What is spmenu?
spmenu is an X11 menu application based on dmenu which takes standard input, parses it, and lets the user choose an option and sends the selected option to standard output.
This build of spmenu has some features written for this build. Of course if you want, this is free software so you can use it in your own build.
- dwm-like keybind array (See keybinds.h)
- 256 color support through SGR codes.
- Option to block typing.
- Rewritten arguments, old arguments still work though.
- Border only when centered option
- Hiding each part of the menu
Note: This is an incomplete list, it’s just here to give you an idea of what this build has to offer. - Pango markup support - Alpha transparency - Pywal/.Xresources support - Grid - Colored Emoji/Font support - Highlighting - Right-to-left language support - Case-insensitive by default - Padding; useful with patched dwm with barpadding or speedwm. - Fuzzy-finding - Preselect support - Line-height - History support
- Can be disabled if you don’t want/need multi-monitor support.
- tcc compiler (you can swap it out for GCC by passing CC=“gcc” to the
makecommand if you want)
- Pango (for drawing fonts)
- If you do not want to use pango, consider my older spmenu build
Installation (most GNU/Linux distributions)
emerge dev-vcs/git # Install dev-vcs/git using your favorite package manager
git clone https://codeberg.org/speedie/spmenu
make clean install # Run as root.
If you are on Gentoo GNU/Linux, you can add my overlay which
x11-misc/spmenu as well as other useful
This build allows you to define .Xresources values to load on startup. See docs/example.Xresources for a list of default values.
This build of spmenu should work with all spmenu scripts. Here are a few I’ve written/use:
Notes for users of Arch
This fork of spmenu is compiled using tcc for speed however tcc from the Arch repositories seems to be broken. I’m sure there’s a better way to fix this but I just fix it by installing this package from the AUR.
Notes for GCC users
If you’re compiling with GCC, chances are you’re seeing a lot of warnings. This is because we’re compiling with -Ofast. I can’t seem to find any issues with using -Ofast but if it bothers you, you can compile with -Os or -O2 which don’t spit out these warnings.