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       9menu - create a menu to run commands


       9menu  [  -bg background-color ] [ -display displayname ] [ -file name ] [ -fg foreground-
       color ] [ -font fname ] [ -geometry geom ] [ -iconic ]  [  -label  name  ]  [  -path  ]  [
       -popdown  ]  [  -popup  ]  [  -shell  prog  ]  [  -teleport  ]  [  -version  ]  [  -warp ]
       menuitem[:command] ...


       9menu 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.

       Either Button1 or Button3 may be used to select an item.  Alternatively, the UP-ARROW  and
       DOWN-ARROW cursor keys may be used to highlight different items, with ENTER used to select
       the highlighted item.

       Menu items and commands are separated by a colon.  The colon and command are optional.  If
       they  are  missing,  then  the  menu  item is assumed to be a command that can be executed

       A menu item consisting of the word  exit  causes  9menu  to  exit  when  it  is  selected.
       Otherwise,  to stop 9menu , delete it using the window manager.  The exit menu item can be
       anywhere in the list, although by convention it is last.  If a command is  supplied  along
       with the exit item, that command is executed before 9menu exits.

       If a menu item's command starts with the word exec, 9menu ceases operating after launching

       9menu accepts the following command line options, listed alphabetically:

              -bg background-color
                     Set the background color to background-color.  By  default,  the  background
                     color is white.

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

              -file filename
                     Read  items  to display from filename, in addition to any other command line
                     arguments.  This is intended for use with #!  in scripts. If the filename is
                     "-" read from stdin.

              -fg foreground-color
                     Set  the  foreground  color to foreground-color.  By default, the foreground
                     color is black.

              -font fname
                     Use the font fname, instead of one of the default fonts built into 9wm.

              -geometry geom
                     Use geom (a geometry in standard X format) as  the  geometry  of  the  menu.
                     This  is  most useful for specifying the initial location of the menu.  Note
                     that 9menu overrides the size part of the geometry specification. The window
                     is always just large enough to hold the menu.

                     Start up in the iconified state.

              -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 9menu, typically, 9menu.

              -path  Append the current directory to the command search path.

                     Once an item is selected, the menu window automatically iconifies itself.

              -popup Act like a pop-up menu. Once a menu item is  selected,  9menu  exits.   This
                     option overrides -popdown.

              -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,  9menu  then
                     silently falls back to using /bin/sh.

                     Move  the  menu  to  where  the mouse is when the menu is uniconified.  This
                     option is particularly useful when combined with -popdown.

                     This option prints the version of 9menu on the  standard  output,  and  then
                     exits with an exit value of zero.

              -warp  Warp  the  mouse  to  the  menu  when  the  menu  is uniconified.  After the
                     selection is made, restore the mouse  to  where  it  was.   This  option  is
                     particularly useful when combined with -popdown.


       9menu -label Remotes xterm 'acme:rsh acme xterm' 'herman:rsh herman 9term' &

       9menu -label 'X progs' ghostview xdvi xeyes xneko exit &


       sam(1), 9term(1), 9wm(1), rc(1), es(1).

       The Plan 9 Programmer's Manual.


       This man page documents 9menu version 1.8.

       Source code is available from


       This program has grown to have too many options.


       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.  Christopher Platt  motivated  the  -teleport  option.   John
       O'Donnell supplied the basic code for the -fg and -bg options.  Peter Seebach provided the
       base code for the -file and -path options.  Matthias Bauer made it work with the keyboard.