getting real control over where windows go

Lubos Lunak l.lunak at
Sat May 1 04:23:37 PDT 2010

On Friday 30 of April 2010, Britton Kerin wrote:
> Hi guys,
> I appreciate how hard the problem is to get window manager, apps, sessions,
> etc.
> all working together in some coherent way.  I'm sure it will happen some
> day but
> for now I'd like to finally get explicit control over windows somehow.
> I'm not even sure where I should be looking to do this.  GNOME seems to
> sometime
> pay attention to window size requests, sometimes not, and each app has its
> own
> command line or other ways to control this.
> My question is, is there some basic X window way to control windows and
> react to
> new events?  I don't care if I have to parse something weird.  But what am
> I looking
> for?

 A window manager that gives you enough control to achieve what you want. 
There is a number of window managers that are scriptable, FVWM can have quite 
complex configuration file, KWin has window-specific settings, etc. 
Alternatively you could use tools like wmiface or devilspie to hack what you 
want manually, but that may or may not work well enough.

 Lubos Lunak
 openSUSE Boosters team, KDE developer
 l.lunak at , l.lunak at

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