(eshell-command "command %s") is not working with xdotool

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(eshell-command "command %s") is not working with xdotool

Postby masei » Thu May 23, 2013 11:30 pm

Hi,

I am new to this forum and after years of using emacs without much lisp knoweledge I am working on training my elisp now.
I use emacs very often on differnt linux machines.
One thing I try to do is using emacs as an alternative for my keyboard-macro system. I want to use my yasnippets on the system as well.
I am using i3 as my Window-Manager. There is the function "i3-msg focus left" to focus the last used window.
Plan is:
* working in a specific window (browser etc)
* poping up emacsclient with *mymacro*-buffer
* typing phrase (with yasnippet completion
* typing shortcut for the pasting-function
* pasting function kills the paragraph backwards and pastes the killring in the last used window

I tried this, but it does not work:
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(defun pasting-function ()
(interactive)
(backward-kill-paragraph 1)
(eshell-command "sleep 0.5 && i3-msg focus left && xdotool type %s"(yank)))


Everthing it does is switching to the last window and pasting "%s" there.
Has anyone a short suggestion why this is happening?

Thanks very much for a hint!

Regard Marc Seibert
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Re: (eshell-command "command %s") is not working with xdotoo

Postby edgar-rft » Mon May 27, 2013 3:32 pm

masei wrote:Everthing it does is switching to the last window and pasting "%s" there.
Has anyone a short suggestion why this is happening?

Because you've told xdotool to type %s, and this is exactly what it does.

If you want %s to be replaced by the return value of (yank) then you need (format ...) as shown here:

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(eshell-command (format "sleep 0.5 && i3-msg focus left && xdotool type %s" (yank)))
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