[hackers] [dwm][PATCH] drawbar: Don't expend effort drawing bar if it is occluded

From: Chris Down <chris_AT_chrisdown.name>
Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2021 16:58:23 +0000

I noticed that a non-trivial amount of dwm's work on my machine was from
drw_text, which seemed weird, because I have the bar disabled and we
only use drw_text as part of bar drawing.

Looking more closely, I realised that while we use m->showbar when
updating the monitor bar margins, but don't skip actually drawing the
bar if it is hidden. This patch skips drawing it entirely if that is the

On my machine, this takes 10% of dwm's on-CPU time, primarily from
restack() and focus().

When the bar is toggled on again, the X server will generate an Expose
event, and we'll redraw the bar as normal as part of expose().
 dwm.c | 3 +++
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)
diff --git a/dwm.c b/dwm.c
index 5e4d494..a96f33c 100644
--- a/dwm.c
+++ b/dwm.c
_AT_@ -702,6 +702,9 @@ drawbar(Monitor *m)
 	unsigned int i, occ = 0, urg = 0;
 	Client *c;
+	if (!m->showbar)
+		return;
 	/* draw status first so it can be overdrawn by tags later */
 	if (m == selmon) { /* status is only drawn on selected monitor */
 		drw_setscheme(drw, scheme[SchemeNorm]);
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