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

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I3 WM bindsym giving error but in terminal, works fine

I have this in my i3 config to restart picom: bindsym $mod+Shift+P exec killall picom; sleep 0.2; picom It works fine in terminal but when I press the keybinding, it shows error, and it just says you ...
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Multiple Monitor Setup Issue with xrandr and i3

I have a question regarding setup of xrandr with multiple monitors. I'm trying to get my new external monitor to work with my laptop. When I type the commands to use the external monitor to the left ...
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The keybindings for tabbed don't work in i3, why?

I have recently changed from XFCE 4 to i3wm and when i tried to launch zathura with tabbed feature like this: nohup tabbed -f zathura -e I get the reader, but when I try to open a new tab Ctrl + ...
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i3 move workspace and X11 MapNotify event problem

I have a program called GUI1 using SDL, When I start GUI1, i3 move it to WS1, by i3 config for_window [class="GUI1"] move to workspace WS1 but GUI1 get blocked at (I tracked down into SDL ...
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Set i3's starting directory

I'm using the i3 window system on my Ubuntu box. Whenever I open a new terminal, it starts me off in ~/Desktop. Is there an option in i3's config file to set the starting directory to something else?...
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Funtoo keychain - how to avoid blocking i3 login?

I'm using Funtoo keychain on Ubuntu 22.04 and I have followed the instructions to add the following to ~/.profile: eval `keychain --eval --agents ssh id_rsa` I'm running the i3 window manager, from ...
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reload the i3 conf in a script

i am writing a script to quick change the mod key of i3 conf0="/home/myuser/.config/i3/config" case "${1}" in (alt) key=Mod1 ;; (win) key=Mod4 ;; (*) printf "Invalid ...
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bashscript for quick change i3 mod key

i am trying to write a bash script to quick change the $mod key of i3 i moved the "set $mod Mod4" to the end of my conf #!/bin/bash $1=key $alt="alt" $win="win" sed '$d'...
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execute a command via shortcut in i3

my goal is to be able to press a Key combination and it opens a terminal in a specific workspace (in i3) executing a command. (i already have it in aliases but i use this command very often) I hope i ...
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xrandr - Issues using --left-of to set up a second display

I have two monitors, DP-3 with 2560x1440 resolution, and HDMI-1 with 1920x1200 resolution. I want HDMI-1 to be displayed to the left of DP-3. When I run xrandr --output HDMI-1 --auto --right-of DP-3 ...
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How to view all hotkeys in i3wm?

In i3wm i installed lib-notify, and this app used key ctrl+`, that i use for vscode terminal. How to find this hotkey and rewrite in .config/i3/config? Thanks in advance.
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Can't Move Mouse When Key Pressed

I'm running up-to-date arch on an Asus G15 (2021) and I'm using i3 as my WM. I can't for the life of me, work out why the trackpad doesn't seem to work when I have a key pressed down. Where would I ...
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Battery and Touchpad issues with ThinkPad P14s

I am the happy owner of a Thinkpad P14s Gen1 with a AMD CPU since march 2021. The problems I am going to describe occurred both with Ubuntu Gnome and Fedora xfce4 desktop environnement using i3wm. ...
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Get drop down with kitty

I used to use guake and I preferred the drop down style of it so is there a way to have this in kitty. So far i have tried kitti3 and added exec_always --no-startup-id kitti3 bindsym $mod+n nop kitti3 ...
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Replicate behavior of Material Shell in i3 or other wm

Is there a way to replicate the workflow of a gnome-shell extension called "Material Shell" in i3? If not, is there any other wm that can do that? I tried using Material Shell, but it's ...
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Lightdm flickers and doesn't display anything correctly, but works fine after opening and closing the lid or connecting an external monitor

I have installed manjaro on a new machine with a hidpi display. It displays a scrambled and flickering version of lightdm at boot (you can sort of recognize a few pixels of the background image). But ...
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Changing the preferences of Gnome-terminal globally

Is there any way to change Gnome-terminal settings, such as transparency, globally, so that I won't have to set it again and again after restarting i3-wm? I'm using Regolith Linux.
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libstartup-notification0-dev Package missing in Void Linux to Compile i3 WM

I have been using Void Linux for more than a year now and very satisfied with the user experience. Till now I have not fell short of any utility, library or program that was not found the repo. ...
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Blank screen at startup, xset is unable to open display ""

Seemingly from out of nowhere, I get a blank screen during startup on Arch Linux. Going into the TTY shows me xset: unable to open display "" Unable to connect to X server I use X11, ...
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How to check if the display is currently on full screen?

I have some notifications I want to send only when an application is full screen. For example if I have a video on full screen, and I increase or decrease the volume, I want to be notified what the ...
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Vim goes to background when rearranging window layout

The GIF below shows what I'm observing. If I do the following I send Vim to background with Ctrl-Z only once, come back to it via fgEnter, then open another terminal, causing the original one to ...
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`setxkbmap` option stops working after plugging an external monitor

I've been having this rather annoying problem that I would like to at least understand. I have a laptop (Dell XPS 15 from 2017) with a spanish keyboard layout. I then have a usb c hub that connects it ...
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How to launch application with rofi using i3wm's exec?

I had this issue and now I know how to solve it. I need to launch applications with i3wm's exec command. ButI use rofi as launchmenu and I have no idea how to make it lauch applications with i3wm's ...
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Black line at the top of nitrogen wallpaper when app opened (i3 arch)

I set wallpaper with nitrogen --set-zoom-fill --save wallpaper.png ( i used zoom-fill for it to be scaled on a second monitor ). And added exec --no-startup-id nitrogen --restore to i3 config. But for ...
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Rofi material theme not showing correctly

I am having a problem at configuring my Rofi theme for my Arch Linux. I downloaded the material theme from this source and selected it with rofi-theme-selector, but it does not show the same way as ...
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Format the output of "read_file uptime" in i3status

I'm trying to display my system uptime with i3status. This is what I have in my i3status.conf file: read_file uptime { format = "%title: %content" path = "/proc/uptime" } ...
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My Ubuntu + i3 freezes randomly without any log

I'm using Ubuntu server 21.10 with i3 along with Compton. Everything thing works fine, but sometimes (every 2 or 3 days) it freezes completely and no more action could be taken, nothing works and I ...
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How `xorg` and `xinit` are affecting my displays on host and in container:

Very brief summary: Either I can launch containerized GUI apps, or I can configure my display positioning, but not both. Part 1: i3 display configuration vs xorg display configuration. Resolved but ...
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How is i3 window manager started by startx in Ubuntu (so that I can configure what display it appears on)?

I want to set up i3 automatically start on a specific one of my three screens (all connected to one Nvidia card). This has proved more difficult than expected. My first choice was to just set that ...
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How to set up i3-like bindings for Openbox-Kde

KDE Plasma 5. I want the keybindings like i3. I want to press my "windows key + directonal arrows" to move my windows. This window is the active window rn, i want to move it around my screen ...
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i3 font size changed after Space got stuck

I'm using Arch 5.14.12-arch1-1 with i3 as the window manager. The other day, while browsing in Firefox, I did something trivial (like changing a Firefox tab or jumping to another i3 workspace or just ...
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i3 GTK & Qt theming problem

Applications that use Qt and GTK look different how can I fix this, i’m using i3 is there any software to theme Qt? PS: I’ve heard about lxappearance but it only works for GTK
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i3wm - Problem starting terminal app in floating mode in Arco Linux

im trying to run ranger file manager in floating mode with a keybinding. Ranger is a file manager that runs on a terminal, im currently using urxvt I put this lines in my i3 config: bindsym $mod+Shift+...
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X11 video memory requirements with multiple desktops and windows open

I am running i3 window manager on a single 4k display. However, I have 12 desktops and maybe 50 windows open. Recently I noticed that zoom video is very laggy at times, also it takes a second to ...
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touchpad stops working in i3-gaps

I'm using KDE Neon (which is basically Ubuntu with the newest kde preinstalled), and decided to try something new, so I installed i3-gaps. However, when I'm in a i3-gaps session it often happens that ...
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i3wm floating windows won't automatically center

When using pycharm the floating windows for "Commit" or "Push" spawn a bit off-screen, so I have to manually center them. I tried to automatically center them with the directive ...
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How to block specific desktop notifications? [closed]

I subscribe to the Boston Globe. I get unwanted news alerts from them as desktop notifications. I never asked for them. I don't want them. I contacted the Boston Globe and they won't help me. I logged ...
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Shift+Insert on terminal copies from clipboard, not primary

Up until recently whenever I pressed Shift+Insert on my Linux terminal (whether Bash or Fish) it pasted my terminal selection ("primary"). Now all of a sudden it started pasting from my ...
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PrintScreen key not registering in Arch Linux

I'm using Arch Linux with i3 as my wm and running an x server. All my keys work but printscreen key doesn't even register. I tried xbindkeys -k which seems to work for all keys except Print. My ...
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Arch Linux Tiger VNC Server running Steam trying lower resolution

I am running a tiger vnc server from an arch linux desktop running i3. I am streaming this desktop to a laptop (also using i3 and arch) connected through my home network, everything runs fairly fine, ...
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Need to unlock for the system to suspend when using custom script with xss-lock

When I run systemctl suspend, my screen locks first, as is expected. However, it remains in locked state and does not suspend. It then suspends after I've unlocked it. I think this started after I've ...
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How to determine what GUI library a program is using?

For example, I need to know what GUI library Synergy uses so I can configure the correct config files (such as ~/.config/gtk-3.0/settings.ini for GTK3 programs). How would this be accomplished?
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Capture picture after unlocking screen / logging in i3

Running Manjaro with i3wm, and my .i3/config has the following related to locking the screen: # Lock screen exec --no-startup-id xss-lock -- ~/.i3/lock.sh bindsym $mod+Ctrl+l exec --no-startup-id ...
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Creating a remote session for i3wm with Apache Guacamole

I have set up Apache Guacamole on a server, and I want to use it to host a remote desktop session with my Linux Mint laptop. Currently, I have installed i3-gaps through a PPA. I can't access it ...
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How to specify which display i3-lock starts showing the image on?

I sometimes use a monitor with my laptop. I use i3lock -t -i /path as my locking command and the image I use is of the resolution of my laptop screen. Running this with the monitor connected the puts ...
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Xorg starts but does not show any graphics on Debian with Nvidia card (new install)

I'm trying to set up Debian on a brand new computer. My goal is to have i3vm working (with Xorg), and I don't need lightdm since I prefer logging directly with cli on tty1 and then having an automated ...
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Always open target in current output

The default i3 config requires you to remember which output a container is on. E.g. if I have 3 monitors (a, b, and c), then I either dedicate certain containers to each output (e.g. 1 and 2 are on a, ...
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Flatpak app complains that no portal is available

I installed flatpak from the Debian Buster repos, and the slack (that the company I work for has unfortunate started requiring) flatpak from flathub. When I flatpak --user run com.slack.Slack &!, ...
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i3wm not recognizing ñ key

I just installed manjaro's i3wm community edition but I have a spanish keyboard and $mod+ñ is not working. How can I make i3wm recognize $mod+ñ? localectl gives the following info: >> localectl ...
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How to set fractional scaling on i3wm including for all GUI apps?

I am using Manjaro Linux with KDE and i3 window managers. I want to increase scaling preferably to 125 like I am using on KDE. I tried both xrandr --dpi 125 adding Xft.dpi: 120, but it does not ...
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