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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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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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How can I easily 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 Shift+printscr which in Unity allows ...
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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 messed ...
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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 --role=...
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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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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 there'...
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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 close....
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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 ...
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i3-wm not resizing screen resolution on login

I'm using Parallels for the Mac, but this may be relevant to other VMs too. Using Ubuntu 14.04, when I login using Unity it resizes the screen and uses all available screens (2 in my case), perfect. ...
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hibernate / suspend problems

Problem The Fn-F4 function key combination does not result in hibernating, instead it resets the internet connection instead Symptoms pm-hibernate and pm-suspend just reset the connection. ...
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No elevated permissions when using GUI applications on i3 wm

I'm running Lubuntu 13.10 with the i3 window manager. Tasks that need elevated permissions, like installing applications from the lubuntu software center or using the gnome-disks, complain about not ...
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Open a specific application in a *new* workspace with i3wm

My question is something like this - but I don't want to open a given application on a specific workspace, I want each instance to open on a new workspace each time. The OP in the linked-to ...
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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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How do you implement layout with the autostarting of applications in the i3 window manager?

This is a follow-up on a prior question on how to autostart applications on individual workspaces with the i3 window manager and what can and can't be done inside the ~/.i3/config configuration file. ...
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Possible to source a file in .i3config

I want to extract the default keybindings from my .i3config file and source it from another file I did that like this: #~/.i3config ... #source default keybindings . ~/.path_to_other_file But this ...
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How do you change the color for all the items in the status bar in the i3 WM?

In the i3 window manager you have this status bar. The configuration to enable the bar and tell it which file to load for it is in the ~/.i3/config file. This points to /etc/i3status.conf which ...
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i3 status bar: low battery not showing up in red

I have configured this in my i3status.conf: battery 0 { format = "%status %percentage - %remaining" low_threshold = 30 threshold_type = time integer_battery_capacity = true } And the battery ...
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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 it'...
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Different behaviour of systemctl suspend when executed via i3 wm key binding

I am using the i3 tiling windows manager in combination with light-locker to lock the screen. Light-locker displays a lock message on the locked TTY and shows the password screen on a second TTY. ...
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i3wm : start applications on specific workspaces when i3 starts

How can I start applications on specific workspaces in i3 when it starts? Why is this not working in my config file? : workspace 1; exec firefox; workspace 2; exec chromium; workspace 1
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XRDP Custom Resolution (Fedora 19)

How can I configure a custom display resultion for xrdp sessions? I want the session to use all the display size, minus few lines for the original decorations. that will be around 1920x1050, a ...
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How to get core temperature of haswell i7 cores in i3status

I want to use i3status to display my CPU-Core temperatures (haswell i7). However the setting: order += "cpu_temperature 1" #... cpu_temperature 1{ format = "T: %degree °C" } # doesn't ...
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Overriding functionality of special keys on CM Storm Trigger keyboard

I have a CM Storm Trigger Keyboard. This has some special keys, which can be programmed to trigger certain macros. There are special "M" keys for macros on the left-hand side, and there are two "...
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Indicate mute/unmute with i3status

Is there a way to indicate if the sound is set to mute or not using i3status? I know how to show the volume (as explained in man i3status), but it doesn't distinguish between mute or just 0% volume.