Questions tagged [i3]

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

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Why doesn't the keyring used by XFCE migrate to i3?

I'm moving from Xubuntu XFCE to i3 and I have this option checked in XFCE, Launch GNOME services on startup Enable this option if you need the GNOME keyring daemon to be run on startup. I can't ...
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Set default application to start on save/open file dialog

I am using i3wm on an up-to-date arch installation, and I would love to know how to change the application to open for the save/open file dialog. How to reproduce If I open okular and select "Open ...
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Can't seem to open files with a file manager

I've been trying to use i3 instead of GNOME, but I still use Nautilus as my file manager. The problem is, when I try to open a file, like a video, a text file, or virtually anything else, nothing ...
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How do I autostart multiple gnome-terminal applications from an i3 saved layout?

I have read over this link which is almost the exact same problem I am having. The solution provided simply links the documentation to i3's layout saving capability. I find the section on restoring ...
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Compton dimming inactive doesn't work with terminal

Running i3 on ubuntu, with compton (all recent installations). I want to use compton to dim inactive windows. It is currently mostly working using inactive-dim = 0.2 just fine. The problem is that ...
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Sway/Wayland does not activate my second monitor

I was previously using arch linux, lightdm, and sway (an i3 clone for wayland, basically). However, at the time lightdm would not launch sway for me, so I ended up switching to a tty (ctrl+alt+f#) and ...
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Change TTY resolution on Fedora

I'm using Fedora 25 on ASUS laptop connected to the LG external monitor. The monitor (unlike the laptop's screen itself) doesn't show TTY full screen, while it's okay with the GUI (that's i3wm or ...
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Why is my cpu overheating when i use i3wm?

I've got a laptop running linux mint cinnamon 17.3 I'm currently playing with/learning/considering to switch to i3wm. When I'm on cinnamon, the cpu temp is around 40-45°C (104 - 113 F) But when I use ...
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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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setxkbmap -layout us,pt doesn't work

I'm using i3 and imported some keybinds from another user that has the US keyboard. From the i3 forums, the easiest way to do this would be to do: setxkbmap -layout us,pt ..... This solution seems ...
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Unable to run 2 sudo commands without asking password from script

I want pacman to check for updates on system startup without asking me for password. I created a script ~/bin/startup which is executed through ~/.config/i3/config. In ~/.config/i3/config: exec_always ...
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i3 move window to workspace but on same screen

I have 3 screens all working fine. So i try to implement my i3 config for following behavior: When I hit my "home"-key every screen has a specific workspace to switch to. The idea is to provide a ...
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xbacklight doesn't work Linux Mint i3

Hello follow Linux users, I am currently setting up i3 and I want to configure the brightness buttons. I want to use xbacklight for this but it doesn't work. If I enter xbacklight into the terminal ...
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Is there an application I can run under i3 that lists available desktop applications by category and shows their desktop icons?

I love using i3 but one thing I miss from mainstream desktop environments is that they have menus that class desktop applications by their category and display them in convenient lists. Is an ...
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i3wm: Set window splitting sequence such that screen is divided into quadrants

Is it possible to configure i3 to place new containers of a workspace in a certain way? I want the containers to be gradually oriented as in the below picture without having to manually split and move ...
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i3: action when workspace active for so long

Can I have an action performed when a certain i3 workspace has been active for a certain amount of time? For example switching to emacs when web has been active for 5 minutes?
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i3wm check if container exists in workspace

How can I determine in i3wm (layout saving) if there exists a placeholder/container for certain application? For example I want to check if there exists a placeholder for class Evince, how this can be ...
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How to setup lxde tools with i3 in arch linux?

I am trying to maintain a minimal arch setup for which I want to have i3 but use some of the features available in lxde: specifically: lxsession for lxpolkit lxapperance for gtk2 and gtk3 themes ...
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X configuration resets on display change

I use Ubuntu 16.04 on my laptop, but I use i3 as my window manager. I've set up ~/.xprofile to configure my key repeat rate, and some custom keyboard mappings (see below) # Detect and apply current ...
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gdm3: change default wm from gnome to i3

When I login from gdm3 with 'System Default' selected, my (debian based) system starts gnome. I don't want to choose i3 every time I boot, rather set i3 as 'System Default'. Is there a way to do so?
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i3wm stacking under thunar

I am Using i3wm on Debian Jessie. I was wondering how to define the following behaviour: When you open any file in Thunar (with gedit, document viewer, etc), start stacking in the Thunar box i.e. ...
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i3: emacs refuses to open in full screen after `fullscreen enable`

After for_window [class=".*"] fullscreen enable has been put into ~/.config/i3/config, and i3 reloaded, all programmes opened open in full screen---except emacs! The result is the same if Emacs is ...
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Render everything in two colours

Is it possible to recolour everything on the screen, every application, web pages, menus, everything, in two colours (with intermediate shades, i.e. monochromatic)? Some document viewers support this....
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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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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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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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using X11 to ssh to a Linux server with a GUI application (such as i3) using XQuartz

I'm trying to ssh to a linux server and run GUI applications like i3. My personal computer is a MacOS Mojave and I have setup X11: I setup XQuartz locally, ForwardX11 yes in my local ssh config and ...
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i3 and rdesktop — who gets the meta?

I am using i3 desktop manager bound to my Win (or meta) key. Everything works great. Sometimes, I like to rdesktop into my windows machines. Now, as long as the application window is focuses or ...
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Use meta/super/windows/whatever key to open KDE Plasma's application launcher (KDE Plasma + i3)

I have a setup with KDE Plasma and i3 that I've been absolutely loving, except for the fact that the windows key no longer works to open Plasma's application launcher like it does with Kwin. I did ...
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I3 how to auto start (when i3 launches) tmux with irssi

Every time i launch the computer i want an TMUX IRSSI window to be launched. i3/conf: exec --no-startup-id irc irc script: #!/bin/sh tmux new-session -n "IRC" -d 'irssi' tmux -2 attach-session -d ...
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xrandr (1.5.0) artifacting in i3wm (4.16.1) after upgrading Arch Linux

Bit of an unusual issue. I just updated Arch Linux, but I hadn't rebooted in a quite awhile so it might not have even been a recent updgrade. I'm getting some weird artifacting at the bottom of my ...
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Lightdm fails to start xsession

I switched from xfce4 to i3 a while ago. The first go through, everything worked fine. I then had to reinstall i3 for some reason, and I can no longer enter i3 through lightdm-gtk-greeter. I have to ...
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Do i3 workspaces have to be linear?

Currently the way i3 does workspaces, they're all linear 0-9. Under a normal workflow this typically means you have one workspace for browsing the web, and one for managing media, and messaging/chat .....
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Can't open deepin control-center on i3

I can't open deepin control-center on i3wm on arch linux. When I try to execute dde-control-center, I get the following error: "dtkwidget2" can not find qm files load translate "/usr/share/dde-...
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i3-msg doesn't move workspaces between multiple monitors consistently

I have two monitors; eDP1: primary (laptop's screen) and HDMI2, the external monitor. What I want to do is to use i3wm such that when I run a script (below), it put some workspaces on eDP1 and some on ...
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My audio stopped working suddenly in Debian/i3wm/alsa/pulseaudio

Once after i rebooted my laptop, my sound just stopped to work since then. I've already search a lot of solutions, the common solutions didn't suit my case. The auto-mute mode is disabled in ...
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xmodmap: Super modifier negates Mode_switch modifier when pressed together

Running Manjaro with i3wm. I mapped my Caps key to Mode_switch modifier with xmodmap. I am using it to turn WASD into arrow keys, and a few other combinations. Pressing Caps+W/A/S/D works as ...
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i3lock wallpaper when closing lid

I'm new to Arch Linux, and I would like to have i3lock with a background of my choice welcoming me after I close the lid of my laptop. However, though I was able to achieve the nice background for ...
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Focus preservation in i3wm

tl;dr: How do I implement the no_focus directive in i3wm and how do I dynamically assign a program to a workspace based on the workspace where I key the binding to open the program (i.e., I press the ...
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Installing i3 broke MATE? “Your session lasted less than 10 seconds”

I’ve just installed i3 and after using it for around 10 minutes (and not being able to open anything using dmenu — nothing loaded), I tried going back to MATE. I’m running Mint 18.2 Sonya. I get the ...
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notify-osd not working after i3wm restart

Notifications won't work after I restart i3wm (with super + shift + r). My ubuntu version is 16.04 and I installed the patched notify-osd which allows customizable notifications. From syslog I ...
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i3wm: Is there any way to toggle mouse warping behavior with a shortcut?

When I'm reading emails I want to open multiple articles in the browser before I start reading them. Therefore I'd like to disable mouse warping when I read emails but re-enable it afterwards. I know ...
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How to get rid of background flickering when switching workspaces?

I am using compton as my composite manager with i3. When compton is enabled and there is an image (png) on the root X window, you can see flickering while switching workspaces. There is no issue when ...
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Run script when X window title changes

This script changes Firefox window titles from this pattern [PageName] - Mozilla Firefox to just [pageName]: pids=$(xdotool search --class "Firefox") for pid in $pids; do name=$(xdotool ...
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Make xzoom float in i3wm

I'm trying to configure i3 so that xzoom is always launched in floating mode. The problem is that xzoom's window does not have a WM_CLASS and its WM_NAME is not set at window creation, but after a ...
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How are default fonts set for programs like FireFox?

I'm currently working on getting my first real Linux install configured and I'm having issues with programs using a font I would prefer it did not. For example, if I look at FireFox, I can see the ...
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Super key (A.K.A. Windows Key) not working in i3wm (Fedora 26)

The Super Key does not work with i3wm when I configure it as the configured modifier key. The used configuration file is the one that is initially generated choosing the Super/Windows Key instead of ...
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Display fullscreen video from one monitor in a window on another monitor

I have one display connected to DVI and another connected to DisplayPort. I want to capture the video from the first one and display it in a window on the second one. My first idea was to use screen ...
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KDE/i3: menu bar not toggle-able

With i3(gaps) running on top of Manjaro KDE Edition, it seems I am not able to change my menu bar (File, Edit, View, etc). The original Issue was that it is displayed in Atom, where I neither need nor ...
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move application to another screen in i3mw

I would like to move focused application to newly created screen. Screen would be automatically created when shortcut (for moving application) is pressed. The screen name should be the name of the ...