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XKBCOMP(1)							    XKBCOMP(1)

NAME
       xkbevd -	XKB event daemon

SYNOPSIS
       xkbevd [	options	]

DESCRIPTION
       This  command  is very raw and is therefore only	partially implemented;
       we present it here as a rough prototype for developers, not as  a  gen-
       eral  purpose  tool  for	 end  users.  Something	like this might	make a
       suitable	replacement for	xev;  I'm not signing up, mind you,  but  it's
       an interesting idea.

       The  xkbevd  event daemon listens for specified XKB events and executes
       requested commands if they occur.   The configuration file consists  of
       a list of event specification/action pairs and/or variable definitions.

       An event	specification consists of a short XKB event name followed by a
       string or identifier which serves as a qualifier	in parentheses;	 empty
       parenthesis indicate no qualification and serve to specify the  default
       command	which is applied to events which do not	match any of the other
       specifications.	The interpretation of the  qualifier  depends  on  the
       type  of	the event:  Bell events	match using the	name of	the bell, mes-
       sage events match on the	contents of the	message	string	and  slow  key
       events  accept  any  of	press,	release, accept, or reject.   No other
       events are currently recognized.

       An action consists of an	 optional  keyword  followed  by  an  optional
       string  argument.   Currently,  xkbev  recognizes  the  actions:	 none,
       ignore, echo, printEvent, sound,	and shell.  If the action is not spec-
       ified,  the  string  is	taken as the name of a sound file to be	played
       unless it begins	with an	exclamation point, in which case it  is	 taken
       as a shell command.

       Variable	 definitions  in  the argument string are expanded with	fields
       from the	event in question before the argument string is	passed to  the
       action  processor.   The	general	syntax for a variable is either	$cP or
       $(str), where c is a single character and str is	a string of  arbitrary
       length.	All parameters have both single-character and long names.

       The list	of recognized parameters varies	from event to event and	is too
       long to list here right now.   This is a	developer release  anyway,  so
       you can be expected to look at the source code (evargs.c	is of particu-
       lar interest).

       The ignore, echo, printEvent, sound,and shell actions do	what you would
       expect commands named ignore, echo, printEvent, sound, and shell	to do,
       except that the sound command has only been implemented and tested  for
       SGI machines.   It launches an external program right now, so it	should
       be pretty easy to adapt,	especially if you like audio cues that	arrive
       about a half-second after you expect them.

       The  only  currently recognized variables are soundDirectory and	sound-
       Cmd.  I'm sure you can figure out what they do.

OPTIONS
       -help   Prints a	usage message that is far more	up-to-date  than  any-
	       thing in	this man page.

       -cfg file
	       Specifies the configuration file	to read.   If no configuration
	       file is specified, xkbevd looks for ~/.xkb/xkbevd.cf and	$(LIB-
	       DIR)/xkb/xkbevd.cf in that order.

       -sc cmd Specifies the command used to play sounds.

       -sd directory
	       Specifies a top-level directory for sound files.

       -display	display
	       Specifies  the  display	to  use.   If not present, xkbevd uses
	       $DISPLAY.

       -bg     Tells xkbevd to fork itself (and	run in the background).

       -synch  Forces synchronization of all X requests.  Slow.

       -v      Print more information, including debugging messages.	Multi-
	       ple specifications of -v	cause more output, to a	point.

SEE ALSO
       X(7)

COPYRIGHT
       Copyright  1995,	Silicon	Graphics Computer Systems Copyright 1995, 1998
       The Open	Group
       See X(7)	for a full statement of	rights and permissions.

AUTHOR
       Erik Fortune, Silicon Graphics

XFree86				 Version 4.7.0			    XKBCOMP(1)

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