Re: [wmii] Swapping (was: Re: mouse and tagging)

From: Sander van Dijk <>
Date: Fri, 5 May 2006 12:43:00 +0200

On 5/5/06, Denis Grelich <> wrote:
> On Fri, 5 May 2006 09:13:29 +0200
> It's not just a matter of thinking, it has to do a lot with screen real-estate. I got a
> resolution of 1024x768 on my notebook, and that's just way too small for more
> than two columns, or for displaying more than two frames in one column at the
> same time; thus, you're pretty much fixed on one working style, meaning one
> column for one or two frames and one column for the rest, or something similar.

I work at this resolution too, and I never felt the need for
horizontal swapping. If you adapt your usage-pattern like Anselm
explained somewhere at the beginning of this thread, you'll see that
swapping isn't really needed to achieve a fluent working style. I
stated this in an earlier mail already: wmii != larswm. Trying to use
it as larswm is suboptimal anyway, I think.

> Someone proposed using a max-layouted column for the »big« column, and drop
> horizontal swapping, but with more than two clients, it gets very, very awkward to
> sweep through all frames in the maxed column, especially if you even don't know
> if you opened that file already. (I generally don't use max mode at all, as with few
> clients, I don't gain much screen real-estate in comparison to stacked [and see
> what clients are in that column], and for many clients, it's just not usable).

It was me who proposed that. Having too many clients in one view is
always unworkable; more screen real-estate may stretch the limits a
bit, but with > 10 clients or so it is time to start using the tagging
mechanism anyway (and there's not a single task I can think of where I
need 10 clients visible at the same time).

> I suppose that with the introduction of the new concepts of wmii-4, one could
> drop horizontal swapping easily, for example with the generalised »default«-mode
> (where I can keep open two frames at the same time not depending on the
> amount of frames in a column) or that exclusive flag.

Indeed :-). The problem with swapping (with the keyboard) is that at
this moment it is quite unpredictable, as you can't tell what client
from the other column is going to be swapped with; that sucks, and It
would be good to get rid of that before wmii-3, one way or the

Greetings, Sander.
Received on Fri May 05 2006 - 12:43:05 UTC

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