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XKBCOMP(1)              FreeBSD General Commands Manual             XKBCOMP(1)

       xkbevd - XKB event daemon

       xkbevd [ options ]

       This command is very raw and is therefore only partially implemented;
       we present it here as a rough prototype for developers, not as a
       general 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,
       message 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
       specified, 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
       particular 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
       soundCmd.  I'm sure you can figure out what they do.

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

       -cfg file
               Specifies the configuration file to read.   If no configuration
               file is specified, xkbevd looks for ~/.xkb/ and
               $(LIBDIR)/xkb/ 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

       -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.
               Multiple specifications of -v cause more output, to a point.


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

       Erik Fortune, Silicon Graphics

XFree86                          Version 4.7.0                      XKBCOMP(1)


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