Re: [hackers] Desktop icons in dwm

From: Martin Kühne <>
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2017 18:43:28 +0200

On Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 6:24 PM, David Kennedy <> wrote:
> On every other system, I use my desktop as a sort of work area. I put stuff
> there that I need to do something with later, like notes and shortcuts to
> articles that I want to read. I see them every time I reboot or hide all the
> windows. It works really well for me, but not in dwm.

Wait, you're serious? So let me stimulate your neurons a bit, so that
your brain kicks in at some point. DWM is unlikely to ever provide
desktop icons, for various different reasons. First and foremost, DWM
doesn't really want you to see empty screen space. I use Monocle mode
for everything, but even with tiling modes enabled, the screen is
always covered, which is kind of orthogonal to desktop icons. Then
there's the graphical concept of DWM, which is lovably
cheap^H^H^H^H^Hminimal with single pixel window borders and a single
line of text in the title bar. For the graphical context of items,
you'd have consider the font size, put a raster over the screen to
place the icons inside and center both an icon and text underneath
inside there. DWM does currently none of that.

Additionally, everything I just explained makes it just so much easier
to start writing a real tool to store and arrange tokens in to your
liking. Why don't you abandon the concept as you know it and try
tomboy notes? Or use a terminal window and an sqlite database? The
world is so big, so there's really no need to try to choke m$ windows
down your own throat.

Received on Wed Apr 05 2017 - 18:43:28 CEST

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