wmnetselect version 0.85 released 8 Aug 2000.
Highlights of changes from previous version:
- Works with Mozilla! (Milestone 17 and newer).
- User selectable search engine (with command line switch -w). Choose
from Google (default), Yahoo, Altavista, Raging, Excite, Hotbot,
Lycos, Northernlight, or Alltheweb.
- Handles URLs with newlines and arbitrary whitespace.
- New command lines options for more flexibility.
- Automagically determines if selection is a local file.
- autoconfigure script for easy compilation on multiple
- RPMs for no compilation.
- Lots of bug fixes, more xpms, better documentation and a man page.
See the ChangeLog for additional changes.
Replace your Netscape (or Mozilla) docked appicon with my wmnetselect dock
applet to add these exciting features: (All occurrences of "Netscape" in
this document can be substituted with "Mozilla" except where specifically
- Double click left mouse button launches Netscape. (Just like any
docked window maker appicon).
- Single click middle mouse button sends X selection to browser.
(Causes browser to go to URL represented by highlighted selection).
- Single click right mouse button sends X selection as queries to
user-chosen search engine. (Defaults to Google).
- Ctrl-click middle mouse button causes browser to open the URL in a
- Easily customized icons.
- Trims whitespace and newlines (carriage returns) from X selection.
- Short cuts for URLs to WindowMaker.org, Freshmeat, Slashdot, Gnu,
Gnome, and Kde.
- GPL'd source code. (Some of the xpm's are MPL'd).
Middle Button Sends Selection to browser as URL
wmnetselect is a Window Maker dock applet that makes all text on your X
display internet-aware, sort of. wmnetselect sends the X selection to your
browser when you click on it. In other words, if you select this text:
and click the middle mouse button on wmnetselect, it causes your browser
to load the web page at this URL. If Netscape is not running, wmnetselect
will launch Netscape, and cause Netscape to load the URL.
If you select the text: apathos @ bham.net and click the middle mouse
button on wmnetselect, it will start the Netscape mail composer with the
selected text in the "To:" field.
If Netscape has already been launched, you can open the URL in a new
window by Ctrl-clicking the middle button (hold down the control key and
click the middle button on wmnetselect).
Double Click Left Button to Launch Netscape
If you want to launch Netscape without sending it the X selection,
double-click on wmnetselect with the left button, just like any other
Window Maker docked appicon.
Ctrl-(Single Click Left Button) to Add a Bookmark
A single left button click while holding the Ctrl key will add the
selected text as a bookmark if a Netscape window is open. For now, if
Netscape is not open, the Ctrl-left button will open Netscape to the
selected text, but add no bookmark. This is considered a bug, and
hopefully will be fixed in a future version.
Right Button Sends Selection to Google.com as a Query
A single click of the right mouse button will send the selection as a
query to the Google.com search engine (by default). You can specify a
different search engine with the -w command line option. A Ctrl-right
mouse button will open a new window with the results of the query. (Click
near the middle of the icon. A right click in the edge of the icon brings
up a Window Maker menu.)
For example, if you select Window Maker and click the right mouse button
on wmnetselect, you will soon be seeing the first 30 "hits" for Window
Maker found by the Google search engine in your Netscape browser window.
wmnetselect's search engine queries were suggested by both Alan Jaffray
and Jerome Auge.
wmnetselect was designed specifically for the Window Maker window manager,
but should run on other window managers with varying degrees of success.
I've personally tested it on Enlightenment, Sawfish, Fvwm2, and dtwm using
CDE (running Solaris).
wmnetselect has some other convenient features to enhance your surfing
wmnetselect trims whitespace and newlines out of the X selection. Thanks
to a patch from Dan Kreft (bigdan at kreft.net), wmnetselect now correctly
handles URLs such as:
http://the.kreft. n e t/
This is very useful when receiving email with long URLs that wrap across
wmnetselect has shortcuts for certain keywords. wmnetselect turns
windowmaker into windowmaker.org, freshmeat into freshmeat.net, and
slashdot into slashdot.org allowing you to select the word slashdot
and view the slashdot home page with one click on wmnetselect. If
you ever want to go to windowmaker.com for some bizarre reason,
just select windowmaker.com instead of windowmaker. Of course you
can select the full url, http://www.slashdot.org also, these are just
shortcuts for common (non-dotcom) websites.
Netscape can act a local file browser using a file:/ URL. wmnetselect
detects when the selection is a file (with pathname) and supplies the
file:/ automatically. To view the local version this file using Netscape
(assuming you untarred the distribution in /usr/local/src/), select:
and middle-click on wmnetselect.
Changing the xpm icons.
wmnetselect provides feedback by displaying a different icon while it is
processing a request. You can easily change the icons wmnetselect uses.
How to do this is discussed in the file NewXPMs.txt
Command line options
wmnetselect has many command line options to override the default
behavior. None of these options are required. The default options should
be acceptable to most users.
Note: many of the options have changed since the last version. Most
options now require a y or n for yes or no. This is to make the meaning
more explicit. The previous options were getting too confusing.
-a <y | n> or -ask <y | n>
When the X selection is blank or is all spaces, wmnetselect pops up
the Netscape open URL dialog allowing you to type in a URL.
Supplying the -a n option suppresses this behavior and just beeps if
there is no selection. (Use the -q y option to "quiet" the beep.)
Defaults to y.
-d <display> or -display <display>
Use an alternate X Display.
-e <program> or -executable <program>
Use the -e option to specify an executable name other than the
netscape, (such as mozilla) or to specify the full path name of an
executable not in your search path:
wmnetselect -e /usr/local/src/package/mozilla
If you want to pass parameters to the executable put them in
wmnetselect -e "netscape -no-about-splash"
Defaults to netscape.
-h or -help
Displays a short summary of the command line options.
-i <y | n> or -infer-protocol <y | n>
wmnetselect uses a heuristic that supplies the protocol of the URL
when none is provided. For example, if the selection contains a @
and doesn't contain any slashes (/), it is interpreted as an email
address, and wmnetselect opens the Netscape mail composer with the
selected text in the "To:" field. See the ChangeLog file for more
details. The -i n option suppresses this behavior and supplies the
selection to netscape unaltered. Defaults to y.
-p <[+|-]x[+|-]y> or -position <[+|-]x[+|-]y>
Positions wmnetselect at a specific x y location on your display.
This option is not really needed for Window Maker, it's mostly there
for other window managers. To position wmnetselect near the top
right corner of a medium size display, use:
wmnetselect -p +800+40
Defaults to +0+0
-q <y | n> or -quiet <y | n>
There are a few instances when wmnetselect uses an audible beep to
signify an error condition. Use the -q y option to suppress the
audible error indication. Defaults to n.
-r <y | n> or -raise <y | n>
Use -r n to prevent your browser from being deiconified when the X
selection is passed to it by wmnetselect. (In other words, if it is
iconified, if stays iconified.) The option is useful for CDE users
to prevent the browser from becoming "sticky". Defaults to n.
-s <y | n> or -start <y | n>
This option starts netscape (by default) or the executable named in
the -e option when wmnetselect is started. This can be used to start
Netscape when your window manager is started. This allows
wmnetselect to better emulate a docked Netscape appicon. Defaults to
-w <search engine> or -where <search engine>
Overrides the default search engine used on a right button click.
Options include: google, altavista, yahoo, excite, hotbot, lycos,
northernlight, alltheweb, or raging. Defaults to google.
Misspellings will also get you google.
-v or -version
Displays the release version.
For quick Install instructions see the file README.Install
The i386 RPM was created on Redhat 6.2. The sparc RPM was created on a
sparc 20 running Redhat 6.2. Install the RPM like any other RPM file. As
rpm -Uhvv wmnetselect-0.85-1.i386.rpm
Installs in /usr/bin by default. Documentation will be in
wmnetselect now has a configure script. It should compile without errors
on almost any Unix-type OS. The configure script will verify that you have
dependencies required by wmnetselect [not many]. You will need to have the
XPM library in your library path. xpm-3.4k can be found at
ftp://ftp.x.org/contrib/libraries/xpm-3.4k.tar.gz, but there may be newer
versions. Most likely you already have some version of the XPM library
To untar the source of wmnetselect-0.85, cd to a convenient directory
where you have write permission and type:
tar xfvz wmnetselect-0.85.tar.gz
gzip -dc wmnetselect-0.85.tar.gz | tar xfv -
Now cd to the directory wmnetselect-0.85 to make wmnetselect:
To try it out type:
Select slashdot with your mouse and middle click on wmnetselect's icon.
You should see a netscape window displaying the slashdot main page. If
not, verify that an executable called netscape is in your path. [If 'which
netscape' does not return an error, it should be in your path.] Once you
are satisfied that it works, type 'make install' as root, and wmnetselect
will be installed in the /usr/local/bin directory. You can override this
location with the configure script. './configure --help' displays the many
configure options, or see the INSTALL file.
wmnetselect was improved by patches from Jerome Auge, Benjamin Holzman,
and Daniel Kreft, and suggestions made by Morten Gulhaugen, Michael G.
Henderson, Alan Jaffray, Sureshkumar Kaliannan, Andrea Mistrali, and Gert
Scholten. The original BSD port was submitted by David McNett.
Send bugs and bugfixes to Patrick Hill, email@example.com
The latest version of this documentation is located at: