Re: [dev] dwm / add tabs / attach/detach functionality

From: Kevin Nagel <>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2009 23:29:15 +0100 (BST)

well the usecase for workspaces (vs tagging) is: i usually open
xterms, emacs, pdfviewer, and sometimes inkscape or firefox. if i
would be using tagging (as far as i understand the concept) i would
have all opened pdfs in one tagspace, then terms perhaps together
with emacs, but firefox somewhere else. now things get a bit dense
sometimes, therefore i might decide use tab to hide one window
behind/next the other and keep at least to windows in split view,
e.g. left:xterm+tab(firefox), right:emacs+tab(pdf). now i need to
look up an algorithm written in the pdf so i tab on the right to the
pdfviewer and check out some codes with xterm. see what i mean? i
things run dynamically, under control, because things have to be
rearranged on the fly and not all too automatically. the auto
placement of the windows in a workspace, e.g. vertical split,
maximised, tiled, etc. is what i need, but i want to be able to open
another (n-th) workspace, fire some xterms and try sth, and then go
to workspace n-1-th to continue browsing.

i have not tried understanding the wmii-x codes as i dont know much
about the plan-9 thingy, but would consider the dwm code (one file,
one place, one smile :O)). but is that a difficult thing to deal
with? no documentation?


On Mon, June 22, 2009 6:34 pm, Preben Randhol wrote:
> On Sun, 21 Jun 2009 22:22:47 +0100 (BST)
> "Kevin Nagel" <> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I am a wmii-2.5 user and like the tabbing concept much more than
>> the
>> stacking concept in wmii-3. However, I've considered using dwm,
>> but
>> would like to have these features there as well. Also the dynamic
>> control of creating/deleting workspaces and not using tagging. Is
>> this possible and how difficult is it to change/implement it? I
>> know
>> a little bit C, but do I also need to dig in Xlib?
> What do you mean by workspaces?
> Try dwm and get used to how it works. You'll see the light ;-) It is
> far
> better than wmii-X IMHO.
> Preben

Looking forward to hearing from you.
Kind regards,
Kevin Nagel
PhD Student
EMBL Outstation - Hinxton
European Bioinformatics Institute
Wellcome Trust Genome Campus
Cambridge, CB10 1SD
United Kingdom
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