I have i3 installed on ubuntu. I want specific windows to open in specific workspaces when I execute a script (or more optimally on startup). The structure is this:
- Firefox window
- Firefox window (left pane), atom (right pane), terminal (under atom)
- Same as 2 but different directory for atom
- Firefox with overleaf
- evince a pdf file
- evince another pdf file
I've tried achieving this strictly in i3 config file but it does not seem to work. I can get applications to launch on startup, but I can't direct which workspace they end up in and what size they are.
I've tried using a bash script for this, like:
xdotool key ctrl+1 && firefox && sleep 1 &&
xdotool key ctrl+2 && firefox -n && atom -n && sleep 2 && xdotool key ctrl+m && xdotool key ctrl+Return && sleep 1 && xdotool key ctrl+r && xdotool key Up && xdotool key Up && xdotool key Up && xdotool key Escape && sleep 1 && .... etcetcetc....
Where ctrl is my mod key, ctrl+m opens windows vertically, cltr+r resizes window, ctrl+Up tells which direction it show expand / deflate.
Running this script is very unstable and it almost always get stuck somewhere. Is there a better more stable way to do what I'm trying to achieve?