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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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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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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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notify-send get stuck in i3-gaps [closed]

I am using arch linux with i3-gaps, when I run notify-send, it should've shown notification immediately but just gets stuck in terminal. It works with $ dbus-launch notify-send "Hello"
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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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i3wm move window to adjacent workspace regardless of whether workspace is empty or not

I'm trying to figure out how to quickly send the window with focus to the next workspace numerically. Using the following lines in my ~/.config/i3/config file, I'm able to bind Super [ and Super ] 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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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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i3: change focus_follows_mouse with keybinding

As we know, the window manager i3 provides an option to control the behavior of the mouse moving from one window to another - the focus_follows_mouse option. I wanted to control this behavior with my ...
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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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i3wm: How to not get floating windows to background when mouse pointer is not over them? [closed]

How do I prevent i3wm from moving floating windows to background when mouse pointer is not over them? Problem: A program has a dialog window. I move the mouse pointer, the window moves to the ...
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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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i3wm: Switching to workspaces and moving container to (same) workspace map to different workspaces

Hey all, this problem has me stumped: Current Behavior My i3 config has the following workspacewise: bindsym $mod+grave workspace h0me bindsym $mod+1 workspace term1nal bindsym $mod+...
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Statusbar Time Display [closed]

I am using i3 on Arch Linux. My statusbar is i3blocks, which works well, except for one problem. I am using the date command to get the system time. My problem with that is that I use my clock to ...
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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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Two questions about shortcuts

KDE is my current desktop and i3wm is my previous desktop. In KDE, when using the virtual desktop, I set meta+1~9 to switch to virtual desktop 1~9. It works fine. In i3wm, double typing the same ...
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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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In i3, how do I focus the top-level window container?

I often find myself wanting to move the entire content of one workspace into another. My current method is to— spam my hotkey for focus parent until I think I've selected the top-level container, ...
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How to use systemd special units

I was trying to create a simple(ish) way to detect whether my laptop lid was closed and activate i3lock when it is. I know that this can be done through acpid or other methods, but I wanted to learn ...
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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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i3wm: invoking program via i3 in one workspace, invoking program via terminal in another

I have currently configured my i3 to open Firefox in a specific workspace any time it boots up, but is there a way to have Firefox open in say workspace 2 if it is opened via i3 (mod+d) but open in my ...
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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 ...
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i3wm multi-monitor error while moving displays

I am trying out i3wm with 2 displays and when I logged in for the first time my displays were swapped around. This doesn't happen with Gnome 3. So I used arandr (GUI tool that generates xrandr ...
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i3 windows manager conditional exec comand

Is there way to execute a command when a workspace is on? I mean, if i go to a specific workspace (using $mod+5 workspace 5) a command is run (but only once). In summary, execute something like this. ...
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Xrandr doesn't see display, but it works

I used to restart my workstation (Ubuntu 16.04 on board) very rarely, maybe once per few months. Yesterday, my two displays were replaced with a new ones via hot plug method. Thus, they were connected ...
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Special configuration of i3wm [closed]

I'm trying to install a certain configuration of i3, but the procedure is unclear (nothing is working!!). The font is really awesome, but hard to install : http://dotshare.it/dots/1011/. Error : ...
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RDP to i3wm-session from a windows machine

At my university, I have a Linux workstation, on which all my simulations and other scientific applications/calcs are run. When I am physically present in the office, I use the i3 window manager, ...
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Special opacity conditions in Compton

I am trying to set special conditions for transparancy in Compton. I have alight opacity in my browser, but would like streaming videos (i.e. YouTube) to have 99 opacity... is this possible in Compton?...
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Running a script on leaving an i3 workspace

Does i3 have the ability to run a script whenever one leaves a workspace? I ask because I would like a certain keyboard layout in emacs (including hyper) and a different one outside of emacs (...
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Unable to find keycode for volume key on Apple keyboard

Summary I switched to i3wm and I'm trying to set up my environment. I am using an Apple keyboard (circa 2007). It has three volume keys and I can't find their keycodes for mapping. Analysis I read ...
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Firefox on i3 - all hieroglyphs

I just ran a system update on my Arch System, after a rather long while. There were some issues with the automatic update for Firefox so I uninstalled it completely and reinstalled it later. ...
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Wrong keyboard-layout using Synergy and i3

I have a setup where my keyboard-layout won't work in i3 using Synergy (Swedish). When I switch from i3 to Mate there's no problem with the keyboard (still using Synergy). Synergy server Windows 10 ...
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Dbus doesn't see ru.gentoo.KbddService on startup

I have installed Xubuntu 16.04, later I installed i3wm and I like it. But, there is one interesting issue. I use kbdd and setxkbmap for switching and controlling keyboard layouts. So, I put this in ~/....
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Ubuntu 14.04 Mouse Touchpad gone bad

I have a problem with my touchpad, but I don't think it's a hardware issue. I've recently upgraded to Ubuntu 14.04 and after a few days of use, the mouse pointer is behaving kind of wierd. What it ...
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nmcli create security popup?

Is it possible to connect to a wifi network using nmcli without specifying a password so that it pops up with a security authentication message, The same as when you use nm-applet and try to connect ...
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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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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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i3 - share a workspace across multiple monitors

Is it possible to configure a workspace to span multiple monitors OR when I hit a certain key(s) to tell i3 to switch to both workspaces? Say for example, workspace 1,3,5,7,9 are on monitor 1 and the ...
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How to set nemo as default file explorer in i3 desktop?

I use i3 desktop on Arch linux and I use nemo as file explorer. When in any application I use the option of show in file explorer, it pops up a browser window loading file://path/to/folder. I'd like ...
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Can't load desktop environment with startx [closed]

I'm facing a problem that I've never seen before. I want to load i3 with my new installation of Arch Linux but when I launch startx, the tty is freezing with no error. I've checked the log of xorg, I ...