Ubuntu :: Vim-like Window Manager ?

Nov 30, 2010

I'd like to find a window manager that has mouse support but can also be set up (with least difficulty) in a dual-mode way, similar to Vim.

Here's how it'd work: some simple shortcut like ctrl-space would go into command mode. Ideally, there'd be a visual indicator of the mode, like a few pixel wide line on top of screen that turns green/blue with a configurable colour.

Commands would work like this:

Not essential, but would be nice: shade/darken all but current window, like a setting in Compiz.

I've heard about WMs like Ion, awesome, etc. Which one of them, if any, would be best to modify to work in this way? A big bonus would be if it was scriptable in Python, but I'm not counting on that..

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Ubuntu :: Window Borders Keep Disappearing - Open Compiz Icon To Reload Window Manager?

Apr 23, 2010

I recently upgraded the motherboard/processor on my computer (as in quadrupled the processor and octupled the ram). The new board has a built in GPU (intel) and from searching the forums, I think this is part of the problem. Every time I boot up the computer, I need to open the Compiz icon and use it to reload the window manager before I see any title bars, borders, etc. 've tried the .bashrc hack (metacity --replace), but that doesn't do anything. In fact, whenever I open the terminal, I need to have two tabs open in order to use it, and when I close it all the borders go away again (even when I haven't done anything). Also, the onboard sound card (intel) doesn't work, but that's another task (I at least have a compatible card for that).

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General :: Disallow Closing Last Emacs Window Via Window-Manager Close Button

Jul 8, 2011

I like to start Emacs as part of a login script and leave it running for the duration of my login session (which is typically weeks).

I have scripts to call emacs-client which will allow me to use a file-manager or Windows Explorer to locate files and right-click to edit them in Emacs.

I often end up with a lot of emacs windows (frames) open and I like to just be able to close them by clicking on the MS-Windows or KDE X button at the top-right.

The trouble is, if the window is the last one, this will shut down emacs which will lose all kinds of interesting history information.

As a work-around I use C-x 5 0 which won't let me close the last frame but this is often not as convenient as using the mouse

Does anyone know how to configure Emacs so that it can intercept the Window-Close button of the last frame to either request confirmation or simply disallow it?

On MS-Windows, disallowing closing of the last window may cause logoff to hang if emacs is still running but I'm not too worried about that.

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Ubuntu :: Window Manager Sometimes Won't Load

Sep 1, 2010

Sometimes (one boot in five?) the Window Manager fails to load at start-up.I can force it to load with Compiz Fusion menu, but would really like ubuntu to load it properly at start-up.

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Ubuntu :: How To Set Default Window Manager

Mar 25, 2011

I have a pretty vanilla install of Ubuntu Lucid. I would like to change my default WM to sawfish. I have it installed, and it works routinely, I would just like to have it start automatically on log-in, rather than Lucid. A few sources have suggested that the way to do this is during log-in. They refer to a "session" I could choose, which would allow me to set the WM. I remember doing this in the past, but can't find such an option on the login page, now.

I have also experimented with changing .gconf/desktop/gnome/applications/window_manager/ using both gconf-editor and emacs. However, when I change "/usr/bin/compiz" to "/usr/bin/sawfish", log out, and log back in, I find that compiz starts anyway, and the setting in that file has been restored to compiz. Clearly, the gconf mechanism is getting the information from some other source.

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Ubuntu :: How To Install A Window Manager

Jun 14, 2011

I am trying to install clfswm. I am able to run it from a tty. I start a new X server with

startx xdm --:1
Then in the new X server, I run

clisp -K full full /home/seb/Downloads/clfswm-1102/load.lisp


It just doesn't work. Actually, I get an entry in the session selection thing, but when I try it, the login screen disapears a sec or two, and then comes back. If after that I try to open a session with another window manager/desktop manager I get a black screen (with a few things in it) that looks like clfswm, but I can't do anything in it.

I have only used kde and gnome until now, and installed openbox to try to see how it works) so I don't know what to do right now.

In case it helps, the installation instructions. I didn't try putting the said line in my $HOME/.xsession or wherever it should be because I thought it would replace the kde login (and that is not what I want). I think what I want is a .desktop file in /usr/share/xsessions/, I'm just not sure what to put in it.

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Ubuntu :: Boot Into Program With Out Window Manager?

Feb 10, 2010

How would I boot into an application on X without using a window manager?

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Ubuntu :: Check What Window Manager Currently Using (via Terminal)?

Mar 10, 2010

How can I check what window manager (compiz/metacity) I am using in the terminal? I know how to change from one to the other or to just visually see what is currently running, but I need to know a way to check in the terminal for a script. How can I do this?

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Ubuntu :: Window Manager Doesn't Start?

May 2, 2010

I just upgraded Ubuntu from 9.10 to 10.04 and am having a problem with the window manager. When I log in and after it applies my background and the panels load, the window manager doesn't start right away, so if I open a program it won't have a top to it. I have to turn on Compiz, which turns off every time I turn on the computer. If I set it to normal, it searches for drivers and then the tops of windows appear. I have had to do this every time since I upgraded. I would do a clean install, but I have no way to back up my data since I have so much. How can I fix this?

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Ubuntu Installation :: No Window Manager After Upgrade?

May 8, 2010

Just upgraded to 10.04 and when I log into kdm to find nothing on the desktop. It seems the problem is that the window manager doesn't even load. kde-window-manager is installed but still nothing. What did this upgrade do and how can I fix the window manager?

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Ubuntu :: Change Default Window Manager?

Jun 14, 2010

I would like to change my default window manager to sawfish. There are many instructions on the web to install sawfish, log out, then select sawfish, then log back in. This worked for me with karmic, but I'm not seeing any way to select a window manager during the lucid log in process. (Sawfish is running fine if I start it with "killall compiz && sawfish &" during an ongoing session.)

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Ubuntu :: Use Tiling Window Manager With LXDE?

Dec 6, 2010

I know that it is possible to run awesome window manager in gnome but is it possible to do this in LXDE? Is there anyway to use any tiling window manager in LXDE (as is possible in gnome)?

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Ubuntu :: Unity-2d Panel And Window Manager

Apr 3, 2011

I changed the Panel and Window Manager.I'm using Unity 2d and I forgot what the default values are.I did it using Ubuntu Tweak but you can also do it with gconf-editor or throught the terminal, of course.Using Ubuntu Tweak under Startup > Session Control what are the default values for Panel and Window Manger?

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Ubuntu :: Unity Lost Window Manager?

May 1, 2011

I was playing tf2 when my window manager went all crazy. i restarted and now I have nothing.

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Ubuntu :: Can't Run Unity With A Window Manager / Solution For This?

May 15, 2011

I've managed to completely ruin my system for like the millionth time.

Basically my story is this. I cannot seem to run both unity and a window manager/decorator at the same time. Perhaps it is partially because I am not entirely sure what the current window manager is these days.

I thought it was metacity since that has been the default in the past. I ran a code...

I would really like to be able to move windows. I am typing this from my web browser which is permanently stuck in the position it launched in on my screen.

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Ubuntu :: 11.04 - Woops Flat Window Manager?

May 29, 2011

I see in this thread the poster wanted the "old ambiance" look.[URL].. Well, I don't mind the new Ambiance look, but my window manager tool bars have reverted to "Old Win 32". They have gone flat and gray. The window bars still look rounded and dark. After I first log in, the window manager looks fine, and then it flips Flat and Light Gray. I've logged in using the "Ubuntu Classic" setting. Someday I'll learn "Unity", but I'm trying to get some work done. I'm running this system in a virtualbox. Irrelevant, right?

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Ubuntu :: Changing Window Manager Before Login?

Jun 5, 2011

Just been looking at an 11.04 bootable CD, where I was reminded of the continued existence of xfce. "Must try that again!" I thought, and installed it through the Software Centre on my 10.04 laptop. I washoping/expecting that xfce would then become an option in the Sessions pulldown at log-on, but no such luck. What should I be doing? It is not my intention to switch to xubuntu, just to take another look at an alternative window manager.

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Ubuntu :: Xfwm4 Window Manager Crash?

Jun 8, 2011

Many times now when I boot up, xfwm4 seems to crash, leaving me with a static desktop. I can open a terminal and type: xfwm4 and it restarts with all its compositing loveliness.how I can investigate the cause of this and fix it?

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Ubuntu :: Vanishing Window Manager After Update?

Jul 13, 2011

Yet another problem, but I need some input here. I just updated and restarted my computer (lots of updates), and when I logged in all of the window decorations are gone as well as alt-space and alt-tab doing nothing. Thinking that the update messed with the WM settings, I opened the settings manager up, but both the Window Manager and Window Manager Tweaks section are blank. The other sections are fine, just those two. (and no, I'm not doing Unity, KDE, or Gnome) The panels appear to be functioning correctly, though my workspaces got smashed as well.

Edit: Upon closer inspection, I can no longer add workspaces, I set the number of workspaces to 4, but it only shows one in the list below

Edit 2: Upon creating a new user to mess with themes, the WM was working fine in the new user, same problems in this user.

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Ubuntu :: Change Window Manager Per User?

Jul 17, 2009

In Ubuntu, I run Compiz/Metacity, but I also have wmii installed. I know how to change to wmii for a one-time log in, but I don't know how to make it default for specific user.

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Fedora :: Change Default Window Manager To "compiz-manager" Compiz Wrapper?

Nov 28, 2010

I spent *#@$ hours trying to figure out how to change my default window manager to "compiz-manger".I tried using gconf-editor and .gnomercAnybody has an idea how to do this?

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Slackware :: Don't Use A Window Manager?

Jan 29, 2011

Is there anyone out there that doesn't use a window manager like KDE/Fluxbox/etc.? What do you do without a graphical interface? I remember my days in DOS and how horrible that was. I know many people still love that and probably don't use a window manager.but how do you do things without it? How, and what, do you do in a command line world?

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Ubuntu :: Desktop Environment Vs Window Manager / Difference Between Them?

Apr 23, 2010

What is the difference between desktop environment and window manager?

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Ubuntu :: Setting Default Window Manager To User?

Sep 13, 2010

I have a HTPC that launches XBMC standalone automatically, but want to be able to quit and login as a normal Gnome user. I heard that you can set a default Window manager to the user. How do you do that?

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Ubuntu :: Compiz As Default Window Manager In Kubuntu

Oct 5, 2010

I'm trying to make Compiz activate at bootup, but I can't seem to get it to work. Basically, I'd like to make Compiz the default Window Manager in Kubuntu Lucid. How to accomplish this?

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Ubuntu Installation :: During Upgrade To 10.10 Window Manager Crashed

Oct 10, 2010

I started the upgrade to 10.10 and now the upgrade process is trying to get some input in the orange window. Problem is I can't bring that window to the front because metacity crashed. When I try to start metacity from a console it dumps core. How do I continue the upgrade?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Clean 10.10 Install - No Window Manager?

Oct 20, 2010

as per the title - after a hard disk failure got new disk and attempting dual boot of xp and 10.10 - had to burn 10.10 twice to get it to complete the install process, but thats another story - basically on logging in there is now gnome panels - i get my 'low battery' warning etc and the login music but thats it - it does work in 'safe mode' though - what can i do to correct this?ironically had exactly same problem on the upstairs desktop when upgrading to 10.4 but buggered if i can remember how i fixed it - even checked my previous posts on it.

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Ubuntu :: Finding A Lightweight Tabbed Window Manager?

Mar 5, 2011

I would like to know if there is a window manager that has no decorations (window borders etc) and shows all opened windows in a tab bar. I am using gDevilspie at the moment to undecorate the gnome (metacity) window borders on all windows, but i wondered that my computer could be so much faster, because i dont really need any of that eye candy that gnome provides. I just sign in to ubuntu, and open firefox.

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Ubuntu :: 11.04 - Make Compiz Default Window Manager?

May 13, 2011

I finally waded through all the graphical issues that have been reported when upgrading 10.10 to 11.04. I've managed to get the nvidia drivers installed and working (even though Jockey still reports that nvidia-current is installed but has not been activated).Whenever I log into an Ubuntu Classic session, GNOME defaults to using metacity as the window manager. In order to get my compiz effects working, I have to open a terminal and do "compiz --replace". After that, everything appears to work normally including on screen notifications, the cube, etc.

I've though of including a "compiz --replace" script in Startup Applications as a possible workaround, but is there a better way to handle not having compiz started by default? Is there something in gconf-editor or similar that I can edit in order to make GNOME default to using compiz?

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Ubuntu :: Open A Graphic Session Without A Window Manager?

Jun 4, 2011

To try another windows manager, I have to open a new display without a windows manager. The problem is that when I run


startx -- :1

kde runs automatically on it. How can I open a graphic session without a window manager?

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