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NAME

       xkbevd - XKB event daemon

SYNOPSIS

       xkbevd [ options ]

DESCRIPTION

       This  command  is very raw and is therefore only partially implemented;
       we present it here as a  rough  prototype  for  developers,  not  as  a
       general  purpose  tool for end users.  Something like this might make a
       suitable replacement for xev;  I'm not signing up, mind you,  but  it's
       an interesting idea.

       The  xkbevd  event daemon listens for specified XKB events and executes
       requested commands if they occur.   The configuration file consists  of
       a list of event specification/action pairs and/or variable definitions.

       An event specification consists of a short XKB event name followed by a
       string or identifier which serves as a qualifier in parentheses;  empty
       parenthesis  indicate no qualification and serve to specify the default
       command which is applied to events which do not match any of the  other
       specifications.   The  interpretation  of  the qualifier depends on the
       type of the event:  Bell events match  using  the  name  of  the  bell,
       message events match on the contents of the message string and slow key
       events accept any of press, release,  accept,  or  reject.    No  other
       events are currently recognized.

       An  action  consists  of  an  optional  keyword followed by an optional
       string  argument.   Currently,  xkbev  recognizes  the  actions:  none,
       ignore,  echo,  printEvent,  sound,  and  shell.   If the action is not
       specified, the string is taken as the name of a sound file to be played
       unless  it  begins with an exclamation point, in which case it is taken
       as a shell command.

       Variable definitions in the argument string are  expanded  with  fields
       from  the event in question before the argument string is passed to the
       action processor.   The general syntax for a variable is either $cP  or
       $(str),  where c is a single character and str is a string of arbitrary
       length.  All parameters have both single-character and long names.

       The list of recognized parameters varies from event to event and is too
       long  to  list here right now.   This is a developer release anyway, so
       you can be expected  to  look  at  the  source  code  (evargs.c  is  of
       particular interest).

       The ignore, echo, printEvent, sound,and shell actions do what you would
       expect commands named ignore, echo, printEvent, sound, and shell to do,
       except  that the sound command has only been implemented and tested for
       SGI machines.   It launches an external program right now, so it should
       be  pretty easy to adapt, especially if you like audio cues that arrive
       about a half-second after you expect them.

       The  only  currently  recognized  variables  are   soundDirectory   and
       soundCmd.  I'm sure you can figure out what they do.

OPTIONS

       -help   Prints  a  usage  message  that  is  far  more  up-to-date than
               anything in this man page.

       -cfg file
               Specifies the configuration file to read.   If no configuration
               file  is  specified,  xkbevd  looks  for  ~/.xkb/xkbevd.cf  and
               $(LIBDIR)/xkb/xkbevd.cf in that order.

       -sc cmd Specifies the command used to play sounds.

       -sd directory
               Specifies a top-level directory for sound files.

       -display display
               Specifies the display to use.   If  not  present,  xkbevd  uses
               $DISPLAY.

       -bg     Tells xkbevd to fork itself (and run in the background).

       -synch  Forces synchronization of all X requests.  Slow.

       -v      Print   more   information,   including   debugging   messages.
               Multiple specifications of -v cause more output, to a point.

SEE ALSO

       X(7)

COPYRIGHT

       Copyright 1995, Silicon Graphics Computer Systems Copyright 1995,  1998
       The Open Group
       See X(7) for a full statement of rights and permissions.

AUTHOR

       Erik Fortune, Silicon Graphics