[Xmonad] Re: scripting xmonad externally?

Donald Bruce Stewart dons at cse.unsw.edu.au
Tue Jul 24 01:44:26 EDT 2007

> I wrote (in summary):
> > > The thing I'm most missing from ratpoison and wmii is an external api, which
> > > makes them extensible from external programs (and any language.)
> > > 
> > > Are there any plans to offer such an interface in Xmonad in the future?
> Donald Bruce Stewart <dons at ...> writes:
> > There's the Command.hs interface in the contrib module, used for some of
> > this. At the moment I don't think there's any plan to embed a scripting
> > language directly in xmonad: far better to extend Commands.hs to say,
> > use ghc-api, to allow arbitrary haskell extension if you want it.
> I wasn't referring to an embedded scripting language, but a generic API that
> would allow external scripts to communicate with Xmonad, both to read its state
> and to issue commands, like ratpoison's and wmii's APIs do. This would open up
> scripting in any language. Ease of scripting is what I find to be one of the
> attractions of those languages, and it'd be great to be able to script Xmonad in
> a language I already know (thought it's also nice to have the excuse to learn
> Haskell...)

Have a look at Commands.hs, which is currently used to control xmonad
from the shell, but you surely can interact with it any way you want.

-- Don

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