Re: [dwm] EWMH code would enable some code cuts

From: Tuncer Ayaz <>
Date: Wed, 7 May 2008 07:57:44 +0200

On Tue, May 6, 2008 at 5:01 PM, Anselm R. Garbe <> wrote:
> On Tue, May 06, 2008 at 12:14:10AM +0200, Henrik Holst wrote:
> > I think an implementation of EWMH would make it possible to remove the
> > dwm panel (the one that reads stdin and displays it) from dwm code base.
> >
> > In that way dwm would be smaller (or maybe just break even) and more
> > symmetric with how dmenu is fitted to the equation today. It would also
> > allowe the user to choose whatever kind of "panel" he or she wants. That
> > is an escape and dpanel (or some other name maybe) would not have to be
> > counted in the ridicules 2 kloc limit. :P
> >
> > But seriously, EWMH support with struts and all, should be on the top of
> > the list for dwm. EWMH is too important to be left to forks.
> >
> > Something for 5.0?
> EWMH is evil. I see reasons for people arguing to get rid of the
> status text processing code in dwm, but the tagging approach is
> a too integral part of dwm which heavily depends on the bar.
> Thus there is no way to get rid of the bar. The overhead
> introduced by EWMH and a EWMH-driven bar for the tagging concept
> would make the code base much more complex.
> Currently I'm at a stage to reconsider features for removal
> again. Esp. DEFGEOM seems to have a lot of potential for
> simplification(s).

+1 on status text processing removal (it just eats cycles
and makes life harder while trying to concentrate on
real work)

+1 on keeping a possibility to have the tags part of the bar
for people who need it

+1 on keeping a way to add a status bar somehow without having
it in dwm but I'm not sure how that would be combined with the
tags support.

As there are presumably Xmonad devs/users lurking here
I'm curious how the tags part in
is accomplished. is it dzen or xmobar which has a way to
talk to Xmonad?

_it might be remove status bar functionality and add a way
to achieve it optionally than to let it be as it is right
now depending on how it would be achieved_
Received on Wed May 07 2008 - 07:57:45 UTC

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