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Is there any (undocumented) way to open the KDE Kickoff menu via dbus or some similar mechanism?

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

There's a thread on the KDE forums but it doesn't seem to work (and I had to modify the command a bit: qdbus org.kde.plasma-desktop /kickoff)

Another approach would be to fake a key event:

  • right click on the K, click on 'Application Launcher Settings' and then set a shortcut (if Alt+F1 doesn't work right away)
  • install xdotool
  • run xdotool keydown keydown --delay 200 alt key F1 keyup alt

It seems that you need to have a little delay between the alt and the F1 keys (hence the --delay). I first tried it with 100ms but it didn't always work. 200ms seem to be enough though (at least for my system).

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That's one hell of a hack, but since my goal is to have a panel-less keybinding I just go with that. Thanks! :) – dom0 Feb 10 '13 at 12:58

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