This utility is used to connect to the inspect server of a running
window manager. The client must be able to connect to the display that
the window manager is running on to be able to connect to the inspect
server. The display is fetched from the
$DISPLAY variable or the
command line option
When successfully connected, a welcome message is displayed by the window manager and a common Python prompt is shown. Python expressions and statements can now be entered. They will be evaluated in the window manager, and the results or tracebacks will be printed.
The code will be evalated in an environment containing all builtin
functions and the variable
wm, which points to the WindowManager
object representing the window manager.
An example session (long lines have been wrapped):
[petli@sid petli]$ inspect_plwm Welcome to PLWM at :0 >>> wm <__main__.PLWM instance at 82148a8> >>> wm.default_screen.clients.values() [<__main__.MyClient instance at 822ec28>, <__main__.MyClient instance at 8215ce8>, <__main__.MyClient instance at 8217370>, <__main__.MyClient instance at 822bfc0>] >>> import sys >>> map(lambda c: sys.stdout.write(c.get_title() + '\n'), wm.default_screen.clients.values()) xterm xterm WMManager firstname.lastname@example.org [None, None, None, None] >>>
Note that modules can be imported, and that sys.stdout and sys.stderr will output in the terminal window inspect_plwm is running in, even though the expressions are evaluated inside the window manager.
Multi-line statements can also be written with a small kludge: The lines must start with exactly one space, and one signals that the suite is finished by entering an empty line (without any space at all). Example:
>>> for c in wm.default_screen.clients.values(): ... print c.get_title(), c.geometry() ... xterm (516, 30, 502, 732, 3) xterm (0, 30, 508, 732, 3) WMManager (100, 0, 63, 71, 3) email@example.com (192, 18, 632, 744, 3) >>>
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