RE: [dev] [dwm] drop the bars (was: systray in upstream dwm?)

From: Jan Christoph Ebersbach <>
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2012 20:02:44 +0200

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> From:Bjartur Thorlacius <>
> Sent: Tue 10-Apr-2012 12:09
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> Subject: Re: [dev] [dwm] drop the bars (was: systray in upstream dwm?)
> On Saturday 07 April 2012 12:13:43 Jan Christoph Ebersbach wrote:
> > I wonder how these kind of patches can be done in a better way. It's clear
> > that including a systray in dwm is not a good idea but it is also not
> > possible to work around the bar included in dwm. I want to see the mode my
> > tag is in, the selected tags and the name of the current window. If there
> > were a way to present this information to an external program, the bar
> > wasn't necessary anymore. Xft and Systray would be implemented by a
> > separate program and all the fruitless discussions about the visual stuff,
> > would come to an end.
> What about going to the other extreme: dwm should draw what it needs to draw
> and /nothing/ else. On most displays, dwm doesn't need a sw wide bar. Instead,
> it could reserve the rest of the status bar area for small WINDOW_TYPE_DOCKs.

Sounds interesting but since there is no way of communicating with dwm we wouldn't gain much. The code for bars and keybindings would also stay. I'm rather for going the whole way.

Jan Christoph
Received on Tue Apr 10 2012 - 20:02:44 CEST

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