API for binding and unbinding a key combo?

Bastien Nocera hadess at hadess.net
Mon Mar 31 02:52:43 PDT 2008

On Thu, 2008-03-27 at 20:16 +0100, Thiago Macieira wrote:
> KDE 4 now has a centralised global shortcut management system. The reasons 
> for doing that are because:
>  - information is persistent: you're notified of a conflict even if the 
> other app isn't running or even if it has never been run
>  - XGrabKey is, per definition, platform (X11) specific, but I have no 
> idea if our solution has been ported to other platforms
>  - support for complex key combinations, especially prefixes (à la Emacs), 
> though hopefully no one will use that
>  - get rid of the problem that "the shortcut doesn't work and no one knows 
> why" because another application has grabbed it and you don't know which
>  (or it sometimes work, sometimes it doesn't, depending on the order in 
> which you started the apps)
> Drawbacks are increased complexity and Single Point of Failure (kded 
> crashes → all global shortcuts lost).
> This API is accessible via D-Bus. If wanted, we could work on making it an 
> fd.o spec.

What API is available via D-Bus exactly?

I was thinking of adding to the gnome-keybindings-properties and
gnome-settings-daemon a way to "execute" D-Bus commands, for
applications not have to worry about grabbing keyboard keys themselves.


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