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X11::Protocol::ChooseWindow -- user click to choose window
use X11::Protocol::ChooseWindow; my $client_window = X11::Protocol::ChooseWindow->choose (X => $X);
This spot of code lets the user click on a toplevel window to choose it, in a similar style to the "xwininfo" or "xkill" programs. Implementation The method is similar to the "xwininfo" etc programs. It consists of a "GrabPointer" on the root window, waits for a "ButtonPress" and corresponding "ButtonRelease" from the user, get the frame window is from the Press event, then the client window under there from "frame_window_to_client()" in "X11::Protocol::WM". "KeyPress" events are not used and go to the focus window in the usual way. This can be good in a command line program since it lets the user press "^C" ("SIGINT") in an "xterm" or similar. Perhaps in the future there could be an option to watch for "Esc" to cancel or some such. A virtual root per "root_to_virtual_root()" in "X11::Protocol::WM" is used if present. This helps "ChooseWindow" work with "amiwm" and similar virtual root window managers.
The following "choose()" is in class method style with the intention of perhaps in the future having objects of type "X11::Protocol::ChooseWindow" holding state and advanced by events supplied by an external main loop. Choosing "$window = X11::Protocol::ChooseWindow->choose (key=>value,...)" Read a user button press to choose a toplevel window. The key/value options are as follows, X => X11::Protocol object display => string ":0:0" etc screen => integer, eg. 0 root => XID of root window time => integer server timestamp event => hashref of event initiating the choose cursor => XID of cursor cursor_glyph => integer glyph for cursor font cursor_name => string name from cursor font "X" or "display" gives the server, or the default is to open the "DISPLAY" environment variable. "X" for an "X11::Protocol" object is usual, but sometimes it can make sense to open a new connection just to choose. "root" or "screen" gives the root window to choose on, or the default is the current screen of $X, which in turn defaults to the screen part of the display name. If there's a window manager virtual root then that's automatically used as necessary. "time" or the time field in "event" is a server timestamp for the "GrabPointer()". This guards against stealing a grab from another client if badly lagged. Omitted or "undef" means "CurrentTime". In a command line program there might be no initiating event, making "CurrentTime" all that's possible. "cursor" etc is the mouse pointer cursor to show during the choose, as a visual indication to the user. The default is a "crosshair". "cursor_name" or "cursor_glyph" are from the usual cursor font. See X11::CursorFont for available names. For example perhaps the "exchange" cursor to choose a window for some sort of swap or flip, $window = X11::Protocol::ChooseWindow->choose (X => $X, cursor_name => "exchange");
X11::Protocol, X11::Protocol::WM, X11::CursorFont xwininfo(1), xkill(1), and their dsimple.c "Select_Window()" code
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