first item is
                     the top-most one, or item-offset 1.  The next item down would  be  at  item-
                     offset 2.

              -style {snazzy|dreary}
                     (X  Resource:  style)  The default style is snazzy, where the highlight bar,
                     which shows the currently selected item, remains stationary  while  all  the
                     menu items are rotated up or down when the cursor keys are moved.  In dreary
                     mode, the highlight bar moves up and  down  the  menu  as  it  does  on  all
                     conventional keyboard controlled menus.

              -align {left|center|right}
                     (X  Resource:  align) Align the text of the menu entries to the left, right,
                     or center.  Defaults to left.  This is different from 9menu, which  defaults
                     to center.

              -shell prog
                     Use  prog  as  the  shell  to  run  commands, instead of /bin/sh.  A popular
                     alternative shell is rc(1).  If the shell cannot be executed,  ratmenu  will
                     silently fall back to using /bin/sh.

              -back prevmenu
                     prevmenu  is  a command or shell script to run when the back key is pressed,
                     usually a script that has ratmenu showing the previous menu.  Used to create
                     nested menus, it gives the user a way to back out and return to the previous
                     menu.  Note that you can use this option for other things too.  The  command
                     specified  by  the  -back  option  is executed when the user hits one of the
                     "back" keys.

                     (X Resource: persist) Ordinarily, ratmenu exits if a new window pops  up  on
                     top of it, or if you switch to another window.  This option tells ratmenu to
                     hang around, like a regular window.

                     This option prints the version of ratmenu on the standard output,  and  then
                     exits with an exit value of zero.


       The  Up  keystrokes  move the selection to the next item up.  The Down keystrokes move the
       selection to the next item down.  When the selection reaches the top or bottom, it scrolls
       around  to  the other side on pressing of the appropriate keystroke. The Select keystrokes
       execute the command corresponding to the currently selected menu item, and  exit  ratmenu.
       The Exit keystrokes quit ratmenu without doing anything.

                      'k', Up_arrow, BackSpace, '-', C-p

                      'j', Down_arrow, Space, Tab, '+', C-n, C-i

                      'l', Right_arrow, Return, C-f, C-m, C-j

                      'h', Left_arrow, C-b

                      'q', Escape, C-g


       You  can  configure  some  items  using xrdb to load appropriate X resources.  There is an
       example configuration in the file  /usr/share/doc/ratmenu/Xresources.ratmenu  which  shows
       all possible configuration items.  Give it a look; it is fairly easy to figure out.


       ratmenu -label "Remotes xterm" acme "rsh acme xterm" herman "rsh herman 9term" &

       ratmenu -label 'X progs' ghostview ghostview xdvi xdvi xeyes xeyes xneko xneko &

       ratmenu -back ~/bin/mypreviousmenu "X Eyes" xeyes &


       ratpoison(1), ratpoisonrc(5), dialog(1) xrdb(1)

       Ratpoison Desktop Users Manual.


       The  initial  idea  for  this program was by Arnold Robbins, after having worked with John
       Mackin's GWM Blit emulation.  Matty Farrow wrote a version using libXg,  from  which  some
       ideas  were borrowed.  This code was written by David Hogan and Arnold Robbins.  Rich Salz
       motivated the -shell option.  Jonathan Walther modified this code to play nicely with  the
       ratpoison  window  manager by removing handling of mouse events and iconification. Zrajm C
       Akfohg made many improvements in his ratmen fork, including X resource handling,  some  of
       which were folded back in.