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Is it possible to make windows appear always on top of their parent windows, but not all other windows?

In Awesome window manager, I know how to make windows appear on top of all other windows, based on their attributes (class name, role etc.) However, there are some scenarios where I'd like a floating ...
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Problems using awful.util.spawn in Awesome WM

I am having trouble using the awful.util.spawn call in my rc.lua config file for Awesome WM. If I use: awful.util.spawn("xclock") it works. But if I try awful.util.spawn("setxkbmap fr") there is no ...
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Can I place and scale an X window precisely using the command line?

I need my window to be exactly 1280x720 pixels in size, and placed at the offset 1940x20. Is it possible to resize and place an arbitrary window, for example my editor window or browser window, very ...
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Awesome wm: panel(wibox) border?

Is this possible to add border of desired width and color to the bottom of the panel if it is at top? Any advices?
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AwesomeWM resizing firefox

I am a begginer to AwesomeWM and can't figure out how to resize my firefox window. I can resize terminal windows with Mod4 + H/L but no matter what I do, firefox and my PDF reader are stuck running in ...
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How to make Win + L work in Virtualbox guest OS when Windows 8 is a host?

I'm using Virtualbox on Windows 8 machine. My guest OS is Linux with Awesome WM. My problem is that my mod key is set to WIN. This causes problem with WIN + L, as it doesn't go to guest OS. It gets ...
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`mod4 + m` no longer maximising client in awesome

Other keys like mod4 + j and mod4 + n are working, but suddenly windows no longer maximise in awesome. Restarting awesome did not fix it. Here's what is probably the relevant line from ...
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I cannot use Awesome with Xming

I get the following error when I try to run awesome WM in cygwin with Xming: W: awesome: color_init_reply:136: awesome: error, cannot allocate color '#000000'
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Adding windows to stacking area and not main window with awesome window manager

Is it possible to configure awesome so that when new windows are created, they are added to stacking area instead of as a new main window? Alternative, if it's configured with multiple main windows, ...
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How do I disable the ctrl + space hotkey for switching keyboard layout?

I started using AwesomeWM, and use both Dvorak and Qwerty keyboard layouts. The default keybinding for switching keyboard layouts is CTRL+Space. That also happens to be the shortcut for code ...
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AwesomeWM - How to change statusbar font colors and font itself

My current awesome WM theme has some ugly colors that I want to change and I want to change the font from what I believe is Terminus to Monospace. This is all for the status bar at the top btw. -- ...
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How can I get gnome-terminal to take up its whole screen area in Awesome WM?

Gnome-terminal only takes up around 98% of its allotted screen area in Awesome WM, so that it's flush against the left window, flush against the top, but ~5px from the right and ~7px from the bottom. ...
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How to manualy spawn a client in a specific tag in Awesome?

I already have automatic tag assignation for clients using rules, but sometimes I need to spawn a client in a specific tag. For example, I usualy want my browser (dwb) in tag 2 using the following ...
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Awesome WM shortcut to kill window

How can I set a shortcut to kill current window in awesome WM ? I know Ctrl + ⇧ Shift + C close a window, but what I want is KILL (kill <PID> for instance). I need this to kill process a ...
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Additional Borders on windows in Awesome

I have an Arch Linux 64-bit install running Awesome-WM, However I seem to have a problem with the borders on opened windows(Generally in gtk apps) Also I have Compton Composition Manager running ...
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Awesome - swapping windows

I was wondering if there's a shortcut to swap windows. Say a have two horizontal windows, and I want the upper one to go down and viceversa. I checked the manual with no luck.
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Shortcut to bring mouse focused window to front

Is there some way to bring the focused window to the front in awesome without clicking with the mouse? I'm looking e.g. to find Mod-F1 to "bring window to front" and Mod-F2 to "send window to ...
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Make Awesome keep certain windows in floating mode

I've tried using the Awesome Window Manager, and although I like it, I can't currently migrate to it because of an issue with one program: Xpad. It creates undecorated notepad widgets on the desktop ...
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Awesome WM: Reverse mouse buttons

I have a pretty standard installation of the Awesome Window Manager on Arch. I am left-handed and wish to reverse the order of the mouse buttons so that the primary mouse button is the right mouse ...
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Emacs maximized but leaves few pixels in Awesome WM

I love emacs and Awesome WM. But dont know why, but when I maximize the emacs, it always leaves few pixels in Awesome WM. I've tried font_size_honor=false for emacs class in rc.lua but it just does ...
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What caused terminal to hide previous input and show a colon?

It happens for both urxvt and xfce4-terminal. When I press whatever I type before in the line disappears and gets replace by a colon. If you delete that colon the hidden part reappears. The annoying ...
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How to take screenshot(using selection) in awesome wm via scrot

Tried: awful.util.spawn("scrot -s") awful.util.spawn("urxvt -e \"scrot -s\"") os.execute("scrot -s") and all possible combinations even with sleep. Also tried daemonize. Nothing works =( P.S. All ...
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OSX-quality antialiasing on Awesome WM + Arch Linux?

I'm running Arch with Xorg and Awesome WM. The antialiasing rather sucks. How can I get OSX-quality antialiasing or something similar?
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How to let awesome window(client) displayed always on visible workspace?

As title tell. There is such an option when you right click the blank on nautilus in awesome, then a rectangle will appear in the title and it worked, any short cuts for this function to use on other ...
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defining a key function in awesome window manager

I want to reprogramme a key on my laptop-keyboard in awesome window manager under Fedora. On my new Lenovo's keyboard there is no context-menu-key anymore, but I miss it. Especially in awesome it ...
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Getting awesome wm to work with macbook pro retina display (hidpi)

How can I get Awesome WM to display sanely on MacBook Pro retina display? At the moment everything is incredibly tiny..
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awesome wm: set a hotkey to open mutt

I'm using awesome 3.4 on debian jessie. I'd like to add the hotkey combo mod + m to open mutt. I had thought that awful.key({ modkey, }, "m", function () awful.util.spawn_with_shell("mutt") ...
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How do I make PyCharm's code completion windows appear in the right place in awesome?

I'm using awesome window manager in a triple monitor setup. I'm having trouble getting PyCharm to work properly in it. Mainly, when ever a code completion window opens, it appears in completely the ...
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Detect if awesome is being restarted in rc.lua

I'd like to run some stuff when awesome starts, but not run it every time I restart it. Is there any way to detect this case? I'm running it under Mate, Linux Mint 16 if that helps at all.
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Awesome WM: execute my aliases via run prompt?

I have aliases in my bashrc for a few programs. One example is: alias chrome='google-chrome --disk-cache-size=1000000000' How can I call this alias from the run prompt (modkey+r)? Im running ...
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Rename the current tag in Awesome WM

Is it possible to change a tag's name without restarting awesome? At the very least, something I can run that will change the name and also reload awesome.
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Copy/paste issue in Ubuntu virtual machine (QEMU-KVM) with Awesome window manager

I have Ubuntu 12.10 virtual machine running in QEMU-KVM. Copy/paste between host and vm works fine when using Unity as window manager but not while using Awesome. What is the difference between ...
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Awesome wm slow when switching tabs

I have a fresh install with awesome wm on debian testing. I have installed the proprietary ATI drivers, and compton. The problem is that there is a 1~2 second delay when switching between tabs if ...
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Firefox WebDriver crashes when computer is idle too long

I'm using a Python script and Selenium to run some tests using the Firefox Web Driver on an Arch Linux system running Awesome WM. These tests take a long time, so I don't want to sit at the computer ...
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Fonts look thinner in gtk application when not using gnome

The fonts in gtk applications such as emacs or gedit look thinner than in other applications when I use awesome as windows manager. Switching back to unity solve the problem. For instance DejaVu Sans ...
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Awesome WM autostart programs in specific tabs

I'm running Awesome WM v3.5.1 on ArchLinux and I would like to automatically open some programs at startup in specific tabs (like opening a terminal in the "main" tab, a browser in "web" or a text ...
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Reverse scroll direction on Awesome WM

I cannot seem to find out how to set the mouse scroll direction in Awesome. I would like to set it to the natural direction (like OS X) How can I accomplish this?
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Installed awesome wm using ubuntu. How come it lists debian when I click on the “start button” at the top left?

Does this mean I've installed the debian build of awesome or is this just how the setup is arranged? To install I simply used sudo apt-get install awesome
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Arch + AwesomeWM -> How to configure keybindings

I just switched to awesomewm. I am however wondering how can I: Make left Alt be Mod4 too (so both LAlt and Meta are Mod4) Make CapsLock become Escape Thanks
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awesome wm - Can't set screen resolution

I use awesome wm and use xrandr to set screen resolution. But I accidently pressed mod4+p (win+p) and since then I can't set my screen resolution correctly. I have a laptop and a VGA screen of ...
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awesome does not recognize PATH change

I use zsh as my login shell, lightdm as login manager and awesome as window manager. I changed the PATH Variable in my ~/.zshrc and it works on the terminal, but awesome itself does not recognize the ...
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How can I have only icons of applications in the tasklist in awesome 3.5?

In awesome 3.4 there was a way to do this: mytasklist[s] = awful.widget.tasklist(function(c) local task = { awful.widget.tasklist.label.currenttags(c, s) } return '', task[2], task[3], task[4] ...
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Making Awesome guess file endings from application name

In bash-completion when I tab to complete a filename and the application has a preferred file extension, bash will intelligently guess it. As an example evince test/te --*tab*--> evince ...
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Awesome WM scratchpad with terminator

I've recently started using Awesome WM and trying to recreate a Yakuake-like experience I found the Scratchpad manager. I've tried several configurations to make it work with terminator, and so far ...
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Can't unlock locked screen, in Ubuntu 12

After locking the screen (with a keystroke bound to xlock -nice 8 -mode blank), I can unlock the screen as expected, but only within a few minutes. After being locked overnight, when I hit a key ...
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Simultaneously switch tags as one screen in multi monitor setup in 3.5?

The answer propsed in Simultaneously switch tags as one screen in multi monitor setup is not working in awesome 3.5. Any solutions? Since I' m new to awesome and lua, I don' t know how to do it ...
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How to move just opened new window of an already started client to a tag automatically?

The rule for starting Firefox on tag1 is working me for ages: { rule = { class = "Firefox" }, properties = { tag = tags[1][1] }}, Now, with Firefox 20 it is possible to open a new Private ...
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Control awesome window manager from console

I would like to accomplish the follwing: determine current tag X in awesome window manager sleep for 10 seconds Jump to tag X no matter what the current tag is. I know i can control awesome via ...
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Simultaneously switch tags as one screen in multi monitor setup

Just got setup with Awesome, after initial what-on-earth-is-this-thing confusion, I find myself liking it ;-) One issue that I'm struggling with is a feature that many likely prefer in a multi ...
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Awesome WM will not show any external devices (Arch)

Things went fine with the Arch installation. I installed nautilus once I got into the GUI, but when I plugged in my external USB, it would not show up anywhere. I come from Ubuntu where there is a ...