Re: [dwm] dwm and dualhead

From: Jimmy Tang <>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2008 09:42:01 +0000

On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 04:57:38PM +0000, David Tweed wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 10:09 AM, Mate Nagy <> wrote:
> > On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 09:52:45AM +0000, Anselm R Garbe wrote:
> >> - have a dwm environment on each Xinerama screen (like multiple dwm's
> >> in classic multihead setups) as suggested by Mate
> >> -> the problem was, it didn't felt right because it added another
> >> navigation layer on top of dwm, to basically navigate through screens
> >> and to move clients between screens, the conclusion was, if you really
> >> want this, run multiple instances of dwm with a classic multihead
> >> setup
> > I use all my systems like this, where I can. The point is, that you
> > often *can't* do this any more, because bad driver support; also, not
> > being able to move windows between screens sucks sometimes.
> > I would still prefer this solution.
> > The "extra navigation layer" means "next screen key" and "move client
> > to next screen key"... not all that much. I would hazard that a majority
> > of multi-monitor users still use two monitors (laptop + external
> > monitor).
> I use two LCD monitors of the same size put together so there's only
> the two thins bezel between them. This is primarily for economic
> reasons: I initially had one LCD and it was much cheaper to buy a
> second than try and sell it and buy an ultra-widescreen LCD. It's
> quite common where I work for people to have two LCDs (although I'm
> the only person using dwm).

I have a similar experience in work, except I was lucky enough to get a
large 24" panel. and I'm the only person using dwm (gottox branch)

> >> - make layout algorithms use more screens (keep the bar at a specific
> >> "main screen")
> >> -> the problem was, that it doesn't scale well, most layout
> >> algorithms aren't designed for multihead setups, esp. if the screens
> >> have different geometries
> > I don't see how this would be usable.. also, depending on automatic
> > tiling, clients jumping between screens would be a very confusing. The
> > previous approach keeps clients on the same screen until explicit wish
> > from the user.
> I use some old patches I wrote for dwm-3.3 that use a multicolumn
> layout (where the number of columns, etc, in the layout can vary per
> tag). The major difficulty is not displaying clients but finding good
> ways to control moving clients: with several different posI don't find
> a client moving from one physical screen to another confusing, partly
> because I don't really think of them as two physical screens but just
> as one "workspace". Of course, if they were two different sized or
> separated screens that'd probably be different.

i find i just use the big panel for most things with 2-3 terminals and
the old 17" panel for stacking windows that i'm not working with.


Jimmy Tang
Trinity Centre for High Performance Computing,
Lloyd Building, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland. |

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