[TAG] One for Ben
Kapil Hari Paranjape
kapil at imsc.res.in
Thu Jul 15 08:50:26 MSD 2004
On Wed, Jul 14, 2004 at 09:43:24AM -0400, Ben Okopnik wrote:
> Hey, some guy on Freshmeat wrote a good article on ratpoison being the
> ultimate WM (that's what got me looking at it), and didn't get flamed.
> Lots of positive comments, actually, IIRC.
> Ooops, I feel a 2-cent tip coming up. :)
You asked for it. Here it is.
I got tired of spend^H^H^H^H^Hwasting my time configuring my
window manager/desktop/themes/what have you and switched to
"ratpoison". After a deep and productive hack I come up for
relaxation and am faced with the pest-killer again. Can't do
GIMP, screensavers, and the rest. How *do* I relax? Go and play
football (soccer to some...)? No. Back to configuring my window
manager so that it can at least be like ratpoison *some* of the
Defining the problem:
How do I get my window manager to maximize a window without the
handles, titlebars, buttons and all that fluff. In this window I
might have a term with screen or emacs or mozilla (for those
do-not-disturb browse-fests :-) why should the window manager
Golem: (The first WM that I learnt to do this with) Alt-z
z is for zoom.
ICEWM: Alt-F11 (Yes, that's all!) F11 for "Fill the screen"
FVWM: For a window manager that can do it all this should
be easy; but I haven't quite figured it out.
There *is* fvwm-shell and that has some settings that
are 90% of the solution. (Unsurprisingly this is my
current UI---I *need* to figure it out!).
Metacity+GNOME2: You can define the relevant key using the
window key bindings menu (there is no default binding).
The relevant function is Toggle Maximize Window. Imagine
the surprise on people's faces when they come and say
"What! Are you running that pest-killer again? Give me a
real desktop", you press a key and *wham* there is GNOME
in all its glory (once it gets out of swap space that
Yes. I know that all this does not reduce memory usage! On the
other hand if you work/hack for long enough all that unused stuff
should go into swap/disk so it shouldn't bother you.
For those who *really* want to work 90% of the time the
alternative is to run ratpoison with one of the frames
containing an Xnest that runs the eye-candy window manager.
There is one problem with this solution---no DRI for the
eye-candy which means that GL screensavers and the like will not
produce good results.
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