[arch-general] How to get "b"-menu in Arch i3
ramkumar21194 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 16 00:41:29 UTC 2019
I thought like its a separate package like dmenu, but its not. So as u
suggested, i will look for alternatives which are compatible with Arch..
Its a nice explanation and its clear to understand... thanks a lot for
spending ur time in explaning this..
Thank u guys
On Tue, 16 Jul 2019, 2:05 am Shorrer via arch-general, <
arch-general at archlinux.org> wrote:
> 'bmenu' is that thing like shown here?
> If that's so then I think I've found it.
> First, I don't know how things are working in Manjaro, but it seems like
> you guys are using
> our AUR so you should be familiar with the thing or you at the very
> least heard about it.
> If not and if you're interested in how it works then here is some
> quick'n'dirty explanation:
> it is community-provided repository of stuff that is required to create an
> installable pacman package. "Stuff" is mostly a PKGBUILD script that
> 'makepkg' can use
> to create a package (you can learn more at
> So, let's get back to 'bmenu'. Seems like we had this package in AUR but
> it was removed.
> Except it actually wasn't and you can still get all the data required to
> create it.
> However, this might not work. After all, the AUR page was taken down for
> some reason...
> Steps to get it:
> 1. Go to some temporary directory that you don't mind unpacking stuff into
> 2. Execute "curl -O
> 3. Execute "tar -xaf bmenu.tar.gz"
> 4. Go to 'bmenu' folder that appeared
> 5. Execute "makepkg -sri"
> 6. Enjoy, I think
> Now, you AT LEAST should've got the required package. But, that's not
> all. Now we should
> bind that pesky key and I think I couldn't really tell you how exactly
> that's done as I don't
> remember i3 config syntax, but I'll try to cover up and explain what you
> should look for.
> i3 allows you to execute whatever you want from it's binds. As this
> 'bmenu' is, from what
> I've seen, a bash script, it needs bash and, more importantly, a
> terminal window. So it all
> boils down to binding your terminal emulator with argument to launch
> bmenu. It might
> look somehow like this
> bind-key $mod+ctrl+b "terminus -c bmenu"
> (again, this isn't exact line that you should be using).
> After that you should be done. You can poke around in PKGBUILD, remove
> "#branch=aur" from
> "sources" variable and get a bit more fresh but probably incompatible
> with Arch version.
> And given that the script itself is a bit, eh, old, it might not
> function properly sometimes.
> If you want you can fix it, push changes to git or fork the thing and
> make your own AUR package.
> That's it, I think. Hope this helps one way or another, and also sorry
> if this wall of text
> looks like random gibberish and not a step-by-step guide, I've just had
> very little sleep today.
> On 15/07/2019 14:40, Ram Kumar via arch-general wrote:
> > Hi there Archers,
> > I am moving from manjaro i3 to Arch now, already started customizing i3
> > my need. Has anyone seen how the "b-menu" in Manjaro i3 is?..it contains
> > bluetooth, network manger etc.. binded to mod+ctrl+b keys by default.
> > how can i get a similar one to my Arch config?.. please guide me.
> > Thanks in advance
> > Fellow newbie Archer
> > Ramkumar
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