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

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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 ...
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The good way to make screenshots of screen regions on arch Linux with i3 WM

About a month ago I switched from Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to Arch and I'm quite happy with this decision. However, I miss some features with my new distro, especially, the shift+printscr one. I use i3 WM. ...
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LXDE, Ubuntu 14.04 - use i3 as WM instead

I've installed Ubuntu 14.04 with LXDE using crouton on my chromebook and it's working fine, I would like to try using i3 with it instead though (which is what I usually have on my main system). I'm ...
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Use only left alt as modifier in i3wm?

Is it possible to set modifier only to left alt? I need to write special characters using right alt (or alt gr), therefore I would like not to have right alt bound to i3wm shortcuts. I've set mod ...
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Where does the name of i3 (the WM) come from?

I was thinking about this, so I searched the i3 website, but did not find anything. I was alarmed by the thought, that the name was ie (internet explorer) in leetspeak. It might also be a weird ...
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configuring setxkbmap for a single user/debugging xkbmap changes

I'm trying to do something similar to what this user asked, storing my keyboard layout. My first thought was to use .bashrc, but I turned to .bash_profile after realizing that I only need it set once ...
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Remapping both Caps Lock and Windows keys to be separate modifiers

I want to use both my Caps Lock key and Windows key in my i3wm config. In particular, I want Caps Lock to take the place of $mod in the config and I also want to be able to reference the Windows key ...
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X11 controlling root window or setting a window to be the background window (wallpaper)

I would like an animated background image. Or better, to make an application be the background, with no interactivity, so I don't accidentally click on it. I've seen many discussions about setting ...
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How to stop scrolling from changing workspaces in i3 on CrunchBang++?

I installed CrunchBang++ on a VirtualBox machine. I installed a few packages from the welcome script and the VirtualBox guest additions. I then installed i3 and set it as my window manager by creating ...
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How can I shorten strings shown in the i3status bar?

I am using the i3status bar. In the bar, I am displaying my wireless network details. However, space is limited and this takes up a whole lot of it. The standard format is defined in the i3status.conf ...
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ArchLinux i3 font rendering issue on Chromium

The font on Chromium's menu items is off-centered as seen below: Only chromium has this issue (I've tested LibreOffice). The font used to be fine, but I believe I made a change somewhere that ...
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How do I tell systemd-logind that the session is not idle, without using a desktop environment or session manager?

I want to use logind for power management. After 30 minutes of inactivity, I would like the computer to suspend. Problem is, right now, it suspends after 30 minutes, even when I am active with mouse ...
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How can I keep default mode key bindings in a new mode?

I have several "lesser" modes in my i3 config, which only have a few keybindings for specific tasks. For example, Skype mode: mode "skype" { bindsym $mod+1 exec xdotool mousemove 90 70; exec ...
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How can I uniquely identify different GVim instances?

With gnome-terminal, I can use the --role command line argument to make the new terminal window uniquely identifiable by the window manager or other applications, for example: gnome-terminal ...
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How do I change key bindings based on which window is focused?

I have these lines in my i3 config right now: # Play/pause, prev, next bindcode 172 exec "/opt/playerctl/bin/playerctl play-pause" bindcode 173 exec "/opt/playerctl/bin/playerctl previous" bindcode ...
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Can I use a login manager to choose different window managers?

I'm working towards an Arch install with a tiling window manager (probably i3) but was wondering whether it's possible to use a login manager and have the Gnome 3 desktop available as a fallback. So ...
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How to protect against purge of bash history?

Following the answer: When closing multiple bash instances at the same time, there is a known race condition that may cause the history to be cleared. This occurs because there is no locking ...
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Kill all windows in a workspace in i3

How do I kill all windows in a workspace if I can't open it? I read this suggestion. But I can't do it because I cannot switch over to the workspace.
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How to use right-Alt key instead of left-Alt key

I have archlinux with i3 window manager. My left alt key is broken and I want to assign left-alt tasks to right-alt. How i can do this? Now when I hold right alt and press a key, just types ...
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Restoring crashed chrome causes many windows dumped on current work-space

Is there a way to get xsession like window handling for chrome in i3? I'd like chromium to go back to where it was, even after a reboot/relogin.
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How to move a window up to the level of its parent window in i3wm?

Suppose I have window w1, w2 open, and sub-window w1-a, w1-b with w1 as their parent window. Is there a way to move w1-a up to its parent window level?
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How to use i3 on CentOS 7 with Gnome?

I have a CentOS 7 with Gnome running on my machine. Now I want to use i3 as the window manager. I managed to install i3 but I don't know how to make CentOS 7 use i3 now. I tried to edit .xinitrc like ...
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How to kill app that captures keyboard input for killing the app?

I'm using the i3wm. When I run Open Arena I can't force kill it with Mod+Shift+Q like I can with other apps, I can't restart the wm or anything. Open Arena is stealing the keyboard input. So ...
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i3 - How can I change the mod key to AltGr and disable it for “normal” input

I'd like to change the mod key to "AltGr" or "the right Alt key. Furthermore I'd like to disable the new mod key for any other input in Linux. So when I am writing text in my text editor I don't want ...
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File manager of common dialogs like Open or Save

Are those dialogs common to most X windows programs, such as open, save as, etc, something that you can tweak? I am trying to reduce my use of the mouse and I find it hard with the default one (I am ...
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Launching nautilus file browser launches gnome desktop, how to suppress it

Currently I'm using i3 window manager (but I guess that this applies to other non-standard window managers as well). Whenever I run nautilus it also starts a full screen desktop, which I have to ...
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Populate an entire pre-configured workspace in i3wm

Is it possible with I3Wm to populate an entire workspace with determined size, position and commands for each window? I know I can do i3-msg "exec xterm -e 'ls; bash'" to create a new window, but I ...
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How to set GTK icon theme in i3?

How to change icon theme in i3? If this matters, I'm working on Arch Linux. I googled, but I can only find info about GTK theme, not icons.
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Custom shortcut to i3lock screen

I'm having difficulties with creating a custom keyboard shortcut. I'm trying to lock my screen using i3lock with a picture. From the terminal, the command i3lock -i ~/Pictures/lock.png works like ...
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lampp not working with i3 window manager

I am running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I installed the i3 window manager and have become pretty comfortable with it. And yesterday, When I tried to use Lampp for web dev, it didn't work. The window manager ...
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How can I disable a part of the screen in X.Org

I'm running a Laptop with Arch Linux, X.org and i3. Due to a broken LCD panel, I would like to disable/ignore the left ~228 Pixels of the screen until I have time to get it repaired. So far, I've ...