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       dragbox - Command line drag-and-drop tool for Gnome.


       dragbox [-naxpu0] [--get | --list] [--name id] [item ...]


       Dragbox is a tool for connecting the command line with the desktop environment. It summons
       a drag handle in a window when you are managing files or text in the shell, connecting the
       different workspaces -- desktop and command line.

       Dragbox  can  take  items  on  the  command  line or from a pipe and put on its shelf. The
       inverse is also possible: dragged-to items can be output to the shell. It is  possible  to
       have more than one instance running, and put items on or get items from any of them.

       Right-click  in  the  window  to  open  a  context  menu or access the preferences window.
       Clicking an item copies it to the clipboard (files can be opened as an option).


       -f, --file  file
              Add file to the dragbox and report an error if it does not exist.

       -t, --text  "snippet"
              Add snippet to the dragbox as text. This is needed explicitly if you want to  treat
              an existing path as text.

       -n, --no-fork
              Do  not  fork  after  launch. This implies --write-on-exit. The program will not be
              able to communicate with other instances of itself.

       --get  Query a running instance for its contents, output and exit. This respects  settings
              affecting  output format. Note that --get takes no arguments; use --name to specify
              which shelf to get.

       -m, --name  name
              Use shelf identifier name. This can be used to have  multiple  dragboxes  (shelves)

       --list List running instances.

       --window-title  title
              Set  window  title  to  title.  This will only have effect when the window is first

       Output settings

       -a, --write-async
              Output dragged-to items to standard output as they are received.

       -x, --write-on-exit
              Output contents of the dragbox to standard output at exit.

       -p, --paths
              Use absolute paths when outputing files. This is default.

       -u, --uris
              Use URIs when outputing files.

       -0, --null-terminate
              Separate dragged-in items' output with \0, not \n. This  is  useful  together  with
              xargs -0

       The following are generic options

       -h, --help
              Displays usage information and exits.

       -v, --version
              Displays version information and exits.


       dragbox . file1.txt
              Adds  the  current  directory  and  file1.txt  to the currently running dragbox, or
              creates a new one. If file1.txt does not exist, its name is added as text.

       dragbox -t "Dragbox is cool"
              Adds a text snippet to the currently running dragbox, or creates a new one.

       dragbox --get -0 | xargs -0 tar cfz backup.tar.gz
              Get current items and pipe to xargs to create a  tarball.  Note  that  this  simple
              command will have problems if contents include text items.

       dragbox --name remember .
              Put the current directory on a shelf called "remember"


       Dragging  in  gnome  works  very well, but there are some hidden tricks that can make some
       things easier.

       Pressing modifier keys can switch between different types of drags;  dragging  a  file  to
       nautilus  normally  copies  it, but you can hold shift to move it, or shift-ctrl to make a

       You can drag from any window without activating it by holding the altgr or super key  when
       you drag. This is often very useful.

       You  can  bring  up  a minimized or obscured window while dragging by hovering momentarily
       over it's button in the window list (in the gnome-panel)

       Just like minimized windows, you can switch workspaces while dragging if  you  hover  over
       the workspaces switcher for a short while.

       If  you  selected  something  in  a  window  and  focus  another window, it looks like the
       selection disappeared. In many cases it's still there, you can  try  to  drag  it  without
       focusing the window (see above)

       Type escape while dragging to cancel the drag


       Dragbox  needs  an  X  session to run and display its shelves.  However, to access dragbox
       shelves from non-graphical sessions, all you need is to make sure dragbox  knows  which  X
       session to connect to. It might be enough to define the DISPLAY variable.


       dragbox was written by  Ulrik Sverdrup <>