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I am running DWM under Arch Linux in combination with the urxvt terminal. I have a urxvt daemon running but when I press the key combination for opening a terminal window, nothing happens.

Is there an error log file for DWM?

Any suggestions what I can do to find out why no terminal is opening?

Thanks!

Edit: My config.c file:

/* appearance */
static const char font[]            = "-*-terminus-medium-r-normal-*- 12-*-*-*-*-*-*-*";
static const char normbordercolor[] = "#000000";
static const char normbgcolor[]     = "#3f3f3f";
static const char normfgcolor[]     = "#dfaf8f";
static const char selbordercolor[]  = "#cc0000";
static const char selbgcolor[]      = "#2b2b2b";
static const char selfgcolor[]      = "#f0dfaf";
static const unsigned int borderpx  = 1;        /* border pixel of windows */
static const unsigned int snap      = 0;       /* snap pixel */
static const Bool showbar           = True;     /* False means no bar */
static const Bool topbar            = True;     /* False means bottom bar */

/* tagging */
static const char *tags[] = { "term", "work", "www", "mail"};

static const Rule rules[] = {
/* class      instance    title       tags mask     isfloating   monitor */
{ "Gimp",     NULL,       NULL,       0,            True,        -1 },
{ "Firefox",  NULL,       NULL,       1 << 8,       False,       -1 },
};

/* layout(s) */
static const float mfact      = 0.55; /* factor of master area size  [0.05..0.95] */
static const int nmaster      = 1;    /* number of clients in master area */
static const Bool resizehints = False; /* True means respect size hints in  tiled resizals */

static const Layout layouts[] = {
/* symbol     arrange function */
{ "[]=",      tile },    /* first entry is default */
{ "><>",      NULL },    /* no layout function means floating behavior */
{ "[M]",      monocle },
};

/* key definitions */
#define MODKEY Mod4Mask
#define TAGKEYS(KEY,TAG) \
{ MODKEY,                       KEY,      view,           {.ui = 1 << TAG}  }, \
{ MODKEY|ControlMask,           KEY,      toggleview,     {.ui = 1 << TAG} }, \
{ MODKEY|ShiftMask,             KEY,      tag,            {.ui = 1 << TAG} }, \
{ MODKEY|ControlMask|ShiftMask, KEY,      toggletag,      {.ui = 1 << TAG} },

/* helper for spawning shell commands in the pre dwm-5.0 fashion */
#define SHCMD(cmd) { .v = (const char*[]){ "/bin/sh", "-c", cmd, NULL } }

/* commands */
static const char *dmenucmd[] = { "dmenu_run", "-fn", font, "-nb", normbgcolor, "-nf", normfgcolor, "-sb", selbgcolor, "-sf", selfgcolor, NULL };
static const char *termcmd[]  = { "urxvtc", NULL };

static Key keys[] = {
/* modifier                     key        function        argument */
{ MODKEY,                       XK_p,      spawn,          {.v = dmenucmd } },
{ MODKEY|ShiftMask,             XK_Return, spawn,          {.v = termcmd } },
{ MODKEY,                       XK_b,      togglebar,      {0} },
{ MODKEY,                       XK_j,      focusstack,     {.i = +1 } },
{ MODKEY,                       XK_k,      focusstack,     {.i = -1 } },
{ MODKEY,                       XK_i,      incnmaster,     {.i = +1 } },
{ MODKEY,                       XK_d,      incnmaster,     {.i = -1 } },
{ MODKEY,                       XK_h,      setmfact,       {.f = -0.05} },
{ MODKEY,                       XK_l,      setmfact,       {.f = +0.05} },
{ MODKEY,                       XK_Return, zoom,           {0} },
{ MODKEY,                       XK_Tab,    view,           {0} },
{ MODKEY|ShiftMask,             XK_c,      killclient,     {0} },
{ MODKEY,                       XK_t,      setlayout,      {.v = &layouts[0]} },
{ MODKEY,                       XK_f,      setlayout,      {.v = &layouts[1]} },
{ MODKEY,                       XK_m,      setlayout,      {.v = &layouts[2]} },
{ MODKEY,                       XK_space,  setlayout,      {0} },
{ MODKEY|ShiftMask,             XK_space,  togglefloating, {0} },
{ MODKEY,                       XK_0,      view,           {.ui = ~0 } },
{ MODKEY|ShiftMask,             XK_0,      tag,            {.ui = ~0 } },
{ MODKEY,                       XK_comma,  focusmon,       {.i = -1 } },
{ MODKEY,                       XK_period, focusmon,       {.i = +1 } },
{ MODKEY|ShiftMask,             XK_comma,  tagmon,         {.i = -1 } },
{ MODKEY|ShiftMask,             XK_period, tagmon,         {.i = +1 } },
TAGKEYS(                        XK_1,                      0)
TAGKEYS(                        XK_2,                      1)
TAGKEYS(                        XK_3,                      2)
TAGKEYS(                        XK_4,                      3)
TAGKEYS(                        XK_5,                      4)
TAGKEYS(                        XK_6,                      5)
TAGKEYS(                        XK_7,                      6)
TAGKEYS(                        XK_8,                      7)
TAGKEYS(                        XK_9,                      8)
{ MODKEY|ShiftMask,             XK_q,      quit,           {0} },
};

/* button definitions */
/* click can be ClkLtSymbol, ClkStatusText, ClkWinTitle, ClkClientWin, or ClkRootWin */
static Button buttons[] = {
/* click                event mask      button          function        argument */
{ ClkLtSymbol,          0,              Button1,        setlayout,      {0} },
{ ClkLtSymbol,          0,              Button3,        setlayout,      {.v = &layouts[2]} },
{ ClkWinTitle,          0,              Button2,        zoom,           {0} },
{ ClkStatusText,        0,              Button2,        spawn,          {.v = termcmd } },
{ ClkClientWin,         MODKEY,         Button1,        movemouse,      {0} },
{ ClkClientWin,         MODKEY,         Button2,        togglefloating, {0} },
{ ClkClientWin,         MODKEY,         Button3,        resizemouse,    {0} },
{ ClkTagBar,            0,              Button1,        view,           {0} },
{ ClkTagBar,            0,              Button3,        toggleview,     {0} },
{ ClkTagBar,            MODKEY,         Button1,        tag,            {0} },
{ ClkTagBar,            MODKEY,         Button3,        toggletag,      {0} },
};
  • 2
    You can start dwm and log to an error file (dwm 2> ~/dwm.log). Please post your config.h. – jasonwryan Jul 26 '14 at 19:51
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    Your config.h looks good. What keys are you pressing to launch the term? How are you starting urxvtd? – jasonwryan Jul 26 '14 at 20:34
  • How do you start your X? If with any *dm see its log. If with startx check your tty's screen. But you can do as jasonwryan said. – uzsolt Jul 27 '14 at 11:27
  • I don't know about dwm specifically but the default stderr log file for any program running in an X11 session that does not somehow or other redirect its stderr is ~/.xsession-errors. – Celada Jul 28 '14 at 0:41
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can you run urxvtc as mentionned in the line

/* com/* commands */
static const char *dmenucmd[] = { "dmenu_run", "-fn", font, "-nb", normbgcolor, "-nf", normfgcolor, "-sb", selbgcolor, "-sf", selfgcolor, NULL };
static const char *termcmd[]  = { "urxvtc", NULL };mands */

otherwise use another terminal

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