star platinum

star-platinum is a key binding manager for x11. It acts primarily as a translator: the canonical example is to Emacs-ify various programs by customizing how some key are handled.

Check out the manpage for more information.


star-platinum depends on xlib and needs a C compiler, yacc and lex to compile. With that in place, it's as easy as


OpenBSD' lex and yacc were tested, as well as bison 3.3.2, GNU gcc 4.2.1 and 8.4.0, and clang 10.0.1

Configuration for the build process can be found in config.mk, but you usually don't need to modify it: passing the variables to make should be enough. For instance, to build with gcc

make CC=gcc

bison can be used instead of yacc by changing the YACC variable

make YACC=bison

Unless you are compiling on OpenBSD, you probably want to change the default CFLAGS and LDFLAGS.

If etags is available, a TAGS file is created. Note however that etags is not needed for building: it's only a support tool used to aid the development.


  • it does not seems to work!

There’s currently a limitation, star-platinum won’t work with reparenting window manager (such as the heavier DE, but also some lighter WM like stumpwm or i3).

  • the name is a jojo reference?

Sort of. I was listening to 「sono chi kioku」, the fourth opening, while I was playing with the idea of translating the key. Given that I'm generally bad at naming things...