Re: [dwm] zooming a client by name

From: Sander van Dijk <>
Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2006 16:31:18 +0200

On 8/8/06, David Tweed <> wrote:
> I've just discovered dwm. (For some reason, whilst I
> got the 10kloc project announcement it didn't occur to
> me that a window manager would be one of the
> elements.) Trying it I like it a lot (particularly
> only putting a small overlay title on non-focussed
> windows).

That (the overlay title) is one very neat feature indeed...

> There's only one thing that for me is a real absence:
> a way to use the name (as in XWindow title) to request
> a client be focussed. Now, this is undoubtedly partly
> due to me having a lot of editor windows open, each
> containing a separate file. However, I think it might
> be a useful facility for other windows, eg, when
> you've got multiple terminals open, etc.

I think that would be overkill for dwm; dwm.html (
explicitly states, multiple times, that it does _not_ have a remote
control, and with good reason. There's already a great tiling wm that
does provide this feature though, see ;-)

Seriously, the great thing about dwm is that it's so incredibly tiny.
Bloating it up towards wmii's size is a bad thing I believe; not
because wmii is bad (on the contrary!), but because there already _is_
Beefing dwm up would probably waste its main feature (minimalism),
while never becoming more than a feature-incomplete wmii.

I'm only referring only to the main distribution here of course; You
can patch away all you like, and if you do I'd like to see the
(Btw. one of the reasons that dwm is so easy to hack on is the fact
that it has only the minimum amount of features necessary to keep it
workable, and as such is extremely tiny; I believe that that's a good
thing, and that the main distribution should stay that way, I hope you

> (BTW: dwm survived my "open many more windows than
> will fit in the slave column" test, dropping back to
> client-fills-column: cool!)

You're not the first one to try that ;-)

Greetings, Sander.

PS. Sorry if I'm being redundant in this mail, it's just that I get a
little scared each time I see something that resembles a Feature
Request on this list; I like my dwm small :-)
Received on Tue Aug 08 2006 - 16:31:22 UTC

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