Re: [wmii] suggestions for the sanitizing of swapping

From: Anselm R. Garbe <>
Date: Mon, 8 May 2006 18:12:30 +0200

On Mon, May 08, 2006 at 04:10:54PM +0200, Stefan Tibus wrote:
> > because you use maximized windows in a column instead, and you
> > switch between the column modes on the fly - the same applies
> > very well to wmii. In acme you only move windows between
> > columns, if you need them side by side and often you maximize
> > several columns to provide those clients the maximum space
> > possible.
> Well, the point is about the column-width then. Half screen is
> too small for me - I like to have more very often and then the
> second column is even more narrow and thus too narrow to be
> useful for anything but monitoring or looking something up.

Now we come closer to the real source of the problem. Is this
because resolution or because of golden ratio addictedness?

I noticed that the LarsWM approach works well with 800x600
pixels and higher. The wmii approach works with 1024x768 and
higher (preferably more than 1400x1050 pixels is best).

Which resolution do you use?

> It's just a trade between as much space as possible for the
> client I work with and being able to peek on others. And in
> this scenario I need swapping.

Swapping is cool in this scenario, however you could do the
following: I assume a two-column setup.

With swapping you would usually do following steps:
1. Select right column
2. Select the client you want to zoom
3. $MODKEY-Control-$LEFT

Without swapping you don't need more steps:
2. Select the client you want to zoom
3. $MODKEY-Shift-$LEFT

The necessary interactions are nearly the same in both cases,
though it could be, that your master column is destroyed from
time to time. Assumed you have 1024x768 pixels resolution, you
could set /def/colwidth to 1024*0.7=716 pixels and you have
LarsWM behavior.

To make it more efficient, you could even drop all
$MODKEY-Shift-{h,j,k,l} shortcuts and define
$MODKEY-{$LEFT,$RIGHT} as moving shortcuts (then you have a very
simple and LarsWM-alike setup...)

And all this without swapping.

> On other occassions I'm fine with the equal spaced columns...
> (I wouldn't want to go back to larswm just because you drop
> a feature that made wmii fit to one of my preferred usage
> patterns.)

Well, maybe my proposal would work for you.


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