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Mouse clicks stop working after random time, using Awesome WM + Gnome

I'm using the Awesome Window Manager together with Gnome in Linux Mint. I experience the following problem several times a day: Suddenly the mouse partially stops working, which means that I'm still ...
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How to properly lock desktop when hibernating?

If I lock the screen, hibernate by closing the laptop lid, open the laptop lid and press the power button, the screen will just show a black surface and I can start typing the password immediately. If ...
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How to separate Awesome's `rc.lua` configuration into multiple files?

I've just moved to Awesome WM from OpenBox. I like that it's very extensible, customizable and I have huge control about window layout. I like structured and organized things and I'd like to separate ...
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How to close any window in Awesome WM?

Desktop application developers are free to choose which keyboard shortcuts they want to support. On Windows the convention is pretty strong: Alt-F4 closes most applications Ctrl-F4 closes most major ...
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How to fix Java applications mouse pointer offset in Awesome WM?

How to reproduce in Awesome WM v3.5.2 through 3.5.5 (so far): Install OpenJDK or Oracle Java 7. This bug has been observed with both. Start a new Awesome WM session with the default configuration. ...
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In awesome window manager, how can I make key bindings send keyboard events?

I don't think that title probably helps very much, but here's my issue: I'm using the awesome window manager and am trying to make my key bindings to be similar in flavor to OSX for special keys. ...
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Cannot add new mode in xrandr for external monitor

Today I was trying to connect my second monitor to my notebook. I have: nvidia graphic card 304.43 drivers [support xrandr 1.2] archlinux [up-to-date] awesome wm xrandr 1.3 My problem is with ...
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Assigning awesome keybinding for more than 9 tags

I'm using the awesome WM and the nine default tags (or "virtual desktops") are not anywhere near enough for me: I've got a lot of VMs and remote VNCs etc. In the past I've used window managers with ...
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How can I remove the window padding on GTK3 apps in Awesome-WM?

I use awesome in a tiling mode for almost all my desktops. Since the advent of client side decorations in GTK3 some common Gnome project apps have taken to giving themselves a generous amount of ...
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How to maximise a window horizontal or vertically?

In awesome, what key binding can you use to maximise a window (in floating mode, of course) so that it maximise in just the horizontal or just the vertical direction? I know that mod4 + m will ...
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How to create a screen lock timer for Awesome WM?

I've got an Ubuntu 12.04 system with Awesome WM, and I'd like the screensaver to work like in Unity: GNOME Screensaver Ctrl-Alt-L to lock N minutes' timeout which respects applications which ...
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luakit + awesome wm: make youtube fullscreen work

I'm running Arch Linux on my box. I use the awesome window manager, which is a tiling WM, but allows floating windows too. The ArchWiki's Awesome entry tells me to put the following in my awesome ...
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How to zoom into my desktop but maintain high resolution for fonts etc?

I recently bought a 4K screen (or UHD i.e. 2160p to be exact) and use it on my tower running Arch Linux. As a window manager I use awesome which runs on top of compton for tear-free compositing, as ...
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How to force applications to not start maximised in Awesome WM?

How to reproduce: ssh -X user@host firefox (or some other X application). Maximise the window. Close the application. Open the application in Awesome WM (tried only locally, but should also work ...
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How to keep YouTube video fullscreen after moving mouse to other screen in Awesome WM?

I've managed to get YouTube Flash videos fullscreen by using two tips, but whenever I move the mouse pointer to a different screen (thereby changing the application focus) the fullscreen mode is ...
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Suppress desktop notifications in fullscreen VLC

How to prevent desktop notifications from showing up when VLC is in fullscreen mode? Some of my scripts display desktop notifications using notify-send. The best solution would be to configure that ...
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How do I install Awesome Windows Manager in Terminal?

Right now I'm running on Kubuntu and I'd like to install Awesome Window Manager in terminal. I've used Xmonad but I'd like another window manager, but don't know how to install "Awesome" from the ...
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One PC, several users, Gnome 3 and Awesome. How to easy switch users via GDM

I'm using Arch Linux with Gnome 3.6 installed. There are several users on this PC with their own accounts. We used to use just switch user button instead of logging out. So almost always several users ...
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Multiple environments - Awesome and Gnome

I'm trying to install multiple environments on my Arch Linux system, and since I've never done it before, there are some stupid questions that I must now the answer. If I install Gnome and Awesome ...
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Cycle through clients on both screens in awesomewm

I am using awesomewm and have two monitors, so Mod4+j and Mod4+k cycle through windows on current screen only. Is there a way to cycle through all windows/clients on all screens to make it work like ...
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Prevent focus stealing in Awesome WM, especially from Skype

When I use KDE with Awesome WM and get a new message in Skype, Plasma Desktop steals the focus. This drives me crazy as I cannot just continue typing in my current window. Is there some way to prevent ...
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How to set the default tag for jEdit windows in Awesome WM?

The following rule works as expected: { rule = { class = "Firefox" }, properties = { tag = tags[2][2] } }, That is, Firefox instances are started on the second tag of the second screen. However, ...
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Typing break with Awesome WM

Is there a program that implements typing breaks that works with the Awesome Window Manager?
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What are the benefits of running Gnome 3 + awesome compared with awesome alone?

What are the benefits to running awesome as my window manager in Gnome 3? I am interested in identifying what features/functionality gnome3+awesome provides that can not be easily (if not identical) ...
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Replacing xfce with awesome in Xubuntu

I'm using Xubuntu 13.04 with xfce 4.10. I'm trying to entirely replace xfce 4.10 (not uninstall, but replace) with awesome. So far, I have yet to even get awesome to run. The steps that I have tried ...
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bash commands don't seem to run in .xinitrc

I am trying to run some bash commands in my .xinitrc script, but the window manager starts without these commands running properly. I run Arch Linux with the window manager is called "awesome", and I ...
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Using Awesome window manager on CentOS 7

Awesome works fine on Fedora 19, so it should work on CentOS 7, right? Well, I tried and failed to get it to work. After a long time, I managed to compile it from source and set GDM to boot from an ...
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Awesome not showing up in GDM?

I recently installed debian with xfce. Once installed, I upgraded to Debian testing and installed awesome, then rebooted. When I click the list of session options at GDM's login screen, the only ...
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Awesome: keyboard layout switch

I use awesome as a window manager under gnome (debian system) and I made a widget to switch keyboard layout by this code: -- Keyboard map indicator and changer kbdcfg = {} kbdcfg.cmd = ...
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Setting Mod4 in awesome

I'm trying to set up awesome. When I start it the Mod4 (Windows) key is not working. So I tried to extent my .Xmodmap clear Mod4 add Mod4 = Multi_key When I run xmodmap .Xmodmap the Mod4 works, but ...
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Is there a way to make feh fade in between transitions?

I would like my desktop wallpaper to fade between transitions instead of a cut. Is there a way to do this with feh? Maybe using xcompmgr or compton? If not is there a way of doing it without changing ...
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How to set awesome's wibox visible only for certain tags?

I'd like to have special wiboxes for certain tags like multimedia, development. I couldn't find any option in wibox for that and I'm newbie to awesome. I think it can be done using some event ...
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Why does desktop locking stop working after some time?

xautolock is clearly running: $ ps wafux | grep [x]autolock user 21410 0.0 0.0 20124 2628 ? S Nov05 0:04 xautolock -time 10 -notify 30 -notifier notify-send --urgency low ...
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Fonts way to big with Awesome WM

I previously tried to use KDE with Awesome WM, and currently try just to use Awesome WM. I use a Vicious battery widget and nm-applet for networking. It works pretty well. However, all my fonts are ...
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Arch: Awesome Window Manager won't start [closed]

I can't get my awesome running. I installed awesome and all dependecies with pacman and followed the beginning of the following guide to get awesome running: ...
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How to switch tags via awesome API

I've been digging around in the API documentation, and I'm having limited sucess switching tags from within awesome-client. Basically, I can switch tags with: awful.tag.viewidx(2) But that is ...
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How to reboot/shut down gracefully in Awesome WM?

My current configuration uses kdesu shutdown -[rh] now to reboot/shut down. The entire shutdown procedure takes about 1-2 seconds. But after every boot Firefox says it was shut down prematurely, ...
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Remapping a keyboard key to print ⸮ (irony mark)

I find myself using the irony mark ⸮ unicode U+2E2E (or ؟ unicode U+061F) in both mcabber and vim a lot. The old copy-and-paste antipattern is tedious so I thought I would rename one of the many ...
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How to close a window of a crashed application?

Im using Awesome as desktop environment, as you can see in the image below, the application (aMule) crashed but the window is still open, so I would like to close it to restart it, but as you can see ...
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Scroll between tags in Awesome WM

How can I add smooth scrolling between tags in the Awesome WM? I realize I can't run compiz with Awesome. Is there something comparable that I can run? I don't need any other effects, switching ...
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Awesome: Incorrect timezone

Typically, I set the timezone of my computer's clock by changing the .bashrc file, appending, say, TZ='America/Los_Angeles'; export TZ such that whenever date is invoked the right time in the right ...
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Awesome window manager stops recognizing shortcuts

I recently started using Awesome (the X windows manager) in my Ubuntu. It is awesome! But some times (once a day max) it kinda crashes — or at least stop accepting shortcuts input. I get stuck on the ...
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How to fix GNOME Terminal cursor in awesome?

I'm using awesome 3.4.11 on Ubuntu 12.04, and my default terminal is GNOME Terminal 3.4.1.1. After starting several terminals, it seems the cursor behavior gets disconnected from window focus in some ...
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Why do new terminals in Awesome spawn with SHLVL>1?

I have a PS1 which shows the SHLVL if it's not 1 to quickly see if I'm in a subshell. This works as expected when using GNOME, but when I spawn a new terminal in Awesome WM (Mod4+Return) it always ...
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Can't export environment variables on X session start

My setup is: Debian testing (stretch), up to date LightDM with autologin enabled Awesome window manager bash, in ROXTerm or XTerm I don't seem to be able to set own environment variables and get ...
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SELinux error while installing Awesome WM packages

After installing Awesome wm packages: awesome.x86_64 rancid.x86_64 vicious.noarch I'm getting an error in SELinux Troubleshooter: The source process: useradd Attempted this access: create ...
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How to make awesomewm textclock reflect timezone change?

I am using the awful.widget.textclock widget to display the time in Awesome WM on Arch Linux, and I am using a program called tzupdate to automatically update my system time according to geolocation ...
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Awesome WM tiles KDE networking and battery widget

I currently use KDE with Awesome WM. I got the KDE bar at the bottom hidden, but I can un-hide with with the cursor when I need to use the Plasma Network Manager. With KWin, they would appear like ...
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Awesome & youtube

I run Awesome WM on Ubuntu. Recently when I try to watch youtube videos in full screen they have been playing in a small letter box - They have not 'full screened'. In the other hand, Vimeo & ...
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Prevent closing of plasma-desktop in Awesome WM

I run KDE with Awesome WM. Sometimes, I have no window (client) open and press Mod4+C to close a window, but plasma-desktop is selected. So it kills plasma-desktop which makes my background image and ...