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Using the Windows Pidgin Options plugin, I can make the buddy list be dockable. If I dock it, other windows avoid it when maximising themselves. How do I do the same thing in X?

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Check this out. – digitxp Aug 24 '10 at 14:51

That depends on your window manager. For example, Fluxbox has no such feature, while wmii is a tiled window manager that organizes windows in columns and keeps windows from overlapping in most circumstances.

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that is more a lack of feature on the side of pidgin, fluxbox supports so called "struts" (some panels provide them) where the app tells the windowmanager to reserce a certain area on the screen where maximized windows are kept away from ... – akira Apr 4 '10 at 17:11
@akiraL I don't think the Pidgin developers see their buddy list as a panel. (It's pretty wide.) If they did, they would have designed it differently, to pop out or something. – Ken Bloom Apr 12 '10 at 21:06
they can see it as what they want, if they want the wm to not maximize windows over it they have to tell the wm its a "panel". – akira May 6 '10 at 12:11
@akira: they don't see it as a panel, therefore they decided not to tell the wm that it's a panel. If you want the WM to see it as a panel, then you have to patch pidgin. – Ken Bloom May 12 '10 at 18:02

never heard about AllTray?

Take a look.

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I hadn't; thanks for pointing it out. I'm afraid it's not what I'm looking for; I'm interested in docking a window to the edge of the screen, rather than hiding it in a system tray. Pidgin already displays a notification area icon anyway. – Simon Feb 3 '10 at 11:47

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