Re: [wmii] getting started (confused)

From: Kris Maglione <>
Date: Sun, 2 Mar 2008 12:48:37 -0500

On Sat, Mar 01, 2008 at 11:42:19AM -0700, David Morris wrote:
>In my never-ending search for the perfect window manager I'm
>currently experimenting with WMII. So far I like what I see
>but I am confused on a few points and am having difficulty
>determining how to accomplish some tasks (if they can be
>done at all). I've been reading through mailing list
>archives, but in some respects I lack enough understanding
>of the system to understand what is being said.
>Let me start off by noting that I really like the design
>concept of WMII. Its a lot cleaner and easier to navigate
>than other window managers I've used (including my standard
>fvwm setup).
>To put questions in perspective, here is my setup:
>OS: Debian Lenny
>WMII: latest snapshot from web
>DMENU: latest snapshot from web
>9base: Debian Lenny default version
>So, my questions:
>1. wmiirc and rc.wmii
>This has me the most perplexed....why two configuration
>files with overlapping functionality? Are they both used,
>or only one? If only one, how is the correct config file

rc.wmii is used if it's possible, wmiirc otherwise. There are
two, basically, because I'm insane and idealistic, which is not
a good combination.

>2. How do I set a color scheme?
>I put the following lines in my rc.wmii.local file:
> wmiifocuscol=`{echo '#ffffff #153F1F #2A7F3F'}
> wmiinormcol =`{echo '#222222 #5FBF77 #2A7F3F'}
> wmiibackground='#333333'
>This changes *most* of the colors, but not the center of the
>bar at the bottom of the screen.

Sorry, this is a bug in rc.wmii. I'll fix it.

>3. How can I change window size with keyboard shortcut keys?
>For my use, this is a vital feature of the window manager I

At the moment, you can't.

>4. How can I set the layout for one full-width window at the
>bottom of the screen and multiple columns above it (usually

Again, at the moment, you can't, unless you somehow set EWMH
struts on it.

>5. How can I pull a window from a different view to the
>current view with a shortcut key, then send it back with the
>same key (or hide it entirely as an alternative)?

wmiir xwrite /client/$c/ctl +sel
wmiir xwrite /client/$c/ctl -sel

You need to set struts if you want it to displace other windows.

I might make this feature more accessable.

>6. Is it possible to move the title bar to the left side of
>windows and have stacking mode move left-right instead of

No. It makes things much more complicated than you'd think.

Kris Maglione
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