xmacroplay - controlling applications with a keystroke file
There was a newsgroup post recently that asked:
In Windows it is possible to control one application from another by
sending keystrokes to the buffer for that app. The technique is
limited, of course, by what you can do via the keyboard in the
driven app. Is there an equivalent in Linux?
I responded with pointers to Expect and the simple case of
"yourapp < yourkeyfile". I was almost immediately
reminded that this advice was nearly useless for X11 apps, and a later
post offered XMacro as a partial solution; it sends events to the whole
server, not a specific app, so you'd need to do something to force
focus. Possible wmctrl
or something like it could help.
This little interplay reinforces a feeling I've been having
recently that fewer and fewer Linux users care about the command
line. I'm not saying it's totally dead, but apparently the GUI
is much more important to most folks. GUI's are important to me,
also: obviously most web pages are much more pleasantly viewed in
a GUI. But I do tend to drop to a terminal window for almost anything
Will command line apps be completely gone soon? Unused antiques?
I noticed that text editing tools weren't installed by default in
the last Linux install I did - there's a sign of diminishing
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