In the X window system, a window manager controls the way your desktop works, including how the windows look and act.

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Fix terminal title after SSH remote logging to another machine

right now I am using an one-line perl code to change titles of my terminal bars, print("\e]0;@ARGV\7"); but every time after I ssh to another remote machine, the title will be modified by the host ...
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Does Gnome Shell use Mutter?

In Wikipedia is written that Gnome Shell in Gnome 3 uses Mutter window manager. But ps x | grep mutter shows that Mutter is not running. Moreover I had experience with working Gnome Shell before I ...
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the lightest way to have a GUI in Linux? [closed]

I have been using Gnome and KDE for a while, and I am now running Compiz standalone... Regarding system resource, I think the most heavy ones are feature-rich desktop environments (Gnome, KDE), then ...
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Xfce: How to specify row size in Alt+Tab window?

Alt+Tab window shows a list of open applications. Problem is it can put even 24 icons in a single row which makes navigation hard. Is there a setting to specify e.g. 5 icons per row?
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Simple X window manager [closed]

I'm looking for a simple X window manager that : stacks new windows over all others on screen has no window decorations at all (no title, no borders, no min/max buttons) opens all windows in max ...
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What is the default GUI run with “startx” without any desktop environment installed?

While playing around with Ubuntu Server, which does not have any kind of desktop environment installed by default, I did "apt-get install startx; startx", which showed me a console in a white box, and ...
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Opening a window in a specific workspace?

In Ubuntu 14.04, is it possible (perhaps using wmctrl?) to activate an instance of a window in a specific workspace? Example: Suppose I'm in workspace 1, and I have a google-chrome window open in ...
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Opening Nautilus without --no-desktop, on Xmonad on top of Ubuntu, what happens?

I have a standard Ubuntu install with an Xmonad install on top of it [1]. Now, when I run nautilus from the command line a view unexpected things happen. While Nautilus does appear, there is now also ...
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Switch to TWM in Fedora 20

I want to use TWM without, say, GNOME or KDE or Xfce. Just plain TWM, no frills. I'm new to the whole desktop environment/window/display manager aspect so I'm not sure how I should go about setting ...
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How to change the “power key” for ratpoison window manager

Using the ratpoison window manager, how could I remap the "power key" (which is by default Ctrl-T) to something like the Windows button? I have created a configuration file already (~/.ratpoisonrc) ...
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Window manager with python support/extensions

My prefered desktop environment lately has been Lxde. I like handling most things from the command line, so gnome and kde always seem to get it my way more than I like. But I do envy some of the new ...
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Awesome WM doesn't appear on choosing session on login

I've just installed Awesome on Linux Lite 2.0. But awesome doesn't appear when I’m about to login. There's no option to choose awesome during login. This is the content of my awesome.desktop under ...
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Terminology reconciliation: Display manager vs. session manager, Windowing system vs. Window manager

I am taking the Linux Foundation's Introduction to Linux course. Some of the terminology seems to overlap or contradict, especially when I try to supplement the course material with other sources, ...
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From a bash script, is there a way to get the keybinding for “Resize window”?

This question is related to another that I asked How do I execute a program in Xfce and make it use another xfwm4 theme other than the default one? However, I'm now trying to get an answer that will ...
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Differences and advantages of window managers in xcb (libxcb) over ones in libx11?

What are the differences and advantages of window managers written in xcb (libxcb) over ones written in libx11? In the field of tilling and new/moderm window managers I often come across these kind ...
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How can I make windows easier to resize in Xfce?

I'm using Xfce 4.10 with xfwm4 as my window manager. I'm finding it difficult to resize windows by grabbing the border. The region where the mouse cursor changes to the "resize window" cursor seems ...
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How do I execute a program in Xfce and make it use another xfwm4 theme other than the default one?

I want to run a python script (the one in the answer to Python - how to make transparent window with gtk.Window but not with Gtk.) that displays a transparent window. I'm running it from a bash script ...
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Setting the window dimensions of a running application

I'm trying to start an application within Ubuntu (xfce or gnome) and via the command line and was wondering if there's a generic way to set the dimensions of a given window of a given app that is ...
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Multi Pointer Window Manager

I test Multi Pointer X (MPX) and I read that there is Multi Pointer Window Manager (MPWM) which has additional fetures to support MPX. The problem is that I can not find MPWM. I googled it and there ...
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Is there is tool similar to ShiftIt on OS X?

I'm looking for a keyboard controlled window sizing utility similar to ShiftIt on Mac OS X: https://github.com/fikovnik/ShiftIt
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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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Why is this autogen.sh script failing?

I've downloaded this window manager from github and it has a autogen.sh script but it failed each time. I don't know what could happen or how to fix it: Output from ./autogen.sh: ...
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Distinguish between Desktop session and desktop environment

I heard/observed following words and want to distinguish information. Desktop Environment Desktop Session GDM Session Shell Window Manager So I can understand exact difference and working relation ...
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Tiling window manager that keeps the titlebar?

I'm very interested in tiling window managers but none seem to conform to my idea of how it should work. I have a mouse and I'm not afraid to use it! Most tiling window managers seem to focus on ...
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Alt+tab on Fluxbox

I've been using fluxbox on my netbook, and have been very pleased. That is, with everything but one feature. I would really like it if I could use fluxbox with the added functionality that when I use ...
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Window with activity in GNOME, notifies but doesn't show itself after Alt+Tab?

When a process that has an open window is activated, it remains un-focused and hidden underneath other windows but gives a small notification below that there was action. This is particularly evident ...
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Tilling window manager written in Python

Is there any tiling manager like XMonad but written with Python? I think Haskell was too hard for me. But I know python a little.
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XMonad not launching xmobar

For some reason, my xmonad config won't launch xmobar, but it doesn't throw any errors, and the command xmobar launches it fine. Here is my xmobar.hs import XMonad import XMonad.Hooks.ManageDocks ...
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Terminal emulator for Android that supports viewing images?

I am planning on logging into my unix desktop via an Anroid tablet. Is there a terminal emulator that will allow me to view images, such as making plots in ipython, via X11 protocol?
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What is the difference between a windowing system and a window manager?

What is the difference between a windowing system (for example X11, Wayland) and a window manager (Awesome, Compiz, OpenBox)?
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Priority for “always on top” X windows

I have two windows on my Xfce desktop that need to be open all the time and they are set to always on top. They overlap each other, whenever I click on one of them, that's expected behaviour. Is ...
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In AwesomeWM, is the use of `c:kill()` as soft as clicking on the red cross in another window manager?

In AwesomeWM, windows are closed with the method c:kill() (bound to Meta-Shift-c) When I use that key binding, the window just close instantly! Therefore I wondered : Is that way as soft as ...
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Why am I having ghosting and tearing with the i3 window manager paired with xcompgmr when tiling terminals vertically?

I'm using the i3 tiling window manager. As it doesn't do compositing, I've enabled the xcompmgr compositor in my ~/.i3/config file as well as feh to display a wallpaper: exec --no-startup-id xcompmgr ...
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i3wm can't create new tiles and mouse won't move

I installed i3wm and X using the tutorials in the Arch wiki for a new Arch installation. I have Intel video, so I installed the xf86-video-intel package (which takes care of the driver). But when I ...
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Impossible to resize window

I'm using Lubuntu 11.10 on a Sony Vaio. After I connected my laptop on a projector for my talk I'm having a problem with the size of one window. As you can see below (Fig. 1) the Mathematica window ...
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How to count the number of active windows open apart from that of the window manager?

I would like to count the number of active windows open apart from that of the window manager I am using. I am aware that wmctrl can do this, however, when I do the following: wmctrl -l on my ...
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i3 Window Manager doesn't allow full screen videos on two monitors

I'm currently using i3 Window Manager on Debian Wheezy, and as soon as I open a video in fullscreen (a YouTube video for example), and switch over to my second monitor, i3 reduces the video back to ...
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starting LXDE automatically (without Display Manager)

I am disappointed with existing Display Managers, and so I was wondering wheteher I could live without one. I have very basic needs on my laptop. I have one user martin who wants to be logged into ...
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Windowing system strictly for code editing? [closed]

I'm a usability obsessive and I can't help dreaming about how nice it would be to have a windowing system configured for nothing but editing code... mostly it would be ultra minimalist, with just ...
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starting multiple x-sessions with different DE/WMs with startx in Linux Mint

I'm using Linux mint, and I want two windows managers (MATE and xmonad) running on different pipes. I installed xmonad, and when I choose xmonad from the login screen it works perfectly. But, when I ...
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How to Partition the FvwmButtons

I've read some .fvwm2rc but I still want to know how we partition the FvwmButtons in Fvwm. How can we assign a specific slice to Swallow specific application?
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MATE: Tile 2 windows next to each other

I would be interested in a keyboard short-cut that would tile windows next to each other. I would be OK with the minimal functionality: If there are exactly 2 windows in the current desktop, tile ...
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How to move a window from one Window Manager to another running WM? [duplicate]

I use libreoffice on my X11-server and then I want to continue to work on the same text in the same window from another place using VNC. So, it would be nice if it is possible to detach a X11-window ...
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Fvwm Vector Buttons

I am trying to add windows buttons to my decor. (button numbers 1 6 4 2) AddToDecor MyWDecor + AddButtonStyle 1 Vector 7 70x15@0 30x55@1 50x55@0 40x85@1 80x45@0 60x45@1 70x15@0 + AddButtonStyle 2 ...
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Is it possible to make a window invisible to clicking in fluxbox?

I'd like to display a few things "on top" of everything else, but making it click-through-able (Conky, or a video player, for instance). Is this possible in fluxbox? Or even in another window ...
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A Panel with FvwmButtons

I am trying to make a simple panel out of FvwmButtons. I want to use it instead of FvwmTaskBar. Because there was too many old stuff in the web I asked for Help here. I want to understand ...
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losing unicode support urxvt when logged in as user, root shell has them

I am on a minimal debian testing install. I've set up rxvt-unicode, herbstluftwm, and SLiM. With my username, after SLiM logs me in, all of the urxvt terminal instances i start lack unicode support. ...
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xinitrc: starting xterm with tmux causes all windows to share same geometry

I have xterm with tmux open upon startup of X11 with the following line in my xinitrc file: xterm -e tmux & However the -e tmux causes all windows to assume the geometry of the first -geometry ...
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What kind of notification is Firefox sending when a download has finished?

I'm using the dynamic window manager of suckless (dwm). I noticed that firefox is able to send nice notifications when a download has finished. See the two figures When I'm on a different tag, I ...
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Newly installed arch linux problems

First off, I've installed arch before, but managed to not encounter any of the problems I'm having at the moment (not sure how). But I'm well and truly stuck. First, my network interface is now called ...