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I'm looking for a toggle shortcut - hide/show Plank dock via keyboard. How can I implement this feature? To make it clear I want to Plank behaves same way as if I use a mouse cursor on it in Intelligent Hide mode.

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Do you mean something like this?

https://gfycat.com/CraftyCooperativeHarrierhawk

I implemented this just for fun. Basically it works like this:

  1. Added DBus Functionality to Plank. This required to open 2 functions in HideManager.vala (hide and show) and a new Function in Interfaces.vala (i called id Show). Basically its the wrong place to add such a Functionality because it should only be used for Items on the Dock. But because its just a prototype so i added it there just for convencience. This is just a Interface for DBusManager.vala so i implemented it there for our functionality.

    [DBus (name = "net.launchpad.plank.Items")]
    interface DBusItemsIface : GLib.Object
    {
        /* omitted */
    
        public abstract void show() throws GLib.IOError;
    }
    
    class DBusItems : GLib.Object, Plank.DBusItemsIface {
    
        /* ommited */
    
        public void show()
        {
            if(controller.hide_manager.Hidden)
                controller.hide_manager.show();
            else {
                controller.hide_manager.hide();
            }
        }
    }
    
    public class HideManager : GLib.Object
    {
        public void hide ()
        {
            /* ommited */
        }
    
        public void show ()
        {
            /* ommited */
        }
    }
    
  2. Now we can send with dbus-send a signal to activate this functionality

    dbus-send --session --type=method_call --dest=net.launchpad.plank.dock1 /net/launchpad/plank/dock1 net.launchpad.plank.Items.Show
    
  3. Now make a script with that command and start it with a global Shortcut in Gala

Was fun to do but i must say it isnt helpful at all. Because to be useful there should be a functionality in plank which could start applications with a shortcut (like long press Super -> Plank appears -> press 1 to start/switch to first starter)

  • Yep, I agree with you. – daGo Jan 5 '17 at 12:39

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