Re: [wmii] A couple of Mod+A questions:

From: Nathan Neff <>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 16:46:05 -0600

> The syntax is "exec[some_command_here]".

I wonder why is "exec" is in the action menu, then? The action menu
doesn't give you a way to specify a parameter, correct?

I've gone through the man page, and found the part about "An action is
a shell script in the default setup".

However, I didn't find anything about how to use the action menu
(Mod-A, then exec) to specify a parameter to the "exec" command.

I'm just wondering what's the use of having exec and quit right next
to each other in the Mod+A menu?

Also, the welcome script (in Arch /etc/wmii-hg/welcome) does use
xmessage, xmessage *is* installed on my system.


On Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 1:40 PM, Thomas Gallen <> wrote:
> "exec" spawns another process replacing the wmii process. The idea is
> the same as the exec shell command in that it's used to replace one
> process (the executing process) with another like, for example,
> another window manager. As a result it also provides an unintentional
> way to restart wmii (I.E. "exec wmii"). The syntax is "exec
> [some_command_here]".
> I don't know about the welcome message, however, I believe it uses
> xmessage, so if you don't have xmessage installed, then welcome won't
> work (though I should reiterate that I only BELIEVE it uses xmessage, I
> haven't checked).
> Thomas
> On Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 01:33:58PM -0600, Nathan Neff wrote:
>> I'm using wmii-hg2435, and if I press Mod+A, and press Return with
>> "exec" highlighted, then wmii closes and I'm returned to the shell
>> prompt (X windows shuts down).
>> If I highlight "quit" and press Return, the same thing happens.
>> Are "exec" and "quit" supposed to do the same thing?
>> Also, if I press highlight "welcome" and press Return, then the
>> welcome screen does not appear. Is this a bug, or did I mess
>> something up?
>> Thanks,
>> --Nate
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