Re: [dev] Re: How do you cope with OSX? (if at all)

From: pancake <>
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2011 17:29:43 +0100

At the beggining I was using dwm+xterm on XQuartz, but it was pretty
inneficient and anoying.

then I switched to virtualbox+linux in fullscreen

and now im using iTerm2 which have support for splits and tabs and
keybindings can be configured in a similar way to dwm and fullscreensupport.

So .. I use iTerm2 in fullscreen (like in monocle mode) most of the time
and then cmd-tab to switch to graphical apps. I have not
found any decent tiling (or even non-tiling) window manager for OSX. So
I stay in a fullscreen shell and ssh to the linux vm.

to install dwm in osx, you can just replace the /usr/bin/quartz-wm
binary and kill XQuartz.

I plan to install linux natively at some point, but it's the work's
laptop and i dont have much spare time to do this. (it's a macbookair 11")

On 03/18/11 17:15, Isaac Raway wrote:
> So, I had to join this list because someone sent me this thread this
> morning. Just so happens I have been doing exactly this...
> From: Anselm R Garbe <>
> Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2011 10:23:24 +0100
>> at work I have to use OSX (on a MacBook Pro 13") for various reasons
>> and wonder if anyone is using dwm in conjunction with OSX?
> I have a similar environment, although by choice - I prefer mac
> hardware and have liked Mac OS X quite a bit. I used to run Ubuntu on
> my MacBook (non-pro) 13" however due to software needs at work I have
> switched back to Mac OS X.
>> Any recommendations you'd like to share?
> Oh yes. I use the following setup on two iMacs and a MacBook.
> I run Apple's with the dock set to auto hide. I have found
> fullscreen X11 to be a major pain. It might not be as much of an issue
> if you never have to use Aqua apps, but I do sometimes so hiding the
> dock is good enough for me.
> To do builds you obviously need XCode installed.
> I am using dwm compiled from the tar ball, works like a champ after
> you go through a few setup steps. This is my modified set of
> instructions to get dwm working under
> For general software I have Fink as well as MacPorts installed. If
> you're on 10.6 then you will be building form source in Fink. Sort of
> a pain but once you build a few large apps (Firefox for instance),
> everything else will go pretty well. Older versions of OS X have
> binary packages available. I can't comment on the quality of those
> builds since I have been doing everything from source.
> From fink I obtained and use mc, geany, gedit, and alpine. From
> MacPorts I obtained bitlbee and irssi. Built a few other things from
> tar balls such as calc. ./configure, make, make install work in about
> 90% of cases without any problems at all. Otherwise I use Fink mainly
> - it seems to have more working packages than MacPorts (ports version
> of Firefox is
> ancient and only works on PPC for instance).
> Don't expect to have a fully functional system for the first day or so
> working with Fink. Firefox took about 4 or 6 hours to build on my
> various machines, but had no issues. All that time just so I can run a
> browser in dwm ;)
> Make sure you get the latest Java SDK from Apple's website - there are
> some virtual dependencies in Fink that require this to be installed (a
> package named something like java-dev is just a stub for the latest
> SDK available from Apple).
> That's the basics... I am sure I'm forgeting a bunch of stuff, but it
> is certainly doable and I actually love the setup - I can still use
> Word and Photoshop (no comment on that please, it is part of my job),
> but I can stick to a clean tiling window manager and mainly text mode
> apps almost all the rest of the time.
> If you have any questions let me know, I have been using this setup as
> my primary environment for a couple weeks and I'm loving it.
Received on Fri Mar 18 2011 - 17:29:43 CET

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.2.0 : Fri Mar 18 2011 - 17:36:03 CET