Re: [wmii] columns

From: Anselm R. Garbe <>
Date: Mon, 29 May 2006 10:16:50 +0200

On Mon, May 29, 2006 at 09:43:44AM +0200, Stefan Tibus wrote:
> Screen edges, however, are probably somehow known to the window
> manager and should be respected. I.e. other than by explicit user
> request a column should not span across a screen edge. (Besides
> some presentation purposes I would not expect anybody to want
> a single window spread across multiple screens.)
> Is it possible to have a single instance of a wm manage multiple
> X-screens/displays? This could help solving the issue.

It is, but we decided that wmii does not support multiple heads
in one instance (the benefit is too low from too much code
complexity, about 25% of larswm is related to multihead
handling, instead of running multiple instances of larswm for
each screen). But in an Xinerama environment, all physical screens
appear as a single physical screen to X clients, thus I prefer
concentrating on Xinerama support, because this seems also to be
the regular use-case nowadays - and multihead should work just
fine with wmii-3.1.

> And regarding those screen edges - wasn't there a geometry file
> for the workspaces in the past? The views currently don't have
> this, but it would allow the user to shrink the area occupied by
> managed clients and place floating clients of fixed size within
> the free space so they don't cover the managed ones. This would
> require a default geometry and one per cached view.

Yes technically the possibility is still present, however there
is no interface to it atm, because I doubt the usefulness for
it. I think having this planned dockwindow which is handled like
a client window sounds best for handling such apps.


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