dragbox - Command line drag-and-drop tool for Gnome.
dragbox [-naxpu0] [--get | --list] [--name id] [item ...]
Dragbox is a tool for connecting the command line with the desktop
environment. It summons a drag handle in a window when you are managing
files or text in the shell, connecting the different workspaces --
desktop and command line.
Dragbox can take items on the command line or from a pipe and put on
its shelf. The inverse is also possible: dragged-to items can be output
to the shell. It is possible to have more than one instance running,
and put items on or get items from any of them.
Right-click in the window to open a context menu or access the
preferences window. Clicking an item copies it to the clipboard (files
can be opened as an option).
-f, --file file
Add file to the dragbox and report an error if it does not
-t, --text "snippet"
Add snippet to the dragbox as text. This is needed explicitly if
you want to treat an existing path as text.
Do not fork after launch. This implies --write-on-exit. The
program will not be able to communicate with other instances of
--get Query a running instance for its contents, output and exit. This
respects settings affecting output format. Note that --get takes
no arguments; use --name to specify which shelf to get.
-m, --name name
Use shelf identifier name. This can be used to have multiple
dragboxes (shelves) available.
--list List running instances.
Set window title to title. This will only have effect when the
window is first created.
Output dragged-to items to standard output as they are received.
Output contents of the dragbox to standard output at exit.
Use absolute paths when outputing files. This is default.
Use URIs when outputing files.
Separate dragged-in items’ output with \0, not \n. This is
useful together with xargs -0
The following are generic options
Displays usage information and exits.
Displays version information and exits.
dragbox . file1.txt
Adds the current directory and file1.txt to the currently
running dragbox, or creates a new one. If file1.txt does not
exist, its name is added as text.
dragbox -t "Dragbox is cool"
Adds a text snippet to the currently running dragbox, or creates
a new one.
dragbox --get -0 | xargs -0 tar cfz backup.tar.gz
Get current items and pipe to xargs to create a tarball. Note
that this simple command will have problems if contents include
dragbox --name remember .
Put the current directory on a shelf called "remember"
TIPS AND TRICKS
Dragging in gnome works very well, but there are some hidden tricks
that can make some things easier.
Pressing modifier keys can switch between different types of drags;
dragging a file to nautilus normally copies it, but you can hold shift
to move it, or shift-ctrl to make a symlink.
You can drag from any window without activating it by holding the altgr
or super key when you drag. This is often very useful.
You can bring up a minimized or obscured window while dragging by
hovering momentarily over it’s button in the window list (in the gnome-
Just like minimized windows, you can switch workspaces while dragging
if you hover over the workspaces switcher for a short while.
If you selected something in a window and focus another window, it
looks like the selection disappeared. In many cases it’s still there,
you can try to drag it without focusing the window (see above)
Type escape while dragging to cancel the drag
Dragbox needs an X session to run and display its shelves. However, to
access dragbox shelves from non-graphical sessions, all you need is to
make sure dragbox knows which X session to connect to. It might be
enough to define the DISPLAY variable.
dragbox was written by Ulrik Sverdrup <email@example.com>