i3 is a dynamic tiling window manager inspired by wmii. It supports tiling, stacking, and tabbing layouts.

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Swap i3 windows changing split structure

Say you have three windows open in i3 window manager, something like: 1 | ---| 2 3 | with 1 in focus. What command(s) take you from there to: 1 ------- 3 | 2 That is, a sort of merge, or ...
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Arch Linux - startx works, but prints error

I recently installed Arch Linux (for the first time). I just installed i3 and start it with startx (I think this is part of the xorg package). On startup a message flashes for a split second, but ...
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Debian - No wired connection after restart

Last night I was working on my computer, for reference I'm using i3, and decided to uninstall XFCE4, as I felt I didn't need it. The next morning I turned on my computer and have no wired connection. ...
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No sound on fresh install of Debian

I'm on a fresh install of Debian with i3 and I'm quite new to Linux. I have both pulseaudio and alsa installed but I cannot get sound to output. I would have posted any command outputs but I'm not ...
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i3 window manager with multiple monitors

I'm currently using Unity for my windowing manager, and while there are a lot of things I don't like about it, I do like how it handles workspaces with multiple monitors. With Unity, both of my ...
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i3wm: how to configure touchpad?

I use debian and i3wm. How to configure touchpad? I mean "cleck-on-tap", vertical scrolling via right touchpad side.
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Custom font with dmenu_run in i3

I am trying to change the font of dmenu. I am running the i3 window manager. $ dmenu_run -v /bin/bash: line 1: dmenu-4.5,: command not found $ dmenu_run -fn "-xos4-terminus-medium-r-*-*-14-*" ...
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un-focus parent

When I am using focus parent ($mod+a) I find I am unable to return the focus to the child that had it before. Instead focus remains on the parent. To remove focus from the parent I have to manually ...
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cycle through split, stacked, tabbed modes with single shortcut (and skip stacked mode, too)

I somewhat find pressing Alt+w, Alt+e and Alt+s to use the different modes confusing due to the following reasons: I fail to see the difference between the stacked and the tabbed mode (and would ...
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unable to change i3wm scaling

I've installed Ubuntu 16.04 on a new laptop. When it logs in I have to change the scale for menu and title bars to 2 in the screen display menu, so the system icons and text is not super tiny. I want ...
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Make Guake Float in i3wm

I want to default Guake to open as a floating window under i3. I created an entry under ~/.i3/config that reads as the following. My code is - for_window [class="guake"] floating enable My xprop ...
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i3status alsa mixer

How do I get i3status to display the volume level from alsamixer instead of Pulseaudio? This is my volume configuration right now: volume master { format = "♪: %volume" format_muted ...
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i3wm amixer controls from i3status

I can run bindsym button4 exec amixer -D pulse sset Master 5%+ and bindsym button5 exec amixer -D pulse sset Master 5%- to adjust the volume from a terminal session. However when I add the commands to ...
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How to change i3 theme

So I'm trying to change the theme of i3 to this: http://lovelybacon.deviantart.com/art/i3-Finally-it-all-comes-together-563203883 and I have no clue how to do this, does anyone have a tutorial or can ...
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i3 turning on numlock

I hate numlock. I have 'enable numlock on boot' disabled in BIOS. When I boot to windows, numlock is not on. When I boot into Linux and sit at the login screen, numlock is not on. When I enter my ...
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Dbus doesn't see ru.gentoo.KbddService on startup

I have installed Xubuntu 16.04, later I installed i3wm and I like it. But, there is one interesting issue. I use kbdd and setxkbmap for switching and controlling keyboard layouts. So, I put this in ~/....
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compton i3 tabbed/stacked transparency background image

I have a rule in compton (on i3) that when I am in tabbed/stacked mode, I see not a window from the tabbed container but my background image behind my semitransparent terminal. But for some reason, ...
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How do I prevent pointer from jumping when tapping touchpad?

I'm running i3 with xterm in Arch Linux on a laptop. My issue is that whenever I try to move the mouse cursor, it seems to initially register it as a tap, causing the cursor to teleport to the spot on ...
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Prevent MATE from launching Caja Desktop when running i3

A while back I installed i3 on my MATE box, and I'm quite happy with it, however despite disabling Caja Desktop (x-caja-desktop) when setting i3 as the default window manager through dconf editor, ...
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Why is my cpu overheating when i use i3wm?

I've got a laptop running linux mint cinnamon 17.3 I'm currently playing with/learning/considering to switch to i3wm. When I'm on cinnamon, the cpu temp is around 40-45°C (104 - 113 F) But when I use ...
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some windows in i3wm look weird

I use Arch Linux with i3WM. In i3 some of the windows and their menus look fine but in applications like Eclipse and Transmission, it makes weird unseparated tool bars. This image looks fine: but ...
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How to install i3wm window manage on centos7

I want setup i3wm on centos. I try download rpm file i3 in rpmfind.net but two package (i3-doc <-> i3-wm) have interdependent. I try search google but no answer: How to use i3 on CentOS 7 with ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Mouse Touchpad gone bad

I have a problem with my touchpad, but I don't think it's a hardware issue. I've recently upgraded to Ubuntu 14.04 and after a few days of use, the mouse pointer is behaving kind of wierd. What it ...
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kde5 breeze-dark theme and kde icons not working in i3wm

I have selected breeze dark color for KDE applications via systemsettings5. When i run plasma, the dark thems applies properly, but when I run i3 it shows white theme. Can KDE themes be applied to KDE ...
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nmcli create security popup?

Is it possible to connect to a wifi network using nmcli without specifying a password so that it pops up with a security authentication message, The same as when you use nm-applet and try to connect ...
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i3 xterm menu (ctrl+mouse) too small

I've recently started to use the i3 window manager. I configured i3 and xterm to fit my needs, but whenever I start xterm and want use the menu (ctrl+mouse_button), the menu gets displayed as a small ...
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xterm highlighting always white, not reverse

I'm running Debian on my desktop, laptop, and netbook. On my desktop and laptop, I am using Gnome desktop environment; whereas my netbook is using i3wm (installed after a text-only install initially). ...
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How do I scale i3 window manager for my HiDPI display?

I have a Dell XPS 13 9343 2015 with a resolution of 3200x1800 pixels. I am trying to use i3 windows manager on it but everything is tiny and hardly readable. I managed to scale every applications (...
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Render everything in two colours

Is it possible to recolour everything on the screen, every application, web pages, menus, everything, in two colours (with intermediate shades, i.e. monochromatic)? Some document viewers support this....
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Wifi toggle script not running properly through i3

I have the following line in my ~/.i3/config: bindsym XF86WLAN exec ~/.i3/i3-scripts/toggle-wifi.sh toggle-wifi.sh: #!/bin/bash if nmcli nm wifi | grep -q "disabled" ; then nmcli nm wifi on ...
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Set bindings in i3 to control keyboard backlight

For my i3 window-manager settings, I am looking for a command line tool, similar to xbacklight, but to control the brightness of the leds which are in the keyboard. Basically, I can set up the leds ...
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i3status script that change its text by itself

I am trying to add a block for rss the latest news in my status bar. The news is composed by a title and a description. The full text doesn't fit in the status bar, so I would like to make it read ...
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Background color breaking when loop piped into lemonbar (Arch)

I have a setup where I am piping the time into lemonbar on a loop. Essentially I have three sections of the bar with two different background colours. Everything works fine until the time gets piped ...
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How do I change from gnome to i3 Debian 8

I have read all over the Internet about changing text files or running commands to change my wm but none of them work. I have looked all around the gnome lock screen for a button allowing me to change ...
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i3 bar replace tray icons by text

I would like to know how if it is possible to replace icons like the ones of nm-applet by text, and how I can do this if it's possible. The main reason I wan't to do this is because I use i3-gaps ...
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Cutsomize rofi when using SLiM

I wan't to customize rofi, if I am right rofi's configarution should be put in .Xresources file, but SLiM login manager seems not to load this file. Where should I put the code ? I am using archlinux ...
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How can I jump to a particular window, no matter what workspace it's on?

Ideally I could say $mod+J+E → jump to Emacs (wherever it is), and the same could be done for $mod+J+W → jump to Firefox (wherever it is). It seems pretty trivial to jump to a workspace, using ...
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Resizing windows in i3 using keyboard only

I am trying to set up my computer (running Crunchbang Linux Waldorf and i3) so that it is always, by default, configured so that pressing Ctrl + Shift and arrow keys resizes the window the direction ...
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i3 and vmware: How to detect resolution change and set current res to the new res change?

I am using vmware to run arch linux. I have setup i3-gaps and everything is setup correctly while using lemonbar, however, my only problem is that lemonbar is set for the current resolution. When I ...
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How do I show UTC time in the i3status bar?

In my ~/.i3status.conf I have order += "tztime local" order += "tztime utc" #... tztime local { format = "%Y-%-m-%d %I:%M:%S" } tztime utc { format = "%H:%M:%S" } but my status bar shows ...
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i3 screen goes blank after 5 min inactivity

I am using i3 on Fedora 22, without a DM. The way I run it is with: exec i3 in my /etc/X11/xinitrc-common file, and: if [ -z "$DISPLAY" -a $XDG_VTNR -eq 1 ]; then startx fi in ~/....
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i3bang parametrized expansions

I would like to know if it possible to make parametrized expansions with i3bang preprocessor. For example, I have several modes to launch emacsclient for different server and all the commands in the ...
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Can't exit i3 because no sensible terminal emulator is installed

I am trying to setup Arch Linux, and after getting the most basic stuff setup I installed and ran i3 with: pacman -S i3 dmenu xorg xorg-xinit startx It finally started, but I can't exit it. After ...
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How to bind bash script to a key combination?

I have a lock-screen script that I wish to execute upon a key combination such as Ctrl+L, but cannot seem to bind the script to the key combination. Is such a thing possible? I gave the script a ...
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Can I scroll background window without giving it focus in i3wm

I have disabled accidental touchpad click to activate background windows. However, when I move two fingers or my palm along the touchpad, this generates wheel events and they activate whichever window ...
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i3pystatus-python process blocks suspend and shutdown

After using my arch-linux system a decent time, it can happen, that the i3pystatus process is not freezable anymore. As a result I can't suspend my laptop anymore. Killing the process (killall -9 ...
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How to define a certain order for tray icons in i3

I'm using the i3 window manager and I want to define some rules for tray icons order. By default, they are arranged in order of their application launch times. Is there are any way to configure an ...
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Bind alt but not altgr in i3

I use Mod4 for most keybindings in i3, but I use Mod1 for this: bindsym Mod1+a workspace a bindsym Mod1+b workspace b bindsym Mod1+c workspace c bindsym Mod1+d workspace d ... However this binds ...
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Issues with X and xrandr on Debian

I am having an issue that I think is associated with X, xrandr and maybe WM I am using. I am on Debian 8 stable, updated; Intel graphics, i3wm, no DE lightDM (not sure if this is relevant, but at ...
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how to add a printer in i3

I am using the i3 tiling window manager. How can I add a printer (e.g. things like searching the network to auto-discover printers to connect to or supply a printer's coordinates). Unfortunately "i3 ...