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What is is about:

Wmii (Window Manager Improved) is a « tiling WM » : a window manager which automagically places windows without overlapping. This is done with a view to them covering as large a surface as possible. Further, to allow you to efficiently organise your desktop screen, you can navigate it using the keyboard only.

Installation

If you don't have xorg installed, you should install it before :

aptitude install xserver-xorg xterm xinit

For wmii, you need the package :

aptitude install wmii

Use

Begin

When we don't know tiling, it's not realy easy to begin with it. We have to learn hotkeys to launch programs and deplace or resize windows. By default, the "Mod" touch is Alt. See the "Configuration" part of this page to change it, if you need. The hotkeys to learn at beginning are :

Columns

By default, only one column is used by the desktop. It's possible to use several columns with h and l :

Columns are created automatically, in fonction of your placements of the windows. You can make them bigger or smaller, clicking beetween two columns.

Layouts

You begin in "default" layout : all windows take the same space. You can make them bigger or smaller, clicking in the little square in the title bar of a window.

Floating layout

You can place your windows like a classic window manager. It's called floating layout. It's useful for some applications, like the Gimp.

In floating layout, we select window with Mod+j and Mod+k. We can change dimensions of the window, by clicking on the corner, like in a classic window manager. But we can use hotkeys for that :

Views

The views is the principle of desktops in others window managers. They are automatically created when you move a window in. Hotkeys follow the same principle :

It's the same thing for all numbers, from 0 to 9. But we can use name too :

Configuration

Per-user configuration

The configuration file is /etc/X11/wmii-3.5/wmiirc. If you want a personnal configuration, just copy it in the .wmii-3.5 in your personnal folder :

cp /etc/X11/wmii-3.5/wmiirc /home/<login>/.wmii-3.5/

Basic configuration

You just need to edit the wmiirc file

Touchs

# Configuration Variables
MODKEY=Mod1
UP=k
DOWN=j
LEFT=h
RIGHT=l

Change Mod1 to Mod4 if you want to use Windows touch and not Alt. You can also change h, j, k, l if you want.

Windows colors

# Colors tuples: "<text> <background> <border>"
WMII_NORMCOLORS='#ffffff #000000 #ffffff'
WMII_FOCUSCOLORS='#ffffff #5c0000 #ffffff'

WMII_BACKGROUND='#333333'
WMII_FONT='fixed'

Colors of unselected window are in NORMCOLORS variable. Colors of selected window are in FOCUSCOLOR variable. You can see the hexadecimal code of a color with the Gimp (just click in the black and white squares in the tools window), for example. You can change the background color (if you use transparent terminal) with the WMII_BACKGROUND variable.

Terminal


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