Get a selection of the screen.
Wait for the user to make a selection and output its geometry to standard output
Double click, rather than click and drag, to draw a selection
Highlight the selection rather than outlining it
Specify the output format
Specify the selection rectangle's color
slop [-klqn] [OPTIONS]
slop is an application that queries for a selection from the user and prints the region to stdout. It grabs the mouse and turns it into a crosshair, lets the user click and drag to make a selection (or click on a window) while drawing a pretty box around it, then finally prints the selection's dimensions to stdout.
- -h, --help
Print help and exit.
- -v, --version
Print version and exit.
- -x, --xdisplay=hostname:number.screen_number
Sets the xdisplay to use.
- -b, --bordersize=FLOAT
Sets the selection rectangle's thickness.
- -p, --padding=FLOAT
Sets the padding size for the selection, this can be negative.
- -t, --tolerance=FLOAT
How far in pixels the mouse can move after clicking, and still be detected as a normal click instead of a click-and-drag. Setting this to 0 will disable window selections. Alternatively setting it to 9999999 would force a window selection.
- -c, --color=FLOAT,FLOAT,FLOAT,FLOAT
Sets the selection rectangle's color. Supports RGB or RGBA input. Depending on the system's window manager/OpenGL support, the opacity may be ignored.
- -r, --shader=STRING
This sets the vertex shader, and fragment shader combo to use when drawing the final framebuffer to the screen. This obviously only works when OpenGL is enabled. The shaders are loaded from ~/.config/slop. See https://github.com/naelstrof/slop for more information on how to create your own shaders.
- -f, --format=STRING
Sets the output format for slop. Format specifiers are %x (x offset), %y (y offset), %w (width), %h (height), %i (window id), %c (1 if cancelled, 0 otherwise), %g (geometry - `%wx%h+%x+%y'), and %% for a literal percent sign.
- -n, --nodecorations=INT
Sets the level of aggressiveness when trying to remove window decorations. `0' is off, `1' will try lightly to remove decorations, and `2' will recursively descend into the root tree until it gets the deepest available visible child under the mouse. Defaults to `0'. Supplying slop with just `-n` is equivalent to supplying `-n1`.
- -l, --highlight
Instead of outlining a selection, slop will highlight it instead. This is particularly useful if the color is set to an opacity lower than 1.
- -D, --nodrag
Allows you to click twice to indicate a selection, rather than click-dragging.
- -q, --quiet
Disable any unnecessary cerr output. Any warnings simply won't print.
- -k, --nokeyboard
Disables the ability to cancel selections with the keyboard.
- -o, --noopengl
Disables graphics acceleration. Might be useful if you get rendering bugs.
To emulate a windows XP selection, you can use something like this:
slop --highlight --tolerance=0 --color=0.3,0.4,0.6,0.4
In order to avoid using eval(1) in your scripts (pretty big security issue), you can use slop like this instead:
read -r X Y W H G ID < <(slop -f "%x %y %w %h %g %i")
No known bugs.
Dalton Nell (firstname.lastname@example.org)