Re: [dev] [ANNOUNCE] dvtm-0.8

From: Chris Larson <>
Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2012 08:00:51 -0700

On Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 7:49 AM, Ross Mohn <> wrote:
>>> You're not at all off the mark; you should replace tmux with dvtm. Tmux
>>> is a
>>> decent "multiplexer", but dvtm it a true terminal "manager"!
>> How exactly is tmux not a "true terminal "manager"", out of curiosity?
>> I'm quite intrigued by dvtm, and would love
>> to have a lighter alternative to tmux, but I fail to see how tmux is
>> "just" a multiplexer. It isn't screen, and provides window layout
>> options.
> tmux will perform a window layout when asked, but it doesn't have window
> layout modes. When you create/kill additional windows, tmux doesn't manage
> the windows in a layout mode; you have to manage the windows yourself by
> applying the desired layout each time you make a change. Want to zoom one of
> the smaller windows in a vertical tiled layout? That'll take a custom key
> binding. Want a maximized or monocle mode? There are various tricks to
> simulate it but they are kludgey at best.
> dvtm, on the other hand, comes with four layout modes into which windows are
> actually managed. You create/kill additional windows and the layout remains
> fully managed by dvtm, just as you'd expect. Zoom a window in any layout and
> the windows remains fully managed. Launch dvtm with dtach and you've got
> persistence. I've got a simple shell script (to be published) that uses
> dtach to create multiple dvtm sessions.

Ah! Thanks, that makes it much clearer. I appreciate the info, and
will have to spend more quality time with dvtm.
Christopher Larson
clarson at kergoth dot com
Senior Software Engineer, Mentor Graphics
Received on Wed Aug 01 2012 - 17:00:51 CEST

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