Dk scratch with urxvt or alacritty instead of st

Hi all!
I have been very sick for a week in covid and finally I can breath again (at least a bit and I am starting to have hope that I will survive this time)

I was wondering if there is a way to use that script with alacritty or urxvt instead of st?
I am very interested in scripting but my knowledge is still very weak. (slow and old learner but I hopefully have time!)


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Change the cmd variable.

From the script:

# these can be edited by the user to be any window, just make sure to set the class
# to our title using whatever flag is needed: --class, -c, etc.
	st -c "$title"


st -c "$title"

to whatever the equivalent flag would be to set the class for your terminal of choice. The man pages for urxvt and alacritty will have the information you need to define the class.


Great to have you with us again @womp ! Hang on in there, it will get better.


Hope you are feeling better @womp

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Get well soon mate !

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Thank you very much guys!!



Thank you for trying to help!!
I have now read thru man urxvt and according to that tried

urxvt --class URxvt,URxvt -e "$title"

I get a screen flicker for a second but nothing else.

I am rather weak and will rest and try again later!


Hope your well soon…
I don’t use Alacritty I use kiitty but the same should work.

dkcmd rule class="^scratchpad$" float=true x=800 y=28 w=1000 h=600

super + shift + d
     kitty --class scratchpad


urxvt --class "$title"

Back from resting a few hours.

urxvt --class "$title"

Does not do anything.

alacritty --class "$title"

Opens alacritty and splits screen. (no floating and then useless as a scratch)

urxvt use -e in some way that I do not understand yet.


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Hi again. I may have solved it with alacritty!


	alacritty --class "$title"

and in dkrc created a rule for alacritty opening as floating.

dkcmd rule class=alacritty float=true w=650 h=400

Alacritty is working very well as scratch now! It’s also very fast and working scrollback without patching.
Now I will try to get urxvt to work as a scratch.
Got to rest a bit more first though.



You’ve done it again @womp :wink: Now rest, every day a step !


Urxvt doesn’t seem to have the --class flag.

It might use --name instead:

urxvt --name "$title"

Hi again!

Been sleeping and fiddling!

I saw yesterday that AL has a new “edition”! I downloaded and installed it on a very old workstation. I built it myself 5-6 years ago (from spare parts) but it was old aldready then. 1st gen Intel-I-5 and a very old Nvidia card. (I go with nouveau)
I installed just for running dkwm (and maybe dwm).
The motherboard is partially broken so I have to use a wifi-dongle.
AL picked up everything and installation went very smooth and fast. It took not more than 10 minutes and there are no SSDs.
I had some minor problems setting up dkwm on reboot but after switching to polybar (and one of “my own” configs) it’s running very well! Dkwm is now top of the list. It took me about 10-15 minutes to setup dkwm and still have most of the fancy stuff that other wms have. My old “no-name” workstation (org. Vista-machine) is alive!

I am very thankful!!


-e It is just execute.

urxvt manual…

-e command [arguments]

Run the command with its command-line arguments in the urxvt window; also sets the window title and icon name to be the basename of the program being executed if neither -title (-T) nor -n are given on the command line. If this option is used, it must be the last on the command-line. If there is no -e option then the default is to run the program specified by the SHELL environment variable or, failing that, sh(1).

Please note that you must specify a program with arguments. If you want to run shell commands, you have to specify the shell, like this:

urxvt -e sh -c “shell commands”

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