Muscle memory is great. Are there flexible, programmable tools which let you
turn a set of potentially-complex actions into something muscle-memory
I suspect making a generic tool to do this would be difficult.
xdotool aim to solve some of these problems, but
what about some of the more complex ones? Is it worth trying to solve these
edge cases with automation? Specifically, I mean solutions where
programatically you'd be talking to two or more separate systems (or APIs).
One specific set of problems is because X11's default clipboard buffer is not
the same thing as GTK's clipboard buffer. So, in firefox, using 'middle click'
to paste gives me X11's clipboard while CTRL+V gives me GTK (firefox)'s
clipboard contents. It's likely I'm calling this thing "X11's clipboard" when
it's really the "X11 Selection". It seems simple to write a tool that would
copy X11's current selection to GTK's clipboard.
You could have code that looked like this, but it wouldn't be efficient:
else if x11_clipboard_changed:
You could make that not chew up cpu by adding a small sleep at the end of each
iteration, but that still sucks. From what I can tell, GTK has a way to block
for clipboard changes, but X11 may not.
If the X11 application uses cut buffers, then the root X window gets
notifications about cut buffer changes. However, copying stuff in firefox
doesn't show any cut buffers being used.
Alternately, we could hack our own "ctrl+v" functionaly by grabbing that
keystroke, or by grabbing a different, unrelated keystroke, which would do:
- copy primary selection to clipboard
- send literal "ctrl+v"
- restore clipboard
An existing tool will keep your selection and clipboard
buffers in sync: autocutsel
Looks like it uses the sleepy-loop approach I mentioned, but it does work.