Re: [dev] dwm default bindings

From: Donald Allen <>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2009 13:09:17 -0400

On Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 11:19 AM, Donald Allen<> wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 11:13 AM, Donald Allen<> wrote:
>> On Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 10:42 AM, Julien Pecqueur
>> (JPEC)<> wrote:
>>> I think the ctrl+alt combinaison suck : you need two hands for killing a client...
>> Not so, at least on my IBM keyboards and Thinkpad laptop keyboards.
>> Left pinky and thumb on ctrl and alt, 2nd (pointer) finger on c.
> Oops -- forgot 4th finger on shift. This is not difficult for me, but
> I am a pianist, so might not work well for others.

Still pursuing the alt -> alt-shift idea for my Window-key-less
keyboards, I note that my original proposal to also change the
alt-shift sequences to control-alt-shift doesn't make sense, since I'm
not aware of any conflicts with those. So the objection that killing a
client window would require two hands certainly is not an issue, since
it would not change from the present default.


>>> Alt is better (Windows key too).
>> Not all keyboards have the Windows key. If I had such a keyboard, I
>> agree, I'd use that key.
>>> Finally a dwm user should don't use suck - more application wich use the alt key ! ^^
>> You mean like Firefox? Thunderbird? Gnumeric? etc.? This would save a
>> lot of power, because the computer would be useless and thus I
>> wouldn't turn it on.
>>> JPEC
>>> Donald Allen <> a écrit :
>>>>I think the default key bindings for dwm are a unfortunate in some
>>>>cases. For example, alt-f, a natural choice for *f*loat mode,
>>>>conflicts with pulling down the File menu in many applications from
>>>>the keyboard. alt-T similarly conflicts with using the Tools menu in
>>>>Firefox from the keyboard.
>>>>I realize that these bindings can be changed. But that requires some
>>>>work (and knowledge of C) on the part of the user. I'm talking about
>>>>the choice of the defaults. Perhaps the keys modified by alt should
>>>>instead be modified by ctrl-alt by default? And similarly, alt-shift
>>>>-> ctrl-alt-shift? I am going to test this idea by modifying my setup.
>>>>I'll let you know how it works out.
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