Re: [dev] [dwm] Tags vs Monitors

From: Petr Šabata <>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2012 16:27:08 +0100

On Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 04:16:37PM +0100, Thomas Dean wrote:
> I've used dwm for about half a year now (3 years of wmii before), and like
> it a lot. However, I find that the handling of tags for multiple monitors
> keeps disturbing my workflow. Isn't it against the general philosophy of
> dwm to assign a definite monitor to each window, and to have separate
> tagsets for each monitor?
> I usually use tags as a sort of "grouping" of windows pertaining to certain
> tasks. With only one monitor, dwm works wonderfully for me, and I never
> have to think about arranging windows. But with two monitors, I constantly
> find myself moving windows between the two, and searching for windows that
> I "lost" because I put them on the other monitor, which makes them lose
> their previously assigned tags.
> I would imagine that the (or my at least) workflow could be much smoother
> if there was only one tagset, independently of the number of monitors, and
> if there were (a) layout(s) suitable for multi-screen views. The first
> useful layout for two monitors that would come to my mind would consist of
> two master windows plus one stack on one of the two monitors.
> What do you guys think? How do you make efficient use of two monitors? Do
> you find the current tag/monitor paradigm useful? I would be very
> interested in your opinions.
> Best,
> TD

I'm just a single monitor user but I think both approaches
have their pros and cons and it depends on the user what
she prefers. If this behavior was configurable in config.h,
it would be perfect.


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