Re: [dwm] dwm and dualhead

From: Johannes Wegener <>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2008 11:16:59 +0100

I understand what you are trying to say and so I think the best solution
would be a patch which does that thing ;)

Maybe I'll write one based on dwm-gtx (the only problem is that I suck
at c and that I have to do too much school work :( )

On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 09:52:45AM +0000, Anselm R Garbe wrote:
> Hi,
> I tried different multihead approaches in between 4.9 and 5.1 with
> dwm. I remember the following:
> - have a dwm environment on each Xinerama screen (like multiple dwm's
> in classic multihead setups) as suggested by Mate
> -> the problem was, it didn't felt right because it added another
> navigation layer on top of dwm, to basically navigate through screens
> and to move clients between screens, the conclusion was, if you really
> want this, run multiple instances of dwm with a classic multihead
> setup
> - make layout algorithms use more screens (keep the bar at a specific
> "main screen")
> -> the problem was, that it doesn't scale well, most layout
> algorithms aren't designed for multihead setups, esp. if the screens
> have different geometries
> - split the tags into n distinct tagsets (1 for each screen) and use
> the existing tagging concept for focussing/moving clients between
> different screens using tagging, display the status bar on the screen
> with the focussed client (or some arbitrary fallback if there are no
> clients)
> -> I think that was my favorit approach, so the main drawback was
> that it made dwm significantly more complex and that there needs to be
> some kind of setup option which tells which tag belongs to which
> screen, so the intermediate approach was having a tag struct with a
> screen index -> but hell taht sucked
> - use the screen with the pointer as default screen where the bar is
> presented and the layout algorithms happen, use all other screens for
> floating clients
> -> this is the current approach
> Also, the main question remains, how many multihead users are there?
> The main argument for the last approach was, if there are only 10% of
> multihead users, why should all single head/laptop users suffer from
> the unnecessary complexity? dwm's current Xinerama support isn't worse
> than the Xinerama support in any major desktop environment, but it is
> not very smart compared to other tiling WMs.
> Kind regards,
> --Anselm

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